Photographer Tom Adamson is known for his derelict images of the Chernobyl disaster zone taken with the SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art and the SIGMA 24-35mm F2 DG HSM | Art lenses. Tom continues to explore the use of these two SIGMA Art lenses and shares his experience using them for Astro photography.
Astro Photography with the SIGMA Art lenses by Tom Adamson
As a landscape photographer wide angle lenses are an essential tool. Whether you are on the coast, amongst the hills or up a mountain you want to capture the breath-taking vistas in front of you and for doing this shooting wide is an obvious choice. You want the viewer of your image to be immersed in the picture you have created and vicariously join you in your adventure.
My first SIGMA lens was the SIGMA 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM lens which is a powerful tool for landscape photography as it gives a very wide angle of view. I have many favourite images captured with this lens however I wanted to capture more details of the nightime sky. Astro photography is something I have been doing a lot lately and find myself enjoying it more and more. There is nothing more stunning and magical than the stars in the night sky. Bringing the night sky into your work can add an extra element to your creative process and can produce some beautiful results.
When deciding what lens to use for Astro photography the ones that will give you the best results are those that are fast and wide! Choose a lens that has a large aperture to capture as much light as clearly as possible and a wide focal length to capture all the key features in your landscape. My personal choice is the SIGMA Art series of lenses. These are fantastic lenses for low light photography. My two favourite lenses for this style of shooting is the SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art lens and the SIGMA 24-35mm F2 DG HSM | Art lens. Both are amazing wide angle lenses and coupled with their wide aperture capabilities, I consider these lenses to be the perfect tools for the job.
The SIGMA 20mm | Art offers prime lens image quality with a super wide angle range and a maximum aperture of F1.4 to absorb as much light from the night sky as possible. It also allows an impressive hyper focal range to make sure you can capture masses of stars in the sky as well as introducing foreground interests into your composition.
Next up is the extremely versatile SIGMA 24-35mm | Art with a maximum aperture of f/2 through the zoom range. Having that F2 aperture through the entire 24 to 35mm zoom range can be very handy if you are in an awkward location and have a limited area to setup and work from such as a forest or cliff top etc. You may find with a prime lens you may have to move around and re-locate to frame up your shot, with the SIGMA 24-35mm | Art you can just simply zoom in or out with a twist of the barrel allowing various composition possibilities from a fixed location all the time using the F2 aperture to make short work of the low light conditions.
All these features encased in a precision engineered and manufactured lens makes for an awesome piece of kit that would have pride of place in any camera bag. My Sigma lenses have traveled far and wide and to be honest. They have endured some tough locations and conditions but consistently produce outstanding results. These lenses are great if you fancy a new photography challenge or want to freshen up your existing portfolio. Go for a SIGMA fast and wide lens and point it towards the sky. When the stars are out and the conditions are right, than you will not be disappointed!
To see more of Tom’s images, visit his website: http://tomadamsonphotography.co.uk/
Read Tom’s other blog on the SIGMA Lounge: SIGMA Art lenses in the Chernobyl Disaster Zone by photographer Tom Adamson