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James Marvin Phelps

James Marvin Phelps

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Thanks for stopping and visiting my 500px site! Make yourself at home and browse through my photo galleries. A little about me…I love to spend time outdoors hiking and capturing images of some of the wonderful sites I've been lucky enough to visit. Landscape and wildlife photography are my main subjects, but I also enjoy shooting a wide range of photographic subjects. I currently reside in the state of Nevada but lived most of my life in Michigan. I love to capture the sites of both great states and surrounding areas, especially Michigan’s Upper Peninsula which features waterfalls, sandstone cliffs and vast areas of wilderness. The dramatic power of Lake Superior is awe-inspiring. I also love to capture the beautiful scenery of the Desert Southwest, from the red rocks and unique formations to the numerous canyons and the fiery southwestern sunsets. If you're going to be in the Las Vegas area and would like a personal photography tour that gets you to all the right locations and provides help with any shooting or technical questions, please contact me for dates and pricing. Valley Of Fire, Red Rock Canyon, Lake Mead, Death Valley, and Zion National Park are some of the locations within easy driving range from Las Vegas. Other locations are available upon request. Current Equipment Canon Digital Cameras 5DM2 7D G15 Battery Grips Speedlite 420 EX Remote Switch RS-80N3 Canon Lenses 17-40 L 24-105 L IS 70-200 F2.8 L IS 100-400 L IS 75-300 100mm f2.8 Macro Camera Support Induro CT 314 Tripod Induro BHD1 Ball Head Induro CT 104 Tripod Manfrotto Monopod Gorillapod SLR-ZOOM Digital Darkroom Photoshop CC Lightroom 5 Adobe Photographers Bundle Canon Digital Photo Professional Data Color Spyder 3 Pro
  • Canon Digital Cameras 5DM4 7D Battery Grips
  • Canon Digital Cameras 5DM4
  • Canon Lenses 17-40 L 24-105 L IS 70-200 F2.8 L IS 100-400 L IS 75-300 100mm f2.8 Macro
  • Current Equipment Canon Digital Cameras 5DM4 7D Battery Grips Speedlite 420 EX Remote Switch RS-80N

Best Sensor Cleaner I've Used!

Published June 2nd, 2014

Earlier this year, I had a major dust problem with my Canon 5DM2 and the usual wet cleaning just wasn't working. In fact, it was making the sensor worse. I've been cleaning my digital sensors since the days of my Canon 10D camera and have always had good to fair results with wet cleaning (Eclipse Sensor Swabs), but this recent dust problem was just getting worse and I had an upcoming shoot. I did a internet search and found a product on Photography Life - the sensor gel stick cleaner, made by Eyelead ( I watched the video and ordered my sensor gel stick. The results were amazing; my sensor was full of dust spots and after one cleaning it was almost dust spot free. I did one more cleaning and my sensor was perfect. This product works very well and is worth every dollar - it is a quick and easy way to get your DSLR sensor dust free without the hit or miss results of wet cleaning.

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Two Spares Are Better Than One

Published February 3rd, 2014

One of the most beautiful and isolated areas in Death Valley is the Racetrack, home to the "Sailing Stones".

If you ever get the opportunity to visit the Racetrack, by all means go! But first be prepared.

The road out to the Racetrack is a 26 mile dirt and gravel washboard road that can be quite rough. There are no services anywhere near and your cell phone won't help you out either. Make sure that you have plenty of food and water for the day if you head out, including extra in case of car or tire problems!

The rocks on the Racetrack road are very sharp and have been known to cut right through standard tires. Driving slow and safe is necessary to help your tires last you on your adventure. We've made four trips back to the Racetrack and it usually takes about an hour and half or so to get back, depending on how many stops you make along the way. Once you get about 20 miles in, you'll hit Teakettle Junction - worth a stop and a picture! The last six miles can be very rough, so go s ...

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On The Prowl In Death Valley National Park

Published January 23rd, 2014

Driving down the Badwater Basin road one afternoon near the Artist Palette turnoff I came across this handsome park resident looking for a meal. Was I ready to shoot? Yes I was. I wasn't specifically looking to photograph wildlife in the park that day, but when I'm driving to scout out new locations in the park I always have my wildlife camera and lens ready to go just in case. This was a quick encounter; I got off about a dozen shots before my new friend got out of range. If I didn't have my gear ready to go I would have missed this great wildlife opportunity. I was thankful that I got the chance to see this beautiful coyote up close, but also that I had my gear ready to go. Always be ready to shoot - you never know what might cross your path in Death Valley.

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Starting The Year With A Solid Foundation

Published January 23rd, 2014

After many years of using Manofrotto tripods (the last one being the 055XPROB Pro), a recent breakdown and the resulting poor customer service from Manofrotto led me to look for a new tripod company. I looked at several brands: Benro, Feisol, Gitzo, Induro, and Really Right Stuff. All great brands with many great reviews. I decided to go with Induro tripods and ball heads after reading about their real life use from photographer Rick Sammon ( I do not baby my equipment. I need it to be strong and sturdy and be able to handle sand, water, heat, cold, and wind.

After six weeks of use, I am very happy with my choice. I could not ask for a stronger or more solid tripod in the Induro CT314 which has a maximum load capacity of 39 pounds. This tripod with the Induro BHD1 ball head is the perfect solution for landscape photography in extreme locations. The CT314 and BHD1 together weigh in at 6.1 pounds. I also have the Induro CT014 which weighs 2.1 pounds. I use it for ...

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