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Sigma Lenses Help Keep Santa’s Magic Alive

Capturing the magic of Santa with Art Sigma lenses

Steve Chesler: Trackside with the Sigma 100-400mm

The new Sigma 100-400mm Contemporary lens is a lightweight yet formidable companion for auto racing photography for pro’s and amateurs alike.

Sigma Lenses for Wedding Storytelling

As a wedding photographer, it is my responsibility to deliver exceptional photos, every event, without fail. Every wedding is a ballet, telling a love story through emotion and the subtleties of light. Carrying a case full of Sigma lenses, such as the extremely versatile 24-105mm f4 Art, along with a few primes like the tack sharp 85mm f1.4 Art and the indispensable 12-24mm f4 Art wide angle lens, I can capture that love story, creating something magical. I recently had the opportunity to document the wedding of the Grammy Award winning couple Kate and Forrest O’Connor, and build a video slideshow featuring their own music.

On Ice Action Portraits With Sigma Wide Angle Lenses

At the end of every hockey season, I get to play with strobes on the ice at my local ice rink in Western New York. This year I had the opportunity to play with the new Sigma 24-35mm f2 DG HSM along with the Sigma 10mm F2.8 DC Diagonal Fisheye. Shooting with wide angle lenses for sports action allows for a unique look compared to the typical telephoto compression on most sports images.

The Rodeo with the Sigma 120-300mm Sports

If you only had 8 seconds to shoot the perfect shot, which lens would you choose? When I had the opportunity to shoot the Attica Rodeo in Attica, NY, I immediately reached for my Sigma 120-300mm f2.8 Sport lens. I knew the action would be fast, I didn’t know what the lighting would be and there would most certainly be dirt and dust flying. The lens could handle all of it, even if the lighting was less than optimal. Fortunately, it was a beautiful late summer day, so I didn’t have any lighting curve balls thrown at me. What I wasn’t counting on being thrown at me came from a bulls rear end.

Big Field, Big Lens – Shooting Professional Baseball with the Sigma 150-600mm Sport Lens

As a member of the Sigma Pro Team, it’s always Christmas with new lenses arriving for me to play with. When the Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports lens showed up at the door like a baby being…

Shooting Outlaws with a Trio of Sigma Lenses

The World of Outlaw Late Model Series came to Weedsport Speedway in Upstate New York on June 23rd. A few weeks earlier I photographed the wedding of one of the series’ top drivers, Tim McCreadie, so this was a perfect…

The Perfect Air Show Lens: Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 | Sport

I was about 13 years old when I saw the USAF Thunderbirds air demonstration team for the first time. I knew at that moment that I wanted to be a fighter pilot, but alas, it was not meant to be. My eye sight wasn’t 20/20, which back in the 80’s meant that I was ineligible. Nevertheless, my passion for flight never dwindled and I make it a point to see every air show that I can. At this years Rochester International Air Show, I had the opportunity to photograph the Navy’s Blue Angels with Sigma’s 150-600mm Sport lens. Could this lens possibly be the best lens ever to photograph an air show?

Creating Sports Banners

Walking in to the gym at our local high school, you can’t help but notice the two 20 foot wide by 6 foot tall vinyl banners of both the boys and girls varsity basketball teams. I’ve received numerous comments on them including one person who said, “As soon as I entered the gym, I knew it was a ‘Chesler’ image.”

It’s a marketing jackpot that pays for itself over and over in exposure to other teams and high school seniors for their portrait sessions. In this blog post I will go over how I got the job, how I shot it, how I created it and the sales I made from it.

I Went to a Hockey Game and a Roller Derby Match Broke Out

Shooting hockey tournaments on a regular basis, I consider myself a seasoned veteran on the ins and outs of shooting hockey, such as keeping the equipment up and running in cold rinks and how to adjust for the challenging lighting situations. As experienced as I am with these, I still feel I was caught a little off guard when I agreed to shoot the Great Lakes Girls Hockey League Playoff Tournament at an outdoor twin rink complex in Buffalo in late February.