Saturday, November 10, 2007

This photo is taken with the Sigma Sd14 camera, it is for Leif, who would like to see a photo taken in less than Ideal conditions. I will call it Falling leaves. It was in the shade with a long exposure on a tripod. Bill

Friday, November 09, 2007

Euro Prints

Euro Prints, our new print size which is very popular in Europe, 41/2x6, seems to be a huge hit for anyone with a camera that shoots in the 4:3 aspect ratio. This includes most compact, rangefinder, and some digital SLR models. Traditional 4x6 prints use the 2:3 aspect ratio, cutting off the top and bottom of the image. This also means that the subject's heads will often get trimmed as well. Our Euro Prints preserve the aspect ratio of the client's camera, resulting in the image being printed as it was intended by the photographer. This is perfect for scrapbookers or people without the need for standard albums, as your pictures feel more like a 5x7 and less like a 4x6. Move your mouse over the image above to see what I mean. Max.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Golla Bags, most of you may never heard of this Finnish company that produces some of the most fun bags we have ever seen. We have some in stock with more coming soon. They have a great web site here is the link.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

News Flash, Bob the beaver was sighted this morning just after dawn swimming down stream. In other news people are now using our new web site Foto Depot to upload photos to share with friends by creating albums. These same people sometimes order photos to print, and put them in one of our many new albums to chose from. There are still others who find our new selection of photo frames very exciting and enlarge their photos to display. I might even pick one for a new photo of Bob, if I see him again in better light. The photo above was taken last Sunday when the light was very nice, with my Sigma SD14. Bill

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Another Sigma Sd14 photo from Sunday. This one shows how close the 17 to 70 F2.8 Sigma lens will focus. This was shot at ISO 200 1/320 of a second and F4. It is not perfect, but was also not very hard to do with this camera and lens. Bill

Monday, November 05, 2007

If you have been reading my blog you will know that I am getting to know the Sigma SD14. Sunday was a wonderful day here as the light was warm and the sky mostly clear. To my surprise I found things about using the SD14 that I was not expecting. I went to take an early morning photo at the ISO 50 setting and realized a tripod would help. As you may also know, with my love for stabilized cameras and lenses, it has been awhile since I have set up a tripod. I have forgotten how it feels to adjust a good tripod, and take a little more time to compose a photo. The camera didn't focus quite the way I wanted so I switched to manual focus and with my free hand, thanks to the tripod, I began to experiment with focus. What's next, manual exposure? My point is not only can the Sigma SD14 capture a photograph like no other camera, it also provided me with a feeling and experience that I haven't had with a camera for a long time. From the sound of the shutter to the large viewfinder this camera just feels good and that for me makes a difference in the photos I capture with it. This photo shows the contrast of the warm November light on the trees and rocks and the deep blue refection of the sky in the river. I have printed this photo 16x24 and the depth it has I think is the result of the Foveon sensor. The feeling I have when I look at the photo has to do more with the experience of using the camera. Oh and the tripod too. Bill