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.

Portrait 365/118

Posted in Portrait a day by admin on April 28th, 2011

 (Clark James Mishler)

2 PM, Carmel Valley Ranch Hotel, California.  Woman with wall sculpture  (Photographed with a 24-105 mm lens on a Canon 5D)

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Posted in Portrait a day by admin on April 28th, 2011

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12:30 PM, April 27, 2011.  Student, Jacquie Gagnon, awaits her flight to San Jose at Seattle Tacoma International Airport.  (Photographed with a 24-105 mm lens on a Canon 5D)

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Portrait 365/116

Posted in Portrait a day by admin on April 26th, 2011

Phil Schneider and sons Otto (age 1) and Max (age 3), South Addition, Anchorage (Clark James Mishler)

5 PM, April 26, 2011.  Phil Schneider and his sons, Max and Otto, South Addition, Anchorage  (Photographed with a 24-105 mm lens on a Canon 5D)

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Posted in Portrait a day by admin on April 25th, 2011

Keegan Richards works on a UAA semester end art project (Clark James Mishler)

6 PM, April 25, 2011.  University of Alaska Anchorage student, Keegan Richards, works on her final art project in South Addition, Anchorage  (Photographed with a 24-105 mm lens on a Canon 5D)

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Portrait 365/115

Posted in Portrait a day by admin on April 25th, 2011

 (Clark James Mishler)

4PM, April 25, 2011.  Gardener 1, Roman Rubio, at the municipal greenhouse, Russian Jack Park  (Photographed with available light and a 24-105 mm lens on a Canon 5D)

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Portrait 365/114

Posted in Portrait a day by admin on April 24th, 2011

Firefighter and EMT, Greg Wahlman and his wife, Janey and sons Cai, Caleb, and Cob,  at Firehouse #1 on Easter Sunday, Anchorage, Alaska (Clark James Mishler)

3:30 PM, Easter Sunday, April 23, 2011.  Firefighter, Greg Wahlman, his wife, Janey, and their sons Cai, Caleb, and Cob at Anchorage Firehouse #1  (Photographed with a Vivitar 283 inside a small Chimera soft-box with a 24-105 mm lens on a Canon 5D)

I wondered who was working on Easter Sunday.  And, then I thought, firemen, they’re working today.  What I didn’t know was that Firehouse #1 was having a big pot-luck dinner for all the firemen and their families.  I lucked out and caught Greg  just before his family was about to leave for the day.  I explained my Portrait a Day project and they agreed to allow me to photograph them in the bay with the fire trucks.  Sometimes it all about being in the right place at the right time.

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Posted in Portrait a day by admin on April 23rd, 2011

Once Upon a Time employees, Ivy Rylander and Brooke Fitts, on break in mid town, Anchorage (Clark James Mishler)

3 PM, April 23, 2011.  Retail associates, Ivy Rylander and Brooke Fitts, photographed during a break in the back of Once Upon a Child in mid-town, Anchorage  (Photographed using a Vivitar 283 inside a small Chimera soft-box with a 24-105 mm lens on a Canon 5D)

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Portrait 365/112

Posted in Portrait a day by admin on April 23rd, 2011

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12 PM, April 22, 2011.  Young girl with dog at the intersection of C Street and Northernlights Blvd., Anchorage  (Photographed with a 24-105 mm lens on a Canon 5D)

Those who see me with my camera over my shoulder, but don’t know me well, often ask: “Do you ever leave the house without your camera?”  The answer, of course is no.   I never ever leave the house without my camera.  I think if a woman of 100 lbs can lug around a ten pound purse every minute of every day, my slinging a four pound camera is no big deal.  I need to feed my Portrait-a-Day project each and every day.  So, I need to be ready to capture a portrait at any moment.  Yes, I know this photo is adorable but that’s not the point.  There is more going on here,-the fact that both the girl and the dog are responding with similar expressions; the beautiful lines of the silver car, and that wonderful door handle reflecting my red car!  It’s hard to make this stuff up!  It took exactly 2.5 seconds to lift my camera from between the seats, focus and press the trigger.  One second later, the light changed and the silver car and its contents sped away.  You need to be ready.

