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12.22.2015

Exactly what makes Katmai Alaska such a special place for wildlife photographers? After all huge storms routinely sweep in from the gulf of Alaska with little warning and the animals, from the tinniest of insects to the largest bear, are in charge and humans are not at the top of the food chain. Getting around by air or sea is the only way to go and its expensive and unreliable. With the weather issues, dangerous inhabitants and difficulties getting around why do I keep going back for ten years straight? The photographic opportunities of course!

© 2015 Robert O'Toole | Juvenile brown bear playing in a field of fireweed, Hallo Bay, Katmai, Alaska. Sigma 150-600 Sports lens at 600mm and Nikon D810, 1/000s, f/6.3, ISO 2000, EV + .7, Manual mode with Auto-ISO, UniqBall UBH 45 head and Jobu Algonquin Carbon Tripod.

© 2015 Robert O’Toole | Juvenile brown bear playing in a field of fireweed, Hallo Bay, Katmai, Alaska. Sigma 150-600 Sports lens at 600mm and Nikon D810, 1/000s, f/6.3, ISO 2000, EV + .7, Manual mode with Auto-ISO, UniqBall UBH 45 head and Jobu Algonquin Carbon Tripod.

This juvenile bear and its sibling played in field of fireweed for almost an hour. This is the kind of opportunity that will always keep me coming back for more.

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12.18.2015

It has been another banner year here at Sigma, between product announcements, awards, and events from coast to coast! Here are the most popular blog postings in 2015!

Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM | Art: Hands-On Sneak Peek

Our first look at the 24-35mm F2 DG HSM | Art, the world's first full-frame F2 zoom lens, was the most popular blog posting of the year!

Our first look at the 24-35mm F2 DG HSM | Art, the world’s first full-frame F2 zoom lens, was the most popular blog posting of the year!

Our hands-on with the world’s first F2 full-frame zoom lens was far and away the most popular posting of the year!

Helen Chandler is owner of Whistling Wolf Farm, a transitional organic farm in Pittstown, NJ. She was kind enough to pose for an environmental portrait at a local farmer’s market. (www.whistlingwolffarm.com) 1/180 F2 ISO 100 at 35mm with Canon 580EX flash with diffuser down, -1 1/3 FEC.

 

Boudoir Photography Session 1: How to Take a Good Bed Posing Photo

The first blog posting in Sigma Pro Jen Rozenbaum’s Boudoir Photography series has been very popular this year!

Photo © Jen Rozenbaum

First Impressions: Sigma 150-600mm f/5 – 6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary

Loaded with great birding photography by Sigma Pro Roman Kurywczak, this first look at the 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary lens got a ton of positive feedback from our fans!

© 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

 

Festival of Cranes: Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 Sport

And Roman’s piece on the 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sport was also incredibly popular, earning a top spot in terms of views for 2015!

Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 Sport lens on Canon 1D Mark 3 body | Focal length: 600mm | Aperture: f/7.1 | Shutter speed: 1/2500 sec | ISO 800 hand held. © 2014 | Roman Kurywczak

FIFTH PLACE IS TIED: Both of these articles had virtually identical pageviews year to date!

Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art: First Look

Our hands-on first look at the 24mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art was incredibly popular as well. Fans really seem to love our first look hands-on reports on the newest Sigma Global Vision lenses!

30 second exposure of the Brooklyn Bridge a F/11 ISO 100 by Patrick Santucci on the Canon 6D.

 

20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art: Hands-On Sneak Peek with Image Samples

The 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art, the world’s first F1.4 20mm ultrawide prime was the most recently published article in this list, but quickly rose in the rankings!

Hotel Room 2717 at the Courtyard Marriott Times Square West offers a fantastic view of the Empire State Building. I squeezed the camera and lens out the tiny window opening, braced it against the window frame, and fired several variations on this shot showing the street, the buildings, and the moon. I had a camera strap around my neck as well, just in case! 1/2000 F3.5 ISO 2000.

