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Can't Wait For The Spoonbills & More Affordable Workshop!

Spoonbills & More Workshop
Image Created with My Phone - Our Boat and Captain

Reddish Egreet with Nesting Material, S.W Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Reddish Egret with Nesting Material, S.W Florida - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D, 500mm L @ f/5.6, 1/1250 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure, Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod

Spoonbills & More Workshop
Our Boat and Captain

This is one trip & workshop I'm looking forward to. Our experienced, U.S.C.G certified, licensed and insured boat captain will take us safely to the rookery. This boat offers great opportunities to photograph from because you can shoot for the upper deck if you wish to or get off the boat like I will do and walk closer to the rookery.

Workshop Dates:

  • May 14th – 15th - SOLD OUT
  • May 28th – 29th - 4 Spots Left
  • Time and meeting location: I will email you this information upon registration.

To learn more about this affordable weekend workshop, click HERE

What's This?? My Better Beamer Experience!!

Using Better Beamer, San Diego - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Using Better Beamer, San Diego - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D , 400mm L @ f/5.6, 1/320 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure, 580EX II, Better Beamer
Manual exposure, Hand-held

This was a very interesting test I did with the Better Beamer during my trip to San Diego. When I purchased my very first Better Beamer years ago, I never worried about placing the black holder on the right side of the flash. However, with the new versions, this is what will happen to you if you don't attach the black holders in the correct side of the flash. Noticed the dark areas in the lower part of the left side image above.

At first I thought there was something going on with the flash unit. However, I soon realized what the problem was and switched sides.

This is something for you to think about next time you use your Better Beamer.

Shoot me an email if you have any questions.

New Seminar for March!! - Secrets & Field Techniques For The Bird Photographer!

Are you having a difficult time photographing birds in the wild? Don't know how to approach your subject? Would you like to learn new techniques that will stop the frustration?

Secrets and Field Techniques For The Bird Photographer will show you every technique I've learned over the years and I'm ready to share those techniques with you. This hands on equipment and field seminar is all about what you need to do in the field to improve your chances of approaching and photographing your subject successfully!

Learn step by step how I create my images.

Door Prize Courtesy Of:

Hunt's Photo & Video

Hands On Equipment Courtesy Of:

FEISOL Tripods

Field & Seminar Topics Include But Are Not Limited To:
  • How to Set Your Camera Your Lens To Work For You (Nikon or Canon)
  • Manual Exposure & Composition
  • Tips and Tricks For A Better Technique (Step by Step)
  • Mastering Your Short & Long Lenses
  • Birds in Flight
  • Equipment
  • Subject Approach
  • Hands On Equipment (FEISOL Tripods Samples)
  • Limited to 10 participants (small group for best learning experience)
  • And Much More..

Date: March 27th, 2011

Times:

  • Field Shoot: 6:30am - 9:00am

  • Classroom Seminar: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm (15 min. break)

Location: 6890 Estero Boulevard Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 - Get directions HERE

Click here to learn more about this AFFORDABLE Seminar

Announcing - San Diego Birds & Landscapes Affordable Workshop!


California Brown Pelican Preening - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
California Brown Pelican Preening - 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

California Brown Pelican Close Up - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
California Brown Pelican Close Up - 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

Lesser Scaup, San Diego - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Lesser Scaup, San Diego - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved

Canon 7D, 500mm L @ f/5.6, 1/1500 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure, Hand-held

San Diego Skyline Panorama - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
San Diego Skyline Panorama (11 images) - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKII, 70-200mm L @ f/8, 1/15 sec, ISO 50, Manual exposure
Almost full frame, Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod

Click here for a larger view of this panorama (1920px)

Joshua Tree Nat'l Park B&W - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Joshua Tree Nat'l Park B&W - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKII, 17-40mm L @ f/22, 1/125 sec, ISO 50, Manual exposure
Almost full frame, Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod

Joshua Tree Nat'l Park - Night Photography - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Joshua Tree Nat'l Park - Night Photography - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKII, 17-40mm L @ f/5.6, 25 sec, ISO 3200, 580EX II, Manual exposure
Almost full frame, Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod


Joshua Tree Nat'l Park - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved

I had such great time in San Diego and other areas that I've decided to share the fun with those interested in joining me in 2012. This exciting workshop will not be dedicated to Bird Photography but to also Landscape Photography.

The great thing about San Diego is that several hot spots are within a short distance within the city. We'll have the opportunity to photograph several species including but not limited to California Brown Pelicans with their amazing red pouch and colorful heads. We’ll also have the opportunity to photograph Wood Ducks, American Wigeon, Lesser Scaup Duck, Ring-necked Duck, California Gull, Heermann's Gulls, Marbled Godwits, Black Oystercatcher, Harbor Seals and many more..

If that's not enough I'm including an optional & additional workshop day at the wonderful Joshua Tree Nat'l Park that is full of landscapes opportunities. I already have few spots within the park to photograph from but we'll also explore more.

I only have 4 spots available with a maximum of 5 participants for best learning experience. If you would like to join me, please act quickly as this will be another sold out workshop.

