Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The Year 2015 plus a little 2014


From the last part of 2014 through the year 2015 I did a lot  of shooting and testing of various Sigma cameras and lenses.  The Sigma cameras I shot were:  DP1 Merrill, DP0/1/2/3 Quattro, Sigma SD1 Merrill with the 50 mm F:1.4 ART lens and several other lenses.  This blog entry is meant to showcase a few of the image I made during this time and is sorted by hardware type, starting with the SD1M and the 50 mm ART lens.  This is not the results of my testing of these cameras and lenses, but is a gallery showing example images of what each hardware combination is capable.

The 50 mm F:1.4 ART lens is by far the best lens I have used on the SD1M and will match the results  from the DP3M or Q for detail capture and micro contrast.  It is a large and heavy lens and does an excellent job on auto focus on the SD1M,   

50 mm F:1.4 Art Lens
Sigma SD1 Merrill
Pine Tree at Red Rocks

Bee exiting a Cactus Blossom

The next 2 images were mad with the DP1 Quattro camera.  The colors produced from the Quattro cameras are more vibrant than the colors from the Merrill cameras and have the Quattro images more more pop.  The Quattro's strange body shape fits well in my hands and is easy to hold and shoot.

Sigma DP1 Quattro
Denver's Union Station

Graffiti in Downtown Denver

The next 3 images were shot with the DP2 Quattro.  These also show the rich colors that are obtained with the Quattro sensor.
Sigma DP2 Quattro
Heritage Square Amusement Park

Red Rock Lake Panorama 

My Favorite Priest 

The next 3 images were shot with the DP3 Quattro and again show the great color the sensor is capable of capturing.

Sigma DP3 Quattro
Pink Dahlia

Wild Roses

Pink Dahlia and Grasshopper

The next 3 images were shot with the DP0 Quattro.  The DP0 may be the best of the Quattro series in terms of image quality and ease of use.  I could do a whole blog segment on this one camera which I only had for 3 days.  It produces clean images and great OOC jpegs.  Loved it!

Sigma DP0 Quattro
View of the Maroon Bells

Sunset a Kendrick Park Lake

Fall Image at a Pond

This is an image made with the DP1 Merrill.  

Sigma DP1 Merrill
Tree and Monument at Arches NP

The remaining image of the gallery were shot with my SD1 Merrill and various lenses.

Sigma SD1 Merrill
and Various lenses
Dead Horse Point with the 18-35 mm Art lens

Colorado Lavender Fields 18-35 mm Art lens

Sleeping Bull Elk 50-500 mm OS lens

Two Bull Moose 50-500 mm OS lens

Red Rock Lake Pano 18-35 mm Art lens

Maroon Bells 18-35 mm Art lens

Taylor Reservoir Pano 18-35 mm Art lens

Swallow Tailed Butterfly 105 mm OS lens

Grasshopper and Bees on a Dahlia Bloom
105 mm OS lens

2014 and 2015 were great years for me shooting photos around the western US.  In a later post I will put up a baker's dozen of the best images from Kathleen and me for 2015.  I hope you enjoyed this short exploration of the great cameras and lenses from Sigma!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

2013 

Our year in Photos


2013 was an awesome year for Kathleen and I.  We made several trips during the year and made some memorable photographs along the way.  This photo from Arches National Park sums up how we felt about this year. 

Life is Good in 2013!

 January snow in our front yard was the start of our year

 On a trip to Red Rocks I spotted these llamas, 
who I named dumb and dumber.  They were 
having a really bad hair day!

 Red Rocks Park is beautiful in snow in B&W

 Balanced Rock and Friend at Arches NM

 North Window Arch at arches NM

Rifle Falls View near Rifle Colorado 

Rifle Falls View near Rifle Colorado  

Great Blue Heron at Local Park
 
 
Peregrine  Falcon

 
Great Horned owl and Chicks
 
 Busy Bee 

Major Pollinator at work in cactus bloom
 
 
 Water Lily at Hudson Gardens

 Kolob Canyon Utah

 
 Kolob Canyon Utah

 Bull Elk on Trail Ridge Road

 Red Rocks Lake and Indian Peaks

 Rainbow on Trail Ridge Road

 Statue at Rancho de Taos
 Aspen grove after the leaves are gone


Monday, August 12, 2013

Estes Park 

and 

Rocky Mountain National Park

Kathleen and I spent 2 and a half days in Estes Park at the end of July and the first couple of days of August.  We had great weather during our stay and spent time in Rocky Mountain National Park and downtown Estes Park.  

On our first day we went up Trail Ridge Road and had a mixture of clouds and sunshine, and a little wind. 


As we were driving near the top of Trail Ridge Road Kathleen spotted a few Big Horn sheep next to the road.  The traffic was near a stand still, so Kathleen could shoot from inside the car.  Here is one of the shots she got.


She then looked out the other side of the car and spotted a bull elk on the hill to our left.  As you can see I was concentrating on the road and cars in front of us.  There was a pull off about 100 yards ahead, so I pull in and parked so we could get a few shots of the elk.


Kathleen was using her 17-70 mm OS lens and got this global, environmental shot of the elk with the mountains and clouds in the background..


I grabbed the 50-500 mm OS lens and walked down the road to get a good vantage point.  The elk was nice and stayed resting for a while.  I was able to get the first shot below, then a lady started to walk across the tundra and spooked the elk.  The second shot was grabbed a the elk moved away.



 A Valley Rainbow

We stopped at the visitor's center at the summit, which is always nice.  After a brief stop for a snack and a drink of water, we started back down Trail Ridge road toward Estes Park.  Just as we got to timber line a light rain shower passed through.  The sun came out and we looked to our left and there was a beautiful rainbow down in the valley.  Kathleen bust out of the car, almost before I stopped, camera in hand and started shooting this scene.  Here is Kathleen getting into her artist mode, right along the highway.


I was awe struck, I have never seen anything like this in all my years of traveling in the mountains of Colorado.  Here is one of my many shots of the rainbow.


Here is one of Kathleen's shots.


and in just 2 or 3 minutes the rainbow started to dissipate and was complete gone in another minute.


Sprague Lake

On day 2 we drove up to Sprague Lake, which is just off the road to Bear Lake.  This lake is in a beautiful setting with lots of pine trees and the rocky mountains as a backdrop. 



There were  a lot of serious fly fishermen wading out into the waters.  I do not know of a more picturesque place to fly fish or take photographs.



 Elk in Your Own Backyard

 On our last morning we started out to drive back into Rocky Mountain National Park, when we notices 3 very large bull elk just outside our condo.  I stopped and parked the car.  Kathleen went across the grass toward the elk and and I hurried around to our condo to get in front of the elk.  That is me on the porch and the elk a down below. 

Kathleen supplied the narrative for the next few shots.

Larry:  Where are the elk?
Bull Elk:  Who is that up there?


Aha! I see you and you see me


Larry:  Hold still, I have to get a good shot


Elk:  Bye now, see you later


Whoops, I guess I can't go any further


Here is a parting shot from the Sheep Lake overlook. 



We took probably 2 hundred or more shots over the 2.5 days and what we are showing here are a few of the highlights from the trip.  We hope you enjoy these photo as much as we enjoyed taking them.  It is fun to share our love of photography and of the out of doors.