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Lens Exploration: Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM | Art

A wide-aperture APS-C zoom allows for all kinds of creative possibilities. Fresh tomatoes and other produce become works of art. Sosio’s Fruit and Produce, Pike’s Place Market, Seattle. Nikon D800E (APS-C crop mode), Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM | A at 18mm, f/1.8, 1/400 second, ISO 800. Hand-held. Photo © 2015 David FitzSimmons. All rights reserved.

The Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Art lens is revolutionary. Never before has a zoom of this range been produced with a continuous, super-bright f/1.8 aperture. What’s even more amazing is that this groundbreaking optic exudes luxury in its build and performance and produces absolutely spectacular, tack-sharp images, even at f/1.8.




Green Anole, Environmental Learning Center, Vero Beach, Florida. Sigma SD1, Sigma 105mm f/2.8 OS macro lens.  f/16, 1/160 second, ISO 100. Two Dynalite Strobes. Lastolite Cubelite light tent. Photo © 2015 David FitzSimmons. All rights reserved.

It’s been five years since I began my Curious Critters photographic series, and a lot has happened. Here’s a quick […]



How to Photograph Your Dog #13 – Wide-Open Primes for Stunning Pet Portraits

Stopping down to f/2 still blurs the background nicely while providing a bit more depth-of-field. Here Rowans nose, eyes, and ears appear reasonably in focus. Nikon D800E, Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | A lens at f/2, 1/100 sec., ISO 100. Photo © 2015 David FitzSimmons. All rights reserved.

In my last photo dog blog, I demonstrated how Sigma’s newest prime, the 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM | Art lens, […]



How to Photograph Your Dog #12 – Fast Dog, Fast Prime

We loaded Rowan in the Suby and headed down to Pleasant Hill Lake, which was swelling higher and higher with spring rain. A lakeside campground had become partially inundated with water—a great place to let our pooch swim.

I dialed up my D800E to ISO 1600, which, in the late day sun, allowed me to shoot at f/8 at 1/2000 second. This gave me moderately strong depth-of-field and a shutter speed fast enough to stop Rowan running, splashing, and swimming as she retrieved sticks.



How to Photograph Your Dog #11 – Wiener Dogs

This week I point my camera toward a smaller breed. It’s one that’s popular with budget-minded pet owners. Today we’ll photograph wiener dogs, a German breed that dates back to at least 13th Century.

Initially I intended to photograph a neighbor’s wiener dog, but, the truth is, our family fell in love with these diminutive beauties, so we bought one. Or, more precisely, we bought a whole pack of them.

To begin my portrait project, I decided that I wanted to create some high key Curious Critters



How to Photograph Your Dog #10 – Symmetry and Asymmetry in Action

Winter in Ohio has been splendid this year…if, of course, you like cold weather and snow. Rowan, our fox red […]



How to Photograph Your Dog: 9 – Polarizers for Perfect Pet Portraits

After a brisk cross-country ski with our fox red Lab pup Rowan, I decided to take a few snowy mug […]



How to Photograph Your Dog: 7 – A Matter of Perspective

With deep snow covering the hills here in Ohio, I couldn’t resist taking Rowan out for a romp in the white and fluffy. Grabbing a rope toy for Rowan to retrieve, we headed out to a nearby field.

My goal was to take action photos, high speed images of Rowan racing through the snow. Rowan’s ‘fox red’ coat looks especially good in early- or late-day sun, so, I took her out to a hilltop where the last golden rays were lighting things up. Generally speaking, dog action shots require shutter speeds of at least, say, 1/1000 second. That means that strong sun, medium to wide apertures, and medium to high ISO settings are often best.



How to Photograph Your Dog: 7 – Exposure: Photographing Your Beau in the Snow

The temps here in Ohio have dropped to below freezing, and a beautiful blanket of snow covers the ground—the perfect […]



How to Photograph Your Dog: 6 – New Year’s Resolutions

At the end of each year, we commonly reflect on our past 12 months and look forward to the next […]