So when the first shipments of the Sigma DP2 Merrill arrived we asked Robert if he’d be interested in doing a follow-up to this story featuring this amazing compact camera and his immediate email reply was simply this:YES! When? And then right after we posted this First Impressions blog post, we started making plans to spend a day with Robert Lopshire and model Abbie Davidson and the Sigma DP2 Merrill. We spent a Tuesday in early September at Robert’s home studio, and he and his team made a series of amazing photos.
Robert admitted to being just a little nervous about swapping out the DSLR for a compact camera, especially since this was a full-production shoot with a make-up artist and a hair stylist, but that quickly gave way to amazement and excitement as he checked out the images captured by the Sigma DP2 Merrill, first on the LCD, and then on his big computer monitor during a break in the photo session.
A while back, I had an idea for a blog posting involving models, the Sigma SD1, social media connections, and a Sigma fan who’d never touched the Sigma SD1 before. I wanted to see what sort of photos an experienced photographer could make, straight out of the gate, with this high-end camera. And that’s where photographer Robert Lopshire enters this story.
He had posted a few macro photos to our Sigma Facebook wall right when I originally joined the Sigma team earlier this year, and has been an active participant on our Facebook wall for a long while now. He has also shared several pictures through our site’s Photoshare feature including a fantastic macro shot that made it into this Sigma50th.com video (at 4:07). Through some of those very strange small-world channels that sometimes become visible at just the right time, it also turns out that Robert lives just a few miles down the road from me, and stranger still, is neighbors with one of my Photo Assignment Editors back from my newspaper days!
So, out of the blue a few weeks back, I sent Robert an email asking if he’d be interested in taking part in a blog posting for us involving a crash-course test drive of the Sigma SD1, the Sigma 85mm f1.4 EX DG HSM, and some of his modeling clients. A few moments and his emphatic reply later, we began to set up a shoot at his Frenchtown, NJ location involving two of his favorite models, Chelsea Landry and Ivana Vranjes.