Amazing Silkypix colors – ISO400 +

Went out today with the intend to do some shooting with my friend Bengt Werner – while on my way I stumbled upon another photographer which tried desperately to find the little kingfisher that had hidden himself somewhere.. I took him with me and off we went all three into the wilderness of sweden and finally there (around the corner from anywhere) we found an Emu.. (Dromaius novaehollandiae) And of course I had to take a few shots – I’ll show you one..

Sigma SD15, 50-500 @ ISO100

Now. The thing I really wanted to talk about wasn’t this bird – but those colors when dealing with ISO400 and above – using Silkypix! And the strangest thing was when I imported some shots taken just before entering home – standing at my door I shot some small birds sitting in a bush – light was bad and I switched to ISO400 and OS on – these shots looked pretty bad opened in Lightroom but instead of crying I tried opening one of them in Silkypix and what a sight! It was really like day and night – never seen such direct difference before.

Lr3 vs Silkypix 4. Foveon file. Look at those colors that Silkypix found!

I did know that Lightroom processed my Dp1x files pretty bad but didn’t know it could mess up my SD15 files this much! Oh, and yes, I’m ok with some noise so LR3 has normal noise reduction turned on while Silkypix has very little of it.  Still.

All photos below shot using 50-500 with OS and ISo400+ (some came out darker and had to be pushed some)

Sigma SD15, ISO400 50-500 @ 450mm 1/30s hand held.
ISO400 50-500 @ 450mm 1/30s hand held.

ISo400 1/60s hand held ISo400 1/60s hand held ISo800 (pushed) 1/125s hand held
This last one one stop under exposed – pushed to ISO800.

And as always – they are all viewable at it’s full glory at my 2011 spring set at flickr. I might also add that I also tried to open one of the shots using Sigma Photo Pro and it came out beautiful as well, so no need to get Silkypix just because of these birds.. :) SPP is still free!

About Carl Rytterfalk

Welcome to my blog! I'm Carl Rytterfalk, a swedish photographer who loves everything that is interesting in the world of photography. In 2002 I fell in love with the three layered Foveon sensor and has since then been an addicted user of Sigma cameras. Though I use Canon and Nikon as well. :)
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10 Responses to Amazing Silkypix colors – ISO400 +

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  2. Phillip says:

    how did they look in spp?

  3. Toby says:

    Same question for me.
    May you can make a direct comparison SPP vs SPP :P

  4. I didn’t try as I’m deep in Silkypix for the moment – But opening the file in Sigma Photo Pro gives a really nice result. Especially if you turn noise reduction to a minimum. So, you can say that Silkypix is SPP on steroids.
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  5. Phillip says:

    thanks! I haven’t thought of dialing down noise reduction… in what cases would you want to do that?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Hi Carl,

    Only one simple question: what’s the best (maximum) print size for SD15? Of course, using RAW, without software upscaling! A A3 print is possible?


  7. Anonymous,

    At what print DPI? You’re saying 4.6MP then? If you’re printing with an Epson then using 240DPI you would get ca 28x19cm. But if it would have been the Sigma SD1 then you would print at 51x34cm using the same settings and no rescale.

  8. Steven says:

    Carl I have a question for you. I have recently had to replace my dying mac with a pc, sadly I can’t afford to replace it with another mac at this time if I want to get that SD1, 50mm 1.4 and 85mm lenses to go with it, so I was wondering what you feel would be the best software to compliment SSP between Lightroom and Sillypix. What do you feel is the most useful.

  9. Steven,

    The ease of use of Lightroom and also it’s ability to work as the perfect storage with great search, meta tagging, and it’s always been fast when it comes to supporting new Sigma cameras. So far it has support for all of the current models. Silkpix lacks support for some which is annoying. The next incarnation of SPP is said to be amazing so perhaps some of the Silkypix stuff isn’t needed as much..

    Go for Lightroom 3+, that would be my suggestion.

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