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Dunlin in Habitat, Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Dunlin in Habitat, S.W. Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 1D MKIV, Canon 800mm L @ f/8, 1/1250 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure, Hand-held

Reddish Egret Profile, Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Reddish Egret Profile, S.W. Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 1D MKIV, Canon 800mm L, 1.4x TC III @ f/8, 1/320 sec, ISO 800
600EX-RT with BB, Manual exposure, Tripod

Blue Heron with Dinner, S.W. Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Blue Heron with Dinner, S.W. Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 1D MKIV, Canon 800mm L, @ f/8, 1/1250 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure, Tripod

Wilson's Plover Posing, S.W. Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Wilson's Plover Posing, S.W. Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 1D MKIV, Canon 800mm L, 1.4x TC III @ f/8, 1/1250 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure, Tripod

Red Knot Posing, S.W. Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Red Knot Posing, S.W. Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 1D MKIV, Canon 800mm L, @ f/8, 1/400 sec, ISO 800
600EX-RT with BB, Manual exposure, Tripod

Oystercatcher Profile, S.W. Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Oystercatcher Profile, S.W. Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 1D MKIV, Canon 800mm L, 1.4x TC III @ f/8, 1/320 sec, ISO 800
600EX-RT with BB, Manual exposure, Tripod

Yellow-crowned Night Heron Profile, S.W. Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Yellow-crowned Night Heron Profile, S.W. Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 1D MKIV, Canon 800mm L @ f/8, 1/2000 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure, Hand-held

Osprey Returning to Nest, S.W. Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Osprey Returning to Nest, S.W. Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 1D MKIV, Canon 800mm L @ f/8, 1/1250 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure, Tripod

Sunset, S.W. Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Sunset, S.W. Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 1D MKIV, Canon 800mm L, @ f/8, 1/200 sec, ISO 100, Manual exposure, Tripod


Workshop Participants and Yours Trully, S.W. Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Workshop Participants and Yours Truly, S.W. Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon S100 in Manual mode, Canon 800mm L as support

Greetings friends,

Yet another productive weekend during a workshop. We had birds all over the place and they allowed us to get pretty close. I showed everyone how I approach my subjects to fill the frame as much as possible without disturbing their habitat. After a busy morning, we head out to for breakfast and reviewed our images at the table. We talked about what to do and what to avoid or what I call, "What Works & What Doesn't Work".

Thanks to the restaurant waitress, we learned of a new Osprey's nest near by. It was good to see a young woman interested about birds. She was kind enough to share the exact location and we took advantage of that. Thankfully, the Ospreys put a show for us to end the workshop.

Yet again, I had an amazing time getting dirty and down to business. Congratulations to all workshop participants for their hard work and motivation. They were troopers!

Can't wait to do it again next season!

If you would like to register early for the workshop, please follow this LINK

Thanks!


Burrowing Owl Close-up Experiment, Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 1D MKIV, Canon 800mm L with TWO -1.4x TC III Tele-converters, 20mm Extension Tube @ f/8,
1/100 sec, ISO 400, with 580EX II in Manual exposure, Tripod

Since I posted my image of the Burrowing Owl close-up (see first image above), I've been getting questions about how I created the image. Even after I explained what I did, some folks still have questions. I've decided to share a small illustration about the equipment I used and how I managed sharp focus as well as flash settings.

Let me start with equipment. Above you see an image of two Canon's 1.4x Tele-converters as well as a Kenko 20mm extension tube in the middle. The reason I used a 20mm extension tube is to allow the clearance necessary for the tele-converters to fit properly. Another reason was to allow myself to physically get closer to the owl increasing the minimal focusing distance of the Canon 800mm f/5.6 L lens and to fill the frame.

The Math:

Once I was in position, my next step was to concentrate in manually focus on the owl's eyes and composition. Using my 1D MKIV's Live View feature, I waited until the owl gave me a straight look which allowed me to manually focus on the eyes. Depth of Field at such high magnification (2038.40MM) is very, very minimal therefore manual focus is critical. While using Live View, I zoomed to 10X by pressing the (+) button twice on the camera, which allowed me to get an extreme close-up (eyes). Once I was happy with the head angle, I fired 4 images using Live View.

Before everything mentioned above, my flash settings needed to be in place. In this case, my 580EX II was set to -3 flash compensation due to the close distance to the owl. This also allowed me to keep a pleasant fill flash effect without a harsh and noticeable over-flashed image.

Fun huh? <smile>


Great Smoky Mountains HDR - Fall - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKII, Zeiss 21mm, 3 images HDR (+2, 0, -2) @ f/11, ISO 50, Manual exposure, Tripod

Come and enjoy the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains during fall season. This workshop will allow you to learn how to create powerful and dramatic images. I will guide you each and every step to get it right the first time. Learn how to create images like the one above with ease. I will also be talking about how I create my HDR images targeting a more "natural" look to it.

If you are interested, register by following this link. Great Smoky Mountains Workshop

Join me!