The Sigma SD1 has been generating a lot of conversation since its launch. And I’ve already said a lot about my first impressions of the camera itself in this blog posting. So now, finally, we’re going to focus on some of the images I’ve made so far with this amazing new Foveon-chipped SLR with a variety of Sigma lenses. “Film-like”, “tactile”, “rich”, “vivid”, “crisp”, “vibrant” are just a few of the words that come to mind when I think of adjectives and descriptors for many of these shots.
Here’s a sampling of my first test shoots with the new Sigma SD1 SLR from all around the Garden State. All shots were captured as full-resolution X3F Raw files, and converted to16-Bit Tiffs in Sigma Photo Pro before final touches and downsampling in Adobe Camera Raw and/or Photoshop CS5 or HDR programs. (And be sure to click on each photo to view it in full-screen mode!)
Now let’s check out two shots of birds I found on the ground. The funny thing is, my goal was to go to this park to shoot birds on water, and in the sky with the50-500mm “Bigma”, but the best bird action I found in this little pond by the ocean in Lake Como, NJ, was happening in the grass!
Next, let’s look at some waterfalls around my Central Jersey home base. The first one is a single-shot image, and the second is a 2-shot merged High Dynamic Range image.
Here’s another HDRI shot from my recent Jersey Explorations with the SD1.
Here’s a total grab shot from my Garden State adventures made at the Rutgers Gardens Farm Market in New Brunswick (held every friday in summer!)
Last, lets look at an Infrared image made with the Sigma SD1. As I mentioned in my earlier blog posting on the SD1, Sigma’s SLRs are the only DSLRs currently available that easily convert to infrared capture without voiding the original manufacturer’s warranty. This is because it is necessary (and easy!) to remove the IR cutting filter to clean the sensor–and then once it is removed, the SD1 captures both Infrared and visible spectrum wavelengths. You can them place an Infrared passing filter like the Cokin R72 in front of the lens, and only near IR wavelength light will reach the Foveon sensor. Then, the red-tinted X3F Raw files can be converted to “monochrome” white balance in Sigma Photo Pro, and the results will look flat-out amazing! Visit back next month for a blog entry covering the entire Infrared process with the SD1.
I’m looking forward to exploring more possibilities with the SD1, whether infrared, HDRI, or single-shot visual spectrum, there’s just something about the feel of the images really draws me in.
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