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Happy 2nd Year Newsletter Anniversary and 34th Birthday - Happy Birthday to Me!!

Happy 2nd Year Newsletter Anniversary and 34th Birthday - Happy Birthday to Me!!

Wow.... 2 years and growing strong. Almost 1500 registered newsletter users, I'm very proud to share some of my images with you all. Thank you all for the wishes and support! Looking forward to continue sharing images, tip and techniques in the future.

I'm also celebrating my 34th Birthday. Hard to believe 4 years ago, I decided to take a full swing at photography and I'm so glad I did!!

Come to San Diego With Me - It's a Freaking Awesome Place!!

California Brown Pelican Preening - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
California Brown Pelican Preening - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D, 400mm L @ f/8, 1/800 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure, Hand-held

California Brown Pelican Preening - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
California Brown Pelican Preening - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D, 400mm L @ f/8, 1/1250 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure, Hand-held

San Diego Sunset - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
San Diego Sunset - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKII, 17-40mm L @ f/11, 1/80 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure, Hand held

Western Gulls Courship - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Western Gulls Courtship - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D, 70-200mm L with 1.4 extender @ f/8, 1/2000 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure, Hand-held

The Cliff - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
The Cliff and Our Playground - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKII, 17-40mm L @ f/16, 1/125 sec, ISO 50, Manual exposure

I only have 4 spots available with a maximum of 5 participants for best learning experience. If you would like to join me, please act quickly as this will be another sold out workshop.

To lear more about the workshop please click HERE

Fill Flash RULES - Before & After!

Using The Better Beamer At Close Range (Before & After) - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Using The Better Beamer At Close Range (Before & After) - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D , Canon 800mm L @ f/8, 1/320 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure, 580EX II, Better Beamer
Manual exposure, Tripod

I had an opportunity to photograph a captive Kestrel few weeks ago. There was a small group of locals and visitors photographers taking advantage of the situation but only few of them had a flash available to take full advantage of the opportunity as the Kestrel was under a tree with bright sunlight in the background.

Everyone jumped to photograph the Kestrel and got carried away. I watched everyone closely and told myself "Wow, they don't see the shadows?" After 30 minutes or so, I decided to also create few images. I pulled my 580EX II and Better Beamer. Some approached me and asked me "Let's see what are you getting Maxis". I gladly showed the before and after and they were impressed with the results.

Someone mentioned "why would you use a Better Beamer at such close range?" I didn't answer as I didn't want to miss the opportunity. I hope they get this newsletter so they can see what they were missing!!

Using the Canon 800mm with the Better Beamer within the minimal focal distance of the lens worked like a charm!! Folks continue thinking that using the Better Beamer is only for long distances. It can work very well at close range as well.

Keep that in mind!

More Images from Florida Bird Photography Tour.com - Feb, 2011

Female Brown Pelican in Front of an Artificial Background - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Female Brown Pelican in Front of an Artificial Background - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D , Canon 800mm L @ f/8, 1/1000 sec, ISO 200, Manual exposure, Manual exposure, Tripod

Male Brown Pelican in Front of an Artificial Background - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Male Brown Pelican in Front of an Artificial Background - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D , Canon 800mm L @ f/16, 1/200 sec, ISO 200, Manual exposure, Manual exposure, Tripod

First Images With My New Canon 800mm Lens and Thoughts!

Great Horned Owl - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Great Horned Owl - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D , Canon 800mm L @ f/8, 1/500 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure, Manual exposure, Tripod

American Oystercatcher Profile - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
American Oystercatcher Profile - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D, Canon 800mm L @ f/8, 1/1000 sec, ISO 200, 580EX II with Better Beamer for some fill, Tripod

Male Anhinga Posing - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Male Anhinga Posing - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKII, Canon 800mm L @ f/8, 1/500 sec, ISO 200, Manual exposure, Almost full frame, Tripod

Sandhill Crane Colt & Parent - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Sandhill Crane Colt & Parent - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D, Canon 800mm L @ f/16, 1/250 sec, ISO 800, Manual exposure, Almost full frame, Tripod

Bald Eagle Taking Off - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Bald Eagle Taking Off - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved

Canon 5D MKII, Canon 800mm L @ f/8, 1/800 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure, Almost full frame, Tripod

Everglades Sunset - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Everglades Sunset - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D, Canon 800mm L @ f/8, 1/500 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure, Almost full frame, Tripod

Cormorant Silohetted - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Cormorant Silhouetted - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D, Canon 800mm L @ f/8, 1/200 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure, Almost full frame,
Tripod

Snowy Egret Fishing - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Snowy Egret Fishing - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D, Canon 800mm L @ f/8, 1/1000 sec, ISO 200, 580EX II with Better Beamer for some fill, Tripod

Red Showdered Hawk Profile - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Red Shoulder Hawk Profile - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D, Canon 800mm L @ f/8, 1/500 sec, ISO 200, Manual exposure, Car window as support

Canon 800mm f/5.6 L IS USM lens - Image courtesy of Canon, USA. - For Reference Only
Canon 800mm f/5.6 L IS USM lens - Image courtesy of Canon, USA. - For Reference Only
All Rights Reserved

What an amazing learning experience this lens has been so far. Coming from the very first version of the Canon 500mm L f/4.5 NON-IS lens, the new 800mm has been an eye opener. With its amazing new IS technology and tack sharp even wide open at f/5.6, this lens is worth every penny.

