Merry Christmas!! - December 2015, Newsletter
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2015 has been a year to continue building the foundation to a much better and stronger future not only for my photography but also as a person. I would like to thank those close to me that have been patient and supportive with my travels and such.

Workshop participants are the reason I do what I do. Without you, I would not be here. So, THANK YOU!! It's truly a pleasure seeing some of you make a progress little by little and become a better photographer. That's what is all about!

Let 2016 bring even more happiness and positive opportunities to you. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Need Help With ID Please - THANK YOU! - © Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 1D MKIV, Canon 800mm L @ f/8, 1/500 sec, ISO 640 in Manual Mode


Sandhill Crane Fly-by - © Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 1D MKIV, Canon 800mm L @ f/5.6, 1/80 sec, ISO 640 in Manual Mode


Sandhill Crane Fly-by - © Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 1D MKIV, Canon 800mm L @ f/5.6, 1/80 sec, ISO 640 in Manual Mode


Sandhill Crane Landing - © Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 1D MKIV, Canon 800mm @ f/8, 1/320 sec, ISO 640 in Manual mode


Red Wing Black Birds Silhouette - © Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 1D MKIV, Canon 800mm L @ f/8, 1/400 sec, ISO 2500 in Manual mode


Sandhill Crane in Habitat - © Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 1D MKIV, Canon 800mm L f/8, 1/250 sec, ISO 640, Manual exposure


VLA Sunburst - © Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKIII, Canon 16-35mm L II @ f/11, 1/250 sec, ISO 640, Manual exposure


Northern Pintail - © Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 1D MKIV, Canon 800mm L w/ 1.4x III Tele-Converter @ f/8, 1/500 sec, ISO 320, Manual exposure


American Wigeon Drake - © Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 1D MKIV, Canon 400mm L @ f/8, 1/1600 sec, ISO 640 in Manual mode and handheld


Snow Geese Fly-by - © Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 1D MKIV, Canon 800mm L w/ 1.4x III Tele-Converter @ f/8, 1/500 sec, ISO 320, Manual exposure


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

Bosque Del Apache workshop was yet another success. We had challenging winds from the Northeast but we managed to capture several winners! I would like to thank my participants, some new, some veterans of previous workshops... Man what a bunch of good people.. I love you all!!

You don't know this but I'm working closely with the refuge management to help make Bosque Del Apache even better for photographers. Stay tuned for more information...

Bosque del Apache workshop will be back on my calendar in 2016. I will announce the dates next year! Hope you can join me!



March's Florida Bird Photography Tour is SOLD OUT but you still have time to register for April's. This workshop is my boot-camp. You will learn tons and tons!!

Hope you can join me!


Snow Goose 100% Crop Using a Canon 1.4x III Tele-Converter, © Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved


Snow Goose Swimming Portrait - © Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 1D MKIV, Canon 800mm L w/ 1.4x III Tele-Converter @ f/8, 1/2000 sec, ISO 320, Manual exposure

On my November's newsletter I talked about how to create sharp images using a long lens. This time, I'm going to share with you how I create sharp images on a MOVING subject. If you read carefully, all I did was to change auto focus modes!! That's right, everything else stays the same!

The UNTOUCHED image above is a 100% crop of the image below. Notice the amount of details I was able to create by having a good exposure, long lens technique AND USING A 1.4x III TELE-CONVERTER!

During my seminars I share how I use my Canon 800mm f/5.6 L IS lens and the steps I take before pressing the shutter button.

Here are a few of those tips:

  • Level your tripod - Sounds silly but you’ll be amazed how important this is.

  • Make sure your lens is leveled properly - This means the lens shouldn't tilt forward or backwards from the Gimbal head.

  • Don’t put your arm on top of the lens - Let gravity do that for you. More weight equals more opportunities for failure.

  • Use an adequate shutter speed for the situation – If you are just starting using a long lens, consider having a faster shutter speed. If you have some experience, keep your ISO low and challenge yourself to create sharp images with slow shutter speeds.

  • Set your camera to AI Servo/AF-C – This is super important with moving subjects.

  • Set your Auto Focus Points to SINGLE – This is also super important. Simplify yourself!

  • Press the Shutter Button gently – We all get excited with the situation. Focus and be gentle!
When you use a long lens, vibration can increase dramatically! Most of the time people don’t even notice until they get home and realize their images aren’t sharp. Some believe it’s their equipment which could easily be the case but looking deeper, it’s the technique used. You can practice this easily at home with a flower or any other object.

Don’t wait until your next big trip to practice. Try it NOW and let me know your thoughts!


The Plaza, St. Augustine, Florida - © Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKIII, Canon 16-35mm L II @ f/11, 1 sec, ISO 50, Manual exposure


City of St. Augustine Building, St. Augustine, Florida - © Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKIII, Canon 16-35mm L II @ f/11, 1 sec, ISO 50, Manual exposure

One more week and the lights will come down. If you are in Florida, stop by St. Augustine and enjoy the Holidays Spirit. Bring your camera and tripod and create wonderful images!

Happy Holidays everyone!