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Welcome to My Monthly Newsletter - January, 2011
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Happy New Year - Lot's Going On!!

Bald Eagle After Prey, Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Bald Eagle After Prey, Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved

Canon 7D , 500mm L @ f/5.6, 1/800 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure, Almost full frame, Handheld

Bald Eagle Calling, Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Bald Eagle Calling, Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D , 500mm L @ f/5.6, 1/800 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure, Almost full frame, Handheld

Bald Eagle & Female Grackle, Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Bald Eagle & Female Grackle, Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D, 500mm L @ f/22, 1/100 sec, Manual exposure, Almost Full Frame, Hand held

What a wonderful 2010 has been and what a better way to start 2011 than with an opportunity to photograph Bald Eagles at eye level here in Florida.

Remember, you have a friend here! E-mail me your photography related questions and I'll be happy to reply!

Enjoy January's Newsletter

Happy New Year to All!

Announcing - Other Photography Services!

I've decided to include few extra photography services to folks looking to improve their photography skills. These services are perfect for those that can't afford a private class, seminars or workshop.

Please follow each link to learn more about each service.

Lake Blue Cypress - Landscapes & Bird Photography Workshop Available to 4 Participants Only!!

Lake Blue Cypress Workshop 2011

Lake Blue Cypress, Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Lake Blue Cypress, Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKII, 70-200mm L @ f/16, 1/500 sec, ISO 100, Manual exposure, Hand held

Osprey, Lake Blue Cypress - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Osprey, Lake Blue Cypress - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D , 500mm L @ f/5.6, 1/1000 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure, Almost full frame, Handheld

I've been asked several times if I would ever consider leading a private workshop to the wonderful Lake Blue Cypress, FL after several successfully trips last summer. You've seen the images and opportunities you can only find at this wonderful location. Here is your chance!! I will only conduct ONE workshop at this location in 2011. However, private classes 1-on-1 are going to be available. Contact me for more details!

Limited to 4 participants, this workshop will focus on how to create amazing landscapes, Black & White and Bird Photography images and all at a very affordable price. Only $375 per participant. Includes boat ride!!

Join me in a morning full of opportunities and creativity! This is going to be awesome!!

To learn more about the workshop, please visit my website.

Florida Bird Photography Tours

Florida Bird Photography Tours
Spoonbill Landing, S.W Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D, 500mm L @ f/5.6, 1/1500 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure
full frame, Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod

This exciting tour is selling a lot faster than anticipated. We are currently have 2 spots available and you know they will be gone before February 2011.

5 hardcore learning days. Two dedicated bird photographer leaders. One heck of a experience!

Join us for a one of a kind tour!

To learn more about the tour, please visit www.floridabirdphotographytours.com

Staring All Over Again - Darn it!!

I recently acquired a copy of the new Nik Software Complete Package thanks to the folks from Naturescapes.net which consist of Dfine 2.0, Viveza 2, HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro 3.0, Silver Efex Pro, and Sharpener Pro 3.0.

So far, I've been using Color Efex Pro 3.0 and Silver Efex Pro. I wish I had the opportunity to use these wonderful Photoshop Plug-ins few years ago! Now, I find myself editing images from few years ago to a whole new level.

Let me share few images using Silver Efex Pro!

Drifwood - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Driftwood - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKII, 24-70mm L @ f/11, 1/1000 sec, ISO 100, Manual exposure
Almost full frame, Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod

Abandoned House, Maine - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Abandoned House, Maine - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D, 70-200mm L @ f/8, 1/150 sec, ISO 100, Manual exposure, Hand held, Almost full frame

Window, Maine - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Window, Maine - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D , 70-200mm L @ f/11, 1/320 sec, ISO 100, Manual exposure
Almost full frame, Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod

Everglades Nat'l Park, Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Everglades Nat'l Park, Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved

Canon 5D MKII, 17-40mm L @ f/11, 1/500 sec, ISO 100, Manual exposure
Almost full frame, Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod

Converting color images to B&W has been a breeze using Silver Efex Pro. Nik has done an absolutely fantastic job with presets which will give you a great staring point. I Highly recommend this package!

More Images From Bosque de Apache Workshop 2010!!

Bosque del Apache Sunrise - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Bosque del Apache Sunrise - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKII, 70-200mm L @ f/8, 1/320 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure,
Almost full frame, Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod

Snow Geese Fly-by, New Mexico - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Snow Geese Fly-by, New Mexico - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved

Canon 5D MKII, 70-200mm L @ f/8, 1/800 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure,
Almost full frame, Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod

Female Wigeon Flapping Wings, New Mexico - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Female Wigeon Flapping Wings, New Mexico - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D, 400mm L @ f/8, 1/500 sec, ISO 400, 580 EXII with Better Beamer, Manual exposure, hand-held

A Weekend in Tennessee

Tennessee Fall Colors - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Tennessee Fall Colors - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MK II, 24-70mm @ f/16, 1/4 sec, ISO 100, Manual exposure
Almost full frame, Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod

Tennessee Fall Colors - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Tennessee Fall Colors - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MK II, 24-70mm @ f/16, 1/15 sec, ISO 100, Manual exposure
Almost full frame, Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod

White Tail Deer - Tennesee - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
White Tail Deer - Tennessee - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKII, 400mm L @ f/5.6, 1/250 sec, ISO 1200, Manual exposure,
Almost full frame, Hand held

I Recently I had an opportunity to visit TN for a weekend. The weather was cold but very productive. Fall colors weren't as vivid as previous years. However, the fun and experience was great! Looking forward to come back next October!

