Conversations at the Old School – Sigma Foveon Cameras

A wonderful thing about working in the Old School Gallery is the many conversations we have with the folks who visit; whether it’s the American lady who suddenly recited three Robert Frost poems, or the ex RAF Nimrod pilot who told me tales of flying over the North Atlantic, or the Chinese film maker recently…

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Discovering History At Muker – Wain Wath Force

My short journey to reach the Cart Ford above the Foss, where you cross the Rushing River, began by The Small Cultivated Field. I passed through The Clearing, then on up the Dale, gaining height as I climbed through Grazing Land. If I’d been visiting my friend Waendel at his Woodland Clearing I’d have taken the…

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The High Seas of Muker, with the Sigma DP0 Quattro

Landlocked though we are, when the wind blows, the wild flower meadows become our sea.

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Discovering Muker – Wild Flower Meadows

The Muker wild flower meadows are beginning to come into their own in early June, which for me means a desperate search for interesting angles and compositions.  The image below is my favourite hand held “sketch” so far and I’ll head out early tomorrow with a tripod and (hopefully) interesting light. The meadows are an inspiration for artists and…

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12 Images of 2016

Twelve favourite images from 2016; an unforgettable year of travel that took us to Norway’s Lofoten Islands, the Isle of Harris in Scotland, and the Himalaya of Nepal, but begins with two shots of my home county of Yorkshire, England. In order taken … click on a the image to see the bigger picture … 1. Hole of Horcum, North…

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Lofoten – Post 1, 4 Days & Counting

After six months of anticipation it’s now just four days and counting before we begin our journey to the Lofoten Islands; bags are packed, final purchases made, last minute preparations underway. Our journey takes us by air from Manchester to Bergen, where we catch the MS Lofoten to head North, hugging the Norwegian coastline for three…

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Sigma DP0 Quattro Comparison – Leeds

The comparisons of the Sigma Merrill and Quattro have remained by far the most popular posts on this website throughout 2014 and 2015, with the test shot of Leeds (below) the most clicked upon. The two shots below, taken a few days ago, complete the set with a comparison of the Sigma DP1 Merrill and Sigma DP0 Quattro.  Both…

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Spurn Point 2015

Inspired by finding the 2011 shot of Spurn Point (the subject of the last post), and realising it had been nearly five (eventful) years since I last visited, on Sunday I plugged the Point’s co-ordinates into the Sat Nav, turned on the engine, and headed due East. Two hours in,  and five minutes before it was deemed too dangerous…

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Sigma DP0 Quattro – First Shots

I’ve finally put my money where my mouth is and bought the Sigma DP0 Quattro. Unfortunately, since it arrived, the North of England has been shrouded in mist, fog and rain, perhaps not the Quattro’s natural element. But I couldn’t resist taking the camera out just after dawn around Sheriff Hutton, near York, when we stayed at Polly’s…

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Sigma DP0 Quattro & the Sigma DP1 Merrill

In the last of series of 3 posts on Sigma’s DP0 Quattro I couldn’t resist a cheeky comparison against the Sigma DP1 Merrill. … But first let’s get the disclaimer out of the way! Anyone looking for a technical, scientifically rigorous, thorough, review should look away now! Ok, so now we’re rid of those pesky…

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North by North East with Sigma’s DP0 Quattro

I’ve been lucky enough to have the loan of a Sigma DP0 Quattro over the last couple of weeks. Sadly  a combination of work and poor weather limited the time I was able to dedicate to the camera, and to understanding how to make the most of it’s capabilities. Nevertheless Staithes, high up on Yorkshire’s East Coast,…

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Sigma Quattro V Merrill Comparison – Conclusion

I know from the heat of the debate when the DP2 Quattro was released how opinion quickly divided between those favouring the Quattro and those favouring the Merrill. I know that the Quattro is a huge step forward as a camera, though the funky look is not to everyone’s taste. I know I looked forward…

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Sigma Quattro DP1 Comparison – Part 9 – Yorkshire Dales

In this final comparison I took the DP1 Quattro and DP1 Merrill to the Yorkshire Dales. Along with the DP3 Merrill. Again the Quattro proved to be by far the better camera … but this comparison is purely about image quality … and as beauty is in the eye of the beholder I’ll let you make your…

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Sigma Quattro DP1 Comparison – Part 8 – Yorkshire Air Museum

The Yorkshire Air Museum (http://www.yorkshireairmuseum.org) is a great place to go, and a great place to try out cameras. The aircraft below, the Blackburn Mercury Monoplane (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackburn_Mercury) built in Leeds, my home town, is perhaps my favourite, and the light is wonderfully captured by the Merrill DP1. In the comparisons below as ever the Quattro proved…

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Sigma Quattro DP1 Comparison – Part 7 – Ossett War Memorial

A repeat of the comparison between the DP2 Quattro and DP3 Merrill but this time with the DP1 Quattro and  DP1 Merrill. As ever the Quattro is by far the better camera. This comparison is purely about image quality … and as beauty is in the eye of the beholder I’ll let you make your own…

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Sigma Quattro DP1 Comparison – Part 6 – Pay & Display

A repeat of the comparison between the DP2 Quattro and DP3 Merrill but this time it’s the  DP1 Merrill V DP1 Quattro. As ever the Quattro is by far the better camera. This comparison is purely about image quality and as beauty is in the eye of the beholder I’ll let you make your own minds…

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Sigma DP1 Quattro Comparison – 5 – Clocks & Greens

A repeat of the comparison between the DP2 Quattro and DP3 Merrill but this time it’s the  DP1 Merrill V DP1 Quattro. As ever the Quattro is by far the better camera. This comparison is purely about image quality and as beauty is in the eye of the beholder I’ll let you make your own minds…

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Sigma DP1 Quattro Comparison – 4 – Victoria & Hunslet Mills

Victoria & Hunslet Mills have laid unused since the late sixties / early seventies, a poignant reminder of the inevitability of the 2nd law of thermodynamics, but luckily an interesting subject at which to point the Sigma DP1 Quattro This shot was taken by pushing the lens through the metal fence that surrounds the site. Very little…

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It’s Grim Up North – Exhibit D

It’s Grim Up North … the politicians and papers say … all urban degeneration … t’place is falling into decay Don’t tell them there’s urban re-generation up North, they’ll all want to come! … mind you there’s still some work to be done! Does just a 30 minute walk of 1.5 miles really seperate Recreation Avenue from Clarence Dock?…

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Sigma DP1 Quattro – Comparison 3 – Leeds Panoramic

Back to the bridge to take the same old test shot as previous comparisons. The day was dull and coming to an end but with a tripod there was just enough light. The first thing I look for is the detail on the clock face. Given the range it’s a remarkable effort from both cameras…

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