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09.30.2014

Sigma’s 300-800mm F5.6: Brown Bear Paradise in Alaska Part 1

© 2014 Robert O'Toole | Brown bear feeding frenzy, Hallo Bay, Katmai NP Alaska. Lens: Sigma 50-500mm F5.6 EX lens | Focal Length: 380mmm | Nikon D4 | Shutter speed: 1/2000 sec | Aperture: f/8 | ISO 1000 | EV + 1 | Manual mode, handheld.

My annual trip to Alaska in late July to early August usually means big skies and great light, schools of salmon in the rivers and creeks and coastal brown bears, lots of cubs, and almost unlimited photo opportunities. This year we were treated to two full weeks of sun and clouds without a single rain shower. These are some of my favorite moments of the trip with some technical notes and stories behind the images.

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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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08.04.2014

LENS EXPLORATION: 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM

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  Intro If you want to photograph all kinds of subjects from long distances—from wildlife to athletes to fast-moving vehicles—then […]

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05.28.2014

First Look: Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | A

Daffodils, captured wide open at F1.4 with the new Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | A lens on a classic 5D. 1/5000 F1.4 ISO 100.

The Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | A lens is simply amazing. This standard field of view, fast-aperture, full-frame, prime lens combines outstanding sharpness, fast autofocus, in a lens that is built with a singular vision on performance.

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05.19.2014

Photographing the Nighttime Landscape with Sigma’s 12-24mm lens

I have been photographing nighttime landscapes for about 20 years now capturing images of star trails like the one pictured […]

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05.16.2014

On Location in Alaska with the Sigma 18-250mm OS

Lens: Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS MACRO HSM | Focal length: 130mm | Nikon  D800E in DX mode Exposure mode:  manual mode | Shutter speed:  1/2000th sec |Aperture: f/8 | ISO 320 | handheld OS on.

On a recent trip to Alaska I brought along a lens on loan from Sigma, the 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS MACRO HSM lens. Apparently this lens a very popular lens in the super zoom multi-purpose category but the question is, how would do on a wildlife shoot? When I was packing for my trip I remember thinking that I didn’t know how the lens would perform but at least the lens is so tiny it wouldn’t take up a lot of room in my bag.

Honestly it was my first time using this lens, or any type of super zoom lens, so I didn’t have a clue of what to expect but as the first series of images popped on the screen I was pleasantly surprised but when I zoomed in to see the sharpness at 100% the feeling changed to one of mild shock!

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04.24.2014

Rediscovering the Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 zoom lens for Outdoor Photography

A sandhill crane poses for my camera in front of a pond on a golf course in Florida. Thanks to the grab-and-go ease of this supertelephoto zoom lens, it was mere seconds from parking to making the first photos when I first saw this trio of birds.  Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 at 500mm 1/1600 F6.3 ISO 400 on a Sony A-850.

The Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 zoom lens offers great versatatility and reach in a compact package, perfect for on-the-go wildlife and birding phtoography.

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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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04.10.2014

Tips for Supertelephoto Zoom Lens Photography

The Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 offers supertelephoto reach and zoom versatility for capturing great detail from a distance. This Sandhill Crane portrait was made at 500mm at a distance of about ten feet. 1/2000 F6.3 ISO 200 on Sony A850.

Supertelephoto lenses can help bring a whole new level to your photography; and it just takes a little practice to get the hang of some of the particulars of working with long-reach lenses. Here are some top tips for making the most of supertelephoto zoom lenses.

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03.28.2014

High Concept Photography

An example of a high concept image, this depiction of McClures Beach at Point Reyes National Seashore rises above the literal, conveying ethereal mood through a dream-like representation of sunset. Nikon D2X. Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM lens. f/16, .5 second. ISO 100. Sigma Circular DG Polarizer Filter. Gitzo GT2451EX tripod with Gitzo ball head. Photo © David FitzSimmons. All rights reserved.

In “The High Concept Image,” a recent feature in Outdoor Photographer, nature photographer Ian Plant intelligently challenges photographers to capture creative, thoughtful images that move beyond “snapshots,” rising to the level of “art.”

Ian’s description of the high concept image is in contradistinction to the “low-concept image,” which he points out is generally more “documentary” or “literal” in nature. Seeing nothing wrong with such grab shots, he does, however, push photographers to look for new ways to depict the world. He invokes legendary photographer Minor White, who once said “One should photograph objects not only for what the are but for what else they are.”

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