January 2015, Newsletter
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White Egret, Everglades Nat'l Park, Florida - © Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 1D MKIV, Canon 800mm L @ f/8, 1/1600 sec, ISO 1600 in Manual mode, Tripod

Male Anhinga Preening, Everglades Nat'l Park, FL - © Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 1D MKIV, Canon 800mm L @ f/8, 1/1000 sec, ISO 640 in Manual mode, Tripod

Everglades Nat'l Park Sunrise, Florida © Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKIII, Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 L II @ f/8, 1/320 sec, ISO 50 in Manual mode, Tripod

Yours Truly, Everglades Nat'l Park, Florida © Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved

The Everglades Nat'l Park Workshop didn't disappoint even though the birding and nesting activity was slow. We managed to photograph a nice sunrise as well as close encounters with a gorgeous male Anhinga.

I'm not sure if I'll return for the Everglades in 2016 but this location has always been close to my heart!

On my December's newsletter, I shared my favorite AF focusing points with a little explanation for each image. Here, I'm following up with few more images and their respective AF points.

Image #1: Blue Heron and Skyway Bridge. For this image I used a single focusing point. When you photograph facing the sun, AF points can easily pick the wrong subject. Try to keep simple and minimize your AF points.

Image #2: Male Anhinga Posing: This is another great example when to keep things simple. See, there are a few inches from the body of the bird to the neck. If you focus on the body, the head and eye are going to be out of focus. Using a single AF point, allowed me to keep my DOH and sharpness on the neck!

Image #3: California Pelican: This image can be easily created by activating ALL focusing points because there is nothing behind your subject except blue sky. This is when you want all the help you can get by having all of the active.

I hope this has been useful to you. One of the main issues I see during my workshops is that folks continue to ignore the importance of selecting the right AF point setting for each situation.

I'll share more images in future newsletters!

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!

My very first Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival was a total success. All of my programs were sold out and the weather couldn't have been better. I've been invited to return in 2016 but I haven't made up my mind just yet.

Thank you to all participants for having me. I truly enjoyed the event!

January has been non-stop for me. Several events taking place including a talk at the Dimage Camera Club. My program was well received by everyone. If you would like to see me at your local camera club, have them contact me directly. I'm always happy to visit new places!

Things are getting hotter with Canon and the rumored BIG Megapixel body. Stay tuned for more details soon!

Canon recently released a firmware update for the Canon 1D X and 5D MKIII. Get your bodies updated as soon as possible.

After 9 months on the bike, I joined my very first 6hrs race with two other friends. We finished 11th within our group category. Not bad for my very first official race.

Next week, I'll be riding my 3rd 50 miles challenge and I can't wait to hit the trails again. Why am I sharing all of this? Because fitness has improved my photography. I haven't had any lower back pain. I can carry my equipment without the same pain I was getting before last April!

I'm excited and I look forward to many more hours shooting on the dirt! Get out and ride a bike. You'll love it!

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