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    This morning I tried shooting with the bright sunligth...

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    I'm going mad. I've just ordered a backup DP2M. Just over £300 quid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quentin_Bargate View Post
    I'm going mad. I've just ordered a backup DP2M. Just over £300 quid.
    Haha I came within a whisker the other day of getting one of Clifton camera's, last three. But backed out, there is a such lot I like about the Merrill's but felt uncomfortable to get that obsessed, trusting by the time mine fail maybe I'll want something different anyway.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Quentin_Bargate View Post
    Many thanks. To answer the question, probably not but then again this was not set up as a portrait shot just a very casual shot that ended up a bit better than I had expected (well spotted by the way! I did try to lengthen the jumper sleever to cover it but ended up leaving as is).
    Thanks for the like
    To see what others have done google for "ben hur rolex", the most famous example.
    and ref. 24x36 prints from DP2m imagges, I have done some from very detailed pictures, eg. vineyard or graveyard, and I can go nearer and nearer to see more and more detail.
    With this Merrills I became a "100%- view" junkie^^

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quentin_Bargate View Post
    I'm going mad. I've just ordered a backup DP2M. Just over £300 quid.
    What an IQ/£ ratio.

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    Quote Originally Posted by retow View Post
    What an IQ/£ ratio.
    True. About the cost of a lens cap on a Leica
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quentin_Bargate View Post
    Slightly tweaked.

    Really lovely portrait, Quentin. Exactly how much tweaking did you do?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Lamb View Post
    Really lovely portrait, Quentin. Exactly how much tweaking did you do?
    Hi Andrew

    Many thanks.

    A modest amount, mainly to crop more tightly, remove a couple of distractions in the background, and (lightly!) touch up the skin here and there.

    Nothing OTT.

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    2 more pics, eifel, west germany...

    i could see that my upload limit is going to end soon...and now?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quentin_Bargate View Post
    Hi Andrew

    Many thanks.

    A modest amount, mainly to crop more tightly, remove a couple of distractions in the background, and (lightly!) touch up the skin here and there.

    Nothing OTT.

    cheers
    Such a nice photo. It makes a refreshing change to see pics of people, taken on the DP2M, as opposed to still lifes (sp?) and landscapes.
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    My photoshop

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    Quentin_Bargate: This is a beautifull photo - in many ways (composition, the model and more), and I love the way the Sigma DP2 "does the thing".

    How did You tweak it ?

    Thanks

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    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    Quote Originally Posted by Kyndel View Post
    Quentin_Bargate: This is a beautifull photo - in many ways (composition, the model and more), and I love the way the Sigma DP2 "does the thing".

    How did You tweak it ?

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    Thanks for the kind comments.

    This did not start out as a portrait at all. The model is a colleague, originally from Ukraine, who was trying on a some traditional head ware in a shop in Spitalfields, London during a lunch break. I thought it would make a good shot, so I asked her quickly to pose in the shop with window light falling on her face, and took the picture with my DP2M. After cropping a little, most of the work on the image was to correct or remove background distractions so as to give the appearance of a studio-type environment. That was relatively easy. I touched up a few skin blemishes (important with the Merrills!), lightened the skin slightly, then in Photoshop, I duplicated the layer, added a Gaussian blur to it, and reduced the opacity of that layer to about 35-40% - a fairly useful if basic way subtlety to add a "romantic" glow to a portrait. I also erased the Gaussian layer completely for just the eyes and lips, which need to be completely sharp. Eyes were lightened and sharpened a little to add sparkle. Finally, I added some vignette to complete the shot.

    I was happy with the result; she was delighted
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quentin_Bargate View Post
    ....The model is a colleague.....
    Amazing, a lawyer that looks like an angel
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    Quote Originally Posted by foveon View Post
    Amazing, a lawyer that looks like an angel
    Hey, I thought that was me
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quentin_Bargate View Post
    I'm going mad. I've just ordered a backup DP2M. Just over £300 quid.
    Interesting you should do this now. For some time the Merrills have been available new though our AU distributor online for about the best price in the World. I notice now that only the DP2M remains and found after contacting them that the other stock is sold out. I don't want to start a rush on the remaining NOS units but it looks like new Merrills are soon to unavailable.

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    I am not so sure you can say that they will be unavailable. Here in the states they are frequently out of stock but they seem to get them back in stock. They are still on the Sigma site. I think they will be here for awhile, but you never can tell. I just don't think that stock levels are an indicator. It may be the distributor may not stock them because they are hard to move....

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    Perhaps you are correct. It could just be the Australian distributor not restocking but I did ask if I could get a DP1M special order and the answer was no, so I assumed there are none in Japan. Perhaps Sigma USA has a warehouse full? Who knows.

