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Ringneck Duck -New Mexico - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Ringneck Duck - New Mexico - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved

Canon 7D , 500mm L @ f/5.6, 1/500 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure,
Almost full frame, Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod

On Dec 1st, I arrived to Albuquerque, New Mexico excited to once again visit Bosque del Apache Refuge. There was word that the refuge was very active and with many opportunities. Before I headed south, I decided to scout few areas in the Albuquerque area before heading down to Socorro.

Bufflehead Duck - New Mexico - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Bufflehead Duck - New Mexico - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D , 500mm L @ f/5.6, 1/1600 sec, ISO 200, Manual exposure,
Almost full frame, Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod

To my surprise, the ponds were full of ducks and for the first time, I got to see my first Bufflehead Duck!! As you can imagine, I ran to back to the car and pulled my 500mm L lens and created few images. The duck was simple to approach but very challenging to expose due to the large amount of highlights and colorful head. After spending sometime at the pond, I thought things will get even more interesting within the following days and with a little luck, the weather would cooperate.

Canada Goose, N.M - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canada Goose, New Mexico - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D , 500mm L @ f/5.6, 1/1000 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure,
Almost full frame, Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod

The same afternoon, I drove south to Socorro but before I got to town, I stopped at another pond a friend of mine told me about. The pond offered different species of ducks but the majority were American Wigeon and Ringneck Duck. there were also many Canada Geese “hanging out”. My time was limited at the point. However, I was able to create few images.

Female American Wigeon, New Mexico - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Female American Wigeon, New Mexico - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D , 500mm L @ f/8, 1/800 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure,
Almost full frame, Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod

I rushed back to the car and continued driving south to meet my workshop participants. 3 of them arrived safely and were waiting for me at the hotel. A late arrival to Socorro prevented the last workshop participant to join me that afternoon. Once I finally arrived to Socorro, we drove to the refuge to scout the area for the upcoming workshop days.

We were delighted to see many Cranes and Geese at the refuge and while it was somewhat cold, I was extremely happy the weather was promising for our workshop. We had plenty of sunshine but unfortunately, we only had one day of south winds which allowed us to create some night landing pose images.

Bosque del Apache Sunrise - New Mexico - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Bosque del Apache Sunrise - New Mexico - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKII, 70-200mm L @ f/8, 1/320 sec, ISO 800, Manual exposure,
Almost full frame, Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod

Bosque del Apache Stars, New Mexico - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Bosque del Apache Stars, New Mexico - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKII , 24-70mm @ f/5.6, 20 sec, ISO 1600, Manual exposure,
Almost full frame, Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod

Bosque del Apache Sunrise - New Mexico - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Bosque del Apache Sunrise B&W - New Mexico - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKII , 17-40mm L @ f/16, 1/320 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure,
Almost full frame, Hand held

Bosque del Apache Blast Off - New Mexico - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Bosque del Apache Blast Off - New Mexico - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKII , 24-70mm @ f/8, 1/320 sec, ISO 800, Manual exposure,
Almost full frame, Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod

Snow Geese Portrait & Fill Flash - New Mexico - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Snow Geese Portrait & Fill Flash - New Mexico - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D, 400mm L @ f/8, 1/640 sec, ISO 800, 580EX II, Manual mode,
Almost full frame, Hand held

Snow Geese Landing - New Mexico - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Snow Geese Landing - New Mexico - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D, 400mm L @ f/8, 1/640 sec, ISO 400, Manual mode, Hand held

Sandhill Crane & Mountains, New Mexico - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Sandhill Crane & Mountains, New Mexico - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D , 500mm L @ f/8, 1/800 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure,
Almost full frame, Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod

My favorite’s places to photograph at the refuge (if the activity is good) are:

· Flight Deck area – Early morning blast off
· Crane Pool – Early morning/afternoon
· Rail Road (DO NOT CROSS OVER) – Early morning/afternoon
· Farm loop – Afternoon
· Visitor Center Area - Morning
· And few other ponds outside the refuge.

