Welcome to My Monthly Newsletter - December, 2009
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Greetings,

I would like to thank you all for the positive compliments, encouragements and wishes since my first newsletter back in April, 2009. December's Newsletter is FULL of images, therefore I decided NOT to send it via email. instead I decided to invite everyone to visit this page.

I also would like to thank you folks for joining me during my workshops and seminars. THANK YOU!!

Previous Newsletters Since April 2009

Above you will find the list of current newsletters available to everyone to learn from. Feel free to read each edition carefully. Learn from it and share it with others. Send me an email if you have a question!

Let's begin....

Photographing Fall Colors in North and South Carolina

During the last week of October, 2009, I decided to take a trip to the closes States to Florida to witness something I never had the chance to before. Fall colors!

North and South Carolina can offer some SERIOUS opportunities to witness amazing landscapes and colors. While I wished my visit was for a longer period of time, I have no regrets. My 1600 miles in 2 1/2 days trip was well worth the effort.

Fall Colors, Maxis Gamez - All Rights Reserved
Fall Colors - North Carolina - Maxis Gamez, All rights reserved.
Canon 5D, 70mm-200mm @ f/16, 3.2 sec, ISO 50, Manual exposure, Polarizer filter
Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod, Feisol CB-50D ball head, Full Frame

The image above is by far one of the most complicated compositions I've ever experienced. As I consider myself a bird photographer primarily, I've trained my eye for clean and clear backgrounds. However, for this image, it was the total opposite. I walked from side to side, looked up, looked down trying to find the perfect window for the image I had in my head.

Fall Colors, Maxis Gamez - All Rights Reserved
Fall Colors - South Carolina - Maxis Gamez, All rights reserved.
Canon 5D, 70mm-200mm @ f/16, 5 sec, ISO 50, Manual exposure, Polarizer filter
Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod, Feisol CB-50D ball head, Full Frame

Thanks to my Garmin GPS for taking me through an rural area LOL! I was able to photograph along the way. When photographing landscapes, I always look for something interesting that invite viewers to interact with the scenery. In this case, I used the road to "walk-in" viewers to the photograph. Pay close attention to curves and interesting patterns.

During my recent Bosque Del Apache workshop, I explained folks in details what I look for in scenery and most importantly why! It's important to learn what WORKS and what DOES NOT WORK in your composition. This applies to bird photography as well.

Fall Colors, Maxis Gamez - All Rights Reserved
Fall Colors - South Carolina - Maxis Gamez, All rights reserved.

Canon 5D, 70mm-200mm @ f/16, 2 sec, ISO 50, Manual exposure, Polarizer filter
Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod, Feisol CB-50D ball head, Full Frame

The above image is all about the composition. Notice how I put the tree trunk off center with plenty of interest to enhance the photograph. Simple but very elegant!

Fall Colors, Maxis Gamez - All Rights Reserved
Fall Colors - South Carolina - Maxis Gamez, All rights reserved.

Canon 5D, 70mm-200mm @ f/16, 13 sec, ISO 50, Manual exposure, Polarizer filter
Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod, Feisol CB-50D ball head, Full Frame

As I was driving north, I came across a very small stream of water dropping from the rocks above. What caught my eye was the bright yellow leafs. I immediately knew what I had to do to make this opportunity work for me. Notice the small mist bouncing off the rock due to the long exposure.

Very important tip... pay close attention to vehicle traffic when crossing ANY road. I almost got hit by a car with my gear and FEISOL tripod to photograph this image!

Fall Colors, Maxis Gamez - All Rights Reserved
Fall Colors - North Carolina - Maxis Gamez, All rights reserved.

Canon 5D, 70mm-200mm @ f/16, 1/5 sec, ISO 50, Manual exposure, Polarizer filter
Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod, Feisol CB-50D ball head, Full Frame

For the above image, I used a simple "ZOOM" out technique to capture this effect. With a slow shutter speed, sturdy FEISOL tripod and gently rotating the lens with the shutter open; I was able to capture this effect.

When I first showed this image, I was asked "What filter did you use?" No filter was used. Normally I try to keep things off center. However, for this image, I knew what I had to do to make it work!

