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10.03.2013

Playing in the Sand: Part One

While I usually preach getting low to create unusual angles, with wave photography raising your tripod to head-height allows the swirling water to occupy a large percent of the image area. Nikon D800E. Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 IF EX DG HSM lens. f/16, 1 second. ISO 200. Sigma 82mm Circular DG Polarizer Filter. Gitzo GT2451EX tripod with Gitzo ball head. Processed in Photoshop CS5, Nik Viveza plug-in applied. Photo © 2013 David FitzSimmons. All rights reserved.

Have you ever risen early in the morning for a sunrise photo shoot only to be faced with fog? Often a feeling of disappointment sets in; I suggest, however, that such moments are full of opportunities—chances to try something new.

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09.30.2013

Chasing Fall Color with the Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM | Art Lens

Exploring the world through the Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM | Art lens on the hunt for varying colors and textures, and levels sharpness and blur can create images that are at once new, and yet instantly recognizable. Close-up focusing on a pumpkin, for example, gives a shallow slice of sharpness, and lovely focus fall-off in a composition that’s pure seasonal color. And a single turning leaf backlit by the sun tells the story of autumn in a very different way than a sweeping vista of an entire hillside.

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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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08.30.2013

The Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art: Another Look at this Amazing Lens

It was just about a year ago that the Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art lens was announced at Photokina 2012 as part of the Sigma Global Vision. And what a year it has been for this amazing wide, fast prime! This lens quickly won the hearts of both technical reviewers and creative photographers around the world for its amazing optical performance even wide open at F1.4, its design and build, and of course, its incredibly competitive street price.

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08.08.2013

The Magic of Iceland

© 2013 Roman Kurywczak | For the foreground: Sigma 12-24mm | Focal Length: 12 mm | ISO: 100 | Aperture:  f/22 | Shutter speed: 1/3 sec. For the sky: Sigma 12-24mm | Focal Length: 12mm | ISO: 100 | Aperture: f/22 | Shutter speed: 1/5 sec.

Iceland has long been on my list of photography destinations so I was very excited to finally get a chance to explore the country as well as try out the Sigma 12-24mm. The landscapes were just breathtaking and I got an opportunity to photograph the many waterfalls of the country. The lens quickly proved itself as I was able to compose and recompose quickly given that I was often very close to the falls! One of my favorites is a triple waterfall near Mt. Kirkjufell (shown above). While I normally use split neutral density filters to balance a scene, I decided instead to blend two exposures (one for the sky and one for the foreground) because of the mountain protruding on the right hand side. A split ND filter would have unnaturally darkened Mt. Kirkjufell so an exposure blend was the best option in this case.

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07.02.2013

Q&A with safari photographer David Cardinal

Tune into a free webinar on July 30 to learn how travel photographer David Cardinal captures nature in its wildest form. Cardinal will be one of two presenters in a Datacolor tutorial sponsored by Sigma, in which attendees will learn about critical gear and preparation for a successful safari shoot.

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06.19.2013

Spring along the New River

A mid-morning blue sky, peppered with cumulus clouds, accentuates the New River Gorge Bridge and the hillsides below. New River Gorge, West Virginia, USA. Sigma SD1 Merrill. Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM lens. f/5.6, 1/200 sec. ISO 100. Sigma 77mm polarizer filter. Gitzo G2228 tripod with Gitzo ball head. Processed in Sigma Photo Pro 5.5. Two TIFFs, 1 stop apart, processed in Photomatix. The resulting image optimized in Adobe Photoshop CS5, NIK plug-ins applied. Photo © 2013 David FitzSimmons. All rights reserved.

In spring, as life slowly fills the dormant West Virginia landscape, color bursts forth everywhere. It seems that wherever you point your camera, you get good images. While leading photography field sessions at the New River Birding and Nature Festival this May, I was stirred by the hues sweeping across the mountains in West Virginia. Each day, festival leaders take participants to a variety of locations, and, while much of the week focuses on bird watching and photography, many trips include beautiful landscapes.

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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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05.13.2013
05.03.2013

Fan Photo of the Week: Brian Drourr’s Zen Barn

This week’s Fan Photo of the Week was made by Brian Drourr in Vermont with the Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 lens. Click to read the full article.

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