Welcome to My Monthly Newsletter - February, 2010
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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. I also would like to thank you folks for joining me during my workshops, seminars and private classes. Thank you!

Previous Newsletters Since April 2009

 

Free Seminars!! - Sarasota, FL

Photography Seminar - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Sarasota Meet Up Group - Sarasota, FL - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved.
Canon 5D, 70-200mm L @ f/8, 1/800 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure,
Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod, Feisol CB-50D ball head, Slightly cropped

Yet another FREE seminar!! I was recently invited to join the folks at the Sarasota Photography Meet Up group for a few hours of shooting at a local 1500+ acres farm. Thank you Kimberly for the invitation. You are amazing and looking forward to more :). We had a cloudy and breezy afternoon but the conditions were perfect for
Black & White photography.

As we walked and explored the farm, we encounter very challenging situations as far as composition and subjects to photograph goes. I explained to the group how I was already visualizing my final images in Black & White and the group not only liked the idea, but they agreed. We stared photographing at around 11:45 AM, the sun was high, the shadows were strong and the first thing that crossed my mind was BLACK & WHITE.

I often tell folks to learn how to see and visualize your final image. Be creative and open your mind to new things!

Photography Seminar - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Wide Angle Effect - Sarasota, FL - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved.
Canon 5D, 17-40mm L @ f/16, 1/250 sec, ISO 50, Polarizer, Manual exposure,
Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod, Feisol CB-50D ball head, Slightly cropped

Photography Seminar - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Cow and Baby - Sarasota, FL - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved.
Canon 7D, 500mm L @ f/5.6, 1/800 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure,
Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod, Slightly cropped

Photography Seminar - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Tractor Ruins - Sarasota, FL - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved.
Canon 5D, 17-40mm L @ f/16, 1/250 sec, ISO 50, Polarizer, ND filter, Manual exposure,
Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod, Feisol CB-50D ball head, Slightly cropped

Photography Seminar - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
B&W Landscape - Sarasota, FL - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved.
Canon 5D, 17-40mm L @ f/16, 1/250 sec, ISO 50, Polarizer, ND filter, Manual exposure,
Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod, Feisol CB-50D ball head, Slightly cropped

More Free Seminars!! - Sarasota, FL

Photography Seminar - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Birds in Flight Seminar - Sarasota, FL - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved.
Canon 5D, 17-40mm L @ f/4, 1/60 sec, ISO 1250, Manual exposure,
Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod, Feisol CB-50D ball head, Slightly cropped

I recently did yet another FREE seminar at one of the biggest camera clubs in the country. This time, the seminar was not planned until few hours before the staring time. Unfortunately, guest speaker Rick Sammon was not able to attend as originally planned that evening, so Jon Novosielski called me and asked me that afternoon to fill in and do my "thing".

Imagine having to fill in for someone as famous as Rick Sammon? freaking cool if you ask me... :) Regardless, the seminar was a huge success especially after having few hours to put it all together. We talked about what I do in the field and how I photograph birds in flight. We also talked about panning, bumping my focusing system and equipment.

Several questions were asked and every single one got answered. Thank you Jon for the invitation.

Benefits of a Private Class - Say NO! to Large Groups

Private Class - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Benefits of a Private Class - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved.
Canon 7D, 70-200mm L @ f/5.6, 1/250 sec, ISO 400, Fill flash, Manual exposure,
Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod, Slightly cropped

The more seminars, workshops and private classes I do, the more of the similar comment I get... "I'll never do a large group workshop again. I didn't learn anything". My answer still the same... "And you paid how much?? Wow, sorry to hear that!"

Benefits of a Private Class:

  • 1 on 1 learning experience
  • Target YOUR needs and no other BS!!
  • Much more AFFORDABLE
  • No distractions
  • Hardcore shooting
  • Constructive image critique directly from laptop
  • Hands on equipment
  • Digital Workflow
  • Sharing locations
  • Lots of questions answered
  • Friendship and everything else you can think of...

When I stared photography years ago, I didn't have anyone to help me with. No buddy to share information with, no online forums to get information from and could not attend a private class nor workshops.

My first barrier was English. I didn't know how to write nor speak English at all, and while I still have a lot to learn, I can tell you this.... A private class can truly change your photography. I truly believe you can learn a great deal with the right instructor. Whoever you decide to do your next private class with, make sure you share all your photography challenges, don't be afraid to ask and have an open mind to new things.

I highly recommend taking a private class.

Blue Heron at Sunset, Maxis Gamez - All Rights Reserved
Blue Heron at Sunset - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved.
Canon 5D, 70-700mm L @ f/5.6, 1/125 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure, Handheld, Slightly cropped

Snowy Plover, Maxis Gamez - All Rights Reserved
Snowy Plover - S.W Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved.
Canon 40D, 400mm L @ f/8, 1/250 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure, Ground as support, Slightly cropped

What Works and What Doesn't Work - Part 1

During my photography classes, seminars and workshops, I teach folks how to see "What Works and What Doesn't Work" with your subject and why is so important to achieve the basic elements of a good photograph. Whether you like to photograph birds, people or Nascar, you should learn to see and know how to make your subject work for you.

Today's tip is about working too low!