Pearsons Falls, Maxis Gamez - All Rights Reserved
Pearson's Falls in Fall Colors - North Carolina - Maxis Gamez, All rights reserved.

Canon 5D, 17mm-40mm @ f/16, 2 sec, ISO 50, Manual exposure, Polarizer filter
Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod, Feisol CB-50D ball head, Full Frame

Pearson's Falls are by far one of the most impressive and beautiful waterfall I've ever seen. Fall colors can really enhance the scenery as well. Notice the composition and sharpness. When I first arrived, the first thing I told someone was "the trip is already worth it". Notice also how the whites are so pure and without any blue cast. This can be easily removed in Photoshop CS4.

Pearsons Falls, Maxis Gamez - All Rights Reserved
Pearson's Falls in Fall Colors - Close Up - North Carolina - Maxis Gamez, All rights reserved.
Canon 5D, 70mm-2000mm @ f/16, 1 sec, ISO 50, Manual exposure, Polarizer filter
Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod, Feisol CB-50D ball head, Full Frame

When photographing waterfalls, don't forget to bring your zoom lens for those close ups. Well worth bringing it!

Fall Colors, Maxis Gamez - All Rights Reserved
North Carolina Farm in Fall Colors - Maxis Gamez, All rights reserved.

Canon 5D, 70mm-200mm @ f/8, 1/400 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure, Polarizer filter
Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod, Feisol CB-50D ball head, Slightly cropped

As I was driving from location to location, I paid close attention to the local farms and pretty much anything interesting. Once again, notice how well the rule of thirds plays an excellent roll in the above image. Try to keep important elements off center!

Fall Colors, Maxis Gamez - All Rights Reserved
Fall Colors - North Carolina - Maxis Gamez, All rights reserved.

Canon 5D, 70mm-200mm @ f/16, 1/200 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure, Polarizer filter
Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod, Feisol CB-50D ball head, Full Frame

The above image, notice how I framed the scenery applying the rule of thirds. Positioning the dark green tree to the side of the frame creates a very pleasant composition.

Fall Colors, Maxis Gamez - All Rights Reserved
Fall Colors - North Carolina - Maxis Gamez, All rights reserved.

Canon 5D, 70mm-200mm @ f/22, 1/2 sec, ISO 50, Manual exposure, Polarizer filter, ND Filter,
Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod, Feisol CB-50D ball head, Slightly cropped

I hiked 1.2 miles (one way) before the sun came up to get to this location. As I was walking, I checked my phone's weather application to check the temperature. To my surprise, it was 28 degrees in the shaded trail.

I was happy to see the sun rise not only to photograph this location but to also to warm up. I did found some bear tracks as I was hiking. This was an eye opener for me as when we hike here in Florida, we have no bears to worry about and never crossed my mind. Next time I'll bring some bear spray with me just in case. I didn't think about bears AT ALL!

Fall Colors - North Carolina - Maxis Gamez, All rights reserved
Fall Colors - North Carolina - Maxis Gamez, All rights reserved.

Canon 5D, 17mm-40mm @ f/11, 1/60 sec, ISO 200, Manual exposure, Polarizer filter,
Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod, Feisol CB-50D ball head, Slightly cropped

Fall Colors, Maxis Gamez - All Rights Reserved
Fall Colors - North Carolina - Maxis Gamez, All rights reserved.

Canon 7D, 70mm-200mm @ f/11, 1/125 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure, Polarizer filter,
Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod, Feisol CB-50D ball head, Full Frame

White Waters Falls, Maxis Gamez - All Rights Reserved
Whitewater Falls in Fall Colors - North Carolina - Maxis Gamez, All rights reserved.

Canon 7D, 70mm-200mm @ f/11, 1/60 sec, ISO 100, Manual exposure, Polarizer filter,
Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod, Feisol CB-50D ball head, Full Frame

Overall, my 1600 miles trip was well worth it. Since the Carolinas are somewhat close to Florida, I urge folks to visit and photograph fall colors. The experience was incredible. I’m already planning a trip next October.

