After a long time I decided to write a new journal entry.
I purchased a Sigma sd Quattro and started on a photographic journey with it.
Some of you may know that I was taking pictures with my old and trusty Fuji S3 Pro and a 50mm 1:1,4 lens
for a very long time but as time went by, the camera showed more and more issues.
It was time to move on. Since I do not (and I am underlining not as absolutely not) taking videos with my camera
and I am kind of an old school middle focus kind of guy (one focus area in the middle is absolutely enough!)
I took the chance and purchased the Sigma camera.
I used a Sigma SD 14 a long time before and when I browsed through my pictures I decided to try a Sigma camera again.
It was a love - hate start.
I had the feeling that the viewfinder was of absolute low quality even though it was stated that it had a high pixel count.
The black out of it was giving me the feeling that the camera took ages to save a raw file, just to realize later on, that the viewfinder blacked out for 2 secs
but the picture was saved instantly. The color balance in the beginning was horrifying....
...but over time Sigma has outdone themselves by fixing bugs. Even jpgs are really lovely to look at now and they even added dng support !!!
Project: I purchased several lenses over the last few months but I am a fan of my 30mm 1:1,4 art lens which came as a kit lens with my camera.
Since taking color pictures is somewhat a medium format kind of photography - you need to stay in the ISO/ASA range of 100-200 or you will drown in color blothes all over the pictures, -
I chose a black and white project. I set my camera to a certain look so that my pictures look as if I am using a film roll (a very contrasty one) and I am limiting myself to square photography.
I can't limit myself to just this one lens and the black and white mode but I limit myself to 75% following my project rules over the whole year.
You may ask, why?
Limiting yourself and setting certain rules can set your mind free. You train yourself to see in a certain way and I made the experiece with my Fuji S3 Pro in the past, that limiting yourself
is pushing your creativity and leaving resources for other aspects of photography like posing, framing and post-processing.
At the end of the year we will see if I followed my own project through, but I am already very excited to take all those pictures.
Hope to see you around.