1 / Spring has sprung! As winter begins to thaw in the Washoe Valley and Sierra’s, blossoms everywhere begin to pop some green back into life. (Taken in late April)

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Recently returning from a road trip to Southern California I can’t help but remember how a small, charming, town just off Interstate 15 in southwestern Riverside county contributed to some of my greatest growth in photography.

It was 2018 and on our way San Diego we stopped to stretch our legs in small town known as Temecula, California and as we passed through old town we discovered Temecula’s Art & Street Painting Festival. This was where I met local fine-art photographer, Walter Santos (https://waltersantosphotography.com), …

In this vlog I share how some simple advice from my friend Bryan, “Have Fun and Keep It Simple” helped jumped start and save vlog4 as well as plan a great trip to Las Vegas, Nevada and Palm Springs, California.

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  1. Don’t miss the shot because you get caught-up in the technical. Manual mode has it place in the hearts of professional photographers, but sometimes if you are more concerned about shooting manually then you may miss the shot all together. This is especially true for those locations where you haven’t planned the shot or don’t have much time to take the shot. By default I leave my camera in A mode, or Aperture Priority. This why I really only have to worry about the two other important settings: shutter and ISO. …

In this vlog I take a photo trip with my Tamron 24–70 f/2.8 and Nikon Nikkor Z 24–200 f/4–6.3 up to Virginia City, Nevada looking for the “Car Tree” and some gorgeous landscape views. Surprisingly I also discover Doctor Who’s Tardis.

Back in my early writing days I had an editor once tell me that the backspace key was my friend because I should never be so attached to my words that I couldn’t delete them. In the programming world, a studious software engineer will refine his code to use the least number of lines as possible for efficiency and clarity. So, how does this relate to photography? Oh Crop! here it comes.

In post or in viewfinder, sometimes less is more, because a photo without a focused subject, and I don’t mean how sharp an image is, is one without…

I keep hearing the phrase,“life begins at the end of your comfort zone” and sometimes wonder if those are only very-well put together words to create a catch-phrase. So I started to think about what is this “comfort zone”? And, how do I discover its end so that I can find this beginning it allures to.

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I wake up each morning at around 6:45, make 2 cups of coffee, check my email, dilly-dally on the computer, shower, feed the dogs and clock into work at precisely 9 AM. A slow-wake to the morning which is usually less than productive in…

Hey there readers and welcome to my thoughts about my not-so TOP-SECRET projects of 2021. So far the year has rolled through the first 3 months pretty quickly. The days are getting longer and warmer which means more time to love outside.

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Hopefully many of you know that I recently launched a Youtube series documenting my journey as a fine-art photographer. If you haven’t watched the short, 6 minute first episode titled “Chasing Wild Horses in Washoe Valley” then please tap-open the Youtube app and check it out (click here to watch). …

Hey everybody. I’ve been thinking lately about how this past year has been an interesting one, and probably continues to be some extraordinary times for many of us. For me, that has been isolation.

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This past year has been a one-two punch of working from home, adjusting to the socially accepted weirdness the pandemic has had on life in general and weathering a colder than usual winter which I haven’t experienced in a few years while living in Las Vegas.

All these changes right after one another has had an exhausting affect on me.

I stopped creating; stopped taking photos…

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Let’s be honest who hasn’t thought about the question, “If you could have one superpower what would it be?” If you are into photography then whether you asked for it or not one of the best parts of your talent is that anyone with a camera now beholds a magnificent superpower to freeze time.

It only takes a blink of an eye and the last moment of time you witnessed now is gone forever, as is the next and the next unless you act quickly an enact your superpower — freeze frame (queue The J. Geils Band). …

James McCarthy

Fine Art Photographer, https://jmgalleries.com

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