Clark James Mishler
The Three Minute Portrait.
Started on the first day of January, 2010, I have produced at least one portrait each day since. The average time for each portrait is 3 minutes. Here are the results.

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Posted in Portrait a day by admin on February 28th, 2010

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Local kids test their skills on the Blanket Toss in downtown Anchorage during the Rondy winter carnival.

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Posted in Portrait a day by admin on February 27th, 2010

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World Championship sled dog competitor at the finish line Friday afternoon in Anchorage (photographed with a 70-200 mm lens)

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Posted in Portrait a day by admin on February 26th, 2010

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Kris Swanson, Anchorage, Alaska  (photographed with available light with a 105 lens.  Note the f.a.b.r.i.c. of the image, i.e. the Foreground and Background Relative Interactive Contrasts, or, the darkest part of the background contrasted against the lightest part of the foreground and the darkest part of the foreground contrasted against the lightest part of the background)

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Portrait 365/55

Posted in Portrait a day by admin on February 24th, 2010

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Jessica Kazjierczak, 2010 Miss Rondy Queen.  Yes, she really is as good looking as she appears but the real reason I have chose Ms. Kazjierczak for today’s portrait is to talk about the light.  I photographed this image in a large meeting room crowded with people and media.  I placed a single Vivitar 283 on a light stand at about 15 feet from the subject and triggered it with a Pocket Wizard.  The 283 was pointed straight up into the ceiling with a Gary Fong Lightsphere attached over the top of the strobe unit (This is the crazy little tupperware look-a-like about the size of large coffee cup).   So, some of the light was coming directly from the Lightsphere while the majority was bounced off the ceiling.  It was fast and easy and I hope you will agree that the results are really terrific. Check out the attachments at garyfong.com. -C

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Portrait 365/54

Posted in Portrait a day by admin on February 24th, 2010

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Lord Trapper, Mel Kalkowski, photographed at the Anchorage Fur Rondy sled dog mushers position drawing at the Crown Plaza Hotel, Anchorage  (Photographed with a single strobe with an umbrella and a 105 lens)

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Portrait 365/53

Posted in Portrait a day by admin on February 23rd, 2010

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Landscape Architect and neighbor, Elise Huggins, Anchorage, Alaska.  Photographed with a single large Chimura soft box and a DynaLite head with a 105 mm lens at f11.

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Posted in Portrait a day by admin on February 23rd, 2010

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Brothers, Benjamine and Matthew Benson of Eagle River Boy Scout Troop 230 at Byer’s Lake, Alaska, February 19-21.  Photographed while on assignment for Boy’s Life Magazine using a Vivitar 283 and a small Chimura soft box.

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Portrait 365/51

Posted in Portrait a day by admin on February 22nd, 2010

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Senior Patrol Leader, Luke Plumb, tries a pair of snow shoes at during a winter camping expedition with Eagle River Boy Scout Troop 230 at Byer’s Lake on the Parks Highway.

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Portrait 365/50

Posted in Portrait a day by admin on February 22nd, 2010

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Alaska’s Congressman, Don Young, photographed at the grand opening of Cook Inlet Tribal Council’s Transportation Center, February 19, Anchorage, Alaska  (Photographed with a 70-200 mm lens and a single off camera flash directed into the ceiling from behind the subject)

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Portrait 365/49

Posted in Portrait a day by admin on February 18th, 2010

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Barista, Crystal Detroy, at the Coho Cup in the lobby of the Cook Inlet Tribal Council building, Anchorage, Alaska (photographed on a tripod with a 90mm pc lens with a small softbox over a Vivitar 283)

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Portrait 365/48

Posted in Portrait a day by admin on February 18th, 2010

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Ally Tomi, creative director for Walsh Sheppard, checks her messages during a photo shoot at MTA in Palmer, Wednesday.

