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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!

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

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

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

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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04.09.2015

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

Winter is my favorite time of the year to visit Japan and it’s unique wildlife surrounded by unreal snow-covered landscapes. During my annual Japan wildlife tour we always spend a couple of days with the world famous snow monkeys at the volcanic hot springs in the Nagano area.

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03.26.2015

Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports in the Field

In Dec I was able to get my hands on a Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports in Nikon mount for short tour at one of the most famous bird photography spots in the US, Bosque del Apache. The first thing I noticed about this lens is the compact size, for a 600mm lens, its about the same size as one of my favorites, the Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | S lens. The lens weighs just over 6 pounds so it is a lot lighter, by about 2.5 lbs than my 500mm f/4 prime lens, or about 5 pounds less than a 600mm f/4 lens so its definitely easy to handle, even for handholding. The lens is compact and light enough to make hand-holding possible for most people after some time with the lens.

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10.14.2014

Giant Hurricane Surf Hits California

In late August a Hurricane off Mexico sent giant waves to California. The surf spots that are open to the […]

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