Portrait 365/111

Posted in Portrait a day by admin on April 23rd, 2011

The Anchorage Symphony's "Symphony of Wines" event at the Hotel Captain Cook (Clark James Mishler)

9 PM, April 21, 2011.  Woman in fabulous red shoes at the Symphony of Wines at the Hotel Captain Cook, Anchorage  (Photographed with a 24-105 mm lens on a Canon 5D)

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Posted in Portrait a day by admin on April 21st, 2011

Phillip Blanchett, Anchorage (Clark James Mishler)

12 PM, April 19, 2011.  Namie Award winner, Phillip Blanchett, in front of the Anchorage Hilton  (Photographed with a 24-105 mm lens on a Canon 5D)

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Posted in Portrait a day by admin on April 20th, 2011

Mary Belton with her dog, Bella, at the Prospector's Society meeting, Anchorage (Clark James Mishler)

8 PM, April 19, 2011.  Mary Belton with her companion, Bella, at the Prospector’s Society meeting, Anchorage  (Photographed with available light and a 24-105 mm lens on a Canon 5D)

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Posted in Portrait a day by admin on April 18th, 2011

Michael McKelvin twirls his sign on the corner of C Street and Benson Blvd. for Libery Income Tax Service, Anchorage. (Clark James Mishler)

6 PM, April 18, 2011.  Michael McKelvin twirls his sign on the corner of C Street and Benson Blvd. for Libery Income Tax Service, Anchorage.  (Photographed with a 70-200 mm lens on a Canon 7D)

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Portrait 365/107

Posted in Portrait a day by admin on April 17th, 2011

Tia Anderson on the bike trail near Westchester Lagoon (Clark James Mishler)

7:15, April 17, 2011.  Tia Anderson pauses on the bike trail near Westchester Lagoon in Anchorage.  (Photographed with a Vivitar 283 inside a small Chimera soft-box with a 24-105 mm lens on a Canon 5D)

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Portrait 365/106

Posted in Portrait a day by admin on April 17th, 2011

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7:45 PM, April 16, 2011.  Actor and professional warmhearted curmudgeon, Ed Asner, in Anchorage  (Photographed with a 24-105 mm lens on a Canon 5D)

I wish I had a dollar for everyone who has said to me:  “Oh, please don’t take my picture, I take terrible pictures!”  Whenever I hear this, I reply:  “Don’t worry, dear, I take wonderful pictures.  Now shut-up and relax!”  And, if I have time to follow up with more advice, I suggest that they do some homework.  I encourage them to go into the bathroom, close the door, and spend some time in front of the mirror.  There, one on one, I ask them to find their face, the face with which they feel comfortable.  Your “face” may not be a smiling face.  In fact, a smiling face is a rare occasion for most of us, so why should we force a smile every time someone raises a camera?

I had agreed to attend an event featuring Mr. Asner at the home of Assembly member, Patrick Flynn.  Mr. Asner’s dinner ran late, however, and Mitzi and I needed to leave for the Symphony.  So, as luck would have it, Mr. Asner’s car pulled up in front just as we were leaving.  A rather ordinary elderly man emerged from the front seat.  I introduced myself and apologized for the fact that we needed to leave.   He smiled and suggested I photograph him on the spot.  As I raised my camera from over my shoulder I watched in amazement as Mr. Asner’s face, in about 2.5 seconds, transformed from ordinary to extraordinary.  I snapped off six quick images of the warmhearted curmudgeon and a minute later, Mitzi and I were running to our car.  While it may help to be a professional actor, I believe we all have our own face.  Please, make an effort to find yours.

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Posted in Portrait a day by admin on April 15th, 2011

Whitney Arnolds, Anchorage (Clark James Mishler)

1:45 PM, April 15, 2011.  Assistant to Nora Elliott, CPA, and future tax accountant, Whitney Arnolds, Anchorage  (Photographed with available light and a 24-105 mm lens on a Canon 5D)  If my Portrait-a-Day project has taught me one thing, it is that sometimes the best locations are right were you are.  Upon dropping by my CPA this afternoon, she suggested that I photograph her assistant, Whitney.  And, while she was willing to participate, now we needed to find a location.  We stepped out the back door of the office and I found my location.  The door was painted a lovely blue/green and a beige building was reflecting a beautiful warm light into the shadows where we were standing.  I could not have created a better location if I had all day!  The whole session took less than two minutes, after which, Whitney returned to her work.

