Welcome to my monthly newsletter - September 2009 - Edition #1

Greetings,

Welcome to my new and freshly-designed newsletter. I would like to thank you all for the positive compliments, encouragements and wishes from my August, 2009 newsletter. September's edition is full of information as well.

NOTE: Due to the large amount of information/images for ONE newsletter, I will be sending two editions this month. Thank you for your understanding and I hope you enjoy both newsletters.

 

Kudos from readers - Thank you!

Maxis,

Great newsletter this month.

I have been looking for a faster and cleaner way of viewing a days worth of shooting so I tried your recommendation of the FastStone Viewer today.

Really nice viewer, fast, easy to sort and I really like how you can link to external editing software directly.

I am looking forward to seeing how it works tomorrow after a full morning of loading up cards at Ft DeSoto.

Your tip on the subtle differences between really technically nice images and images that stand above the others was very helpful, many times I have gotten images that were technically correct with great light, nice backgrounds and decent poses of the bird (only now do I know they were only decent). They were at times lacking just a bit of something to turn them from the typical ID close ups to something more interesting.

I went back and reviewed many of my images from DeSoto of the White Morph (Reddish Egret) and from what I thought were a boat load of good images, I used your suggestion to look for the engaging glance if you will and was able to sort it down to really only 5 or 6. That's great news for me with as many images as I take to be able to find these gems of advice that I can use to sort out photos as well as to be looking closer when in the field to get that money shot.

Thanks for the newsletter, it's been very helpful every month. I look forward to the next version! - Steve Leach

 

Let’s begin with a question from - Steve Harvey

Question: Hello Maxis. I hope you can help me with my dilemma. I'm currently looking to upgrade my old aluminum Gitzon tripod for a more lightweight and reliable carbon fiber tripod. I've consider other Gitzo tripods as my aluminum tripod served me for many years. I was hoping to buy another Gitzo. However, After reading several of your recommendations in your newsletters, I'm considering a FEISOL tripod to replace my old Gitzo.

My longest lens is the Canon 300mm F/2.8 L. I also shoot with a Canon Mark III and I'm considering a 500mm f/4 in the near future. I know you are not the "casual" shooter per say and with your experience with FEISOL tripods, I hope you can help me make a decision. I'm on a budget but I know a good tripod is critical.

Thank you for your help in advance. - Steve Harvey.

Answer: Hi Steve,

I can understand your dilemma. Choosing a tripod is as important as choosing your next big lens. As much as I believe Gitzo carbon tripods are strong and durable, I find them extremely over priced for the support they offer. FEISOL tripods have something Gitzo does not have. Affordability!

I've always talked great things about FEISOL and with good reasons. I can't afford to limit my photography based on what my tripod can handle. How many time have you read about Gitzo's carbon fiber tripods and salt water? yeah! you know what I'm referring to. I've been told so many bad stories about Gitzo and salt water. The bottom line is that FEISOL tripods are durable, stable, strong, affordable and are here to stay!

For your current and FUTURE set up, I strongly recommend the FEISOL CT-3472LV or the CT-3471. They are both great, tripods. However, the 3472LV will offer you a leveling base allowing you to level your tripod head in a blink of an eye. Think ahead and consider the CT-3472LV.

I hope this will help you make your decision. I will be writing more about FEISOL tripods in details in my next edition. Thanks!

Got a question? Feel free to ask. Email me your question and help others!!


How to Pack for Your Next Photography Trip - Equipment Review


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Tenba Roadie Large Rolling Photo/Laptop Bag - Temba, All rights reserved
(image property of Tenba, Inc. Used for reference only)


During my visit to Bosque del Apache and White Sands National Monument last December, I realized the way I was traveling with 70lbs plus of gear AND my 17 inch laptop bag was not the best nor smarter way of traveling. I was using a LowePro Trekker back pack. At 32 years of age, I thought my body could handle it. Wrong! The good news is that I learned my lesson.

Just before my recent trip to Maine, I decided to try a rolling bag big enough to carry my equipment on wheels and at the same time as a carry-on. After reading several reviews and comments from other photographers, I decided to give the Tenba Roadie Large Rolling Photo/Laptop Case a try. The Roadies series offers different size rolling bags depending on the amount of gear you have, Tenba have a bag for you.

One of the main features I really like (besides that I don't have to carry all that weight on my back again) is that the large Roadie have a compartment for your laptop as well. This will allow you to wheel ONE bag as a carry-on. The laptop compartment will easily fit a 17inch laptop with great protection and easy access.