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Portrait 365/47

Posted in Portrait a day by admin on February 16th, 2010

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Julie Decker, International Gallery of Contemporary Art, Anchorage, Alaska  (I liked the back light coming through the door as it contrasted against the warm light within the gallery.  This image was produced with a 105 lens with a low aperture for a very narrow depth of field)

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Posted in Portrait a day by admin on February 16th, 2010

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Chief Metallurgical and Materials Engineer for Case Forensics, Joseph D. Skaggs, while on assignment in Anchorage, Alaska (Photographed with a single soft box and a 105 mm lens)

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Posted in Portrait a day by admin on February 14th, 2010

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Frame shop employee, Kiera King, Anchorage, Alaska

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Portrait 365/44

Posted in Portrait a day by admin on February 13th, 2010

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A cow moose relaxes in a downtown Anchorage yard as the temperature rises above freezing Saturday morning.  (Photographed with a 70-200 mm lens)

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Posted in Portrait a day by admin on February 12th, 2010

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Beauty and the beast.  This self portrait was produced during my monthly haircut with Deana at Inspirations in Anchorage.  Lots of people ask me where I got that Fab-u-lous hair cut and I have to tell them about Deana who can make even me look great!  When I started this project, I was afraid there would be lots of self portraits.  Luckily for you, this is the first and I will try to keep them to a minimum.  You must admit, Deana really looks terrific.

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Posted in Portrait a day by admin on February 12th, 2010

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Stacie Meisner and Lee Golden brought their game faces as UAA Women and Men basketball teams squared off against league powerhouse teams from Western Washington University.  UAA teams came from behind in both games for a sweep.

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Portrait 365/41

Posted in Portrait a day by admin on February 10th, 2010

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Neighbor and political consultant, Lela Wise, Anchorage, Alaska  (photographed with a single soft box above and slightly to the left with a 24-105 lens)

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Portrait 365/40

Posted in Portrait a day by admin on February 9th, 2010

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Anchorage Museum Director, James Pepper Henry, is all smiles with friends at the member’s opening of the Sar Wars exhibit Tuesday evening.

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Portrait 365/39

Posted in Portrait a day by admin on February 8th, 2010

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Frank Nyman at the Pioneer Home, Anchorage, Alaska (photographed with available light with a 24-105 lens)

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Portrait 365/38

Posted in Portrait a day by admin on February 7th, 2010

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Pilot, Heather Wilson, is ready for take off at the Ski for Women at Kincade Park, Anchorage, Alaska (It was a very dull cloudy day this morning, so I used an electronically triggered Vivitar 283 with a 1/2 CTO warming filter inside a small soft box just out the the frame on the left.  The strobe allowed me to punch up Heather’s face while dropping the overall exposure down.  The lower exposure kept the sky from burning out and punched up the orange in the wings.)

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Portrait 365/37

Posted in Portrait a day by admin on February 7th, 2010

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Model, Beth Daly, shows off the “People’s Choice Award” created by Sheila Wyne and Victoria Wendell at Object/Runway, Saturday night at the Anchorage Pub in downtown Anchorage.  (This image was produced with a single strobe and umbrella above and slightly to the left of the subject against a white wall using a 24 – 105 mm lens)

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Posted in Portrait a day by admin on February 6th, 2010

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UAA student, Briana, at the First Friday Art Walk, downtown Anchorage (Available light with a 105 mm lens).

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Object/Runway

Posted in Uncategorized by admin on February 5th, 2010


Object/Runway models have fun dressing up at the preliminary “run-through” Thursday night at the Anchor Pub.  Don’t miss the big fashion/art event at the Anchor Pub,  6:30 – 9:30 PM, Saturday night, February 6.  (These images were produced with available light with a 24-105 lens)

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Portrait 365/34

Posted in Portrait a day by admin on February 4th, 2010

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Pilot and photographer, Mark A. Stadsklev, Anchorage, Alaska (photographed at today’s Photo Lunch at the Bagel Restaurant with Scott Pugh’s face as frame).

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