I just wanted to say how impressive and inspiring I find your work. I came across it quite by chance, having “liked” the Sigma DP Merrill page on Facebook.
I’m glad you share my high opinion of the Rokinon 7.5mm – wonderful little lens, isn’t it?
Do you really find stitching a satisfactory solution to wide-angle landscape photography? Is it that you haven’t found a wide-angle lens that gives sufficient resolution for your requirements, or is there another reason for preferring this method? I’ve never tried to do it but I’ve always imagined it must require compromises in terms of composition, i.e. the difficulty of not seeing through the viewfinder what you’re going to end up with.
Very best wishes, Charles Mutter
Comment by Charles Mutter — July 5, 2013 @ 2:19 am
Hey Charles, good to hear from you and glad my images are an inspiration to you!!
Certainly the mini-Rokinon is fabulous. I use it wide-open a lot for aurora and I can expect sharp images into the corners!
Interesting point about stitching. I have thought about it quite a bit and I find I really need to be able to see the full image I want to capture before I raise the camera up. Then I know what I want to accomplish and the technical side of me takes over for the stitching process. However, if I am exploring a scene via the lcd, which I like to do as it is a small two dimensional “print” allowing me to compose independent from the actual scene in front of me, I find it very difficult to then switch back to the mindset of stitching. I am working at it though as the ultra high resolution allows very large prints. I have now purchased the DP1 Merrill(alongside the DP2M and DP3M) as well simply due to this different way of composing an image.
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A passion for photography is a natural for me, when as a child growing up in the prairies and badlands of Alberta I spent days exploring nature, geology, geography, and weather. “I was, and still am, enthralled by the grandeur of a prairie thunderstorm, the welcoming song of a meadowlark or the thundering roar of a train coming down the track,” and it's that inquisitive, observant nature that continues to fuel my creative work that resides in private collections across North America and Europe.
My involvement in photography, however, goes well beyond personal explorations. With experience as the staff photographer with the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology , Reynolds- Alberta Museum and other government positions, and with work published worldwide in Travel & Leisure, Canadian Geographic, Life, Photo Life, Readers Digest Press (Australia) and Japan Times.