While I feel still too early to jump to final conclusions, this lens has open a new range of perspective in the field that it was impossible for me to see with the old 500mm f/4.5 NON- IS lens. One thing I would like to suggest right away is to replace the lens foot with 4th Generation lens foot, it has allowed me to be more stable which at the end will help me create sharper images.

I will write up more about the lens in future newsletters but let the images speak for themselves!!

Everglades National Park Workshop #3 Images

Red Showdered - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Red Shouldered - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D, Canon 800mm L @ f/8, 1/500 sec, ISO 100, Manual exposure, Tripod

Everglades B&W - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Everglades B&W - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKII, 24-70mm L @ f/11, 1/1000 sec, ISO 100, Manual exposure, Hand held

Valuable Information from Tim Grey - Evaluating RAW Exposure

Today's Question: - March 17, 2011

I've heard that the histogram and "blinkies" display on my digital camera are not accurate for RAW captures (which I always use). Does this mean I can't use these helpful tools at all when capturing in RAW?


Tim's Answer:

It is true that the histogram display and the "blinkies" display that indicates highlights that have been blown out is not entirely accurate for RAW captures when displayed on the back of the camera. However, you most certainly can still use these valuable tools to help guide your decisions related to exposure.

A RAW capture doesn't have a strictly defined color space or tonal distribution, which is part of the tremendous benefit of RAW capture. You can make adjustments to the overall tonality after the capture, and in many cases "recover" detail that would have been lost if you were not capturing in RAW. The histogram and highlight warning displays on the LCD therefore can't be based simply on the RAW capture, because a RAW capture needs to be interpretted (via RAW Conversion) in order to have meaningful information related to tonal distribution (such as the white and black points).

As a result, the digital camera must essentially convert the RAW capture to a JPEG capture in-camera in order to generate a histogram that shows the tonal distribution within the image. That means the histogram and highlight warning displays are the same that you would get if you were capturing in JPEG mode, and don't reflect the true potential of a RAW capture.

While the histogram and highlight warning displays are effectively based on a JPEG capture, that doesn't mean you can't use these tools to evaluate the exposure for a RAW capture. Generally speaking, the histogram and highlight warning displays will still be reasonably accurate. After all, a proper exposure is still a proper exposure regardless of the file format you're capturing in.

However, because RAW capture provides more tonal lattitude and greater flexibility, capturing in RAW does mean you can achieve a result that is different than the histogram on the camera's LCD display would suggest. In general, that means if the LCD indicates a very minor amount of highlight clipping, you can most likely apply adjustments in the RAW conversion process that will completely recover the highlight detail. You can't always depend upon the ability to recover highlight detail completely, of course, but with RAW capture you do have more lattitude than the camera suggests.

Obviously it can be a little bit of a challenge knowing what the exposure quality truly is if the histogram display on the camera is slightly inaccurate relative to what is possible. But also obvious is the fact that if the camera indicates a proper exposure based on a JPEG capture, you can also probably be assured that the exposure for the RAW will be good, even if not completely optimal.

In my mind, the most important thing is to gain a strong confidence in exposure, as well as to test and understand the behavior of your camera. For example, it is helpful to have an understanding of how much highlight clipping you can actually get away with based on the histogram or highlight warning display. A very small amount can generally be compensated for in the RAW conversion (though this depends, of course, on just how bright those highlights really are), but just how much you can compensate for depends upon a variety of factors. One of those factors when it comes to predicting what you can expect based on the information your camera provides at the time of capture.

It is worth noting, by the way, that the same issues are applicable when it comes to the metering in your camera, in terms of being able to compensate for slightly over-exposed captures (but not too much!) if you are shooting in RAW mode.

So, use these valuable displays on your camera as a guide to help you ensure you are achieving proper exposure, but take the time to understand what degree of flexibility you have and the amount of interpretation that might be necessary so you can truly make the most of these options.

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OutdoorPhotoGear.com - Front Cover Image!!

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Earlier this month I was informed that my Black-crowned Night Heron image made it to the front cover of Outdoorphotogear.com

BTW, Chris (owner) is very knowledgeable about pretty much anything photography LOL! make sure to check them out! I've purchase from them before. Shipping was fast and prices are very competitive!!

I highly recommend them!!!

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Florida's Birding & Photo Fest is Rocking - 3 More Weeks!! 

Florida's Birding & Photo Fest Florida's Birding & Photo Fest
Greg Downing Giving Away Door Prices - New Mexico - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKII, 24-70mm @ f/8, 1/60 sec, ISO 2000, 580EX II Bounced off ceiling

Weekly Blog Post Tips & Techniques

In May's Edition...

  • Guest Speaker at Dimage Camera Club - What they said about my presentation!
  • How I created a very cool silhouette
  • Florida's Birding & Photo Fest Images
  • More Images Using The 800mm
  • and much more

I hope you find this edition useful. Please email me your questions.
Thank you and I hope to hear from you soon!

Sincerely,

Maxis Gamez
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