Here are some important web sites and information you can use before making the trip:

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park Images Archive: This web site will give you a pretty good idea of the current fall colors. I paid close attention to this web site to schedule my trip. Follow the simple steps!
  • North and South Carolina Live Webcams: I used this web site to view different webcams around towns.
  • Weather Channel Fall Foliage Map: This is a pretty cool map in which can help you time your visit during peak time.
  • Do not forget your polarizer filter, sturdy Feisol tripod, ball head, ND filter, water and bear spray if you are planning to hike. Luckily I have a digital compass on my phone in case something goes wrong hiking. Never hike long distances without a compass.
I hope you find this information useful. Let me know if you have any question!

Bosque Del Apache Workshop Report

The afternoon of my arrival, I decided to drive around to see what was going on at the Refuse. The first thing I noticed was how far deep in the corn field the Snow Geese were feeding. Due to the lack of corn available around the Refuge, Bosque was not as active as previous years. I spent some time talking to a park ranger and she mentioned that the numbers of Geese and Cranes did not change from last year. However, they were just feeding farther away from the main road deep in the corn fields. Last year they were feeding VERY close to the road allowing incredible opportunities.

The Crane pools were as active as always. Hundreds of Snow Geese found them self somewhat protected with the Cranes. We experienced few nice blasts off at this location just before the Bald Eagle perched in the nearby tree.

If you have a long lens, the Crane pools can offer terrific opportunities to photograph Coyotes looking for an opportunity to kill a Crane or Geese. I was able to photograph this Coyote while trying to approach the Cranes in the icy water. See the image below!


Coyote Looking for Prey, Bosque Del Apache Workshop, Maxis Gamez - All rights reserved.

Canon 7D, 500mm L @ f/8, 1/1600 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure,
Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod, Heavy crop

I drove outside the Refuge looking for more opportunities to photograph and found a good location I hope to visit again next year. There were only few folks at this spot; hopefully it will stay that way. If the corn grows properly at the Refuge next year, perhaps this spot is not necessary but good to have it as back up.

I was also able to visit few ponds in Albuquerque for few days after the workshop was over. This was my first time at these locations. There is a good chance I will return next year but this time during my almost SOLD OUT workshop.

My goal in this trip was to photograph as many species as possible since I didn't’t do that last year. It is critical to arrive to the ponds before the sun comes up as it will take some time for some ducks to get used to your present. You can also capture incredible images with the steamy water from the ponds.

Maxis Gamez Photographing Snow Geese
Maxis Gamez Photographing Snow Geese, Bosque del Apache Workshop
Courtesy of Workshop Participant Carol (Thank You!), All Rights Reserved.

The very first day of our workshop, we came across to an incredible opportunity to photograph a group of Snow Geese just off the main road. While I still don't know why my participants didn't take my advice to get down low, I didn't think twice to go after what I had in mind (See image bellow). I carefully approached this pair of Geese and photographed a series of nice images. Notice how relaxed they look in the images.

Snow Geese, Bosque Del Apache Workshop with Maxis Gamez
Snow Geese Couple, Bosque Del Apache Workshop, Maxis Gamez - All rights reserved.

Canon 7D, 500mm L @ f/8, 1/2500 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure,
Using the ground as support, Almost full Frame

Snow Geese, Bosque Del Apache Workshop with Maxis Gamez
Snow Geese Couple, Bosque Del Apache Workshop, Maxis Gamez - All rights reserved.

Canon 7D, 500mm L @ f/8, 1/2500 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure,
Using the ground as support, Almost full Frame

Snow Geese, Bosque Del Apache Workshop with Maxis Gamez
Snow Geese Couple, Bosque Del Apache Workshop, Maxis Gamez - All rights reserved.

Canon 7D, 500mm L @ f/8, 1/2500 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure,
Using the ground as support, Almost full Frame

After spending several minutes on the ground, I looked back and there was a line of cars observing a "guy" on the ground. Soon after I was done photographing the Geese, I was told that some photographers off the main road were talking about "who is that crazy guy on the ground?" They had NO idea of the opportunity they missed!! It was cold, I got dirty but as you can see.... well worth the effort!

TIP: If you are a participant of my workshops, don't hesitate to listen and try my safe advice! You could end up with images like these!

