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Yes, I’m a photographer. But here’s the deal. That’s only part of me. I know so many people whose profession is photography but it seems like they have no life outside of that. I understand obsession but balance is a good thing. So, photography is my profession but there are so many other things that make me Mark.

So, that’s what this little section of my website is about. Yes, I’ll talk about photography and some of the shoots I’m doing and maybe have some tips and tricks. But you can also read about other stuff that stirs my fancy as well. And I usually won’t post completed images from shoots here; that’s why my portfolio exists.

Oh, and if it looks like there are major gaps in writing. That’s because life got too busy. But I’ve got some systems in place to start making it easier to post here. Let’s just see how it goes.

Posted by: In: Journal 21 May 2007 0 comments

I just got saw an image of Al Gore’s little setup for his Mac (and I thought mine was cool). Let’s just say, I see this in my near future (should I win the lottery). But I think his desk is also very interesting. He should pay someone to tidy up.

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Posted by: In: Journal 21 May 2007 0 comments

I actually like the weather here in West Texas. However, I don’t necessarily like the conditions. All that to say, I love meteorology. I love the seeming randomness. I love it when “professionals” get it totally wrong. I’d love to be wrong that often in what I do and still get a paycheck.

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Anyway, I was reminded recently of the easy way to check your weather online. Don’t bother with weather.com or some other site that you have to wade through to get to your local forecast. Just type “weather:806″ into Google (minus the quotes and replacing the 806 with your local area code). You’ll be given a 4-day weather forecast and today’s temperature, wind, and humidity. Pretty convenient, eh?

Posted by: In: Journal, Photography 10 May 2007 0 comments

I was reminded this morning of a cool little experiment over at St. Andrew’s Perception Laboratory. You upload a very basic headshot of yourself and then the online java program transforms your face into all sorts of wonderful crazy transformations. So, I present myself in all my glorious hideousness (well, some are cool). See if you can figure out what nationality or style they’re transformed into. (Realize it tried to do something with my ears and since they don’t really protrude, you’ll see some weird sort of protrusions where the program is trying to make me have funky ears). 1x1.trans Mark’s Facial Transformation 1x1.trans Mark’s Facial Transformation 1x1.trans Mark’s Facial Transformation 1x1.trans Mark’s Facial Transformation 1x1.trans Mark’s Facial Transformation 1x1.trans Mark’s Facial Transformation 1x1.trans Mark’s Facial Transformation 1x1.trans Mark’s Facial Transformation

Posted by: In: Journal 09 May 2007 0 comments

1x1.trans On Creativity One of my favorite blogs is over at Lifehacker. Recently they had an article on how to be a creative genius. My favorite part is the idea that one of the keys to creativity is to ask questions. Here are some of their ideas mixed with mine as well. Questions are the root of all knowledge and creativity. By continually asking questions about the world around us, we fuel our creative fire. Great minds are those that have asked the greatest questions. Leonardo da Vinci asked such questions as: “Why does the thunder last a longer time than that which causes it?” and “Why is the sky blue?” Socrates asked such questions as: * “What is wisdom?” * “What is piety?” * “What is beauty?” As a young boy, Albert Einstein asked himself, “What would it be like to run beside a light beam at the speed of light?” A number of inventions have been created by asking one simple question… “What if…..?” By asking questions we increase our level of consciousness and our perspective of the world. And on top of it all, asking questions can make one into a great conversationalist. (see Dale Carnegie’s ideas).

Posted by: In: Photo, Photography 08 May 2007 0 comments

1x1.trans A Little Lightpainting

 

Lindsey Blain, our makeup artist extraordinaire, was in this morning for a shoot and we decided to do a little lightpainting with her.

Lightpainting is the technique of photography only using a flashlight or something of the sort and “painting” the subject as a long exposure records the image.

This was our fav. Nice and moody for a rainy day.

Posted by: In: Journal 07 May 2007 0 comments

1x1.trans Pirates & Mickey

After a recent trip to Disneyland, I’ve become a bit of a convert to the cult of Disney. And when I saw this t-shirt, I thought I may have to get it. I love Mickey and I love pirate stuff. Go to This Cool T-Shirt Store and check it out.

Posted by: In: Journal 07 May 2007 0 comments

1x1.trans Facebook I’ve had a Facebook for a while but never really got much into it.

But within the last week, I’ve had everyone asking. So, if you’re on, get over there and add me as a friend.