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Sandhill Crane Fly-by - © Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 1D MKIV, Canon 800mm L @ f/8, 1/1600 sec, ISO 1600 in Manual mode, Tripod


Sandhill Cranes Fly-by - © Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 1D MKIV, Canon 800mm L @ f/8, 1/1600 sec, ISO 1600 in Manual mode, Tripod


Snow Geese Fly-by - © Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 1D MKIV, Canon 800mm L @ f/8, 1/2500 sec, ISO 640 in Manual mode, Tripod


Sandhill Crane Take Off - © Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 1D MKIV, Canon 800mm L @ f/8, 1/2500 sec, ISO 640 in Manual mode, Tripod


Blast Off Artistic Blur - © Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKIII, Canon 70-200mm f/4 L @ f/8, 1/30 sec, ISO 50 in Manual mode


Gambel's Quail - © Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 1D MKIV, Canon 800mm L w/1.4x III @ f/8, 1/1000 sec, ISO 400 in Manual mode


Mule Deer - © Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKIII, Canon 70-200mm f/4 L @ f/8, 1/160 sec, ISO 640 in Manual mode


Flight Deck Light Painting - Full Moon - © Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKIII, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 II L @ f/2.8, 25 sec, ISO 1600 in Manual mode


3 Musketeers <smile> - © Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 1D MKIV, Canon 800mm L @ f/8, 1/1600 sec, ISO 640 in Manual mode


Bosque del Apache Workshop Participants - © Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved

All I can say is "Boy-oh-boy... we kicked some ass" during my Bosque del Apache Workshop. 4 dedicated participants experienced the ultimate playground for any bird photographer. The images above don't lie, we faced great opportunities daily!

Weather was extremely comfortable and rather warm for December but that didn't stop the action. We talked all about exposure, composition, camera settings, panning, bumping your AF system, focusing points, importance of natural elements, software, landscapes, hyperfocal distance, Liveview, and much more more!

I look forward to my return in 2015 and I hope you can join me. Register early and enjoy the beauty Bosque del Apache has to offer!


Last newsletter (exclusive to readers), I talked about the new Canon 7D MKII AF settings and AF Points. This time, I'm going to share with you my favorite AF Points for each body and the benefits of using them.

During my workshops, I set everyone's camera including AF settings. Nikon or Canon. Now days digital cameras come with a pretty sophisticated AF system including a huge amount of AF points. Some folks struggle managing all of them. Above you will find my favorite AF points. Below you will find a few samples of when to use them.

Let's begin...


Snow Goose Fly-by - © Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved

Composing images while panning can be a real challenge. Moving my 1D MKIV focusing points to the left side of the viewfinder, allowed to leave space in front of the subject creating a pleasant composition using rule of thirds.

AI Servo (Continuous for Nikon users) with AF Expansion worked very well for the situation above!


Snow Goose Portrait - © Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved

Using the Canon 800mm f/5.6 L IS lens with a 1.4x III Tele-converter (f/8), allows me to only use a single AF Point with the 1D MKIV. For the image above, I locked the AF on the subject's head while keeping the shutter button pressed half-way. The trick is to keep the shutter button pressed half-way while in ONE-SHOT, then move your lens to a pleasant composition.

Single focusing point is all I had to work with and as you can see, the image is pretty sharp.


Blast Off - © Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved

I normally pre-focus near where my subject(s) are for a faster "lock-on" performance. In this case, I pre-focused on the corn field using AI Servo (Continuos for Nikon users) and waited for the blast off with AF Expansion set and ready. Once they blast off happened, the AF locked onto the subject easily. As you can see, I kept them in the center of the viewfinder to fill the frame.


Clark's Grebe - © Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved

The new Canon 7D MKII with a f/5.6 lens allows up-to 45 focusing points. With the image above I knew contrast was going to be a factor. Focusing on the body of the Grebe instead of the neck allowed a greater chance to achieve a sharp photograph.

AF Expansion worked perfectly well especially with the second Grebe in the background which could had confused the AF system easily missing this opportunity. Lowering the AF Points also allowed plenty of room on top of the photograph for a pleasant composition. AI Servo (Continuous for Nikon users) was used.


Northern Shoveler Drake - © Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved

Single focusing point is all I had available to work with for the image above because I was at f/8
(f/5.6 lens + 1.4x III Tele-converter= f/8). My goal was to fill the frame with a full reflection. The only way I could do that is by waiting for the duck to swim parallel to me (best DOF) and position the single point on the body.

Because the subject is perfectly parallel to me, the subject is nice and sharp! Learn about plane of focus HERE!


BMW Le-mans Team - © Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved

The Canon 5D MKIII has a similar AF Points as the 1D X and 7D MKIII. With the image above, I moved my Zone all the way to the right and waited for my subject to hit that area before I created this photograph. This allowed me to create an interesting composition which is welcome for motor racing.

As you can see with the images above, it's important to keep an eye on all of your AF options for optimum results!



Florida Bird Photography Tour is now sold out for February. However, I have a few openings for March 18-22, 2015. This workshop is my boot-camp. You will learn tons and tons!!

Hope you can join me!

2014 has been a year to remember. Thank you everyone for having me. It's an honor being part of everyone's life. Let's make 2015 even better!

Until next time.

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