Mule Deers - Bosque Del Apache - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Mule Deer - Bosque Del Apache Workshop - Maxis Gamez, All rights reserved.

Canon 7D, 500mm L @ f/5.6, 1/160 sec, ISO 800, Manual exposure, Car as support, Full Frame

Thanks to Steve for the phone call, I was able to photograph a group of Mule Deer just off the main road during the late afternoon hours. It was cloudy with very little light left. A solid support for my lens was critical!

I took advantage of another photographer moving around and photographed this group in an "alert" position. Notice how they all have their ears up! This is something I recently learned!

Mule Deers - Bosque Del Apache - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Mule Deer - Bosque Del Apache Workshop - Maxis Gamez, All rights reserved.

Canon 7D, 500mm L @ f/5.6, 1/160 sec, ISO 800, Manual exposure, Car as support, Slightly cropped

Mule Deers - Bosque Del Apache - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Mule Deer - Bosque Del Apache Workshop - Maxis Gamez, All rights reserved.

Canon 7D, 500mm L @ f/5.6, 1/160 sec, ISO 800, Manual exposure, Car as support, Full Frame

One thing I noticed while photographing this group of deer, was that few photographers behind my car spent valuable time AND light looking for their bean bags or tripods to support their long lens. As you can see, there was very little light left in the day. I, in the other hand simply got out of the car and used the roof as support. No bean bag nor tripod was used!!

I'm a big fan of NOT using bean bags. I normally use anything I can support my lens with. Trust me.... your equipment can handle it!

Ring-necked Pheasant - Bosque Del Apache Workshop - Maxis Gamez, All rights reserved
Ring-necked Pheasant - Bosque Del Apache Workshop - Maxis Gamez, All rights reserved.

Canon 7D, 500mm L @ f/5.6, 1/125 sec, ISO 800, Manual exposure, Car window as support, Slightly cropped

I was very excited to photograph this Ring-necked Pheasant and many more species for the first time. Last year, I didn't get a chance to do that. This year I had this Pheasant right in front of my car window for a while. It was a very cloudy and cold day. You can see some evidence of snow just staring to fall in the background.

Talking about bean bags!! I used my car window to support my 500mm lens for this image. Elevating the window to the proper level did the trick. You can also notice how I open up the exposure to really pull details in the bright colors.

Bosque Del Apache Workshop Participant - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Bosque Del Apache Workshop Participant - Maxis Gamez, All rights reserved.

Canon 7D, 70-200mm L @ f/8, 1/2000 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure, Handheld, Slightly cropped

Watching a workshop participant (Peter) waiting for these wild Geese get closer and closer (perhaps too close) put a smile on my face. Next year I have to remember to bring my macro lens!!

Talking about opportunities!! This is one sweet spot that offers great opportunities for close ups. I plan to visit this location again next year. I can't wait!

Brown Chinnese Geese, Bosque del Apache Workshop - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Brown Chinese Geese, Bosque del Apache Workshop - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved.

Canon 7D, 400mm L @ f/8, 1/1000 sec, ISO 200, Manual exposure, Handheld, Slightly cropped

This wild Brown Chinese Geese gave us a nice pose for few minutes. I immediately pulled my 400mm L lens to capture this close up. Notice the composition. The Canon 7D delivered some nice details!


Star Trail Landscape - Bosque del Apache Workshop - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved.

Canon 5D, 17-40mm L @ f/5.6, 273 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure,
Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod, Feisol CB-50D ball head, Slightly cropped

Bosque Del Apache is not only about birds and wildlife. You can photograph incredible landscapes even during the middle of the night as I did for the image above. For those hardcore photographers out there that don't mind getting up at 3am to do some star trails photography during 8 degrees weather, the reward can be priceless. This single exposure was done right off the main road. All I did was to compose the image in the dark, press the shutter button and get back in the car!!

This is an image I had in mind since last year; unfortunately I didn't get a chance to do it. This year I had nothing to hold me back so I got up and followed my gut instinct! Notice the frozen water. Love it!!

