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09.17.2014

New York Whale Watching with the Sigma 150-500mm

© 2014 Mike Busch

New York Whale Watching with the Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 lens. Top tips for capturing great photos of humpback whales off New York City.

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04.14.2014

Photographing the Untamed Coast of Hawaii

Waipio Morning

The magic of Hawaii, and the reason to keep returning time and time again, lies beyond the well-manicured resorts and pristine sandy beaches. The spirit of the land, or aina as the natives call it, is in the towering cliffs, lush rainforests, volcanic rock-strewn black sand beaches, deep canyons, lava-spouting volcanoes and tall mountains. Most visitors don’t see the incredible diversity Hawaii has to offer, but to those willing to explore, including dedicated photographers, it’s literally a paradise. I will show you only a small part of that incredible natural beauty here in two images of Big Island’s wild coast.

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01.02.2014

Studio shooting with Sigma’s DP3 Merrill

Strawberries in Basket | While shooting these berries for a story I decided to once again see how the DP3 handled things. Let's say I'm thrilled with this camera. Camera: DP3 Merrill | Shutter speed: 0.6 sec | Aperture:  f/5.0 | ISO 100

Ever since hearing about the DP3 Merrill compact digital camera, I knew it was something I wanted to get my […]

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09.11.2013

Packing Light with the Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM

© 2013 Liam Doran | Focusing was fast enough to capture sharp images of racers even at high speeds. Shutter speed: 1/1250 sec | Aperture: f6.3 | ISO 400 |Focal Length: 212mm

After a long winter of heavy shooting and endless travel on assignment I usually take a few weeks of late […]

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09.04.2013

Making the Best of Opportunities in Nature Photography

As photographers, we often strive for that “perfect” image. Those who are most proficient in their art, in one way or another, pre-visualize the final photograph and strive to exercise the most possible control over all the variables involved in achieving the desired end result. The reality is that outside of the studio and particularly true in nature photography, all bets are off. The extensive planning and meticulous research performed prior to photographing a never before visited location may prove useful or lead to a near-fruitless and frustrating trip. The landscape artist cannot control light and precipitation and is always at the mercy of Mother Nature. Sometimes you have to come to terms with the fact that the iconic shot you saw in someone else’s portfolio will probably not be in yours. This is where you have the chance to prove your worth as a photographer by using your imagination and compositional skills to improvise and make the most out of the presented opportunities.

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07.24.2013

Sigma 15mm F2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye lens

© 2013 Gabby Salazar | Indian pipe, a parasitic plant, grows on the forest floor at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Pennsylvania. Lens: Sigma 15mm F2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye | Shutter speed: 1/50 sec | Aperture:  f/10 | ISO 800

I have always wanted a fisheye lens and have always talked myself out of the purchase, confident that it would gather dust when the novelty wore off. Recently, after becoming interested in wide-angle macro photography, I bit the bullet and got the Sigma 15mm F2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye. It’s now been two months and I honestly can’t put the lens down. A few weeks ago, my dad commented that my worldview is becoming warped and I hope he was just referring to the pleasing distortion in all my recent images.

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07.23.2013

Nature Photography with the Sigma SD1 Merrill

© 2013 Alex Filatov | Camera: SD1 Merrill | 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG HSM | Shutter speed: 1/25 sec | Focal length: 24mm | Aperture: f16 | ISO: 100

When Sigma offered me the chance to shoot with the flagship SD1 Merrill DSLR, I jumped on the opportunity to extensively explore the abilities of the Foveon X3 censor at the heart of the camera. Knowing that my plans involved photographing the natural beauty of the mountainous American West allowed for the selection of several lenses from Sigma’s fine catalog most suited for that purpose – the 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM wide angle, the 24-70mm F2.8 IF EX DG HSM mid range zoom and the 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG OS APO HSM telephoto.

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06.26.2013

SD1 Merrill + 17-70mm Contemporary by Justin Wojtczak

Camera: SD1 Merrill /Lens: 17-70 mm F2.8-4 Macro OS HSM Contemporary / Focal Length: 31mm / Shutter Speed: 1/320 sec / Aperture: f6.3 /ISO: 200The rich colors of the canola flower being back lit from the sun was captured perfectly with the sensor of the SD1.

We asked Justin Wojtczak of 375Photography if he’d like to test out the Sigma SD1 Merrill and the new 17-70mm F2.8-4.0 DC OS HSM | Contemporary lens during the spring wedding season and his answer was an emphatic “Yes!” Here Justin shares this thoughts on this lens and camera combination in a video review and shares the tech specs behind many of his favorite images.

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06.14.2013

Nature Photography Day | By Gabby Salazar

© 2013 Gabby Salazar | Dingmans Falls, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania, USA. Lens: Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye. Aperture: f3.5. Shutter Speed: 1/125 sec. ISO 800.

Eight years ago, the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) designated June 15th as Nature Photography Day. This year, it will be observed on Saturday, June 15th. This day was created by NANPA to promote the enjoyment of nature photography, and to explain how images have been used to advance the cause of conservation and protect plants, wildlife, and landscapes locally and worldwide.

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06.12.2013

For the love of photography | By Gabby Salazar

© 2013 Gabby Salazar | A woman sits on a stoop in the streets of Cusco, Peru. Sigma DP2s.

My father started taking pictures when he was in the army. He rediscovered his love of photography when I was around 11 years old, and he gave me my first camera as a gift and sat me down in a friend’s backyard bird garden with a Sigma 170-500mm. The first time I looked through that lens I was hooked on photography. A blue jay alighted on the stick that the camera was focused on and I snapped the shutter at my father’s urging. When we got home, my father enlarged that image and printed it for me. The image was tack sharp, the colors vibrant and the blue jay looked alive!

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