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November 2016, Newsletter
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1,600 Cyclist. 11,000 Total Feet of Elevation. 104 Miles Century Completed!


6-Gap Century (104 Miles) - © Maxis Gamez - Rights Reserved

Summer is officially over even though the temperatures in Florida are still in the high 80’s. This summer I concentrated in my 2017 workshop season as well as my fitness and other important projects. We also adopted a new family member (I’ll tell you more about him later).

Over the last couple of years, I’ve been focusing on my fitness. Cycling has become a big part of my life and I feel great! Let me share with you what Karen and I recently accomplished.

We completed the hardest and most difficult cycling event of the entire S.E. part of the United States. 6 Gap Century! With over 11,000 total feet of elevation and 8:24:00 hrs on the saddle, our cycling efforts are paying off! So proud of Karen because she started cycling 7 months ago and already completed this event! Wow!

Anyway, I’m happy to be back writing my newsletters and sharing with you all.

I hope you had a fantastic summer as well!

Because I took the summer off, doesn’t mean I wasn’t working nor thinking about my followers. Canon recently released the new Canon 5D MKIV which I’ve been impressed with. Let me share my favorite Auto Focus settings with you.

The camera Auto Focus is pretty awesome and accurate especially during low light. I’ve been impressed! I’ll be sharing more images as the time goes. If you own this camera, try my settings and see if they work for you!

The new Canon 5D MKIV scored BIG with DxOMark, in fact it’s the highest score on any Canon body EVER! See results HERE.

I’m happy to announce something I’ve been working on for some time now. After many request I’m finally going to be leading a 3-Day workshop geared toward and for the ladies. As the title states, this workshop will be all about building your confidence and perform at your absolutely best ladies!

During this 3-Day workshop, we’ll also have an opportunity to edit our images together which will help you build a foundation and workflow for you to find and perform at your own pace. This workshop is also designed to keep photography terminology simple. No more complicated terms! I’m known for simplifying things and this will help you retain more information.

Hope you’ll join me!

Once again I will be leading my famous "Boot-Camp". 5-Day workshop around the S.W. Florida area. Come and learn everything I know while visiting some of the most active locations in Florida.

Limited to 5 participants, this tour will sell fast.

Hope you'll join me!

If you are on Facebook and have participated during ANY of my workshops and seminars, you are welcome to join my PRIVATE Facebook Group!

When you are a member, you can post your own images daily for a constructive and informative critique by me free of charge to you.

Please take advantage of this great opportunity and let me help grow your photography!

Canon has been busy releasing new exciting firmware. If you own a 1DX or 7D MKII, below you'll find the links to update your cameras.

Canon 1D X MKII Firmware Update

Canon 7D MKII Firmware Update

With the help of my beautiful lady (Karen) we've selected our newest family member. Max is a purebred Vizsla. We got him at 8 weeks old from a breeder in Florida. Max will be trained very well and will even join us during our mountain biking rides!

Super happy to have him with us! Isn't he handsome?? :)

Sony has been very busy this summer with the announces of two new cameras. Both scoring high points and also very good feedback from users. Learn more about each camera from B&H Photo.

Sony RX100V

Sony Alpha a6500


Chicago Blue-Hour Panorama - © Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKIII, Canon 70-200mm f/4 L IS @ f/8 Using Hyperfocal Distance Technique, 23 images Panorama, Manual Exposure


Chicago Morning Light Reflections - © Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKIII, Canon 70-200mm f/4 L IS @ f/8, 4 sec, ISO 50 in Manual Exposure


Chicago Early Morning Light - © Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKIII, Canon 70-200mm f/4 L IS @ f/8, 15 SEC, ISO 50, single exposure and in Manual Exposure

I had an opportunity to visit Chicago for the very first time last June and I couldn't miss the opportunity to create some images during the early morning hours. What a beautiful city!

Hope you like the images. More coming soon!


Atlanta, GA SKYLINE - © Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKIII, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L II @ f/8, 30 sec, ISO 50 in Manual Exposure


Atlanta, GA SKYLINE - © Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKIII, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L II @ f/8, 25 sec, ISO 50 in Manual Exposure


Atlanta, GA SKYLINE - © Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKIII, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L II @ f/8, 15 sec, ISO 50 in Manual Exposure


You Do What You Must To Get The Shot! Atlanta, GA SKYLINE - © Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved

Last month I had an opportunity to visit Atlanta for 8 days. Unfortunately things are getting more and more dangerous but I couldn't miss the opportunity to create a few images during the "Blue Hour" from locations that I've never been before.

The city at night is just beautiful. More images to come!

PS: Yes, that's me on top of my vehicle in order to clear the fence. Professionals only. Do not try this at home!

I'm super happy and excited to announce that I will be part of the Florida Camera Club Council Conference & Tradeshow in 2017!

If you are traveling to Florida this winter... This is the event you want to be part of! Here is the link.

Hope you'll join me!