Hello from London

Discussion in 'Welcomes and Introductions' started by biglouis, Aug 4, 2013.

  1. biglouis

    biglouis SC Veteran

    Aug 4, 2013
    My name is Louis ("biglouis") from London - I am a serious compact system user.

    I've migrated away from Nikon and Leica and now shoot mainly with my Sigma DP2M, DP3M and my Sony RX-1.

    My main interest is urban landscapes - exploiting the fact that I live in central London and I also work in a historic district of the East End, Whitechapel.

    I am developing an interest in landscape photography when I can escape to the country.

    For the last 3 years I have mainly been shooting MF film but I have been seduced by the power of Greyskull.... I mean Sigma.

    I'm finding it hard to get much of a hard-on for film, or indeed any DSLR or rangefinder system since starting to use the Sigmas. Set up on a tripod at base ISO it is difficult to think of a better light capturing system. Of course, at anything over 800iso the system breaks down, hence the investment in the RX-1 which quite happily works at crazy iso levels. Still, side by side with my best film and RX-1 captures I still come back to the Sigma's.

    My wish list is for an interchangeable DPxM, or at the very least a very wide angle version. Here's hoping Sigma is working on such a beast.

    My website:LouisBerk.com - Photography
    My Flickr stream here
  2. CapoDave

    CapoDave SC Veteran

    Dec 3, 2011
    Mission Viejo Ca
    Real Name:
    Dave Kavlich
    Welcome Louis.
    Looking forward to seeing your images.
  3. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Real Name:
    Bill Palmer
    Louis, what kept you...? ;)

    You'll find this generally a friendly and supportive community. I think you'll fit in well and enjoy it here.

    Sent from another Galaxy
  4. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
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    Bill Shinnick
    Hello and welcome Louis.
  5. LisaO

    LisaO SC Regular

    Jul 11, 2010
    Welcome aboard Louis!
  6. raconteur

    raconteur SC Rookie

    Aug 12, 2013
    S.E. Wisconsin

    I have absolutely no experience with Sigma DPM. I hear about resolution but that it is very limiting. I had an RX 1 and now a Rx1R and what these cameras can do amazes me. You have both. Anything else you can share to enlighten me?

    I love my RX1R and how versifier it is. Far more than I would have thought. Never reace my D4 for many things but indespensible regardless.
  7. pniev

    pniev Student for life

    Jun 10, 2013
    ai. I forgot to welcome you, Louis. So I will correct that now: Welcome!
    I like your landscape photos and colors a lot. Thanks for introducing yourself.
    Since you work in Whitechapel, I had also expected a passion of (TV) mystery/crime photography in Midsomer and Oxford. ;-)
  8. biglouis

    biglouis SC Veteran

    Aug 4, 2013
    I must admit my opinion of the RX1 has improved even further since I switched to Lightoom 5 and have been able to read the RAW files in directly (instead of via the Sony converter software). I would now say that the RX1 is on a par with the sharpness of the DP2M for all but the most detailed of work. I am sure the RX1R is even better!

    Thanks for everyone for making me feel welcome. I recognise several names amongst contributors on this site, as well as Bill (above).

    Thanks for the observations. Actually, I did produce a Blurb book sometime back which included references to the Whitechapel murders and did quite a bit of research around that in order to correctly explain the photographs. You can see the book at my website LouisBerk.com - Photography - it is called 'Walk to Work'.

  9. HeatherTheVet

    HeatherTheVet SC All-Pro

    Apr 23, 2011
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    Welcome in Louis, looking forward to following your photos. I've never had enough time in London to do it any justice.

    I hope our boys didn't leave too much mess last night - they're an excitable bunch.

    Get posting!
    Heather, Glasgow/St Andrews
  10. pniev

    pniev Student for life

    Jun 10, 2013
    I will do that. Thanks.
  11. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
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    Hello and welcome, Louis. Looking forward to seeing your Sigma stuff. Those cameras are ones I would wish for but will never have :)