photography by maxis gamez

- Make sure to arrive on the 7th.

Number of participants allowed: FIVE (5)

This workshops includes a single day at white sands

Workshop Tuition: $999


what is bosque del apache?

Bosque del Apache is Spanish for "woods of the Apache," and is rooted in the time when the Spanish observed Apaches routinely camped in the riverside forest. Since then the name has come to mean one of the most spectacular National Wildlife Refuges in North America. Here, tens of thousands of birds--including Sandhill Cranes, Arctic geese, and many kinds of ducks--gather each autumn and stay through the winter. Feeding snow geese erupt in explosions of wings when frightened by a stalking coyote, and at dusk, flight after flight of geese and cranes return to roost in the marshes.

where is bosque del apache?

Situated just off Interstate 25 midway between Albuquerque and Las Cruces, Socorro is the nearest town to the refuge. To reach the refuge from Socorro, drive eight miles south on I-25 to exit 139, continue east one-fourth mile on US 380 to the flashing signal at San Antonio, turn right onto Old Highway 1, continue south nine miles to the Visitor Center. From Las Cruces, drive north on I-25 to exit 124 (San Maracial), then north on Old Highway 1 to the Visitor Center.

what about the weather?

During the month of December, Bosque del Apache temperatures can vary from the low can vary from the low teens to high 60's. Dress warm and in layers. Bring your gloves, hats and hot drinks. Contact me if you have any questions about clothing and accessories.

why bosque del apache?

Bosque del Apache offers amazing opportunities to photograph many species of birds in flight. Bosque is also considered one of the premier locations to photograph not only thousands of birds but also amazing landscapes. We'll start from almost an hour before sunrise until well after sunset. Bosque del Apache is a true paradise for photographers. Join me!!

what species are we going to photograph?

Tens of thousands of Sandhill Cranes, Snow Geese, American Wigeon, Northern Pintails, Red-winged Black Bird, Bald Eagles, Road Runner, possibly Mule Deer, coyotes and many more.

what will you learn during the workshop?

Create powerful landscapes compositions (White Sands)
How to use filters (White Sands)
How to set your exposures for blending in post (White Sands)
Long lens panning technique using your tripod
Handheld panning technique
Birds in flight
Short lens and wide angle composition techniques
Subject isolation
Manual Exposure
Flash & Fill flash
How to create silhouettes successfully
This workshop also includes a classroom seminar

are we going to be walking a lot?

Absolutely NOT. We will drive around the Refuge to the best locations. White Sands may require a little walking but nothing crazy.

traveling information:


Albuquerque, New Mexico (ABQ)

Hotel: (not included)

BEST WESTERN Socorro Hotel & Suites
Address: 1100 N California Street, Socorro, NM 87801-4266
Phone: (575)838-0556
Web Site: Best Western

other important information:

$700 deposit (non-refundable) should be paid the day you register. Remaining $299 should be pay in full by November 1st.
Each participant is responsible for their own transportation, food, hotel and airfare.
Each participant is responsible for his/her own physical condition.
Each participant must download and submit the Workshop Registration Form at the time of registration. Download Form
Make sure to arrive on December 7th to finalize workshop logistics and strategy

suggested equipment list:

    One or two bodies
    Wide angle lenses (16-35mm, 24-70mm)
    Mid zoom (70-200mm)
    400mm lens or longer
    Plenty of cards

  • 1.- Fill out Workshop registration form (click here)

  • 2.- Sign waiver form (click here)

    3.- mail deposit/full tuition.

    4.- Registration package will be sent to you via e-mail within 48hrs.

    5.- e-mail, call or text if you have any questions (941-623-5155)