By Forest McMullin
As a photographer who specializes in environmental portraiture, lens selection is critical to the look of my work. Much of the time I choose to shoot with prime lenses. Let me explain why I made that decision for one of my projects.
In 2014, I was given an artist residency at The Hambidge Center for Arts and Sciences in Rabun, Georgia. For two weeks that year and again in 2015 and 2016, I was given a cabin tucked away in the mountains, dinner prepared for me four nights a week, and encouragement to do whatever I wanted. I had driven through the area around Hambidge a number of times when my wife and I had gone to the Great Smokie Mountains of North Carolina from our home in Atlanta on camping trips. We often stopped at flea markets along the way and the faces I saw at these rural stops struck me. There was an extraordinary range of types and ages and looks. I knew there was a project here waiting for me to photograph. That idea became American Flea.
© 2016 Forest McMullin| Mary-Lynn Starkey runs a small flea market near Franklin, NC with her husband Roger. They told me they decided to open their store because they needed some way to get rid of the stuff they had accumulated by going to auction. I shot this with the 24mm because I wanted to accentuate the space outside their store. Shot with a Nikon D600, Elinchrom ELB and the Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art. Exposure, ISO 100, 1/200 @ F5.6
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With it’s introduction back in 2013, the Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 DC HSM | Art lens took the photography world by storm as the first wide angle zoom with a 1.8 aperture. A wide angle has it’s place in sports photography, albeit on a more limited scale than my go to sports lens, the Sigma 120-300mm f2.8 DG OS HSM lens.
As one of the Sigma Pro’s, the 18-35 was high on my list of lenses I wanted to shoot with. It’s an outstanding lens for wedding photographers, street photographers, landscape photographers and more, but as a sports action photographer how much use would I get out of a lens like this?
Recently I had a rare free afternoon so I made my way down to the local skate park armed with the 18-35mm and a few strobes. My objective was to get as close to the action as possible short of taking a skate board to the jaw. I set up one of my Strobies STR-200 strobes opposite the setting sun at the base of a few of the ramps and let the skate boarders and BMX riders go to town giving me their best stuff. Getting my vantage point down low put the action almost directly over head giving a huge sense of height to each of the aerial tricks.
© 2016 Steve Chesler Heading down to the local skate park with a few strobes and my Sigma 18-35mm f1.8, I wanted to play with this exceptional wide angle lens for sports action.
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Sigma Pro Jennifer Rozenbaum loves the versatility of the Sigma 105mm Macro lens. This is her go-to lens for sharp, close-up images and the perfect portrait focal length. Watch this video to learn more about the 105mm lens and posing with a mirror.
Check out the images after the jump!
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Introducing a new educational video series from Sigma Pro Jen Rozenbaum about boudoir photography! Jen is here to provide instruction on posing, lighting, wardrobe, shooting any woman in any scenario and many more!
Boudoir Photography Sessions: Introduction from Sigma Corporation of America on Vimeo.
Check back each month for a new video!
by Peyton Hale
This year I was fortunate to come on board as an instructor for The Giving Lens (TGL), an organization founded by renowned international photographer Colby Brown. The idea behind The Giving Lens is to blend together travel, photo education, and the ability to give back to the communities we visit through the contribution of our time, cameras, and financial support to nongovernmental organizations in the countries we visit.
© 2014 Peyton Hale | Lens: Sigma 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM | Focal length: 80mm | Aperture: F5.6 | Shutter speed: 1/125 sec
I’ve had the added benefit of watching The Giving Lens blossom from an idea to now seeing how that idea has matured into the organization it is now, delivering a positive impact its making through worldwide trips. From the beginning I have had an interest in being able to bridge photography and travel with making a lasting positive impact to the places we visit. Coming from a conservation oriented field of study, I’ve seen the power of images make a difference in species and land protection. Transitioning into a humanitarian focused organization was a new endeavor, but the same ideas are at the root of the cause – raise awareness and establish a sustainable, positive influence in the places our trips are focusing our efforts. The trips also have the reverse influence, making a lasting impact on both participants and leaders working with NGO’s around the globe.
