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    Snowy, Welcome to the cult.
    "The Foveonistas" - has quite a ring to it, don't you think?

    Welcome, Snowy.

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    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots-Batteries

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    Thanks for the welcome

    Here's another photo from UEA in Norwich:

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    Here's a few taken at Blickling Hall near Norwich:





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    Outside of the UK (or London for that matter) you may not be aware that the largest civil engineering/construction project in Europe is taking place in London - the Crossrail link which is a new underground rail route passing through the major interchanges of the existing Underground system.

    This is creating some interesting (I hope!) views in and around London.

    This is from the Barbican High Walk near Moorgate and shows the orange 'grout' towers which inject grout into the soil below ground to stabilise any possible movement as the tunnels are bored out. Considering the denisty of buildings in these central areas you can understand why it is a concern.

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    Quote Originally Posted by biglouis View Post
    Outside of the UK (or London for that matter) you may not be aware that the largest civil engineering/construction project in Europe is taking place in London - the Crossrail link which is a new underground rail route passing through the major interchanges of the existing Underground system.

    This is creating some interesting (I hope!) views in and around London.

    This is from the Barbican High Walk near Moorgate and shows the orange 'grout' towers which inject grout into the soil below ground to stabilise any possible movement as the tunnels are bored out. Considering the denisty of buildings in these central areas you can understand why it is a concern.

    Excellent!
    While I like this treatment very much, this image cries out for FCB.

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    Okay - what is FCB?

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    Okay - what is FCB?
    Foveon Classic Blue: a bit of an acquired taste.

    I did actually go back and reprocess the image in FCB but it made little difference to the final result. For information, I actually boosted the colours by 'Lab spacing' in CS and then applying soft light.

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    2 from a small river side town along the Susquehanna River in Maryland





    This community was built by cutting into the rock cliffs that run along this river system. Space is very limited and spring flood waters have been known to do some substantial damage at times. But as you can see many of those homes have been there for hundreds of years.
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    An old tavern that stood in the 1700's at a river ferry that often had George Washington as a guest.



    As you can see this door and window were added later along with the electricity...
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    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    Nice Jim with the short storys

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    A few more from my recent 1st day with the new DP2M in Boston. Two of the three are 50% crops....Perhaps I need a DP3M.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michiel Schierbeek View Post
    Nice Jim with the short storys

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    Figured it might be of some interest knowing a bit about the images being as this forum has a worldwide user base ...... our history is not as long as those in Europe or Asia but a building 2-300 years old here is significant.

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    Tractor passing by in Trinidad.

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    And a streetscene in Trinidad.

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    This camera intrigues me. After Quentin's initial images, I thought no way, this is a tiny camera that fits in a pocket, how could the color rendering be so good?
    Sigma is on to something, they're starting to capture more of the professional market with this and their new "Art" series lenses. Now which one...DP1, DP2 DP3?

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    ISO 100, f10, 1/200.
    Post processing was one click in SPP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnygoesdigital View Post
    This camera intrigues me. After Quentin's initial images, I thought no way, this is a tiny camera that fits in a pocket, how could the color rendering be so good?
    Sigma is on to something, they're starting to capture more of the professional market with this and their new "Art" series lenses. Now which one...DP1, DP2 DP3?
    Yes, that is the question. I love WA.s but at the edges the DP2M is better, so I bought the DP2M, and there is CA with the DP1M, have not seen it yet with my DP2M (But there might come), and if you like 50/75mm the DP3M should be as good as the DP2M or even better WB.

    Or buy them all
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnygoesdigital View Post
    This camera intrigues me. After Quentin's initial images, I thought no way, this is a tiny camera that fits in a pocket, how could the color rendering be so good?
    Sigma is on to something, they're starting to capture more of the professional market with this and their new "Art" series lenses. Now which one...DP1, DP2 DP3?
    I tend to consider my DP2M the way I consider my Hasselblad 500CM and the 80/2.8. I really only need one lens and one camera. If you want wide angle you move back and if you want tele you move forward. The IQ even at 100% is so sharp that you can crop quite severely.

    It is one reason why at present I find it hard to justify purchasing the DP1M or the DP3M.

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    Quote Originally Posted by biglouis View Post
    I tend to consider my DP2M the way I consider my Hasselblad 500CM and the 80/2.8. I really only need one lens and one camera. If you want wide angle you move back and if you want tele you move forward. The IQ even at 100% is so sharp that you can crop quite severely.

    It is one reason why at present I find it hard to justify purchasing the DP1M or the DP3M.

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    Yes, you can zoom with your feet, but the DP3M can get closer, a kind of macro.

    If I did not have 2 macro lenses for Nikon I would have bought it.

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    I really agree right at the moment. I at first thought I would get the DP1m as well but that idea has changed. If I want wide I shoot vertical Pano's and for telephoto I crop my DP2m images. I am really glad I bought the DP2m first.

    For macro I have my a77 which really shines in that genre. Or my extension tubes and a 90mm CG lens on my NEX 7.

    If sigma ever makes a slr with a Merrill sensor that does great at ISO 1600 I will stand in line to get one for wildlife and UWA scenics.
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    Jim DE, I think they do...The SD1. I think it's the same foveon sensor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnygoesdigital View Post
    Jim DE, I think they do...The SD1. I think it's the same foveon sensor.
    But it still seems hard to match the sensors qualitys with most Sigma lenses, although I would be curious to see some samples with the new 35/1.4 and the 150 Macro may be.