Bosque del Apache Workshop - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Snow Geese Flight Over - Bosque del Apache Workshop - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved.
Canon 5D, 70-200mm L @ f/5, 1/100 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure,
Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod, Feisol CB-50D ball head, Slightly cropped

Bosque del Apache Workshop - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Snow Geese Flight Over - Bosque del Apache Workshop - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved.

Canon 40D, 70-200mm L @ f/5.6, 1/125 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure,
Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod, Feisol CB-50D ball head, Slightly cropped

Bosque del Apache Workshop - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Cranes Flight Over - Bosque del Apache Workshop - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved.

Canon 5D, 70-200mm L @ f/6.3, 1/1250 sec, ISO 800, Manual exposure,
Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod, Feisol CB-50D ball head, Slightly cropped

I didn't expect to capture this image at all as I was photographing the tree and Cranes before this group of Cranes flew right into my composition. By listening to other cameras going off like crazy, I knew something was happening.

I slightly moved my head up and saw this group of Cranes fighting right into my composition. Since I was at 200mm photographing the tree and Cranes, all I did was to ZOOM out and immediately pressed the shutter button without looking in the viewfinder.

This was a lucky series in a way but at the same time by thinking and acting fast I was able to capture a series of images. I removed a half of Crane flying to the right of the frame.

Bosque del Apache Workshop - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Cranes Flight Over - Bosque del Apache Workshop - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved.

Canon 7D, 500mm L @ f/5.6, 1/800 sec, ISO 800, Manual exposure,
Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod, Slightly cropped

Wood Duck - Albuquerque - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Wood Duck - Albuquerque - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved.

Canon 7D, 500mm L @ f/5.6, 1/800 sec, ISO 800, Manual exposure,
Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod, Slightly cropped

Wood Ducks was another new species for me. I pushed to photograph these beautiful ducks last year but didn't happen. However, this year I was able to photograph them in every which way and worries free.

Earlier this year, I seriously considered making the trip to the ponds of Ohio to photograph Wood Ducks in fall colors. I'm glad I didn't do it! I had hotel and car rental reservations already made.

When photographing any species, make sure you try to capture different angles. Try vertical, low, behavior and anything you can think of! Shoot, shoot, shoot!!!

Wood Duck - Albuquerque - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Wood Duck - Albuquerque - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved.
Canon 7D, 500mm L @ f/8, 1/1000 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure,
Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod, Slightly cropped

Wood Duck - Albuquerque - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Wood Duck - Albuquerque - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved.

Canon 7D, 500mm L @ f/8, 1/1000 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure,
Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod, Slightly cropped


Female Wood Duck Close Up - Albuquerque - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved.

Canon 7D, 500mm L @ f/8, 1/500 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure,
Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod, Full frame

Female Wood Duck - Albuquerque - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Female Wood Duck - Albuquerque - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved.

Canon 7D, 500mm L @ f/8, 1/1250 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure,
Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod, Slightly cropped

Ring-necked Duck - Albuquerque - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved.
Ring-necked Duck - Albuquerque - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved.

Canon 7D, 500mm L @ f/8, 1/1000 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure,
Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod, Slightly cropped

Ring-necked Duck - Albuquerque - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved.
Ring-necked Duck Close Up - Albuquerque - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved.

Canon 7D, 500mm L @ f/8, 1/1000 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure,
Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod, Slightly cropped

Female Ring-necked Duck - Albuquerque - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Female Ring-necked Duck - Albuquerque - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved.

Canon 7D, 500mm L @ f/5.6, 1/1000 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure,
Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod, Slightly cropped

Male and Female Ring-necked Duck Early Morning Light - Albuquerque
Male and Female Ring-necked Duck Early Morning Light - Albuquerque
Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved.

Canon 7D, 500mm L @ f/8, 1/1000 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure,
Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod, Slightly cropped

Snow Geese Landing, Bosque Del Apache - Maxis Gamez - All Rights Reserved
Snow Geese Landing, Bosque Del Apache - 2008 Trip - Maxis Gamez - All Rights Reserved

Canon 40D, 500mm L @ f/8, 1/1600 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure,
Feisol CT-3471 Carbon Fiber Tripod, Slightly cropped

Northern Shoveler - Bosque del Apache Workshop - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Northern Shoveler - Bosque del Apache Workshop - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved.