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© 2014 Melanie Myhre
By Melanie Myhre
Photography for me is more than creating a pretty picture. It’s about telling a story and transporting the viewer to another time and place. The idea that anything is possible if you can dream it is a re-occurring inspiration in my work. If I can create and capture a fantastical scene in our own reality without compositing in Photoshop, I feel that I have succeeded in preserving a little wonder and hope in our world, even if that scene existed for just a brief moment.
I wanted to create something surreal, haunting and mysterious. A forest at twilight seemed like the perfect setting for a dark fairytale. A friend had just given me 30 white feather boas to make a perfect fairytale dress. I sewed them into an elastic waistband for an overskirt. The underskirt was made from white satin sewn into elastic and cut into 3 inch strips to allow for more freedom of movement. I created the bodice from a plain white corset found at a thrift store. A hot glue gun was used to attach beads, paper flowers, and jewels. By the time the dress was finished, it looked like a flock of chickens had exploded in my studio!
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© 2013 Frank Lee
About the Photograph
On the day this picture was taken, I woke up during the wee hours of the morning, and ventured into the darkness with my backpack stuffed full of photo equipment. I hiked from Hammock Beach (FL) to somewhere beyond the Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, and took pictures along the way. This stretch of beach in Palm Coast, Florida, is covered with Coquina rock formations and tide pools. It is an absolutely wonderful place for photography and exploration. When the sun started to rise, I setup and took a few long exposure shots using my Sigma 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM lens and a variable ND variable filter. It was such a beautiful sunrise that I decided to do a self portrait using a wireless remote shutter release.
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM
Camera: Canon EOS 50D
Focal Length: 10mm
Filter: ND Variable
Exposure Mode: Manual
About My Photography
To me, photography is not just about the end product. It is about a journey, a story, and a moment. It is also about finding myself, and appreciating the beauty of the world in which we live. My desire to chronicle the lives of my children through beautiful pictures is what inspired me to start shooting about six years ago. These past several years has been an amazing learning experience! Thanks to my family, friends, and fellow photographers for their support!
Check out more of Frank’s work on his Flickr photostream!
Eight years ago, the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) designated June 15th as Nature Photography Day. This year, it will be observed on Saturday, June 15th. This day was created by NANPA to promote the enjoyment of nature photography, and to explain how images have been used to advance the cause of conservation and protect plants, wildlife, and landscapes locally and worldwide.
For many nature photographers, the camera is a tool for documenting incredible moments spent in the great outdoors. It also helps us to share the beauty of a sunrise with friends who decided to sleep in, or to show the magnificence of an endangered animal to a world that may have forgotten it.
© 2013 Gabby Salazar | Dingmans Falls, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania, USA. Lens: Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye. Aperture: f3.5. Shutter Speed: 1/125 sec. ISO 800.
This Saturday, I encourage you to get spend some time outdoors with your camera. If you don’t commonly photograph nature, think of it as an exercise in creativity. By exploring natural subjects through the lens, you may learn something that you can apply at your next portrait session or wedding shoot.
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© 2013 Richard Kuperberg
This week’s Fan Photo of the Week was made by Richard Kuperberg with the all-new 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM | C lens!
Camera: Canon | Lens: 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro (OS)* HSM | C | Shutter: 1/320 – 1/250 – 1/80 sec | Aperture: f11 | ISO Setting: 100
He tells us:
Usually this Monastery (Chuang Yen Monastery) is very busy and hard to get a shot without having people in the picture. Luckily I got off work early and headed there thinking I might have a shot at photographing the place with nobody around, my luck there was not a car in the parking lot. This image is HDR, and the new sigma lens ROCKS!
I have grown up on photography, learned from my father who was a photographer and owned a camera store for 19 years. I specialize in Macro, Nature ,Wildlife, Models , and Still Life. The last 8 years I have been photographing abandoned buildings and the remains that are left behind. I have been in a few galleries and have sold many pieces. I currently took 4th place in the Photographers Forum Best of Photography 2010, sponsored by Sigma Corp. I am being published in the hard cover book which is being distributed to Art and Photography school across the world. Also My photo will be published in the Photographers Forum Magazine Winter edition. I also took week 1 in Peter Lik’s contest on the Weather Channel.
I have learned Photoshop digital editing on my own and specialize in HDR.
More of work on Richard’s website and Facebook page!