Make sure to arrive early. The photographer’s activity was high this season so it’s important to arrive early and save a clear spot! We enjoyed the next 3 days weather and photographed different species inside and outside the refuge.

Mule Deer, New Mexico - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Mule Deer, New Mexico - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D , 500mm L @ f/8, 1/1000 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure,
Almost full frame, Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod

Mule Deer, New Mexico - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Mule Deer, New Mexico - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D , 500mm L @ f/5.6, 1/320 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure,
Almost full frame, Hand held

After the workshop was over, I visited the Santa Fe Area which allowed some opportunities to create few B&W images. Carson Wilderness was also a lot of fun and White Sands National Monument which I deeply enjoy visiting.

Old School Stuff B&W <smile>, New Mexico - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Old School Stuff in B&W <smile>, New Mexico - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKII , 24-70mm @ f/8, 1/100 sec, ISO 800, Manual exposure,
Almost full frame, Hand held

I allowed myself sometime to scout White Sands for my 2011 workshop. I was able to find new locations with very interesting vegetation to photograph of. Unfortunately, I had a bright and sunny day with very little cloud cover. However, that allowed opportunities of their own. I created several images in B&W.

White Sands Nat'l Monument B&W, New Mexico - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
White Sands Nat'l Monument B&W, New Mexico - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKII, 70-200mm L @ f/16, 1/320 sec, ISO 50, Manual exposure,
Almost full frame, Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod

White Sands Nat'l Monument B&W, New Mexico - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
White Sands Nat'l Monument B&W, New Mexico - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKII, 70-200mm L @ f/16, 1/320 sec, ISO 50, Manual exposure,
Almost full frame, Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod

White Sands Nat'l Monument B&W, New Mexico - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
White Sands Nat'l Monument B&W, New Mexico - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKII, 70-200mm L @ f/22, 1/100 sec, ISO 50, Manual exposure,
Almost full frame, Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod


White Sands Nat'l Monument, New Mexico - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKII, 70-200mm L @ f/16, 1/800 sec, ISO 50, Manual exposure,
Almost full frame, Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod

For those interested in joining me in 2011, you are going enjoy White Sands a great deal!! To learn more about my Bosque del Apache and White Sands Workshop, please click HERE

Another highlight of the trip was to visit and view Wild Horses. I only had one morning to view and photograph them but the experience was terrific! I am very much looking forward to see them and photograph them once again next year!


Wild Horses, New Mexico - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D , 70-200mm L @ f/8, 1/1000 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure, Almost full frame, Hand held


Bosque del Apache 2010 Workshop Participants, New Mexico - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Camera Phone, Hand held, <smile>

Go Jeep.... Go! - Blog Post

Go Jeep... Go!!

After the workshop was over and on my way back from White Sands, I did a "little" Off Road adventure that turned out to be a almost 4 hours journey. Almost ran out of gas and end up in "Federal Property".

Read all about my adventure from my blog

Check it out... it was fun!

Bosque del Apache Workshop Feedback!

"Maxis,

Can't believe how many great images I got from Bosque. I have to tell you my main reason for taking the workshop was that I had never been to Bosque Del Apache and wanted to make my first visit with someone who knew the lay of the land. I knew that knowing where to be and when would prove to be very important in getting great shots. Well you nailed it, consistently putting us where we needed to be and in great light.

Being someone that has been shooting for a while now what I didn't anticipate was the enormous amount of information I learned from you on technique. Whether it was simple advice on how to hold the lens when tracking birds in flight or when and when not to use fill flash. I was able to see immediate improvement in my images just based on your advice. Being a rather independent person your teaching style fit me perfectly. I don't like having someone constantly looking over my shoulder or in my ear and you didn't do that. You simply gave me my space and if you saw something that could be improved upon you came over and let me know which was just what I needed.

I would not hesitate to take another workshop from you or to recommend you to a friend. Thank you for a great experience!

Maurice"

Overall, the Bosque del Apache Workshop was a total success. We had amazing weather, nice blast off, different species to photograph and good food! <smile>

See you in 2011!!

Sincerely,

Maxis Gamez
941.623.5155
maxisgamez@gmail.com
www.gvisions.org

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