 

Editor’s Picks

Here is a bonus sampling of great blog postings you may have missed this year, hand-selected by the editors of the Sigma blog.

The Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary versus the 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports

The Magic of Iceland – with just four Sigma lenses

Sigma 150-600mm | C Pairs Performance with Portability

First Look: dp0 Quattro

Sigma 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM for Outdoor Action Photography

Working with Children Video Series: Using the 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art Lens

Why the 24-105mm F4 | A Is THE Ideal Wedding Lens

Made In Japan, Part I with the Sigma 150-600mm Sports

LENS EXPLORATION: 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS | Contemporary

The Perfect Air Show Lens: Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 | Sport

12.16.2015

We have just announced the world’s first highly shock-resistant and scratch-resistant clear glass ceramic protective filter, the WR Ceramic Protector! Check out this video to get a feel for just how strong this new glass protective filter is!

The Sigma WR Ceramic Protector, the world's first clear ceramic filter for DSLR lenses.

The Sigma WR Ceramic Protector, the world’s first clear ceramic filter for DSLR lenses.

 

 
Have you ever been in a photo situation where this super-tough protector could have saved your lens?

 

12.15.2015
© Roman Kurywczak | Canon 1Dx body with the Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary at 600mm f/6.3 for 1/2500 sec. and ISO 800 hand-held.

© Roman Kurywczak | Canon 1Dx body with the Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary at 600mm f/6.3 for 1/2500 sec. and ISO 800 hand-held.

I have just returned from leading workshops at the 2015 Festival of the Cranes and I realized that it has been about a year now that I have used the Sigma 150-600mm Sport. It is also approximately 8 & 1/2 months that I have been photographing with the Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary and I must say I am very impressed with the performance, sharpness, and versatility of both of these lenses and wanted to provide you with a long-term use update.

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12.14.2015

We’ve completely updated our Holiday Season Lens Chart for 2015! Here, at a glance, is the current Sigma lens catalog for easy reference to each other and several wintry touchstones, like penguins, a cardinal and a 16 ounce cup of coffee! Click on the image to view it and download it in its full 7575 x 4200 pixels glory!

Click the poster to view and download at full 7575 x 4200 resolution!

Click the poster to view and download at full 7575 x 4200 resolution!

We’ll also be posting this image to our Facebook Page,  Instagram and Twitter. Feel free to reshare it, and be sure to tell us what’s on your #SigmaLensWishlist between now and 11:59 PM EST on December 20th, 2015. We’ll be picking five winners to receive a Weather-Resistant Sigma Circular Polarizer (choice of filter size up to 86mm) and  Sigma goody bag across all social channels from postings using the #SigmaWishlist hashtag!

The Sigma Weather-Resistant Circular Polarizer.

The Sigma Weather-Resistant Circular Polarizer.

Winners names below the jump!

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12.10.2015

In the sixth session of the Boudoir Photography Sessions, Sigma Pro Jen Rozenbaum provides tips on how to show off curves by changing the arm poses.  Jen is using the Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art.

Check out the images after the jump! 

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12.08.2015

Sigma Pro Judy Host offers great tips for photographing children, from Maternity through teen years in this new video series.

Judy uses one lens, the Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art lens, to showcase its versatility during Maddie’s photo session.

12.04.2015

As a member of the Sigma Pro Team, it’s always Christmas with new lenses arriving for me to play with. When the Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports lens showed up at the door like a baby being delivered by a stork, I couldn’t get it on my camera fast enough. My son had a little league game later in the afternoon, so I was very eager to give the lens a work out of it’s own.  As with many things in life, like ice cream, you can have too much of a good thing. With such a small field, I was right on top of the action which was too much for such a strong lens. Instead of switching to a shorter lens, I decided to switch to a bigger field, so I contacted the Rochester Red Wings, the Triple A farm team of the Minnesota Twins.

