About J. Shane Mercer

I am the digital marketing specialist at The Village Family Service Center. Keep up with Village news and events at https://www.facebook.com/thevillagefamily and on Twitter at @VillageFamily

Anxiety and hope in a photo…

This image is pretty special to me. I (Shane) shot it about a year and a half ago when I was going through a deeply painful bout with anxiety/depression. Photography was a good therapy for me during that time. I am very thankful to no longer be in the place I was when I took this photo. But, odd as it may sound, I’m also so thankful for the experience. I’m much better for it. (Plus, I took several photos I still like during that time smile emoticon Oh, by the way, this is one shot. No composite Long exposure + strobe.

See more of my image from in and around Fargo at PicturesOfFargo.com.

Click image for a larger view…. seriously … it looks a lot better.

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New photo site launch: ‘Pictures of Fargo’

I’ve launched a new photo website with the self-explanatory title “Pictures of Fargo.” It’s a website containing … well … pictures of Fargo and the surrounding area. Here are some examples. Check out tons more pics on the site -> http://picturesoffargo.com. (Click on an image for a full view of each)


I’m growing a beard and you get to watch

I’ve always had great beard follicles (I mean, not as a baby … so, not always, I guess). My facial hair comes in dark and thick. But, up to this point, I’ve just gone with some thin manscaping. That’s all changing. Today I have made the life-altering decision to grow a real truck-driving, lumber-jacking, old-school beard! I’ll be posting regular updates on my progress right here on my blog. Below is a picture from this morning — Day #1.

Day #1

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Tamron announces 16-300mm zoom for Canon, Nikon, Sony DSLRs

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Japanese lens-maker Tamron has announced a zoom lens covering a whopping 16-300mm! (You can order it at Adorama.) Tamron is producing the unit for Nikon, Canon, and Sony, Maxxum cameras. Aperature range for the lens is f3.5-6.3 (minimum range is f22-40).

I’m curious to see a review or two on this product to get a feel for what the performance is like. I don’t see one on DP Review yet, but I assume there will be one there soon. You can read the company’s press release about the product here.

If you’re a Nikon user, Nikon makes an 18-300, which you can get here -> Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX Nikkor Lens.

And, again, you can order the Tamron lens here at Adorama).

More photos

Random photos. Hope you like them 🙂

Black and white photos

A few black-and-white photos I took in recent weeks (or months). Hope you like them! Click on an image for a larger view.

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