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PhotoFriday “Texture”

ISO 800 29mm f/4.5 1/15sec

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Those of you who follow us on Facebook know that we’ve tried to do this contest TWICE already, only to find that our means of tracking entrants was flawed  ( 1. FB doesn’t notify a page of it being shared and 2. FB doesn’t notify a page of its status being shared if it’s not done by a friend or publicly).
We apologize for the 2nd time for infuriating anyone.
We’ve decided the most efficient way (and probably the way we’ll continue to do giveaways in the future) is to have you comment on our blog post. So, without further ado,…
To enter to win a free, individual outdoor portrait session, write a comment on THIS blog post. You can write why you’d like a free portrait; you can write about the traumas of your childhood; you can write about why the color green is exponentially better than blue… whatever! Just write something to be entered.
DEADLINE – has been extended – to the end of Sunday (September 2nd) at midnight CST. If you know someone who would enjoy this giveaway, go ahead and share this post on their wall.
We are hoping to do this shoot ASAP (at the latest, the 3rd week of September).
MarKei again apologizes to all and when we see you next, we will give you a cookie and fist-bump for your trouble.
Email us at markeiphotography@gmail.com with any questions.

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Wow.  It’s been quite a while since I’ve updated here.  Not that we haven’t been busy, that’s for sure.  It looks like the last time I wrote anything was way back in April.  So what’s new since then…

I participated in the 2012 24 Hour Film Race at the very beginning of June.  It’s a crazy 24 hour film making whirl wind.  From 9pm Friday night to 9pm Saturday we wrote, produced, shot, edited and submitted a 3.5 minute short film.  We were up against teams from all over the world.  This was not my first film race so I was well prepared for the trials involved with getting all of the elements in place and pushing pushing pushing pushing until it was done.

I was very pleased with the way the film turned out.  We went for a 50′s b-movie type script and I got to be the cinematographer.  It was a challenge to emulate the look and feel of the 50′s films with modern camera equipment.  I ended up shooting in black and white on the camera instead of adjusting it in post.  I used the lowest contrast I could set on my camera to match the film stock available in the 50′s and I avoided hand holding the camera as much as possible since the camera’s in the 50′s weighed hundreds of pounds and were not very mobile.  As a final touch I put a diffusion filter on my lens to give the film a dreamy look.

In the end all of the hard work paid off.  The film won “Best Cinematography” for the Minneapolis region.  I was super proud of wining the award, it was incredibly validating to have my work judged to be the best in the competition by local professionals.  It is encouraging and makes me want to get out and make films more than ever.

After the film race I got married.  Best thing ever!  The day was amazing (what I remember of it) and everything went off without a hitch.  Except for the one that is supposed to happen.  The photobooth that I made for the wedding was a smashing success too.  You can check out some of the pictures from the booth over on Facebook.  Hopefully soon I can get some more use out of it.

We had an awesome honeymoon up on the north shore of Lake Superior.  We got some great pictures which you can also find on our Facebook page.  And we came back the morning after the region received 9-10 inches of rain in one night and there was massive flooding.  It made getting back home a little bit of a challenge.  We stopped at Gooseberry Falls State park and got a first hand look at how high the water was running.

We were lucky to make it back to the Twin Cities that day with all the road closures and detours.

After we got back we got the chance to shoot a wedding video for another happy couple.  It was a good experience full of challenges both for shooting a wedding using DSLR cameras and for my first experience editing with Final Cut Pro X.  It turned out really well and the couple were extremely happy with the video.

And just a few weekends ago I spent a day with a local screenwriter who was selected for a national IFP screenwriter/film maker development conference in NYC.  She needed a “Look Book” which is a graphical collection of colors, images etc that are or could be part of the film or build the theme or mes en sein (sp?) of the script.  So we spent the morning and part of the afternoon driving all over south eastern Minnesota taking pictures of houses, churches, main streets, a cafe and some chickens.  It was a fun experience and something that I might do in the future for a photography project of for a film that I am working on.

The last little bit of update information is that I have put in my notice at my current employer so that I can pursue this sort of stuff full time.  It is simultaneously exciting and scary as hell.  Lots of big challenges ahead both creatively and personally as I try to find fulfilling things to do and to hopefully find myself doing something that I love and that brings in some income.

That is all for now, but there will be many and more frequent updates to come after this coming Friday when I enter the self-(un)employed life of an artist.

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Keith and I are doing our 3rd photo giveaway! We are giving away a free hour-long PORTRAIT session. It’s about a $200 value but you’ll get it for FREE.

What can you do with a free portrait session?

  1. Valentines kissy pictures
  2. Business profile shots
  3. Actor headshots
  4. Senior pics
  5. Engagement pics
  6. Pics of your costumes (e.g. belly dancing, ren fest, etc)
  7. Pet pics
  8. Family photos
  9. Apply as discount to a wedding shoot
  10. WHATEVER YOU CAN THINK OF

To enter:

  • “Like” our MarKei Facebook page
  • AND write a comment on this WordPress post by February 12th at noon CST

If you don’t need the prize yourself, you can gift it to someone else. Share this link with anyone you think would be interested. If you want, when you comment, include what you think you’d use the photo shoot for. If you want to see what the previous winners got as results, go here and here. Winner will be chosen at random from all contestants.

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In the vein of new years resolutions I thought I would put up a list of my photography and videography goals for this coming year.  They are in no particular order.

 

 

 

 

  • Shoot a wedding
  • Put together a 60-90 minute DVD of sketches
  • Take a class on composition/lighting/technique
  • Capture the Minneapolis skyline at dawn/dusk
  • Submit to at least 1 National Camera contest
  • Finish a feature length script
  • Do a PhotoFriday every week
  • Blog at least twice a month
  • Take a photography trip
  • Start a long term photography project
  • Become more skilled at astro photography

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Canon T3i ISO400 123mm f/5.0 1/50 sec

“Rugged”

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After yesterday’s bad news, I bet you’re ready for some good news, huh?

Keith and I are doing another photo giveaway! This will be our second one. We are giving away a free hour-long PORTRAIT session. It’s about a $200 value but you’ll get it for FREE. All you have to do is be a fan of our page on Facebook AND write comment on THIS post before December 8th at NOON.

What can you do with a free portrait session?

  1. Christmas family pictures
  2. Business profile shots
  3. Actor headshots
  4. Senior pics
  5. Engagement pics
  6. WHATEVER YOU CAN THINK OF

Remember, you need to be a fan of our MarKei Facebook page AND write a comment on this post. Make sure to share this contest with any loved one in your life who could use a portrait session for any reason. Or if you have an enemy who hates getting their picture taken, go ahead and harass them and let them know about this contest, too. That would be hilarious. :)

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Leaves on Rock

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We’ve Got a Website!

Keith and I have made our own website. We’ll be doing our posts from here and then importing them into Facebook. However, the majority of the photo dumping will still be on Facebook.

This just a starter post to get the page to come together while we continue prepping it for its official opening!

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