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04.30.2013

One of the benefits for outdoor sports shooters on APS-C sensors is the gain in reach with telephotos lenses.  The negative of course is that now your wide angle 16mm is now not so wide at 25.6mm.  Thankfully Sigma has a great wide-angle lens perfect for crop sensor shooters…the 10-20mm f3.5!  I picked up this lens about a year ago and have shot outdoor sports and adventure travel with it extensively.

©2013 Liam Doran | Sharp, light, fast and tough…the 10-20f3.5 makes it in the pack for multiday expeditions. Focal length: 10mm | Shutter speed: 1/800 sec | Aperture: F6.3 | ISO: 200

©2013 Liam Doran | Sharp, light, fast and tough…the 10-20f3.5 makes it in the pack for multiday expeditions. Focal length: 10mm | Shutter speed: 1/800 sec | Aperture: F6.3 | ISO: 200

Whether I am at home or on the road I tend to start out most of my shoots with my wide-angle lens and gradually work my way into the telephoto range. When I am shooting editorial in a new area one of the most important things to capture is the sense of place and the quickest, easiest way to get it is with your wide angle.  By keeping my athlete close to the lens (5-10 ft) I can immediately let the viewer know what we are doing and where the action is taking place.

©2013 Liam Doran | The image is geographically locked into place with visual clues like the Ten Mile Range, I-70, and chairlifts.  This can only be Copper Mountain, Colorado | Focal length: 10mm | Shutter speed: 1/1250 sec | Aperture: F7.1 | ISO: 200

©2013 Liam Doran | The image is geographically locked into place with visual clues like the Ten Mile Range, I-70, and chairlifts. This can only be Copper Mountain, Colorado | Focal length: 10mm | Shutter speed: 1/1250 sec | Aperture: F7.1 | ISO: 200

One of the great advantages of being an outdoor sports photographer versus a conventional sports shooter (hint: its not the money) is the creative freedom you get when not constrained to the sideline.  When you are shooting skiing, biking, trail running, fly-fishing or any other outdoor sport your camera placement is essentially only limited by your imagination.  I often like to get up close and below the action to get a more powerful perspective.

©2013 Liam Doran | With the biker only 4-5 feet away from the lens both he and the storm clouds seem to engulf the viewer. | Focal length: 10mm | Shutter speed: 1/800 sec | Aperture: F6.3 | ISO: 200

©2013 Liam Doran | With the biker only 4-5 feet away from the lens both he and the storm clouds seem to engulf the viewer. | Focal length: 10mm | Shutter speed: 1/800 sec | Aperture: F6.3 | ISO: 200

©2013 Liam Doran | Looking up with super wide lens lets me see nearly the entire length of the 60-foot trees and also exaggerates the height of my skier | Focal length: 11mm | Shutter speed: 1/1000 sec | Aperture: F4.0 | ISO: 500

©2013 Liam Doran | Looking up with super wide lens lets me see nearly the entire length of the 60-foot trees and also exaggerates the height of my skier | Focal length: 11mm | Shutter speed: 1/1000 sec | Aperture: F4.0 | ISO: 500

The Sigma 10-20 f3.5 is an incredible tool and it is in my pack every day I shoot with a crop sensor camera.  It is well built, incredibly sharp, handles distortion nicely and even though is not technically a sealed lens it handles extreme conditions with ease.  For those that like to shoot into the sun the multi-layer coating keeps ghosting and flare to a minimum.  If you are looking for an upgrade to your kit lens I highly encourage you to go wide…it will have you seeing the world from a fresh angle.

©2013 Liam Doran | Flare and ghosting are kept at bay shooting directly into the sun.| Focal length: 10mm | Shutter speed: 1/800 sec | Aperture: F6.3 | ISO: 200

©2013 Liam Doran | Flare and ghosting are kept at bay shooting directly into the sun.| Focal length: 10mm | Shutter speed: 1/800 sec | Aperture: F6.3 | ISO: 200

©2013 Liam Doran | Using a wide angle can yield unique results| Focal length: 10mm | Shutter speed: 1/40 sec | Aperture: F14 | ISO: 400

©2013 Liam Doran | Using a wide angle can yield unique results| Focal length: 10mm | Shutter speed: 1/40 sec | Aperture: F14 | ISO: 400

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