Whether you are heading to a workshop with me or to Alaska, Tenba Rodies bags are a great solution to your traveling needs. I strongly recommend them.

Canon EOS 7D - The Ultimate Bird Photography dSLR?

Canon 7D
Canon EOS 7D - Canon, USA. All rights reserved
(image property of Canon, Inc. Used for reference only)

Canon announced the new EOS 7D. The EOS 7D boasts significant EOS advancements including a completely new 19-point Autofocus system, a new Canon iFCL Metering System (Intelligent Focus, Color, Luminance) and a new Intelligent Viewfinder. An 18-megapixel Canon CMOS sensor and Dual DIGIC 4 Imaging Processors fuel the EOS 7D's 14-bit A/D data conversion and its ability to freeze fast motion in high-resolution with eight fps continuous shooting up to 126 Large JPEGS using a UDMA CF card, positioning this camera for the studio as well as the sideline.

The EOS 7D captures beautiful low-light images with or without a flash, at occasions such as a dance recital or wedding reception, thanks to a wide range of ISO speed settings from 100-6400 (expandable to 12,800). In addition to its new still capture capabilities, the EOS 7D features Full HD video capture at 1920 x 1080 resolution with selectable frame rates of 24p, 25p or 30p. Native 24p recording helps videographers achieve a more cinema-style look for their footage without the need for post-processing.

I highlited some of the features I like already. This camera sounds very promising on paper for the bird photographer. However, I don't feel quite confident with the 18-megapixels in a small sensor like the CMOS. I'm not a big fan of noise but let's keep a close eye in the up coming reviews.

Read more about EOS 7D from Dpreview.

Acadia National Park, Maine. A Place like no other - Location Report

Thunder Hole - Acadian National Park - Maxis Gamez, All rights reserved
Thunder Hole, Acadia National Park, Maine - Maxis Gamez, All rights reserved.
Canon 5D, Canon 17-40mm f/4 L @ f5.6, 200 sec, ISO 200, Manual exposure, Polarizer,
FEISOL CT-3472LV carbon fiber tripod, Full frame.

Last month, I had the chance to visit Acadia National Park in Maine for the first time. My trip was designed to photograph Atlantic Puffins off the coast of Maine. However, mother nature had a very different plan for my visit.

I've never seen fog move in as fast as it did in Maine. Water tides are out of this world and at some places they can drop as much as 30 feet! After learning that I was not able to photograph the Puffins, I had no other option but to flip the switch to landscapes mode. My second passion!

Acadia National Park is located along the rugged, rocky coast of "Downeast" Maine. Most of the park is located on Mount Desert Island, which is accessible by vehicle. Acadia National Park is one of the best known places to photograph landscapes in Maine. While I didn't have many sunny days, cloudy days and a good polarizer are the perfect combination to photograph landscapes within the park. The soft and even light offers terrific opportunities. A sturdy tripod like the FEISOL CT-3472LV and a good composition are critical to your success!

Here are few images.

Acadian National Park - Maxis Gamez, All rights reserved
Main Road Bridge - Acadia National Park, Maine - Maxis Gamez, All rights reserved.
Canon 5D, Canon 17-40mm f/4 L @ f/8, 1.6 sec, ISO 50, Manual exposure, Polarizer, Mirror lock up, Cable release, FEISOL CT-3471LV carbon fiber tripod, Almost full frame

Acadian National Park - Maxis Gamez, All rights reserved
Jordan Pond, Acadia National Park, Maine - Maxis Gamez, All rights reserved
Canon 5D, Canon 17-40mm f/4 L @ f/5.6, 1/80 sec, ISO 400, Polarizer
Manual exposure, FEISOL CT-3472LV, Almost full frame

Acadian National Park - Maxis Gamez, All rights reserved
Acadia National Park Forest, Maine - Maxis Gamez, All rights reserved
Canon 5D, Canon 17-40mm f/4 L @ f/8, 6 sec, ISO 50, Manual exposure,
FEISOL CT-3472LV carbon fiber, Full frame

Acadian National Park - Maxis Gamez, All rights reserved
Acadia Park Waterfall and leaf, Maine - Maxis Gamez, All rights reserved
Canon 5D, 500mm L @ f/22, 4 sec, ISO 50, Manual exposure, FEISOL CT-3472LV, Full frame.
You can easly create nice landscapes with your long lens. In this case with a 500mm L lens.

