November 2013 Newsletter
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Holding Long Lenses

Greetings,

Holding a long lens at slow shutter speeds can be very difficult. Your technique can be the difference between creating sharp or "soft" images. Below I'm going to show you how I hold my Canon 800mm f/5.6 L IS lens at ALL TIMES when using a tripod. This technique helped me create the Spoonbill and Great Horned Owls images you see below. Both images were created under 1/50 sec.


Spoonbill Resting - East Florida, Maxis Gamez – © All Rights Reserved
Canon 1D MKIV, Canon 800mm f/5.6 L @ f/8, 1/15 sec, ISO 640,
Canon 600EX-RT flash with Better Beamer in Manual mode.


Great Horned Owl Pair - S.W. Florida, Maxis Gamez – © All Rights Reserved
Canon 1D MKIV, Canon 800mm f/5.6 L @ f/8, 1/30 sec, ISO 1250, in Manual mode.

Steady and solid long lens technique is critical, not to mention having the correct IS (VR on Nikon) setting
(Mode 1 for stationary subjects) in order to create sharp images.


Long Lens Holding Technique, © Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKIII, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L II

If you use a flash bracket, the rig will become top-heavy. Make sure to balance your gimbal accordantly. Lower the gimbal lens plate to the very bottom position and lock it tight!. This will help you reduce any top-heavy over-correction you may do otherwise. See the image below.


Custom Gimbal Lens Plate Positioning Using a Flash Bracket, Maxis Gamez, © All Rights Reserved.
Canon 5D MKIII, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L II


Next time you set up your rig with or without a flash bracket, give it a try and let me know if you find this technique useful!

Thanks!

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Spoonbill Reflection, Viera Wetlands, © Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKIII, Canon 800mm L @ f/8, 1/800 sec, ISO 640 in Manual mode.


Spoonbill Calling, Viera Wetlands, © Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 1D MKIV, Canon 800mm L @ f/8, 1/320 sec, ISO 640 in Manual mode.


Spoonbill Preening, Viera Wetlands, © Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 1D MKIV, Canon 800mm L @ f/8, 1/800 sec, ISO 320 in Manual mode.


Spoonbill Taking Off, Viera Wetlands, © Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 1D MKIV, Canon 800mm L w/ 1.4x III @ f/8, 1/800 sec, ISO 640 in Manual mode.

 

"A security breach at Adobe Systems earlier this month is more widespread than first reported.

Adobe now says hackers stole information from at least 38 million customer accounts, including part of the source code to Photoshop, the widely used photo editing software. According to Adobe spokeswoman Heather Edell, they believe a lot of the breached data consists of inactive IDs and test accounts. 

A few weeks ago, on October 3, Adobe reported a cyber-attack on 2.9 million user accounts where encrypted personal data were stolen along with source code for Acrobat, ColdFusion and ColdFusion Builder. Edell said the company is still investigating the breach and is notifying affected customers. 

If you're a Creative Cloud subscriber and haven't already done so, it's a good idea to change your Adobe password and monitor your financial accounts. Go to Adobe's Customer Security Alert page if you have more questions and learn what to do if your account was part of the attack. 

Have you been contacted by Adobe?"

Source: Dpreview.com

If you bought software directly from Adobe or if you are a Creative Cloud user, there is a good chance your credit card information got stolen. Make sure you keep an eye on your statements and report any false charges!

Festival of the Cranes

I will be speaking at the Festival of the Cranes in New Mexico. This event is highly recommended to birders and photographers. I'm super excited about this opportunity. My workshops are sold out and I look forward to spend some time at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.

If you can't make it this year, make sure to put it in your calendar for 2014!

Thanks!

Aerial Photography

Octomax continues flying strong. A few months ago I had the opporunity to shoot a beautiful wildflower field here in Florida. Few images above.

Enjoy!

Bird Photography Workshops

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