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Fill Flash Helps Illuminate White Ibis, S.W. FL - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Fill Flash Helps Illuminate White Ibis, S.W. FL - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 7D, Canon 800mm L @ f/5.6, ISO 800, 1/100 sec, 580EX II with BB, Induro CT414 Tripod

I keep saying and suggesting folks to never leave your flash behind even during sunny days. I met with a good friend of mine at the parking lot of Ft. Desoto early morning. As we were setting up, he mentioned "why are you bringing the flash? It's going to be sunny" I simply said "You never know" and that's exactly what happened.

We were presented with an amazing sunrise with few species feeding off the main pools. He continued walking as he knew it was very dark still. I stopped and created few images including this one. He than said "It's just an Ibis" overlooking the opportunities, but after the morning was over, we shared few images in the parking lot. He was in shocked when I showed him this image. All I said was.... "You never know man!"

Because it was very dark and early, I knew my shutter speed was going to be very slow. I needed to be as steady as possible and with a little luck, the Ibis will pose for me long enough to create a single portrait. How did I get my flash settings?? Simple... I kept testing and testing the right flash settings while the Ibis was feeding, changing my flash settings from -1 all the way to -3. Once I knew my settings were correct, all I had to do is wait for the right moment and hope the sunrise reflecting on the water will last long enough.

I was rewarded with this image. Lesson learned?? Never leave your flash behind. You never know!

St. Augustine Sunrise, FL - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
St. Augustine Sunrise, FL - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D MKII, 24-70mm with Singh-Ray ND filter @ f/8, 3 sec, ISO 50
Manual exposure, Induro CT414 Tripod

Clouds Rules!! - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Clouds Rules!! - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved

Canon S95, Manual exposure, Hand-held
from Kayak

Another Beautiful Sunset in St. Augustine, FL - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Another Beautiful Sunset in St. Augustine, FL - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon S95, Manual exposure, Hand-held


St. Augustine Lighthouse Stairway B&W - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved

Canon S95, Manual exposure, Hand-held


Canon S100 - Image by Dpreview, All Rights Reserved
Canon S95, Manual exposure, Hand-held

The Canon S95 has come to an end with the arrival of the new Canon S100. Dpreview put together another impressive review. While I will probably upgrade, I've enjoyed the S95 a great deal. Here are the main difference between the two cameras.

Compared to Powershot S95 - key differences

The S100 is in effect a whole new camera compared to the S95; almost every key feature has been upgraded or updated:
  • 24-120mm (equivalent) lens range, F2.0-5.9, built-in neutral density filter
  • 12.1 MP 1/1.7" Canon CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC 5 image processor
  • ISO 80-6400
  • 2.3 fps continuous shooting (9.6 fps for 8 frames in High-Speed burst mode)
  • Full HD (1080p24) movie recording; H.264 compression, MOV format
  • Optical zoom in movie mode
  • Super slow motion movie recording (640 x 480 @ 120fps, 320 x 240 @ 240 fps)
  • Direct movie record button
  • Built-in GPS unit with image tagging and logger functions

Read the complete review at Dpreview by following this link

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Fall Colors - 3 Images Blended Together, NC - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Fall Colors - 3 Images Blended Together, NC - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 5D, Canon 17-40mm with Polarizer @ f/11, 1/125 sec, ISO 50, Manual exposure
, Tripod


Royal Tern Landing, FL - Maxis Gamez, All Rights Reserved
Canon 40D, 400mm @ f/8, 1/1250 sec ISO 400, Manual exposure, Handheld

This final webinar will cover advanced image editing using Photoshop. Time is required to edit each image; therefore fewer topics will be covered, which will allow us to concentrate on each step without jeopardizing the workflow.

In addition to learning useful keyboard shortcuts, we will also cover the following topics:

  • Advance Image Editing
  • Analyzing your images
  • Fundamentals of Quick Mask
  • When and where is worth using Quick Mask
  • Adding canvas to your images using Quick Mask
  • Editing parts of your subject using Quick Mask
  • Removing unwanted elements using Quick Mask
  • Keyword shortcuts
  • Comparing edited images
  • Preparing images for final output
  • Saving files
  • Webinar series ends.

 


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