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Issue #27- Interview With David Marquardt

  1. What was your inspiration that lead you to a career in photography? I originally did video work and went to Film school at USC. Decided against internship at various production companies in Hollywood and got a video camera, told people what I was doing and just went into the actual trade. As I gained clients and got work, the clients for video production always needed photography more than video. I was always bringing in Photographers and one of the clients was annoyed with this and said “why don’t we just get you a camera and have you do the shots” So it started, I reluctantly became a photographer, sometimes you are better at something so don’t really want to do more than what you actually want to do.
  2. Was photography a subject you were always interested in? No, it was video production, photography was something I just fell into and realized that I was good at it and made more money being a photographer. 
  3. What advice would you give to someone perusing a career in photography? My experience has been to just take photos. Studying it is also important, but hands on is the best way to learn. Know what you like and find what works. Find the gap between what you’re doing and what you’re seeing. Learn the different techniques and find out what works.
  4. As a photographer what key features of a structure are you looking for? Depends on who I am shooting for. The client lets me know the area of focus of the structure aka the focal point.
  5. How much does professional photography influence a buyer’s decision when buying? A lot! A great photo will get them in the door. Sometimes a good photo can make a house look better than it actually is, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing because it can give the buyer an idea of the potential of that particular home. Some buyers have bought a house sight unseen just because the pictures where so good. 
  6. What percent of your photography requires post-production techniques? 100%
  7. What techniques are the most commonly used? There are basic rules to Architectural Photography, it’s less about being creative and more about “as is”. Sharp lines and balance. Vertical lines must be straight on, so the lines don’t change. Tripods are used for this precision.
  8. How much creative control do you have setting up furniture and accessories before an interior shoot? Again, this depends on whom I am shooting for. Say for instance interior designers, they have everything set up and all they need is a picture of it. In Real Estate sometimes the home needs to be rearranged or the clutter inside the house needs to be cleared away. 
  9. In your photography career, what job or location was most challenging to you? Anything where the expectations are high and when there are lots of windows with dark furniture.
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Issue #26 – Video Games Old and New

 

 

 

James Hilsman – This is my opinion on video games in general I wish they
were the way they were back in the day, I miss the times where people
would just have fun playing games no matter the system. Many people say
you should get this system or this system is better than this system as
long as you have fun playing games it should not matter the system. I see
some reasons why people say different systems are better. I love new generation
games and systems but there’s nothing like playing classic games.

Jason Dandoy – I’m not much of a gamer but the game was good and
the graphics were good, it was fun and a little bit challenging. I enjoyed
it.
Quinton Giles – Super Mario Maker was really cool, I liked how you can
make your own levels and that you can use any character or background
you want, and that you can make it easy or hard.
Jeremy Holland – What I like about the Super Mario Brothers game is
the cool effects that are in this game. The kind of action in this game
makes it even cooler. The sound effects make the game interesting and
exciting. It’s definitely the game to play if you like video games. I’d
give it two thumbs up.

 

    

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Issue #25 – KWANZAA

 

