The blue morph Artic fox captured with the SIGMA 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM | Art and the SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports lenses by photographer David Gibbon

The blue morph Artic fox captured with the SIGMA 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM | Art and the SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports lenses by photographer David Gibbon

Early in March this year, I ran two photography workshops on the beautiful but remote Hornstrandir nature reserve in the far north of Iceland. Cut off from the mainland, the only way to get there is by sailing over the Atlantic Ocean – which can be choppy at this time of year. A group of six and then five clients were all keen to get to this area on the edge of the arctic circle.

Image captured with the SIGMA 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM | Art lens by David Gibbon
Image captured with the SIGMA 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM | Art lens by David Gibbon

Armed with the heavy but beautifully built SIGMA 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM | ART lens and the SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports, conditions were tough as storm force winds, heavy snow and temperatures that dipped to -22 with wind chill really put our equipment to the test. On one particular day my SIGMA 150-600mm | Sports lens and camera were frozen and covered in snow but, remarkably, the fantastic weather sealing on the lens meant it still worked fully without any issues.

Image captured with the SIGMA 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM | Art lens by David Gibbon
Image captured with the SIGMA 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM | Art lens by David Gibbon
Image captured with the SIGMA 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM | Art lens by David Gibbon
Image captured with the SIGMA 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM | Art lens by David Gibbon

My overall aim was to capture an image of the rare blue morph Arctic fox using the SIGMA 14-24mm | Art Lens using a remote trigger to capture both fox and its stunning mountainous environment. I set the camera to F16 to make sure everything was in focus in the background and I waited and waited. After some time, an Arctic Fox appeared and walked right past my camera trap allowing me to snap this image. The fox was fighting its way through storm force winds and blowing snow, while the light from the sun was beautifully illuminating the mountains.

Image captured with the SIGMA 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM | Art lens by David Gibbon
Image captured with the SIGMA 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM | Art lens by David Gibbon
Image captured with the SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports lens by David Gibbon
Image captured with the SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports lens by David Gibbon
Image captured with the SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports lens by David Gibbon
Image captured with the SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports lens by David Gibbon
Image captured with the SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports lens by David Gibbon
Image captured with the SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports lens by David Gibbon

Read about David’s first expedition in this previously posted SIGMA blog article:

2018 Arctic Fox Expedition with the SIGMA 150-600mm | Sports lens by David Gibbon

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