The Sigma DP1 Merrill again, of course. Every blade of grass is visible in the RAW file, though this lower-res jpeg won’t be so detailed.
I’m having fun with this camera… and expect to post more disparate styles and subjects than usual over the next few months.
The Sigma DP1 Merrill, with it’s almost hyper-real resolution, makes you want to shoot all sorts of things, just to see what they will look like in a photograph.
A street shot from the Sigma DP1 Merrill. I shot this rather quickly and managed to cut off a little bit of the shadow in the bottom right corner. Never mind.
What can I say? Michael Kenna creates the most beautiful black and white landscape photography. These are stunning, evocative, almost mystical works shot on medium format film. Part of their beauty undoubtedly results from Kenna’s expertise in printing.
Another one from the DP1 Merrill, which I’m currently testing.
It’s true what they say about the nice monochromes. Apart from a little extra contrast this has not been processed much at all.
I actually took this on a tripod which is not something I do very often. It’s another thing that’s so different about using this camera. With the very high resolution and the need to keep the ISO low the DP1M really gives best results when being held steady.
One thing the Sigma does not like is being pointed towards the sun. It generally creates some nasty colour artifacts if you do. I think this is partly an issue with the Foveon sensor rather than the lens.
I have to hand it to the Sigma DP1 Merrill. It may be a pain in the backside to use (and a chore to post-process the images), but it really is capable of stunning image quality. It won’t be apparent from this jpeg but the resolution is astonishing; unlike anything I’ve used before. Even at 400% the detail is still present.
The 19mm lens does fringe somewhat, both magenta and green, but it can be dealt with.
This photo is a summer version of this one.
Addendum: Firstly, I have subsequently realised that describing a shot taken in March as a “summer” shot is not exactly accurate. Secondly, I’ve also noticed that the previous snowy shot was also shot in March… so we are not really talking about Summer and Winter at all but more about the vagaries of the English weather.