The Power of Fill Flash Continues..!!

Mallard & Fall Colors - Ohio - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Mallard & Fall Colors - Ohio - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D, 400mm L @ f/8, 1/320 sec, ISO 400, 580EX II with Better Beamer, Manual exposure,
Almost full frame, Hand held

Female Wood Duck Portrait - Ohio - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Female Wood Duck Portrait - Ohio - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D, 500mm L @ f/5.6, 1/500 sec, ISO 400, 580EX II with Better Beamer
Manual exposure, Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod

Black-bellied Plover - S.W Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Black-bellied Plover - S.W Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D, 400mm L @ f/8, 1/640 sec, ISO 400, 580 EXII, Better Beamer
Manual exposure, Hand held

Ring-billed Gull - S.W Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Ring-billed Gull - S.W Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D, 400mm L @ f/8, 1/640 sec, ISO 400, 580 EXII, Better Beamer
Manual exposure, Hand held

Tri-colored Heron Portrait - S.W Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Tri-colored Heron Portrait - S.W Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D, 500mm L @ f/5.6, 1/800 sec, ISO 400, 580EX II with Better Beamer
Manual exposure, Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod

I find myself using fill flash more and more lately. Fill flash continues to enhance my subjects a great deal but more importantly, I've been mastering fill flash under several different environments. Of course, participating during my workshops/seminars/private classes will also experience what I've learned!

Don't be afraid of fill flash and get out there and practice!

Weekly Blog Post for 2011 - How I Created "That" Image..!

Staring this January, I will do my best to post one image per week in my blog. Each image will have details including equipment used, camera settings, exposure, reason behind composition, Photoshop editing and field technique (s) used. The image doesn't necessarily had to be created that week. Could be any other week.

I receive several emails per week asking about the information above. However, I thought it would be a good idea to share with everyone instead of a private email.

You can subscribe to my blog RSS FEED and click SUBSCRIBE TO THIS FEED link. You will automatically get a new notification in your browser that a post has been created in my blog. This is a very effective way of staying informed and to learn.

That's a total of 52 images per year!! Yikes!! I better get going!! <smile> but more importantly, 52 opportunities you can learn from!!

Hope this helps everyone!

NatureScapes Key Note Presentation Featuring Tim Grey, Deborah Sandidge & Greg Downing 


Greg Downing Giving Away Door Prices - New Mexico - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKII, 24-70mm @ f/8, 1/60 sec, ISO 2000, 580EX II Bounced off ceiling


Tim Grey Journey Key Note Presentation - New Mexico - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKII, 24-70mm @ f/8, 1/60 sec, ISO 2000, 580EX II Bounced off ceiling


Dinner & Group - New Mexico - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKII, 24-70mm @ f/8, 1/60 sec, ISO 2000, 580EX II Bounced off ceiling


Deborah Sandidge - New Mexico - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKII, 24-70mm @ f/8, 1/60 sec, ISO 2000, 580EX II Bounced off ceiling

I had the opportunity to be staff photographer <smile> for NatureScapes Key Note Presentation, featuring Tim Grey, Deborah Sandidge and Greg Downing.

Tim spoke about his long career way before he became World Famous. While Tim doesn't consider an excellent photographer (not sure why), I took advantage of some of his tips and techniques, especially creating sun burst which I used while in White Sands (Thanks Tim!)

The event was fun and very informative. The folks at Bosque del Apache Refuge, also spoke about their water management control in the refuge and how they are trying to make it the perfect "rest stop" for many wild life migrating.

Greg also gave away many door prizes which several people enjoyed. Overall, the presentation was informative, fun and everything thanks to Erin for putting the show together!! Awesome job Erin!

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Featured Product & Article - Two Camera & Lens Support For The Nature Photographer, Part No. 2 - The Pufin Pad


Maxis Gamez with Pufin Pad - S.W Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKII, 70-200mm L @ f/22, 1/5 sec, ISO 400,
Manual exposure, Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod

Read all about my recent review of the Skimmer Pod II and Puffin Pad on my Blog

Happy New Year and Best to All!

That's it for this newsletter. I hope you have a wonderful 2011!!

Sincerely,

In February's Edition...

  • Staring ALL OVER AGAIN.... Part No. 2
  • More images from Bosque del Apache Workshop
  • Everglades Nat'l Park Workshop Images
  • 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
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