© 2015 Steve Chesler | Rochester Red Wings pitcher Lester Oliveros tosses a pitch to the plate against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. With the exceptional pulling power of the Sigma 150-600mm Sport lens, none of the action was out of reach.

© 2015 Steve Chesler | Rochester Red Wings pitcher Lester Oliveros tosses a pitch to the plate against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. With the exceptional pulling power of the Sigma 150-600mm Sport lens, none of the action was out of reach.

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© 2015 Steve Chesler

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12.04.2015
This photo appears in the December 2015 issue of Powder Magazine, made with the Sigma 12-24mm lens atop my car! Photo © Liam Doran / Powder Magazine

This photo appears in the December 2015 issue of Powder Magazine, made with the Sigma 12-24mm lens atop my car! Photo © Liam Doran / Powder Magazine

I was about to leave on assignment shooting ski areas in New Mexico and Arizona for Powder Magazine and I was worried.  It had not snowed for weeks and conditions were far from ideal.  The editor and I had talked about it and we decided to go through with the shoot regardless . While I would still have to come back with solid ski action photography we would also lean heavily on the travel and story telling imagery to round out the package. Looking at the maps I realized that on my way to Arizona Snowbowl from Summit County, Colorado, I would have to pass through Monument Valley.  I wanted to improve upon the ultra cliché shot (standard view down the road to Monument Valley) with a fresh perspective.  I knew exactly the shot I would create to make it my own. To put my own stamp as a skier and ski photographer on this scene.

Here is the shot of the approach to Monument Valley that has been made thousands upon thousands of times.

Here is the shot of the approach to Monument Valley that has been made thousands upon thousands of times.

Once I got to the top of the Monument Valley Road I pulled over and got set up.  I mounted my Canon 5DMKII and Sigma 12-24 4.5-5.6 lens on top of my car.  I used a Manfrotto carbon fiber tripod and 055 Magnesium ball head to keep my gear safe and steady.  I composed the frame so that I would see the skis on top of my car and also the surrounding landscape.  Finally I attached my wireless remote trigger to the camera and began driving through the desert landscape.

Canon 5D Mark II and Sigma 12-24mm lens mounted atop my Manfrotto carbon fiber tripod and secured to the rack.

Canon 5D Mark II and Sigma 12-24mm lens mounted atop my Manfrotto carbon fiber tripod and secured to the rack.

I wanted the roadside to be blurred to show movement into the scene but I also wanted the background landscape and ski tips to be sharp.  Using the ultrawide 12-24 lens focused at the ski tips and a shutterspeed of 1/30 sec allowed me to do this.  ISO was at 100 and aperture at f/14 to maximize depth of field and total image sharpness.

The view from behind the camera.

The view from behind the camera.

Testing the remote and depth of field with me in the frame.

Testing the wireless remote and depth of field with me in the frame.

Then it was time to make the shot. Rolling down the road at about 50 MPH, I triggered the camera with the remote several times and nailed the shot I was hoping for.

It’s a bit risky for the world’s top ski magazine to run a shot of skis travelling through the desert as the opener, but I’m glad they did…and it’s great to see a previsualized shot come to life just as you imagined it!

11.30.2015

Lisa Sellge of Temecula, California, is our #SigmaSuperFan for December, the final Sigma photographer to join the winner’s circle!

Lisa Sellge is our Sigma SuperFan for December!

Lisa Sellge is our Sigma SuperFan for December!

 Tell us a little about yourself

I’m a ballet dancer, mom and lover of cats and cars and cameras. I use photography to study the world without distraction. The camera brings me into the zen of the moment.

Photo © Lisa Sellge.

Photo © Lisa Sellge.

 Is photography a passion or a career?

Photography is a passion that I am coaxing into a career but it doesn’t yet bring enough income to focus on it 100%. Still, I’ve had a good year as far as photography jobs go.

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