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    Tim,

    I know you are not is the US but B&H has them in stock, new ones. Don't know how horrible the taxes are on import. But there maybe other venues.. Hope you do find one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quentin_Bargate View Post
    I'm going mad. I've just ordered a backup DP2M. Just over £300 quid.
    Yes, it's a sign of madness alright
    But don't worry, you are not alone...... LOL!
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    "Beauty & Light in Black & White"
    Took advantage of the leaf shutter and a speedlight in a middle of the day.
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    Fillet of Lamb, "eaten" by the DP2M...

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    sorry to seem unpolite, but this is maybe a nice snapshot but a rather poor example of food fotography.
    Some month ago I helped a friend lightning some shootings for a book about vegan cooking. He is an experienced foot shooter and I learned how carefully he workes, food is very critical to light, to focus and to compose; subconscious is very sensitive if it comes to food.
    In your example the focus is somewhere, the leaf on the right is sharp, important parts aren`t. The shadows are too dark and there is this large dark area between the left filet and this dontknowwhatitis, you wouldn`t buy a book about cooking with such a cover picture.
    To soften your anger I gave you a like, but if you are interested look at different books to see the difference between good and not so good food fotography.

    PS: what you get very well is color, also a very imortant part of food fotogrphy.
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    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    Correct, but its not bad for a shot taken of my lunch in a restaurant with a compact camera, is it?

    I do a certain amount of studio based food photography, my dear Foveon. My most popular food shot has sold many times.

    This is not that shot, but I quite like it, given I had no control over lighting or food dressing and it was taken with a DP2M.

    Edit: it tasted delicious too !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quentin_Bargate View Post
    Correct, but its not bad for a shot taken of my lunch in a restaurant with a compact camera, is it?

    I do a certain amount of studio based food photography, my dear Foveon. My most popular food shot has sold many times.

    This is not that shot, but I quite like it, given I had no control over lighting or food dressing and it was taken with a DP2M.

    Edit: it tasted delicious too !
    For a quick shot in a restaurant, it's impressive stuff. The ambient light was pretty helpful.
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    Andrew, thanks, and that's was why I took the shot. I made some amends in Photoshop ( lightening the background). Heck of a good lunch - it was in City Social on the 24th floor of Tower 42, London, a window seat with light streaming in. Worth a try if you have not been there!
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    I don't really have need to go into the City. The reviews have been good, though.

    I've visited the new summer pavilion at the Serpentine Gallery. I think it's been designed just for photographers. It's a lot of fun.

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    My pal's MGB Roadster from 1963 in Iris Blue. A very early one off the production line.







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    ^^^^ Fabulous MG shots! ^^^^

    And looking at the engine something I could actually work on. Unlike today's power units where I lift the bonnet, take one look and close it again knowing I couldn't begin to figure out what is what!

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    My pal's MGB Roadster from 1963 in Iris Blue. A very early one off the production line.







    Nice pics. Lovely car in lovely condition.

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    An unusually quiet Camden Road at Royal College Street junction on a Sunday morning.

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    Excellent Louis. Knew the bridge well when I lived in Bartholomew road, not far from this spot. Long time ago though and am sure the Bridge was not as colourful then.
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    An unusually quiet Camden Road at Royal College Street junction on a Sunday morning.

    Nice photo. I know that junction well and can only assume that the Police had cordoned it off as a crime scene

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    Nice photo. I know that junction well and can only assume that the Police had cordoned it off as a crime scene
    I'm not sure... the obligatory helicopter was not flying circles overhead so it may just have been a quiet time...

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    I did a few more of the MGB Roadster 1963 model. The Merrill delivers forensic levels of detail.

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    Tattoos and fag ash in Worcester..

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    The Eagle Vaults Worcester. A beautiful glazed brick frontage pub.

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    Some Sigma DP2 Merrill shots:








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    Sublime first images Colorado , lovely landscapes but the portrait of the mother and child is special.

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    Sky yesterday evening from the garden.

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    Starry Gazy Pie? Very well done.
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    The trimmings. I was given a bag full of freshly caught Mackerel this morning straight from the boat, so had a few for lunch, gently fried, squeeze of lemon, pinch of course ground black pepper.

    Love your clouds and the light in the image above.
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    Re: Sigma DP2 Merrill shots

    While I use other equipment I keep returning to the DP2 Merrill's for the sure IQ they offer. Interestingly enough I'm selling the Canon gear I had recently acquired and expanding my activity with the DP2M. Despite its limitations I find myself wanting to simply 'work' with it. Like using the AF/AEL lock to pre-focus and fire, shooting at <<ISO 400 for color and relegating ISO's >> 400 to BW which with SPP's grain modifier yield in my opinion lovely 'romanticized' BW.

    Here's a shot recently taken through, of all things, a 'water wall' in Washington, DC near. It doesn't really show off the high resolution, but I thought the effect with the Foveon Blue was very 'Monet' like.

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