To lear more about the workshop please click HERE

Everglades National Park Workshop #1 Images

Everglades at Sunset - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Everglades at Sunset - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKII, 70mm-200mm L @ f/11, 1/60 sec, ISO 50, Manual exposure
Almost full frame, Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod

Everglades at Sunrise - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Everglades at Sunrise - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKII, 70mm-200mm L @ f/8, 1/320 sec, ISO 50, Manual exposure
Almost full frame, Feisol CT-3472LV Carbon Fiber Tripod

Peaceful Morning At The Glades - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Peaceful Morning At The Glades - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon XT2i, 17-40mm L @ f/8, 1/125 sec, ISO 100, Manual exposure
Almost full frame, Hand-held

Everglades Workshop #1 Participants - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Everglades Workshop #1 Participants - 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

What an amazing time we had at the Everglades. The weather could not have been better but we were treated with an amazing sunrise, sunsets and much wildlife. 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!

Everglades National Park Workshop #2 Images


Everglades B&W Panorama - 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

Male Anhinga Preening - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Male Anhinga Preening - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKII, Canon 800mm L @ f/8, 1/500 sec, ISO 800, Manual exposure, Almost full frame

Tri-colored Heron Releasing a Load - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Tri-colored Heron Releasing a Load - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D, Canon 800mm L @ f/8, 1/1500 sec, ISO 400, Manual exposure, Almost full frame


Everglades Workshop #2 Participants - Photoshop Session - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKII, 17-40mm L @ f/8, 1/125 sec, ISO 3200, Manual exposure

Tim Grey - Matching Monitor and Print Information

Question:

When I prepare my images, especially portraits, so that they look right in Photoshop and then print them the printed version comes out looking as though I had turned on the "reduce saturation on monitor by 20%" box in the Photoshop Color Preferences dialog. That is to say that the printed version looks to be desaturated by 20% or so. I don't understand what is happening here. When this happens, to get my prints looking correct, I turn on the desaturate monitor colors by 20% checkbox, and then boost the saturation of my image by 20% with a Hue/Sat layer. The problem now is that although my prints look better, the image on my monitor (with the color settings checkbox turned back off), and my thumbnails in Bridge look way oversaturated.

I don't know what to do about this mis-match. I don't know why it is occurring. How can I get what I see on my monitor, what comes out of my printer, and what my thumbnails look like in Bridge to match? I do calibrate my monitor periodically. I don't think it's a calibration issue.

Tim's Answer:

First off, I suggest checking to see what the actual problem is. Either your monitor display is over-saturated, or your prints are under-saturated. Of course, it is possible that your expectations are simply too high, but it sounds like the problem you're experiencing is more significant than simply being too optimistic. There's no question a print won't appear as saturated as the monitor display, but it sounds like your issue is bigger than that.

The first thing I recommend doing is to utilize a reference image to determine if the monitor or printer is to blame. I use the PhotoDisc target image for this purpose, but there are a variety of options here. The idea is that you can use a reference image and both display it on the monitor and print it to your printer to determine where the weak link is. You can download a copy of the PhotoDisc target image through my website here:

http://www.timgrey.com/books/ccdownloads.htm

If this image doesn't look particularly accurate on the monitor, you'll obviously want to re-calibrate, being very careful to ensure the colorimeter is firmly pressed against the monitor display during the readings. If the printed version doesn't look very good, then there are a few things you can explore there. First, you'll want to be sure your print settings are properly configured to ensure the best results. In general this means using a highly accurate profile for the printer, ink, and paper combination you're using, configuring the Print dialog in Photoshop so that Photoshop manages colors and you're using the correct profile and the Relative Colorimetric rendering intent, and that you configure your print driver with the proper paper and print quality settings, but with the color management options turned off.

If everything is configured properly and you still aren't getting great results from the printed output, there are two possibilities. The first is that you need to be more realistic in your expectations. After all, the monitor display is always going to be more saturated than what the printer is capable of. However, if the difference is significant, that is a strong indication that the printer profile you're using is not of the utmost quality. In that case, I recommend double-checking the printer settings, but then considering obtaining a new printer profile for the specific printer, ink, and paper combination you're using. If you don't have the tools to create your own printer profile you can obtain one from a third-party source, but either case would likely be better than the profiles included with your printer. Another worthwhile option would be having a print made by a print service that utilizes photo inkjet printers, in order to help evaluate the results you're currently obtaining. In general, a high quality print provider will be using great profiles that yield accurate results. One such lab I have been very happy with is Fine Print Imaging in Fort Collins, Colorado. Their website is at www.fineprintimaging.com, and if you decide to give them a try ask for Mark Lukes and let him know that Tim Grey sent you. I assure you he'll take great care of you.

 

The Power of Fill Flash Continues..!!

Western Gull Before Sunrise - San Diego - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Western Gull Before Sunrise - San Diego - 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

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, those 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!


Florida's Birding & Photo Fest is Rocking!! 

Florida's Birding & Photo Fest Florida's Birding & Photo Fest
Florida's Birding & Photo Fest 2011 - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D, 70-200mm @ f/16, 1/2 sec, ISO 50, Manual Exposure, FEISOL tripod

Weekly Blog Post Tips & Techniques

In April's Edition...

  • How I created a very cool silhouette
  • More from world famous Tim Grey
  • Florida Bird Photography Tours.com - Images
  • Everglades National Park Workshop #3 Images
  • My first thoughts about my new Canon 800mm f/5.6 L USM lens
  • 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
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