Carnavale in July

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Walking through Venice you never know who you might meet. I call this Carnavale in July. I love shooting Venice in black-n-white. The colors are so strong in Venice-that when you present images devoid of the color you get a shot that feels even more authentic. They say the eyes are the window to the soul and although her eyes are black holes – I can still feel her intensity. This picture was shot with the Leica S. If you would like to see more of my work please visit my website http://www.jamesmcarthurcole.com.

Sunset Over Florence

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I’ve been trying to make it here for awhile. But every time I would make the attempt -something would get in my way. So finally the shot I’ve been wanting – a panoramic view of Florence in all of its magnificence- taken from the Piazzale Michelangelo with the Leica S and the Vario Elmar 30/90 lens. Yesterday the Piazzale Michelangelo was crowded with photographers, visitors and locals. I’m tracking my steps these days- so it took me 700 steps up a steep hill to get to this location and jockey for my spot. But it was well worth it. As I stood for 2 hours just waiting for this perfect moment the “sun” put on a show. As it made its way toward sunset and finally disappeared underneath the horizon the crowd gave the sun a round of applause. I was taken by the sheer beauty of the sun over this beautiful city. This is why I love photography. This is why I do this. And doing it with the Leica S – made the results just what I had hoped for.
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Doge’s Palace, Venice

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Today I started my day off in Burano. I actually only meant to stay for a short while but I fell in love with this quaint fisherman’s village (I’ll share some of those photos later) so I stayed for a large part of the day. I would eventually end my day in Venice in St.Mark’s Square. I have shot both the Cathedral and Doge’s Palace in St. Mark’s Square many times with my Nikon D800. This time I’m travelling with the Leica S so I had to revisit Doge’s Palace to see how this camera captures the mood of this iconic landmark – and the Leica S did not  disappoint! The Leica camera has a way of “bringing the mystery” -especially in black and white. I was very pleased. Tomorrow I look forward to another day of capturing and sharing more of the Leica Love!

Leica Love

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I’m traveling through Italy for the next 10 days and I am happy to say that I am shooting – for the first time – with the iconic Leica S Typ 006 camera. I’m in Venice and its my first day with this beauty -learning the camera – and I must say that so far it’s 37.5 megapixels of love. In addition to Venice i’ll be traveling to Burano, Florence and Cinque Terre.  I look forward to tomorrow when I hit the Venetian streets again. And I look forward to sharing photos with you from my travels throughout Italy.

Chicago Skyline from Navy Pier

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The beautiful Chicago Skyline from Navy Pier.

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Chicago Marina Towers

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Still got Chicago on my mind. Went out to shoot the iconic Chicago River.  Sometimes you just want to find another way to shoot a scene thats been shot so many times. This is my edit of the Chicago River with the Marina Towers to your right. Please follow me on instagram @sirjamescole for more images of Chicago.

Chicago Towers

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A couple of weeks ago I went out with my buddy Mike to shoot in downtown Chicago. When we went out we had one agenda – to shoot nothing at or below eye-level.  For the whole day we pointed our cameras to the sky.  I decided to do the photos from this day in black-n-white. The deep blacks in the black-n-white added to the mood. I have more black-n-white photos of Chicago on my instagram @sirjamescole.

Chicago kinda mood …

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It’s an amazing day today in Chicago. Spring has broken and one of the world’s most beautiful cities has come alive. This edit is something new I’m working with. I call this the “Urban Jungle.” Love the black buildings against the Chicago sky. Its so funny … when you live in a great city like this – sometimes you forget what an amazing architecturally and culturally significant city you live in. I’ve been shooting alot of the city lately. Im anxious to share. Visit me on instagram @sirjamescole  for more of my images of Chicago.

Selfie in Venice

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In November 2014 I took a trip to Venice. Seems like I’m always in Venice around this time. I went by myself this time. Usually I have someone with me when I travel abroad. But this time I went solo. And my days turned into nights and nights into days. I was there about a week and it seemed I never stopped walking.  I explored parts of Venice I had never been to before. This time I explored into the neighborhoods and stumbled into areas of Venice I didn’t even know existed. This was my trip without a plan. I would wake up in the morning and just get ready and head out. I would turn right then left and if I saw something interesting -which I always did- then I would go there. I took photos, ate the amazing food, met some interesting people -including a lot of photographers from all over the world- and enjoyed the culture. I tell you – I walked so much I got a blister on my butt from where my camera bag kept rubbing me. (The wombs of war). But what I found was that every night I would end up in St Marks Square sitting, exhausted but exilerated. Every night I would take a selfie and send it to my wife and family to let them know I was ok. This particular night I was sitting there when I began to feel overwhelmed.  My eyes suddenly started welling up. I started to feel incredibly emotional. At first I didn’t know why then I started to get in touch with what I was feeling and I realized that I just love this place. I love the people, the food, the culture. The beauty overwhelms me and I feel such an intimate connect to this place. I felt right at that moment that that was where I was suppose to be. I travel the world and I take pictures all over Europe, Asia and in America but no place calls my name like Venice. I am grateful for the opportunity to travel and photograph the world. And I will always expand my portfolio to different places across the country. But I will always make my way back to Venice. My way back “home.”

The Bean, Chicago

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The Cloud Gate or the “Bean” -as it is called- is an icon in Chicago. When I see pictures of the “Bean” it makes me think of those amazing sunny summer days in Chicago. No where compares to summers in Chicago. It’s been a cold snowy winter and I’m looking forward to the summer. If you are not from Chicago and you visit this great city make sure you stop by the “Bean.” Also visit my gallery on instagram @sirjamescole for more pictures of Chicago and around the world.