Sigma DP2 Merrill Mono ƒ/8 1/25s ISO100
Sigma DP2 in mono ƒ8 1/25s ISO100
I have been thinking a lot recently about monochrome and how I can get the results I would like in this forest series. I would like to achieve the the look of some of the orthochromatic films that I enjoyed looking at years ago. I haven’t tried the mono only setting on the DP2 Merrill since the last firmware upgrade. And while I don’t remember reading anything about any improvements via the firmware it looks like there could have been some improvements through that or in the last update of Iridient raw converter. Which as it happens is to my knowledge the only converter other than SigmaPhotoPro that will handle DP2 files. Every time I use this camera I am just knocked out by its files qualities.
Leica M2 ƒ/2 1/30s ISO 400 40mm summicron C Ilford XP2
When I woke up to hear about the reinstatement of regal honours referred to as knights and dames on the ABC 6am news I cringed and thought it must be April 1st or something. Then when the magnitude of this insanity gelled I realised we are paying this regal aspirant Prince Tony half a million dollars a year to waste civil servants resources reestablishing something that was dead and buried forty years ago. He really doesn’t deserve the job. From attack dog to prince in six months thats quite switch, even the old rusting man of steel thinks its whacky…
This diversionary policy dragged from the annals of time in order of magnitude is about as low as it gets. This wannabe knight is a Rhodes scholar and this is the best he can do? I had my doubts about his credentials when he came out with the remarks during the carbon tax debate “carbon dioxide is invisible, it’s weightless and it’s odourless, was he on acid or something. It is the truth but in the whole debate it was said totally out of context – I have heard better replies from yr 10 students. Are Australians so gullible as to accept this lack of intellect in our elected leaders? It seems we are. When oh when are we going to get some solid intellectual debate, common sense and honesty governing this country. Speaking to acquaintances overseas about Australia they all ask the same question on most subjects Why!
Olympus EM-5 OMD ƒ/11 1/500s ISO200 Olympus 75-300mm
Johannes Pannekoek (WA), signature, Cottesloe 2014.
Olympus EM-5 OMD a ƒ/6.5 1/1600s ISO 200
Richie Kuhaupt (WA), norfolk pine, cottesloe 2014
Sigma DP2 Merrill ƒ/6.3 1/250s ISO200
This is an exhibit in the annual Sculpture by the sea which is shown on Cottesloe, and Bondi beaches in Australia and Aarhus beach in Denmark. Its a great thing to visit and take photographs of.
Cottesloe beach has a wonderful ambiance for Sculpture by the sea and for once the temperature was a pleasant thirty degrees, in years past it has been very hot so much so that one has to continually wipe the sweat off glasses, cameras and forehead.
The background sound of the light waves hitting the shore, children’s calls and chatting adults was shattered by the roar of an Orion maritime rescue aircraft returning from that area of the southern Indian ocean 2500 km away where the missing Malaysian airliner MH 370 might be.
Many of the exhibits and installations are made or constructed of the flotsam and trash that can be found on any beach walk: Plastic milk containers, wine cask bladders, plastic bags, PET drink bottles and in this case the ubiquitous blue pallets stacked and chain sawn into a head and shoulders with a Norfolk pine planted where the lack of brains are. Its a poignant statement. The gaze out to sea, the tree, all made from the remains of pallets painted as blue as the sea and sky from whence they came, then the more practical aspect of a bit of shade for the reclining girl to read her smart phone in. Just another day in Western Australia.
I just read some where on an older news feed (Rumors?) that the sensor in the Olympus EM-1 OMD is actually a Panasonic sensor and not a Sony as in the EM-5. So I decided to take a look, I know there is a lot of controversy about DXO comparison tests BUT at the present time like for like DXO is consistent at a glance for key factor stuff. Incidently I am seriously looking at incorporating DXO optics pro into my workflow as a RAW converter, its impressive. But I digress, this sensor comparison is interesting especially with all the hype floating around about how good the Sony A7R and A7 are supposed to be.
Now I would not be so foolhardy as to suggest that the Sonys FF’s are a valid comparison to a micro 4/3 sensor but Panasonic have a certain likable image quality in their sensors that I find quite appealing. Its the same kind of difference on a larger scale between Leica lenses and Zeiss lenses I like both but have a soft spot for Zeiss because of the warmer colour render, that probably comes form using the Zeiss M42 glass in the 60′s and 70′s. As I see things at this juncture in time we have the Sony, Panasonic, Fuji, Sigma and several others that all produce different sensors and all have a real discernible look about them. Much in the same way that was the difference between films, now there’s fodder for a good discussion!
However how small, there is a difference between the E-M5 and the E-M1, while I haven’t used the E-M1 to any extent I’m so tempted to switch, maybe I’ll convert the E-M5 to IR. The E-M1 feels so right in the hand and the controls perfectly fit my fingers when the camera is raised to the eye which I struggled with on the E-M5. Fact is I have had real problems with it on the E-M5. Without the extra grip I have almost dropped the camera twice while changing lenses. The other features that make it for me? The WiFi capability for sure, a back focus button capability that I surely miss on the E-M5 and the weather sealing, but its the ergonomics that are the clincher (LOL) for me.
For small product work and real-estate shooting micro four thirds really has come of age and become a workable professional tool I can’t see any reason to return to a DSLR…
Olympus EM-5 OMD ƒ/11 .4s ISO320 75-300mm lens
Converted to monochrome in OnOne Perfect Photosuite B&W which has a a few nice presets and qualities the like of which are not available in Silver Effects Pro