Happy Holidays!! - December 2012 Newsletter
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Greetings,

2012 was a year to remember. What an amazing time we had in the field. Many photography opportunities and a fun learning experience! Let 2013 be even better with much success and fun for everyone.

Thank you for your support!!

I would like to share some of my most memorable images and stories behind them. From left to right and down.

Cormorant Yawning: Last January during my Everglades Workshop I captured what I’ve seen many times but was never at the right place. This year that changed as this Cormorant opened its beak right in front of me. Luckily, I was using my 70-200mm which allowed me to zoom about and compose the image quickly.

Sarasota, FL@ Sunset: I never leave the house without my point and “create” which is the Canon S110. As I was roller-skating the coast of Sarasota, I stopped and set my exposure manually and created few image. I waited until the young couple holding hands walked into my composition and created a sequence. Never leave your point & shoot home!

Brown Pelican Head Throw: During my scouting trip to San Diego, I witnessed this behavior for the very first time and finally after waiting 2 years, I was able to achieve my goal. I spotted this pelican from afar and waited patiently until it finally happened.

Burrowing Owl Glow: I’ve created many images of Burrowing Owls over the years but never have seen the light we witnessed during my workshop last April. Boy-oh-boy if that bird was glowing!

American Avocets: I traveled to PHX to photograph this beautiful specie earlier this year for the very first time. I’ve had some encounters here in Florida but never in full breeding colors. My time was perfect as they were also mating.

Osprey Silhouette Profile: Lately I spend very little time shooting alone. I really didn’t want to go out shooting but I got up anyway and drove to one of my favorite locations in Florida. Ft. De Soto Park in St. Petersburg, FL. As I was crossing a lagoon, this Osprey was watching the sunrise. I took advantage of the situation and created few images. I’m glad I got up!

Hooded Merganser: I must say that this is the first time I photograph this specie up close and personal. I would like to thank my good friend Paul for sharing this amazing location which has been very productive for me. Make sure to read further below about "Working Your Subject"

Atlantic Puffins: Summer is a great time to photograph the Puffins in Maine. I had so much fun in Maine that I'm planning to conduct a workshop next summer. Puffins are so much fun to photograph and they are full of attitude (positive) and are funny as heck. Weather permitting, we'll visit the island as well!

Osprey Portrait: As abundant as Ospreys are in the state of Florida, an eye level encounter is pretty rare and that's exactly what happened to me. What an amazing experience was to witness how they feed at eye level. Of course I could not past the opportunity and created tons of images.

I hope everyone had a fantastic and productive 2012 and I hope to see you in one of my workshops in 2013!!

THANK YOU ALL!!



St. Augustine, Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved

Canon 5D MKIII, Canon 17-40mm L @ f/16, 16 sec, ISO 50, Manual exposure

St. Augustine, Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
St. Augustine, Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKIII, Canon 17-40mm L @ f/16, 16 sec, ISO 50, Manual exposure

St. Augustine, Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
St. Augustine, Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKIII, Canon 17-40mm L @ f/16, 10 sec, ISO 50, Manual exposure

St. Augustine, Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
St. Augustine, Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKIII, Canon 17-40mm L @ f/16, 16 sec, ISO 50, Manual exposure

I post images on Facebook almost daily. If you are on Facebook, make sure to add me as a friend. I shared few images with everyone from my trip to my second favorite city. St. Augustine, Florida.

This time around I camped out at a near by campground and took my mountain bike around town looking for interesting composition within the city. Make sure to watch the video and learn what I did.

Hope you like it.

Thanks!


Hooded Merganser Female, S.W. Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 1D MKIV, Canon 800mm L with 1.4x III @ f/8, 1/500 sec, ISO 800 in Manual mode


Hooded Merganser Male, S.W. Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 1D MKIV, Canon 800mm L @ f/8, 1/1500 sec, ISO 800 in Manual mode


Hooded Merganser Female Feeding, S.W. Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 1D MKIV, Canon 800mm L @ f/8, 1/800 sec, ISO 800 in Manual mode


Hooded Merganser Male Feeding, S.W. Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 1D MKIV, Canon 800mm L @ f/8, 1/2000 sec, ISO 400 in Manual mode


Hooded Merganser Male, S.W. Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 1D MKIV, Canon 800mm L with 1.4x III @ f/8, 1/800 sec, ISO 800 in Manual mode

There is no doubt in my mind that every time I get an opportunity to photograph a specie, I push and push. Setting goals is a good way of creating a good set of images. In this case, I was invited to photograph these gorgeous birds. Hooded Mergansers.

I remember during my workshop at Bosque del Apache 2 years ago, a workshop participant asked me how many times are we going to photograph Snow Geese? I kindly asked "How many killer images do you have so far?" She said..."well, I have a few". Luckily it was day #2 of the workshop <smile>

Work hard, push-push, keep an open mind and learn how to work your subject!


I just would like to remind folks of my January and February workshops. Watch these fun videos!

Register early!

Happy Holidays and New Years to everyone!

Thanks!

Evergladens National Park Photography Workshop Florida Bird Photography Tour 2012