March 2014 Newsletter
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Sharing recent news in the nature photography community. Finally.... One for the Snail Kites!
Wildlife photographer pleads guilty to violating Endangered Species Act.

"According to court papers, the photographer in question was observed more than a half dozen times by a group of researchers harassing an endangered bird and violating federal law."

"According to federal court papers, eight times between 2010 and 2011, a group of University of South Florida researchers observed Kissimmee wildlife photographer Jim Neiger wedge his pontoon boat into the reeds near snail kite nests"

"In exchange for a guilty plea to a single count of violating the federal Endangered Species Act, Neiger could face a maximum of one year in prison and up to $100,000 in fines. In return for the plea, prosecutors say they won't oppose two years probation, but there are no guarantees"

"In lieu of turning over his boat motor and camera, Neiger has also agreed to pay $9,000 in fines"

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Everglades Nat'l Park Sunrise, © Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved

It's fun to play with the Better Beamer's Fresnel screen but it's also a quick reminder to pay attention when you carry your gear on top of your shoulder. Never face the sun! I normally "peel" off the Fresnel and walk with it in my pocket.

Just a quick reminder as I see it happens to many photographers all the time!


Snowy Owl Portrait, New England © Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 1D MKIV, Canon 800mm L w/ 1.4x III @ f/8, 1/650 sec, ISO 1250, 600EX-RT with Better Beamer
in Manual mode


Great Horned Owl Close-up portrait, Central Florida © Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 1D MKIV, Canon 800mm L, 1.4x III @ f/8, 1/500 sec, ISO 2500, 600EX-RT with Better Beamer, All in Manual mode. Full frame.


Great Horned Owl Family, S.W. Florida © Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 1D MKIV, Canon 800mm L, 1.4x III @ f/8, 1/250 sec, ISO 320 and 600EX-RT with Better Beamer,
all in Manual mode.


Great Horned Owl Family, Central Florida © Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 1D MKIV, Canon 800mm L @ f/8, 1/500 sec, ISO 6400, 600EX-RT with Better Beamer.
All in Manual mode.


Great Horned Owl Family and Prey, Central Florida © Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 1D MKIV, Canon 800mm L @ f/8, 1/500 sec, ISO 6400, 600EX-RT with Better Beamer.
All in Manual mode.


Yours Truly, Central Florida © Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Camera phone. Thank you Kathryn for sharing this image.



B&H Vello Link

This has been the winter of owls for me. Everything started with an amazing trip to New England photographing 13 Snowy Owls in the wild. Then I photographed two Great Horned Owls nest here in Florida.

I took full advantage of these opportunities and tuned-up my fill flash technique using the Better Beamer. Moving the flash head off center allows you to prevent red-eye. I'm happy to say that red-eye on owls is a thing of the past!

You may also wonder how I triggered the camera from that distance? I use a wireless trigger made by Vello. Check out the link above. Nikon or Canon. It works great!

Give it a try and don't worry about what people think.... You know you are getting better images! <smile>

Thanks!


Come and enjoy one of the most beautiful and photogenic coastlines in Florida. This location is extremely productive during the early morning hours providing infinity compositions and opportunities to the nature photographer.

Hope you can join me!

Thanks!

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