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Posted in Portrait a day by admin on April 15th, 2011

Chilean architech Sofia von ellrichshausen assists with assembling her Soft Pavilion instalation atop Blueberry Hill overlooking Anchorage in Chugach State Park on April 14, 2011 (Clark James Mishler)

6 PM, April 14, 2011.  Chilean architect Sofia von Ellrichshausen assists with assembling her Soft Pavilion installation atop Blueberry Hill overlooking Anchorage in Chugach State Park on April 14, 2011  (Photographed with a 24-105 mm lens on a Canon 5D)  Here is a link to a selection of images from the two days of the Soft Pavilion activities:  www.atalaska.com/softpavilion

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Posted in Portrait a day by admin on April 13th, 2011

Serveyor and long time Alaskan, Tom Reber (Clark James Mishler)

2 PM, April 13, 2011.  Surveyor and long time Alaskan, Tom Reber  (Photographed with available light and a 24-105 mm lens)

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Posted in Portrait a day by admin on April 13th, 2011

Pilot and ANTHC Hospital Administrator, Gary Show, Merrill Field, Anchorage (Clark James Mishler)

8 PM, March 12, 2011.  Pilot and new Hospital Administrator for ANTHC, Gary Shaw  (Photographed with a battery powered Dynalite Uni 400, an umbrella @ left and a 24-105 mm lens on a Canon 5D)

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Posted in Portrait a day by admin on April 12th, 2011

Master Carver, Perry Eaton, Anchorage, Alaska (Clark James Mishler)

4 PM, April 11, 2011.  Master Carver, Perry Eaton, Anchorage.  (Photographed in the studio with a Dynalite head inside a large Chimera soft-box, a second head with a grid spot and a blue filter on the middle gray background, and a 24-105 mm lens on a Canon 5D)

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Posted in Portrait a day by admin on April 10th, 2011

Sixteen month old, Cecily, at REI, Anchorage (Clark James Mishler)

1:30 PM, April 10, 2011.  Sixteen month old, Cecily, with her mother at REI, Anchorage.  (Photographed with a 24-105 mm lens on a Canon 5D)

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Posted in Portrait a day by admin on April 10th, 2011

Clark and Mitzi Mishler get ready to head out to the Anchorage Museum Gala (Clark James Mishler)

5:30 PM, April 9, 2011.  Mitzi and Clark Mishler just before leaving for the Anchorage Museum Gala.  (Photographed with available light and 24-105 mm lens on a Canon 5D)

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Posted in Portrait a day by admin on April 9th, 2011

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4 PM, April 8, 2011.  Neighbor, Polly Fae, returns from school in her Hannah Andresson coat and hat.  (Photographed with a 90 mm P.C. lens on a Canon 5D)

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Posted in Portrait a day by admin on April 7th, 2011

UAA Student and part time worker at the Alaska Bagel Restaurant, Boram (Clark James Mishler)

1 PM, April 7, 2011.  UAA Student and part time worker at the Alaska Bagel Restaurant, Boram  (Photographed with available light and a 24-105 mm lens on a Canon 5D)

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Posted in Portrait a day by admin on April 6th, 2011

Brian Saylor, retired Director for the Institute of for Circumpolar Health Studies, University of Alaska (Clark James Mishler)

8 PM, April 6, 2011. Brian Saylor, retired Director for the Institute of for Circumpolar Health Studies, University of Alaska  (Photographed with a 90 mm P.C. lens on a Canon 5D)

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Posted in Portrait a day by admin on April 5th, 2011

Letter carrier, Bill Hauek, South Addition neighborhood, Anchorage (Clark James Mishler)

11 AM, April 5, 2011.  Letter carrier, Bill Hauek, South Addition neighborhood, Anchorage  (Photographed with a 90 mm P.C. lens on a Canon 5D)

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