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03.27.2015

It can be a challenge to think of some great images when photographing weddings.  I have a couple signature images I always love though.

© 2015 Jim Schmelzer

© 2015 Jim Schmelzer

One if them is the Bride sitting on her bed holding her wedding dress.  First, I have her sit on the bed and cross her ankles.  I then bring the dress up to her and have her hold it.  I always make sure the dress is all smoothed out and fixed nicely.  I place her bouquet in a vase next to the bed for accent.  I like to try and suggest clothing for the Bride when doing this pose, as jeans are not classy enough.

Then we move on to the most important factor in creating this image; lighting!  I like to try and light it in a way that other photographers don’t, so my work stands out.  I place a spotlight on the Bride’s face and bounce a fill light in the room to give detail to the shadows.  I used my Canon 5D Mark III with a Sigma 24-105mm F4 DG HSM | Art lens at 24mm.  I set my exposure at F/13 at 100 ISO.

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03.27.2015
© 2015 Roman Kurywczak | SIGMA 150-600mm f/5 – 6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary and Canon 1D Mark 3 | Focal length: 531mm | Aperture: f/8 | Shutter speed: 1/3200 sec. | ISO 800 Hand Held

© 2015 Roman Kurywczak | SIGMA 150-600mm f/5 – 6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary and Canon 1D Mark 3 | Focal length: 531mm | Aperture: f/8 | Shutter speed: 1/3200 sec. | ISO 800 Hand Held

I finally got a chance to get my hands on the Sigma 150-600mm f/5 – 6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary while I was down in Ft. Myers for the Florida Camera Club Councils annual conference.  I had a ½ day free before and after the conference and I was eager to get out and put the lens through its paces and compare its performance against the Sigma 150-600mm f/5 – 6.3 DG OS HSM | Sport version.

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03.26.2015

In Dec I was able to get my hands on a Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports in Nikon mount for short tour at one of the most famous bird photography spots in the US, Bosque del Apache. The first thing I noticed about this lens is the compact size, for a 600mm lens, its about the same size as one of my favorites, the Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | S lens. The lens weighs just over 6 pounds so it is a lot lighter, by about 2.5 lbs than my 500mm f/4 prime lens, or about 5 pounds less than a 600mm f/4 lens so its definitely easy to handle, even for handholding. The lens is compact and light enough to make handholding possible for most people after some time with the lens.

The lens is one of Sigma’s new Global Vision lens designs so its really reassuring to a professional to have the top level engineering, materials and construction in these lenses. The lens has a new tripod mount design, super sturdy metal lens hood metal and the lens is dust and splash-proof with new water & oil repellent coating on the front and rear glass elements. Time will tell but so far this new lens has proven to be at least as tough as my other Sigma lenses so it should stand up to professional use without any issues.

Pintails at sunrise. Bosque del Apache New Mexico main pool. | © 2015 Robert OToole | SIGMA 150-600mm f/5 – 6.3 DG OS HSM Sports and Nikon D810, 1/250 s, f/8, 280mm Auto ISO 900, EV 0, Manual mode, Jobu MK3 gimbal head and Jobu Algonquin Carbon Tripod.

Pintails at sunrise. Bosque del Apache New Mexico main pool. | © 2015 Robert OToole | SIGMA 150-600mm f/5 – 6.3 DG OS HSM Sports and Nikon D810, 1/250 s, f/8, 280mm Auto ISO 900, EV 0, Manual mode, Jobu MK3 gimbal head and Jobu Algonquin Carbon Tripod.

This lens really features a big improvement in the tripod mount design compared to older designs like the 150-500mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM and 50-500mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM. The lens tripod mount is super smooth and the design is great for handholding.  When you rest your palm on the foot the zoom ring is just the right distance away and easily within reach of your fingers. The new tripod foot has a removable lower portion, a first for Sigma, which is great news for quick release system users like me.

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03.24.2015
©2015 Roman Kurywczak | Lens: Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sport with the new Sigma 1.4 teleconverter | Camera: Canon 1D Mark 3 body |Focal length:  840mm | Aperture: f/9 | Shutter speed: 1/2000 sec. | ISO 800 Left AF point manually chosen with Center Weighted Average Metering

©2015 Roman Kurywczak | Lens: Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sport with the new Sigma 1.4 teleconverter | Camera: Canon 1D Mark 3 body |Focal length: 840mm | Aperture: f/9 | Shutter speed: 1/2000 sec. | ISO 800 Left AF point manually chosen with Center Weighted Average Metering

The simple answer is absolutely! In this 2-part blog I will review the performance of both the new Sigma 1.4x and 2x teleconverters (TC).

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03.23.2015

Introducing a new instructional video series from Sigma Pro Judy Host about making fantastic photographs of children, from maternity through teen years!

Utilizing a variety of Sigma lenses, Judy offers great insight for making powerful photos on location, and in the studio, along with post-processing tips and tricks.

Watch the series

Introduction (this video)

Episode 1: Maternity Sessions

 

Check back each month for a new episode!

Intro