Urtica

Urtica © Stewart Weir 2013

The Sigma DP2 Merrill plus macro lens. Sigma DP2 on a tripod with the aperture set to f5.6 at 1/10th sec ISO 100 processed using Sigma Pro Photo then finished using Perfect Photo Suite 7 where I added a film effect frame. The more I use this camera the more I’m finding similarities to shooting medium format film. Huge file sizes yes. Slow write times yes but using this camera requires a different mind set compared to most other digital cameras I’ve used. Forget the ‘machine gun’ approach and consider this camera as a medium format camera where speed is not a major concern as this camera is about slowing down and thinking. The rewards are more image definition than you will know what to do with! Certainly at ISOs less than 400 this camera (if used within its limitations) and if used with care easily rivals other cameras costing many thousands more.

Taraxacum

Dandelion © Stewart Weir 2013

First outing with the Sigma DP2 Merrill plus macro lens. What can I say except that the file quality is just superb. This is my first ever still life set up. No lighting except the sun and a Dandelion propped up in a vase indoors. Simplicity rules!  Sigma on a tripod f5 at 1/30th sec ISO 100 initially processed using Sigma Pro Photo then finished using Perfect Photo Suite 7 where I added a film effect frame.