A couple of weeks ago I took a Sigma DP1 Quattro camera--kindly lent to me by Sigma Imaging UK--to Coniston in the English Lake District for a long weekend camping. I've already written one post on this here. Among the many limitations of the earlier Sigma DPx Merrill series was an occasional tendency to generate strange colour casts in deep shadow areas, or when taking pictures into the sun. It is something you learn to manage with that camera after a while, but one of the consequences was that many Sigma DPx Merrill owners gravitated towards black and white. The Merrills are superb cameras for black and white, creating deep and inky blacks (which nevertheless contain plenty of detail) and sharp, contrasty greys and whites. I use my DP2 Merrill as a black and white camera for perhaps 80 percent of the time.
I was keen to try out the Sigma DP1 Quattro in black and white, so I rode my bike down to the lake shore and set up the camera on a tripod. The pictures here were shot in B&W, in the camera, though the RAW files allow conversion to colour in the Sigma PhotoPro 6 software. Having said that, these images all come directly from the original B&W RAW file. They are all exposures of about 3-5 seconds, which gives the smooth look to the water, but also does interesting things with anything that moves, such as branches on trees and drifting boats.
Thanks to Sigma Imaging UK for lending me the camera.