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Maxis Gamez

I'm extremely happy about my new role as bird forum moderator at NatureScapes.net. As you probably know, NatureScapes' goal is to be an invaluable resource for nature photographers. By offering relevant content and nourishing a growing community of photographers, we feel we can make a major contribution to the craft of nature photography.

NatureScapes.net wealth of editorial content offers something for everyone from tips and techniques, location and gear reviews to thought provoking articles addressing conservation issues.

The online store is full of tried and tested photo gear for the nature and outdoor photographer and the active community forums and image galleries offer one of the friendliest and most welcoming atmospheres by which to share images, stories, get your questions answered and learn from each other.

 

 

Webinar Series with Maxis Gamez

Join professional bird and nature photographer Maxis Gamez in a new, FUN and AFFORDABLE Webinar Series for the Nature Photographer.

During this 1-1/2 hour webinar series, Maxis will share and show you LIVE his knowledge and techniques editing his images allowing you to learn a great deal in the comfort of your own home. This webinar series will also cover step-by-step the basics of RAW image editing all the way to preparing your images for printing output.

Each webinar will target specific topics of the entire digital workflow. From the very beginning to the very end. It’s highly recommended that you sign-up and participate in each webinar so you may take full advantage of workflow.

Join him and spend less time in front of the computer and more time in-the-field creating images!

Select Webinar to Learn More Details & Register
Introduction & Software
Landscapes & B&W Photography
Advanced Photoshop Techniques

Early Morning Rocks, St. Augustine, FL - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Early Morning Rocks, St. Augustine, FL - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKII, Canon 17-40mm with Singh-Ray Reverse Grad filter @ f/11, 3 sec, ISO 50
Manual exposure, Induro CT414 Tripod

Early Morning Show, St. Augustine - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Early Morning Show, St. Augustine, FL - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKII, Canon 17-40mm with Singh-Ray Reverse Grad filter @ f/11, 1/30 sec, ISO 400
Manual exposure, Induro CT414 Tripod

Ten lucky people are going to experience some of the best location to photograph in St. Augustine, Florida during my workshop in April, 2012. I continue exploring St. Augustine and having fun with a set of Sing-Ray Reverse ND Filters in my bag. These filters are specifically designed to help reduce the highlights around the horizon line without sacrificing colors and details in the sky.

I highly recommend applying the filter using Live View which will help you place the filter just in the right area of your composition. While these filters aren't necessarily "affordable", it will sure change your images.

Check them out!


Beach Dune, St. Augustine, Fl - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Beach Dune, St. Augustine, FL - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon S95 @ f/5.6, 1/80 sec, ISO 80, Manual exposure, Hand held

Exotic Tree B&W, St. Augustine, FL - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Exotic Tree B&W, St. Augustine, FL - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon S95 @ f/5.6, 1/125 sec, ISO 80, Manual exposure, Hand held

Incredible Sunset - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Incredible Sunset - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon S95 @ f/8, 1/250 sec, ISO 100, Manual exposure, Hand held

Canon S95 Point & Shoot Camera - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon S95 Point & Shoot Camera - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved

After reading many positive reviews and a two page cover photo from Outdoor photographer Magazine, last month I decided to purchase the Canon S95 Point and "Create" camera. With the flexibility of shooting in Manual mode and compact design, this camera is a no brainier. I should have bought this camera long ago.

The S95 will fit in your pocket allowing to bring an alternative when shooting with long lenses. I've also tested the video capabilities of the camera with great success. HD video looks crispy and full of details.

Technical Information:

  • 10.0 Megapixel sensor combined with the DIGIC 4 Image Processor create Canon's HS SYSTEM for improved low light performance and better image quality.
  • Shoot beautiful 720p HD video in stereo sound and play back on an HDTV via the HDMI output.
  • A bright f/2.0 lens, great for shooting portrait photography in low light conditions or using a shallow depth-of-field for great images with beautiful soft backgrounds.
  • A control ring for intuitive manual control, built for the way the serious photographer has always accessed exposure control.
  • Full range of shooting and recording modes including RAW + JPEG for the ultimate creative control.
  • A 3.8x Optical Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer, plus a 28mm Wide-Angle Lens gets you close to your subjects as well as capture more in your frame.
  • Utilizes Canon's Hybrid IS to compensate for angular and shift camera shake during close-up shooting.

I will continue creating images with this little yet powerful camera during my trips and workshop. Stay tuned!

There are times when protecting our equipment from the elements become a priority. Earlier this year during my Spoonbills & More Workshops, I used my NANUK 945 hard case. Being out in a boat was one of those moments because you never know what can happen.

This Pelican like water tight case is rock solid and extremely well made. This hard case will protect your equipment very well. While the case is rather heavy, I had no problems loading pretty much every camera and lens that I own including the Canon 800mm.

Here is a list of what I'm currently loading the case with.

  • Canon 5D MKII
  • Canon 7D
  • Canon 800mm
  • Canon 400mm
  • Canon 70-200mm
  • Canon 17-40mm
  • Sigma 24-70mm
  • Canon 580EX II
  • Canon Battery Pack
  • Flash Brackets
  • Better Beamer
  • Cards
  • Batteries
  • Filters

As you can see, the case can hold a lot of equipment. The folks from NatureScapes.net are currently running a special offer in case you are interested in getting one. Keep in mind that they come in different sizes and colors as well.

Follow this link and check it out!

Everyone is talking about Google+, so I decided to give it a try. I'm already connected with many other photographers like Rick Sammon, Mike Moats and several others. Rick is having a ball sharing images, videos and techniques using this wonderful piece of software.

This is what Google has to say:

"Sharing is a huge part of the web, a part that we think could be a lot simpler. That’s why we’ve been working on adding a few new things to Google: to make connecting with people on the web more like connecting with them in the real world. We hope you like what we’ve cooked up so far. And stay tuned, because there’s more to come.

You share different things with different people. But sharing the right stuff with the right people shouldn’t be a hassle. Circles makes it easy to put your friends from Saturday night in one circle, your parents in another, and your boss in a circle by himself, just like real life."

If you decide to give it a try, check out my profile and images. I'm sure you will enjoy it!

Everglades National Park with Deborah Sandidge, Jan 21-22, 2012 San Diego Birds & More - Feb 27-30, 2012 Bird Photography Tour with Tim Grey - Feb 22-26, 2012 Spoonbills & More Boat Trip - March, 2012 Burrowing Owls - March 31-April 1, 2012 St. Augustine Bids & Landscapes - April, 2012 Florida Coastline - May, 2012 Florida Shorebirds - May, 2012