Acadian National Park - Maxis Gamez, All rights reserved
Simple Macro Setup - Acadia National Park, Maine - Maxis Gamez, All rights reserved.
Canon 5D, Canon 70-200mm f/4 L @ f11, 1/3 sec, ISO 50, Manual exposure, 20mm Kenko tube,
Polarizer, FEISOL CT-3472LV, Full frame.

Acadian National Park - Maxis Gamez, All rights reserved
Acadia National Park, Maine - Maxis Gamez, All rights reserved
Canon 5D, Canon 17-40mm f/4 L @ f/16, 1/15 sec, ISO 50, Polarizer, Handheld, Almost full frame.

With a good and solid handholding technique, you can capture images at 1/15 sec like I did for the image above.

Acadian National Park - Maxis Gamez, All rights reserved
Acadia National Park, Maine - Maxis Gamez, All rights reserved
Canon 5D, Canon 17-40mm f/4 L @ f/11, 1/200 sec, ISO 400, Polarizer, FEISOL CT-3472LV, Almost full frame

Acadian National Park - Maxis Gamez, All rights reserved
Acadia National Park, Maine - Maxis Gamez, All rights reserved
Canon 5D, Canon 70-200mm f/4 L @ f/11, 1/320 sec, ISO 400, Polarizer, FEISOL CT-3472LV, Almost full frame

Acadian National Park - Maxis Gamez, All rights reserved
Acadia National Park, Maine - Maxis Gamez, All rights reserved
Canon 5D, Canon 17-40mm f/4 L @ f/22, 5 sec, ISO 50, Polarizer, FEISOL CT-3472LV, Mirror lock up,
Cable release, Full frame

Acadian National Park - Maxis Gamez, All rights reserved
Acadia National Park, Maine - Maxis Gamez, All rights reserved
Canon 5D, Canon 17-40mm f/4 L @ f/22, 8 sec, ISO 50, Polarizer, FEISOL CT-3472LV, Mirror lock up
Cable release, Full frame

Acadian National Park - Maxis Gamez, All rights reserved
Acadia National Park, Maine - Maxis Gamez, All rights reserved
Canon 5D, Canon 70-200mm f/4 L @ f/8, 1 sec, ISO 50, Polarizer, ND filter, FEISOL CT-3472LV, Mirror lock up, Cable release, Full frame

Acadian National Park - Maxis Gamez, All rights reserved
3 images stitched together in Panorama Maker 4 Pro. Somesville, Maine
Maxis Gamez, All rights reserved

Canon 5D, Canon 70-200mm f/4 L @ f/11, 1/60 sec, ISO 50, Polarizer, FEISOL CT-3472LV, Mirror lock up,
Cable release, Almost full frame

After driving for over 31hrs and 1000 miles later, my trip was a great success. However, I will not come back any time soon. If you decide to take a hike to Maine to photograph Puffins, have a BACKUP plan because the weather can change your trip that fast! Whatever you do, don't forget your polarizer, sturdy FEISOL tripod and your wide angle lens. Be prepared to whatever mother nature have for you.

I hope you enjoyed the images.

Photography Exhibits & Seminars:

Affordable Bird Photography Workshops Updates:

Affordable Bird Photography Workshops | Maxis Gamez, All rights reserved

Bosque del Apache, New Mexico - December 2, 3 and 4, 2009 - SOLD OUT!

Bosque del Apache, New Mexico 2010 - 3 spots left - More information coming soon! Contact me to reserve your spot. Limited to 4 people, this workshop will fill fast.

White Pelicans Workshop, January 2010 - Click here to learn more

  • January 9th-10th - 2 spots left
  • January 30th-31st - 3 spots left

This is a great opportunity to photograph White Pelicans up close and personal. I often use my 70-200mm lens to get full frame shots! This workshop is expected to fill fast. Contact me if you have any questions.

 


In September's Second edition...

  • How important is a Polarizer? This will shock you! - Equipment review
  • Alafia Banks - Tampa Bay - Field report
  • A good reason why not to OVER pay for your next carbon fiber tripod - Equipment review
  • Announcement and much more....

I hope you find the first September's edition useful. Please email me your questions.
Thank you and I hope to hear from you soon!

Sincerely,

Maxis Gamez
941.623.5155
maxisgamez@gmail.com
www.gvisions.org

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