Canon 7D, 500mm L @ f/8, 1/1250 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure, Handheld, Slightly cropped

Snow Geese Landing, Bosque Del Apache - Maxis Gamez - All Rights Reserved
Snow Geese Landing - Bosque del Apache Workshop - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved.

Canon 7D, 500mm L @ f/8, 1/2500 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure, Handheld, Full frame

Hooded Merganser - Albuquerque - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Hooded Merganser - Albuquerque - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved.

Canon 7D, 500mm L @ f/8, 1/400 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure,
Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod, Full frame

Snow Geese Landing - Bosque del Apache Workshop - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved.
Snow Geese Landing - Bosque del Apache Workshop - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved.

Canon 7D, 500mm L @ f/8, 1/2000 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure, Handheld, Full frame

Mandaring Duck Close Up - Albuquerque - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved.
Mandaring Duck Close Up - Albuquerque - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved.

Canon 7D, 500mm L @ f/8, 1/500 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure,
Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod, Slightly cropped

Ruddy Duck - Albuquerque - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Ruddy Duck - Albuquerque - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved.

Canon 7D, 500mm L @ f/8, 1/1000 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure,
Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod, Slightly cropped

Mallard Duck Close Up - Albuquerque - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Mallard Duck Close Up - Albuquerque - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved.

Canon 7D, 500mm L @ f/8, 1/1000 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure,
Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod, Slightly cropped


Rock Pigeon (I think) Close Up - Albuquerque - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved.

Canon 7D, 500mm L @ f/8, 1/1250 sec, ISO 400, 12mm Extension Tube, Manual exposure,
Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod, Slightly cropped

Sandhill Crane Taking Off - Bosque del Apache Workshop - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Sandhill Crane Taking Off - Bosque del Apache Workshop - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved.
Canon 7D, 500mm L @ f/8, 1/1600 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure,
Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod, Slightly cropped

Sandhill Crane Taking Off - Bosque del Apache Workshop - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Sandhill Crane Taking Off - Bosque del Apache Workshop - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved.
Canon 7D, 500mm L @ f/8, 1/1250 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure,
Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod, Slightly cropped

Snow Geese Taking Off - Bosque del Apache Workshop - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Snow Geese Taking Off - Bosque del Apache Workshop - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved.
Canon 7D, 500mm L @ f/8, 1/1600 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure,
Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod, Slightly cropped


Maxis Gamez with Workshop Participants (two left) and Friend Steve (right)
Courtesy of Workshop Participant Carol (Taking Picture - Thank You!), All Rights Reserved.

As you can see, Bosque del Apache workshop was a total success. Many species to photograph, excellent weather a bunch of nice people and over 7000 images to edit! I can't wait to go back next year!

There are only TWO spaces available for next year workshop. Don't let this opportunity go away and reserve your spot now! You will LOVE IT!!

FloridaSpoonbills.com

I recently created a new web site to help folks find and photograph Spoonbills around Florida. The web site still in the works but I would like to tell everyone about it. I will continue to upgrade the web site as times allows so check back from time to time. Enjoy!

FloridaSpoonbills.com

Everglades National Park Photography Exhibit - Jan 1, 2010

Once again, I will be displaying my images at the wonderful Everglades National Park for two months. If you are in the park, stop by the Visitor Center and enjoy the images.

Everglades Photography Exhibit

Affordable Bird Photography Workshops Updates:

Bosque del Apache, New Mexico 2010 - 2 spaces available - More information coming soon! Contact me to reserve your spot. Limited to 4 people, this workshop will fill fast.

White Pelicans Workshop, January 2010 - Click here to learn more

  • January 9th-10th - 2 spaces available
  • January 30th-31st - 1 space available

This is a great opportunity to photograph White Pelicans up close and personal. I often use my 70-200mm lens to get full frame shots! This workshop is expected to fill fast. Contact me if you have any questions.

 

In January's edition...

  • More images from Bosque del Apache
  • More Canon 7D Tips 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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maxisgamez@gmail.com
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