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Happy Independence Day to All!

4th of July Fireworks Celebration - S.W Florida
4th of July Fireworks Celebration - S.W Florida
Canon 40D, 24-105mm L @ 70mm - f/11, 29 sec, ISO 100, Manual exposure, Tripod, Full frame

FEISOL Sponsorship Withdrawal!

Over the past 2 ½ years it has been a great experience and pleasure representing FEISOL products. Based on the circumstances, FEISOL tripods cannot meet my current photography demands by providing a product that I believe is suitable, stable and durable for my current
set-up.

With the purchase of my new Canon 800mm L f/5.6 IS lens, I need a tripod that is stable. Unfortunately, FEISOL's largest tripod cannot meet that, therefore I decided to cancel my current sponsorship and look for another solution. This doesn't mean the tripod will not support your current set-up.

Follow this link to read complete Press Release.

I would like to thank FEISOL for everything they did for me and for supporting my photography.

Welcome Outdoorphotogear.com (OPG) & Induro Products!

Outdoor Photo Gear Retail Store - Louisville, KY
Outdoor Photo Gear Retail Store - Louisville, KY

Effective immediately, a new sponsorship from Outdoorphotogear.com (OPG) will take place providing Induro products mainly. OPG is not only an on-line store but also a retailer. OPG also offers a strong source of information for many photographers around the world. From product reviews, information and a blog with many useful tips and techniques, OPG is a great place to visit often!

I would like to thank Chris Klapheke (owner) for allowing this sponsorship to take place and for everything he has done! Check them out!

How Small is Your DOF with Long Lenses - Facebook Post!

American Oystercatcher Profile - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
American Oystercatcher Profile - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D, Canon 800mm @ f/22, 1/320 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure, Induro CT414 Tripod

Few weeks ago, I posted this image on my Facebook wall. My goal was to show readers how narrow your DOF is at very close range with long lenses. Many commented and some mentioned a different approach. This image was created using the Canon 800mm L lens at f/22. Notice how the green vegetation is not sharp!

Yeah, I know... Another thing to keep in mind!

Singh-Ray Reverse Grad Filters


Sarasota Sunset - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Sarasota Sunset - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKII, Sigma 24-70mm with Singh-Ray Reverse Grad filter @ f/8, 2 sec, ISO 50
Manual exposure, Induro CT414 Tripod

Sarasota Sunset - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Sarasota Sunset - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKII, 17-40mm L with Singh-Ray Reverse Grad Filter @ f/16, 1/15 sec, ISO 50
Manual exposure, Induro CT414 Tripod

Over the past few months, I've been using the Singh-Ray Reverse Grad Filter for most of my landscapes images. This filter is based of a darker area near where your horizon like would go, allowing to darken the sun as it rise/set. At the same time leaving the above clouds well exposed. Another very useful tool for photographers.

Here is what Singh-Ray has to say.

"When photographers use their Singh-Ray Graduated ND Filters for sunset and sunrise scenes, they soon discover that the standard gradient patterns—which are darkest at the top and lighter toward the middle—may at times work against them. The standard gradient pattern holds back the upper areas of the sky more than is sometimes desired. When shooting toward the glowing sun at sunrise or sunset, the foreground is often dark or backlit and the upper sky is not as bright as it is along the horizon.

Singh-Ray offers the Reverse Gradient ND Filter in densities of either 1, 2, 3 or 4 f-stops, with the 3- and 2-stop used most frequently. Sometimes, experienced photographers will “sandwich” this filter along with other Graduated ND Filters for even greater control over the scene."

I really enjoy using the filter during Live View mode which allows great control positioning the filter in the right place of my composition.

To learn more about the filter follow this LINK

Product Review - Induro CT414 - 8X Carbon Fiber Tripod

Maxis Gamez

It’s no secret. Many nature photographers are curious about the new heavy duty, yet affordable 8X CT tripod series from Induro. During this review, I’ll talk about the largest tripod Induro has ever offered and how it performs in the real world. If you have seen my images or have ever participated in one of my workshops, you’ll know that I’m not a casual shooter. I photograph in mud, saltwater, beach sand and everything else you can think of and my tripod comes along with me. Therefore, I need a tripod that meets my needs and can withstand my style of shooting!


The new 8X CT-Series of Induro tripods are the strongest, most stable tripods ever offered. A wide stance cross-braced magnesium alloy spider, ultra-light 8X layer Carbon Fiber legs, oversized center column lock and enhanced leg angle locks, contribute with up to 35% greater stability, rigidity and higher load capacity. The new 8X CT-Series also includes interchangeable rubber feet and stainless steel spikes, a tool kit and deluxe carrying bag and strap.

Read the complete review from outdoorphotogear.com blog

Black Skimmers Nesting

Black Skimmer Parent & Chick - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Black Skimmer Parent & Chick - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D, Canon 800mm @ f/11, 1/500 sec, ISO 200, Manual exposure, Induro CT414 Tripod

Black Skimmer Chick Feeding - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Black Skimmer Chick Feeding - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D, Canon 800mm @ f/11, 1/500 sec, ISO 200, Manual exposure, Induro CT414 Tripod

Rolling Out in Style - Eckla Multi Rolly Gear Cart!!

Easily transport your gear over trails, on beaches, on docks and boardwalks, or any uneven terrain with the Eckla Multi Rolly Gear Cart. This companion to the popular Eckla Beach Rolly has specific features for photographers, fishermen and sport shooters, including gear hooks and a fold-down shooting seat.

The Multi Rolly has several specially designed features for photographers. Cargo hooks let you hang bags, cases or cameras for quick access. Integrated pockets in the cargo area hold tripod feet, just like backpacks, for secure transport. A sewn-in band on the payload back supports clip-on and velcro gear pouches. A fold-down shooting seat is attached to the frame, letting you grab your gear, sit down and shoot, without unpacking your Rolly or carrying an extra seat with you!

If you would like to try this cart, shoot me an email and I'll be happy to let you borrow it for a day. I will also have this cart during my workshops and seminars for everyone interested. I'm sure you will like it as much as I do!

Be safe and enjoy your holiday!

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Sincerely,

Maxis Gamez
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maxisgamez@gmail.com
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