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07.12.2016

South Africa Photo Safari with the Sigma 150-600mm Sports

© 2016 Robert OToole | Sigma 150-600 sports lens @ 360mm and Nikon D500, 1/250s, f/8, ISO 800, Manual mode, Auto-ISO, EV -1.3, handheld.

The stiffness in my back and legs from 15 hours in coach was a small price to pay considering I […]

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06.08.2016

Japan Photo Tour, Part II: Snow Monkeys

© 2016 Robert OToole | Sigma 150-600 sports lens @ 330mm and Nikon D810, 1/500s, f/8, ISO 1400, Manual mode, Auto-ISO, handheld.

What is it about snow monkeys that brings people from all over the world back year after year? After all the famous snow monkey park is pretty small and can get crowded but being able to see the snow monkeys close up and interacting and with one another, and sometimes with people, is really an experience you wont forget. But above all else I think that the young monkeys and their non stop energy are really the biggest attractions at the park.

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05.17.2016

Japan Photo Tour Part I: Tokyo

© 2016 Robert OToole | Pagoda with a snow-capped Mount Fuji in the distance. Sigma 24-105 art lens @ 24mm and Nikon D810, 1/500s, f/8, ISO 200, EV +0.0, Manual mode, Auto-ISO, Jobu Design Algonquin Carbon Fiber Tripod and Acra-tech GP ballhead.

We just recently returned from an awesome 30+ day tour of Japan and the people, food, opportunities, and sights were all amazing, it seemed like there was always a surprise or something new around every corner.

During my winter wildlife tour we visit a few different areas of Japan but before that tour officially begins we had the chance to spend a few days in and around the greater Tokyo area doing street shooting and visiting some of the most photogenic tourist hotspots. This post features some of my favorite images from around Tokyo.

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04.05.2016

High-Magnification Macro Photography with the 24mm F1.4 Art

© 2016 Robert OToole

High Magnification Macro Photography reaches into a fascinating world of details that are normally hidden to the naked eye. The simplest and most cost effective way to get reach high magnification is to reverse mount a wide angle lens. When used in reverse the 24mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art lens gives me sharp detailed images at 5X or five times life-size. Check out some of my favorite images below.

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02.22.2016

Big Wave Surfing at Todos Santos Island Mexico!

© 2016 Robert OToole | Coco Nogales is a mexico’s most well known and well respected professional big wave surfer who competed against surfers from all over the world at this event on Sunday. Sigma 150-600 sports lens, 1/1600 s. f/8 at 600mm, ISO 320, manual mode, Nikon D810.

This winter the El Nino weather phenomenon is creating ideal conditions for big wave surfing photography. By pure luck I […]

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01.25.2016

Cross fox in Katmai, Alaska with the Sigma 150-600mm Sports

© 2015 Robert O'Toole | Teeth and claws on display directed toward a photographing moving too quickly. I mistakenly had my aperture set to f/18 causing my ISO level to shoot up to 7200! Sigma 150-600 Sports lens at 410mm and Nikon D810, 1/1250s, f/18, ISO 1000, EV + .3, Manual mode with Auto-ISO, UniqBall UBH 45 head and Jobu Algonquin Carbon Tripod.

Imagine one of finest places in the world for photography, filled with a vast system of mountains, lakes, and hundreds of miles of wild and untamed rivers and streams. A home for brown bear, eagles, fox, and wolves. Thankfully Katmai is visited by only a small number of people each year. Maybe the fact that this place is not reachable by car has something to do with it, but about only twenty to thirty thousand people visit this area of over four million plus acres each year.

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12.22.2015

Brown bears and the 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports

© 2015 Robert O'Toole | Red fox posing in the sun on a small patch of grass, Fox island, Kukak Bay, Katmai, Alaska. Sigma 150-600 Sports lens at 550mm and Nikon D810, 1/1250s, f/8, ISO 900, EV + .3, Manual mode with Auto-ISO, UniqBall UBH 45 head and Jobu Algonquin Carbon Tripod.

Exactly what makes Katmai Alaska such a special place for wildlife photographers? After all huge storms routinely sweep in from […]

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05.12.2015

The Sigma 150-600mm Sports On the North Shore of Oahu

© 2015 Robert OToole | Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports lens and Nikon D810 | Shutter speed: 1/1250 sec | Aperture: f/7.1 | Focal length: 490mm | ISO 450, Manual mode with Auto-ISO, EV +.7.

Hawaii and the north shore of Oahu has to be one of the greatest places on the planet for the size consistency and quality of the surf. In December I was lucky to be there with the Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports for a chance to shoot one of the first real swells of the 2014-2015 winter.

The lens is really is one of the best lenses I have ever used in Hawaii. Handheld or on a tripod this lens performs. Check out some of my favorite images from this trip below. If you have any questions or comments be sure to share ’em in the comments section.

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04.28.2015

Insect Macro Photography with the Sigma 150mm F2.8 DG Macro Lens

© 2015 Robert O'Toole | 100% crop view of the image above.

Earlier this year I was lucky to be able escape the winter time temps at home and make a quick getaway to Asia. My stopover is located close to the equator and only has one season, hot and humid, with temps averaging 87 degrees year round with lots of rain. This might sound unpleasant but for insects and plants its just about perfect. The macro photography opportunities in equatorial Asia are almost mind boggling sometimes!

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04.10.2015

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

© 2015 Robert O'Toole | Japanese red-crowned crane display jump. Sigma 150-600 Sports lens and Nikon D810, | Shutter speed: 1/1600sec | Aperture: f/8 | Focal length: 550mm | ISO 1000 | EV + 1.3, Manual mode with Auto-ISO, UniqBall UBH 45 head and Jobu Algonquin Carbon Tripod.

The highlight of any winter time trip to Japan has to be the Japanese red-crowned crane which has the distinction of being not only the rarest crane in the world but also the largest and heaviest on average.

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