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 July 7th, 2010

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Osa Detrick, Anchorage’s South Addition neighborhood  (Photographed with available light and a 24-105 mm lens)

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

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Aden Parker and Julia Suazo, Anchorage  (Photographed with available light and a 24-105 mm lens)

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Posted in Portrait a day by admin on July 5th, 2010

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Liu Liu and daughter, Esther, at the Fourth of July parade on Delaney Park Strip, Anchorage, Alaska  (Photographed with available light and an 80-200 mm lens)

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Posted in Portrait a day by admin on July 3rd, 2010

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Eleanor Jenson, Fire Island Bakery, Anchorage  (Photographed with available light with a 24-105 mm lens)

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Posted in Portrait a day by admin on July 3rd, 2010

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Street musician, Alyx Shroy, celebrating Lemon Day on 4th Avenue in downtown Anchorage  (Photographed with available light and a 24-105 mm lens)

Presenting Your Print

Posted in Photography Articles by admin on July 2nd, 2010

Presenting Your Print

A photographer, who has her first image in Alaska’s Rarefied Light show, asked my assistance in preparing her print.  And, while there have been whole books written about the subject, I will try to offer my experience and opinion about the subject as briefly as possible.  Just understand that I have some strong opinions about this subject that have formed over many years of preparing prints for myself and others.  Please take this only as a general guide.

First, get a great print.  For a bunch of reasons, I prefer archival digital prints on matte paper with about 2 inches of white paper on all sides of your image.  The matte surface does not reflect  light from the surface of the print and, while you may lose some amount of contrast, I find a matte print comes closer to my particular vision of an art print.  Most importantly, however, is that the surface allows me to sign my print with a #2.5 pencil in the margin between the edge of the print and the mat.  If you do not have a printer, I would suggest that you work with the experts at Norstar Color here in Anchorage.  They do a terrific job and will come very close to your file and your vision.

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Portrait 365/182

Posted in Portrait a day by admin on July 1st, 2010

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Andrea, Anchorage, Alaska   (Photographed with available light and a 24-105 mm lens)

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How did you spend your Solstice?

Posted in Uncategorized by admin on July 1st, 2010

I have always tried to do something special on summer solstice, not wanting to have the day pass with nothing to show for it.  After all, it is difficult to imagine spending the longest day catching up on darkroom work; not that there’s anything wrong with that!  So, when my friend and Marx Brother Cafe owner, Van Hale, invited me to spend the day with him and first mate, Cliff Branum, at their set net site in Cook Inlet, I jumped on the opportunity.

As soon as we got on the water, a little after 6 AM, we noticed the m.s. Amsterdam heading into the port of Anchorage highlighted by the snow covered Alaska Range background.  When I turned around and looked back at the city, I had a view of our city I had never seen before.  The early morning light danced off the glass and steel buildings as the Chugach Mountains loomed behind.  I was ecstatic!

Later that morning, and after we had set our net, the giant king salmon started coming aboard.  The trick was to make photographs while trapped on a 15 foot boat!

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