Sigma DP2 Merrill Memories

It’s hard for me to believe that it has been seven years since I spent a month using, and reviewing, a Sigma DP2 Merrill.  The little camera had amazaing output, and if I hadn’t already purchased two other cameras I had tested not long before, I would probably have bought it then and there.  I’ve always been a fan of the “look” one gets from Foveon sensors, which use a radically different technology than other manufacturers.  While others have different pixels absorbing and reporting different colors that are then merged to form the picture, each individual pixel in a Foveon sensor is sensitive to all of the three primary colors – red, green, and blue.  The Foveon formula blew other sensors away when it came to sharpness and resolving power per pixel.  The small camera came with a small f2.8 45mm equivalent lens that was a perfect match for the sensor and which have some very nice bokeh, to my eyes at least.

But that was 2012, and the bayer pattern sensors that have abandoned detail-smearing anti-aliasing filters,  and Fujifilm sensors that also don’t have such filters, have narrowed the gap on the Foveons these days.  Until the latest round of Sigma cameras, however, RAW images from Foveon sensors did not play well with Adobe products.  One had to use Sigma’s own rather clunky software to first convert RAW files into TIFF formats, and then import the TIFFs into Lightroom.  Also, Foveon sensors have always been, and apparently continue to be, very noisy about ISO 400.  In short, those Sigma cameras are (still!) capable of truly impressive images, but at the cost of more work and less versatility than their bayer pattern siblings from other companies.  At the time, while appreciating the special nature of the Sigma pictures, I opted for ease and versatility in my camera choices.

Here are a few of my favorites from the 2012 DP2 Merrill, taken while I had it.

Sigma DP2 Merrill-15 Sigma DP2 Merrill-10 Sigma DP2 Merrill-16 Sigma DP2 Merrill-17 Sigma DP2 Merrill-8 Sigma DP2 Merrill-14 Sigma DP2 Merrill-13 Sigma DP2 Merrill-12 Sigma DP2 Merrill-4

Sigma DP2 Merrill-3

Sigma DP2 Merrill-2

Sigma DP2 Merrill

Sigma DP2 Merrill-7

Sigma DP2 Merrill-6

Sigma DP2 Merrill-11

My First Post of 2016

If you were mean, you would point out that it has been almost 2 months since my last “360” post.  That was the project that was supposed to see me posting pictures I had taken every week.  But you aren’t mean, and I think I’ve really realized that my photography just doesn’t work like that.  But I did finally go out driving around some Sunday morning, and are some of sights I saw. Only the pictures are in black and white and I, of course, saw these things in color.  Trust me, it’s better this way.

Martin House of Worship, Martin, KY
Lil Moe’s Garage, Prestonsburg, KY
Dewey Lake, Jenny Wiley State Park, Prestonsburg, KY

Smokin’ Women. Gelato Eatin’ Men. And More Street Shots from Sicily/Italy

Street photography is very popular these days, although I haven’t done much of it because it is just plain hard, though being in places crowded with interesting people helps.  I haven’t seen my Canon EOS M camera recommended for such photography by anyone due to relatively slow auto-focus.  But that is what I used for most of these.  The rest were taken on an aging (but beloved) Ricoh GRD III.  And, as has always been the custom, I’ve added some grain and contrast and converted to black and white for a gritty look.  I really enjoyed taking these and need to do this type of photography more often.

We’ll start with the smokin’ women.  Cigarette smokin’ women I mean.

Amalfi waitress
Taormina waitress
Toe tapper. Taormina.

Now for some gelato eatin’ men.


And now, other pictures taken on the streets.

Cool cat in Taormina.
Fiat driver, Taormina.
Checking out the merchandise. Taormina.
Strolling. Alberobello.
Waiting for someone to drop something on the floor. Matera.
Runch. Amalfi.
A somberer ponderer. Amalfi.
Fresh produce was everywhere. Amalfi.
Weddings were everywhere. Amalfi.
Shoppers were everywhere. Amalfi.
Hangin’ with the guys and lookin’ good!