Okay, so I’ve been shooting with the SD1 for about a month now, and I have to say, “Wow!”
The details that this camera reproduces are amazing. If you want to show viewers the intricate details of a subject, all the while producing smooth, pleasant, and accurate color tones, then check out Sigma’s amazing new SD1.
In the field: Two weeks ago I was presenting at the Telluride Photo Festival, sharing stories about producing my new picture book, Curious Critters. Around 4:30 a.m. one morning, I arose to photograph sunrise over the San Juan Mountains. I headed down the valley from Telluride and then over to Montrose, CO. As I began the descent into the valley town of Montrose, the sun was just getting ready to rise. I looked off the right of the highway and saw a dozen or so cars pulled off and tripods set up, pointed toward Mt. Sneffels.
I swung my rental car into the pull-off and jumped. What was before me was a mountainside rising toward the 14,000 foot peaks, and the slope was covered with aspens and a whole range of other fall foliage colors. A minute or two after I set up my tripod, first light struck the peaks. A snowstorm had covered their caps a few days prior, so the scene was storybook.
Boy was I glad I had my SD1 in-hand! My sunrise photo is so detailed it can be enlarged easily to 40” x 60”, probably even larger. You can see individual leaves on the trees, ridges on the peaks, and details of trees hundreds of feet away. Amazing!
My new children’s picture book, Curious Critters, will be officially released on November 7, and I am starting work on the next book in the series. So I have begun shooting all my Curious Critters with the SD1. The results are equally amazing.
I recently worked with Pet Stop, Ashland, Ohio, in photographing some spectacular tropical fish. My favorite was the Mandarin Goby, a fish that looks like it fell in an artist’s palette and came out the best way possible. I’m used to seeing the colors come out well from the Foveon chips in my Sigma cameras, but the details are now the spectacular part. When I zoom in on the Goby, you can see the most intricate structures, like lips, eyelids, and such.
Much of my photography rests on details. If I can show how amazing the details of an animal, plant, or landscape are, then perhaps I can excite people enough to get out and enjoy nature…as well as conserve it.
Sigma SD1…my first impression: Wow! Beautiful color and incredible details!
Curious Critters, David’s new children’s picture book, is now available. Click here to see sample pages or to purchase from Wild Iris Publishing. All images in Curious Critters were all produced with Sigma lenses. Curious Critters will be available through bookstores and online in November. To see more of David’s hallmark white-background animal portraits, visit www.curious-critters.com.