    BTW DP2m for me now. Insane sharpness!

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    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    I have both the DP1M and DP2M. The DP1M does have some CA which is disturbing and no, "it is not a quick fix in PS" like some would say. In BW it is not too bad as I split channels and pick the best one. In color, I have tried both SPP and PS CA correction. It is disturbing to suddenly see multiple branches appear on a tree limb with fine detail at the resolution limits of the lens/sensor. I agree sometimes one can step forward or backward for a shot, but when the shot you want requires you to balance on a down tree across a stream for a 4sec exposure, it is difficult to shoot a stitched pano and not fall in the water.

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    Johnny I wish the SD1m performed well at ISO 1600 but the user's comments and answers I have gotten draw the line some where between 400-800 before noise becomes a major issue.

    Wildlife and particularly bird in flight near forces me to shoot at 1/1250+ shutter speed to stop the wing tips. I need f8 for a sufficient depth of field so even in decent light I find myself shooting at iso's from 1000-1600 inorder to achieve the other two criteria's. Right now the SD1m has not achieved a good enough 1600 ISO noise resolution for my needs... When it does I will be the first in line due to my feelings about the Merrill sensors resolution.

    Trust me I have a poor high ISO noise SLT currently and can't wait to get away from this kind of performance without costing my first born male child to obtain it.

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    I liked the painterly detail in the sky - I probably could have shot this at ISO 100 - I was curious how much more DR I could get at ISO 200.

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    I am still exploring the limits on exposures, over vs under. This shot was accidently underexposed about 1 stop but was still able to pull good detail from the shadows. It is fun seeing the detail in clouds and skies. This shot is off the coast of Long Beach, Ca.
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    Here are a couple shots that have pretty bad CA though it may not show at these reductions. It is visible along ridge lines and on tree branches and some is visible on the barn roof.
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    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    Here is a shot where it is not bothersome. In Yosemite Valley on the Merced river, the Beavers went town over the winter.
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    @stevew50

    There must be something wrong in your downsizing/compression workflow. The images are looking really bad.

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    There must be something wrong in your downsizing/compression workflow. The images are looking really bad.
    In what way? My eyes must be bad because the images look fine.

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    One of my favorite places from childhood . . .

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    Great shot......

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    I continue to be amazed with this camera. I don't even want to take out my Canon 5dII. Will make some 16x20's tomorrow.
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    In what way? My eyes must be bad because the images look fine.

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    I cant describe it in words... It looks like jpg compression/quality was set to "25" (of 100) or so. Little blocky/grainy. In Picture 154 for example, there is no detail in the trees. Its bright and sunny there, contrasts must be great but its just not detailed.

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    after enduring a couple day of snow, my wife added a bit of spring to our home with some beautiful tulips. DP2M
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    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    Only supposed to upload 1200 pixel images. I will try a larger one.

    The system down res'es the imeages.
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    Steve - I always wonder when I drive up the 101 and see those offshore platforms if there's anybody out there!

    I think I will ultimately sell this camera, but that doesn't take anything away from what it is capable of.

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    A new product has just been released by ArcSoft which claims to reduce digital noise. It takes 3 shots and merges them. Unfortunately it's Windows only, so I can't try it. I'd be interested if anyone has tried it on Sigma files. [I'm not affiliated with the company.] There appears to be a free trial period. Since the company has some Mac products, I'm thinking they may come out with a Mac version.

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    More industrials:

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    Have been working on about 30 files from Cuba. There are still a lot to be done but that's the trouble when you take to many pictures and are moving on
    But I will get them all done soon, the good ones at least.

    Here's a another house like a painting.

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    Abundance of detail makes my eyes hurt from staring at DP2M files

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    Not a silky smooth bokeh, but I can live with it. STF spoiled me completely.

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    Vespa in Florence.
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    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    For Uwe

    I did some different PP in this one, added sharpening in PS. What do you think?
    To much?

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    >I did some different PP in this one, added sharpening in PS. What do you think?
    To much?

    Maybe too much. I think default SPP sharpening is all you need (and I sell sharpening scripts).
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    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

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    For Uwe

    I did some different PP in this one, added sharpening in PS. What do you think?
    To much?

    Michiel
    Although exclusively for Uwe...it's about getting a bit like trompe d'euil. Maybe a bit too harsh ...but still a nice painting..
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcoPampaloni View Post
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    Marco-

    I don't do much in the way of people photography but I think that is a great shot.

    The lighting and composition are excellent. As well as your subject.

    What a face. So full of character.

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    Thank you very much! I usually don't shoot people but sometimes i love subjects like him...he is one of the most "famous" people of the town where i live, which is Stazzema ( it's close to Sant'anna di Stazzema, which maybe you will know for the Nazi's slaughter there and Spike Lee's movie ), it's a little little town ( around 300 people living here ) here in the Alpi Apuane in Versilia, Tuscany.
    There are lots of funny and strange people like him in this town and all the others nearby.
    Stazzema Vacanze Versilia Eccidio
    It's in italian but you can see some pics of the area here

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