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In 1966, professor and chairman of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach, Dr. Maulana Karenga, created Kwanzaa. He searched for ways to bring African-Americans together as a community, After the Watts riots in Los Angeles. He founded US, a cultural organization, and started to research African-Americans “first fruit” (harvest) celebrations. Karenga combined aspects of several different harvest celebrations, such as those of the Ashanti and those of the Zulu, to form the basis of Kwanzaa.
Kwanzaa comes from the phrase “matunda ya kwanza” which in Swahili means “first fruits”. Families celebrates Kwanzaa in its own way, but celebrations often include songs and dances, African drums, storytelling, poetry reading, and a large traditional meal. On each of the seven nights, A child from the family lights one of the candles on the candleholder (known as Kinara), then the family will discuss one of the seven principles and what they mean. The seven principles are values of African culture which contribute to building and reinforcing community among African-Americans. There are also has seven basic symbols in Kwanzaa which represent values and concepts reflective of African culture. Karamu is an African feast held on December 31.
Omiyale Jubé, came from Harlem 40 years ago she grew up celebrating Kwanzaa and she wanted to bring the African culture to Las Vegas .She explained it to the Circles Magazine crew to make simpler to understand :
The colors of Kwanzaa are red, black and green and each of these colors represent specific parts of the Kwanzaa celebration. Kwanzaa begins on December 26th and is 7 days long ending on January 1st. Traditionally a central place in the home is chosen and a table is set up and covered with an African cloth known as the mkeka (mat) and all the other symbols are placed on the mkeka. We start with the Kinara (candle holder), then the seven candles known as the Mishumaa Saba are placed into the kinara. The seven candles include one black candle representing unity of the people and is called Umoja and is placed in the center of the kinara. To three red candles are placed to the left of the black candle and they represent Kujichajulia (self-determination), Ujamaa (cooperative economics) and Kuumba (creativity). Then to the right of the Umoja are three green candles representing Ujima (collective work and responsibility), NIa (purpose) and Imani (faith). The black candle is lit first on the first day of the celebration. And the remaining candles are lit afterwards from left to right on the following days. This procedure is to indicate that the people come first, then the struggle and then the hope that comes from the struggle.
And then the mazao (crops), and ears of corn are also placed on the mkeka. At least two ears of corn are placed down on the mat regardless of whether there are children in the immediate family or not for the children of the community belong to all of us and every adult in African tradition is considered an immediate or social parent. Next the kikombe cha umoja (the Unity cup) is then placed on the mkeka (mat). It is used to pour tambiko (libation) to the ancestors in remembrance and honor of those who paved the path down which we walk and who taught us the good, the Tamshi and the beautiful in life. Then African art objects and books on the life and culture of African people are also placed on or next to the mat to symbolize our commitment to heritage and learning.kwanzaa-pic2

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Issue #24 – Unwind with Circles Bath Spa

Supplies needed:
2 cups Epsom Salt
1 tablespoon Coconut Oil
15 drops of Essential Oil (of your choice)

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Instructions:
In a bowl mix together coconut oil, Epsom
salt, and oil.
After mixing store your bath salt in an air tight
container until ready to use or give as a gift.

Finish product

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Issue #23 – The History of Superhero Costumes

Super hero costumes were created to identify each character and their super powers used in the comic world for its viewers. Most costume designs consist of a body suit, cape, face mask, and gloves. Some super hero costumes have become iconic to many and are celebrated in the world of Cosplay and Comic Conventions.
The very first super hero costume was created as early as 1941. The Adventures of Captain Marvel took on the big screen with a costume made of wool-like fibers similar to a wrestler’s get-up. The color scheme of gray tones were used in the fabric to accommodate black and white photography and the cinema screen.
Once techni-color was introduced to television, superhero costumes started to take on an array of vibrant colors. One of the most celebrated superhero costume sports a royal blue body suit, red trunks, a bright red cape, and an iconic “S” located on the front torso. The popular “Superman” costume can be seen at Halloween festivities and other events.
Super hero costumes come in a variety of styles and colors nowadays. You can find one at your local costume store or thrift store. There are great ideas on the internet to research when creating your own super hero costume!

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Issue #22 – Chocolatey Las Vegas

BELLAGIO CHOCOLATE FOUNTAIN:

The Fountain is recognized as the GuinnessWorld Record holder for the largest chocolate fountain and is the world’s largest! It is located inside the Bellagio Hotel on the strip in Las Vegas, NV. The designer is an award winning pastry chef named Jean-Philippe Patisserie. There is a store where chocolate
can be purchased. Cakes, cookies, crepes, salads and sandwiches as well. This magnificent sculpture reaches from floor to ceiling, stands 27 feet tall and consists of more than 2,100 pounds of melted milk, dark, and white chocolate. The chocolate is pushed thru 500 feet pipes, 24 hours a day. The chocolate does not get changed and is designed to operate continuously for over a year without having to change or replace the chocolate. This was a very fun and interesting place to visit and we all enjoyed the trip.Chocolate-FountainChocolateChocolate-2Chocolate-Fountain-2

