This lens is very interesting and fun for the price. I found it doesn't perform great with regards to flaring and shooting into the sun when compared to the Rokinon 12mm that costs more than twice as much ( so not amazing for landscape work ), but this Pergear lens does have some nice sun star effects which could make it a bit more interesting to use for night cityscapes where lighting conditions aren't as harsh.
When I first started using Aurora back in 2017 it really felt like the beginning of something awesome. Like the baby alien that just burst out of Kanes chest in the first Alien movie, it took off running doing all these mysterious things behind the scenes. The little creature continued to grow while occasionally popping out for an update here and there. It was exciting and still powerful, but we only got to see hints of what this beast would become. Finally, with the launch of Aurora HDR 2019, it's true form has been revealed as the perfect landscape devouring monster.
We were lucky. The rivers all around us were on the brink of overflowing and many of the neighbor towns had to evacuate. We live in a giant apartment complex that could probably withstand a tsunami so we didn't have too much to worry about, but as the rivers all around us started filling up and our phones continued beeping with alerts about evacuations for areas near us, we were still a bit nervous. It never let up from relentless pouring rain.
If you haven't yet heard, the mid year update to AuroraHDR just dropped. Version 1.2.0. What's it about? Two things really, performance and performance. If you have no idea what AuroraHDR is, I've tossed in a few sample photos I took last night from my bike ride around town. I shot these with the Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon 14mm and 7Artisans 35mm f1.2. Processed with AuroraHDR + Luminar + Lightroom. This will give you a general idea of some of the looks you can achieve using this combination of software.
I haven't been spending enough time with my Fujinon 10-24mm since it got back from repair. It really is a fun lens to use, especially for landscapes. My only gripe is who ever repaired it left a giant piece of dust on the inside of the rear element that screams at me when shooting anything over f11. I'm so tempted to open the thing up and remove it, but I guess I shouldn't.
For my first day back from Japan I decided to go out and shoot some L.A. photography. And I wanted to keep the momentum going before I have to go back to work. I haven't shot the Santa Monica Pier in a few years so I figured I would start there.
This trip to Niagara Falls was my last adventure where I shot exclusively with the Canon 5Dmkii.
This is a photo of one of our hotels in Bali. The Indonesia style is pretty cool. It's kind of a blend of the South Pacific look rooted in Hindu culture. The thing I miss the most now that I'm back is the Geckos. I actually have a sad story about a Gecko.