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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.



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!



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.



First Look: Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC HSM | Art


The Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC HSM | Art lens replaces the very popular 30mm EX DC HSM lens as the fast, standard prime designed exclusively for DLSRs with APS-C sensors including the Sigma SD1 Merrill, the Canon EOS Rebel, 60D and 7D and a number of Nikon models including the D7100, D90, and D5100. And based on the updates and upgrades, the 30mm F1.4 Art lens is going to make a lot of photographers very happy.



Fan Photo of the Week: Ann and John Perdue’s Rock & Water

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This week’s Fan Photo of the Week was made by Ann and John Perdue of Victorian Key Photography.



Fan Photo of the Week: Steve Bryan’s Above the Fog

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This week’s Facebook Fan photo of the week was taken by Steve Bryan using the 50mm F2.8 EX DG Macro lens.



Point Reyes Photo Workshop

Q: What do you get when you combine sun, sand, waves, and wildlife with eager nature photographers? A: A great […]



A Bit about Bokeh, Background Blur and Selective Focus

The holiday season is a great time to make photos with gorgeously softened backgrounds and shallow depth of field for painterly, creative, and festive results. Indoors and out, the Christmas trees bedecked with tiny lights, Menorahs, and decidedly secular seasonal displays that brighten the world each December present the perfect opportunity to experiment, explore and create. While we’ll obviously be featuring a number of Sigma lenses in this how-to, much of the information here is universal.



First Look: Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Hands-On


Photographers have been excited about the possibilities of the new Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM lens since it was announced at Photokina. The first of the Art line in the new Sigma Global Vision, this lens is finally here. And being one of the first photographers in North America to shoot with this lens, I can tell you, it is flat-out amazing.