Working Too Low - Long-billed Curlew, Maxis Gamez - All Rights Reserved
Working Too Low - Image 1 - Long-billed Curlew - S.W Florida
Canon 40D, 500mm L @ f/5.6, 1/1250 sec, ISO 400, Manual mode,
Feisol CT-3471 Carbon Fiber Tripod, Slightly cropped

In the image above, you can clearly see how the Curlew's feet are covered by the beach sand in the foreground. When I photographed this Curlew for the first time, I got blinded by the excitement of photographing this specie for the first time and totally overlooked this. After getting home, I could not believe how I missed something as obvious as this. I deleted most of the images taken that day and kicked myself you know where for this error.

Working Too Low - Long-billed Curlew, Maxis Gamez - All Rights Reserved
Working Too Low - Image 2 - Long-billed Curlew - S.W Florida
Canon 40D, 500mm L @ f/8, 1/500 sec, ISO 400, Manual mode,
Feisol CT-3471 Carbon Fiber Tripod, Slightly cropped

Luckily, I was able to photograph the Curlew for a second time few days later and guess what was in my mind? Exactly!! BUT what if you were in Alaska photographing something you probably won't have a second chance to photograph again? Do it right the first time and learn how to see what works and what doesn't work!

In my next newsletter, I will post another tip on "What Works & What Doesn't Work"

Gatorland - A Place You Should Visit - Period..!

Gatorland Rookery
Gatorland's Rookery Overview - My Favorites Places to Photograph
I would like to thank Google for allowing us to use such amazing tools like Google Earth.

There is no secret about my support to Gatorland. Everyone knows how much I talk and highly recommend Gatorland's Rookery. There has been some rumors from folks that are not quite happy about it, mostly from the business side of photography. While I tend to ignore such insignificant events, I must say that my support to Gatorland continues to be souly for one and one reason only. The Amazing bird photography and learning opportunities you can achieve at the Rookery.

The picture above will show you a bunch of red arrows. These red arrows represent my favorites places to photograph within the Rookery. Some of my best images were created around these areas during morning or afternoon hours. I can dedicate a complete newsletter to Gatorland if I really want to but I rather leave that to Gatorland's famous host. Mike Godwin.

Mike keeps everyone updated via the Rookery's blog which I highly recommend you reading and visiting often. you can find the blog by following this link.

http://www.gatorland.com/blogs/rookery

Gatorland's "Dawn to Dusk" extended hours are exactly what we need to enter the Rookery during early morning hours and stay late unlike other visitors. This will basically allow you plenty of time to photograph birds during golden hours from the boardwalk. Visit Gatorland's website to purchase your annual pass.

I can keep writing more and more about Gatorland, but don't take my word for it. Let the images speak for themselves.

Moorhen - Gatorland, Maxis Gamez - All Rights Reserved
Moorhen - Gatorland, Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 40D, 500mm L @ f/8, 1/500 sec, ISO 400, Manual mode,
Feisol CT-3471 Carbon Fiber Tripod, Slightly cropped

White Egret and Chicks - Gatorland, Maxis Gamez - All Rights Reserved
White Egret and Chicks - Gatorland, Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 40D, 500mm L @ f/8, 1/500 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure,
Feisol CT-3471 Carbon Fiber Tripod, Slightly cropped

Tri-Colored Heron - Gatorland, Maxis Gamez - All Rights Reserved
Tri-Colored Heron - Gatorland, Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 40D, 500mm L @ f/8, 1/1250 sec, ISO 400, Manual Exposure,
Feisol CT-3471 Carbon Fiber Tripod, Almost full frame

Cattle Egret - Gatorland, Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Cattle Egret - Gatorland, Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 40D, 500mm L @ f/8, 1/320 sec, ISO 400, Better beamer, 550EX Fill flash, Manual Exposure
Feisol CT-3471 Carbon Fiber Tripod, Almost full frame

Snowy Egret - Gatorland, Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Snowy Egret - Gatorland, Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 40D, 500mm L @ f/5, 1/1600 sec, ISO 400, Better beamer, 550EX Fill flash, Manual Exposure,
Feisol CT-3471 Carbon Fiber Tripod, Almost full frame


Tri-Colored Heron - Gatorland, Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 40D, 500mm L @ f/8, 1/800 sec, ISO 400, Manual Exposure, RAW
Feisol CT-3471 Carbon Fiber Tripod, Almost full frame

Gatorland's Rookery is here to stay, I strongly recommend visiting the Rookery during the winter/spring time.

FEISOL Goes to PMA 2010

FEISOL to PMA

FEISOL will be attending PMA 2010 in Anaheim, California. The more I use their tripods and products, the more I believe everyone should give them a try. During my seminars, I often bring several FEISOL products for everyone to see and play with. FEISOL is currently sponsoring my photography and I'm truly grateful to have such great sponsor.

There will be few announcements. If you are planning to attend PMA, make sure to stop by Booth 1310 and tell them Maxis sent you! I'll keep you guys posted.

Affordable Bird Photography Workshops Updates:

Bosque del Apache 2010, New Mexico - 2 spaces available

Bosque del Apache Workshop was a total success in 2009, (Click here to see all images). Limited to 4 participants, this year the workshop should be amazing as well.

Gatorland Rookery Workshop - Click here to find more information - New lower price!!

  • April 17th - 18th - 2 spaces available
  • May 8th - 9th -
  • May 22th - 23rd

Gatorland is the ultimate location to truly learn from many challenging photography scenarios. The bird Rookery will be our play ground for two full days. Take advantage of my new lower price!

Birding and FotoFest

In March's edition...

  • What Works and What Doesn't Work - Part 2 - Field Technique
  • Photoshop CS4 worth the upgrade? - My experience
  • 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
941.623.5155
maxisgamez@gmail.com
www.gvisions.org

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