The Ethel M. Chocolate factory tour is fascinating! We witnessed how chocolate is made while watching through the factory’s windows. As we walked through the self-guided viewing aisle and watched chocolatiers and machines make Chocolate, we were surprised to find that the chocolates are individually hand-packed and then put into boxes. The factory also makes pecan brittle, peanut butter and caramel, my favorites! We received a sample of chocolate after our tour was complete in the retail area. Delicious! We had a lot of fun browsing through the shop, looking at the souvenirs, and boxed chocolates. Next door is the Botanical Cactus Garden where we enjoyed meandering through the garden. There are 300 different types of cactus, half are cacti, and the rest are trees and shrubs. The collection is Nevada’s largest. There are 15,000 cubic yards of garden. It was a great tour and we enjoyed it very much!

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Issue #21 – Circles Wants to Spook you

When people think of decorating their house
with pumpkins they think of the messiness
of Circles Magazine with an alternative to
decorating with pumpkins. Here at Circles we
have created two different pumpkins using
craft pumpkins so instead of throwing those
pumpkins out after the holiday is over you can
reuse them.

Glow in the Dark
Mummy Pumpkin

This one is easy all you need is 2 wiggly eyes, hot glue
gun and glue sticks, white duct tape, glow in the dark
spray paint and a black craft pumpkin then follow the
steps below.

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Step 1:
Cut several
lengths of white
Duct Tape and
spray with Glow
in the dark paint

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Step 2:
Glue on the
wiggly eyes

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Step 3:
Wrap the glow in the dark tape around pumpkin to
resemble a mummy.

 

Alien Monster
pumpkin

Supplies

This one is also
easy to do, all you
need for this one
is a white craft
pumpkin, green
acrylic paint, black
pipe cleaners, pom
pom balls assorted
colors, some white
felt for the teeth,
3 wiggly eyes, and
hot glue gun with
glue sticks then
follow the steps
below.

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Step 1:
Paint craft pumpkin
green with paint.
Let dry.

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Step 2:
Put pom poms
on the pipe
cleaners and
wrap around
the stem of the
pumpkin.

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Step 3:
Draw the teeth
on the felt and
cut out then glue
onto pumpkin.

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Step 4:
Glue on the
wiggly eyes

step 5

Step 5:
Glue on all the
remaining pom
poms all over
the pumpkin.

step 6 and final

Step 6:
Take 1 pipe cleaner
and cut into different
sizes then glue
over eyes to make
eyebrows.

We hope you enjoy our
homemade monsters and
make lots of memories
with your children while
making them.

 

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Issue #21- Drinking & Driving During the Holidays

Drinking & drivingcar pic 9When it comes to the holiday’s people all around love to celebrate in different ways. Some celebrate by having extravagant dinners, some with swapping gifts and having games while some people celebrate with alcohol and crazy parties. There is many pros and cons to celebrating during the holidays with drinking but you just have to know when enough is enough.car pic 1

 

When it comes to celebrating it’s no surprise that people like to drink. Especially when you’re drinking during the holidays. Everyone is out and about having a great time while not even realizing when they have had too much. This is probably when the drinking and driving comes into play. Instead of knowing ones limit they tend to keep going. So instead of having a designated driver or taking the taxi or bus, they will drive on their own. Meanwhile, being under the influence of alcohol, it has so many consequences that can play out in a short matter of time. For example: while driving under the influence the driver could get a dui/ticket. They could hurt themselves or ultimately kill themselves or kill someone else. If you’re out and getting drunk, you have to make sure you remain responsible. You can even have someone, friend/family watch over you to make sure you do not go overboard. Importantly, stay safe at all times. So many negative things can play out if you are drinking and driving. You need to have fun! But you also need to know when enough is enough.car pic 2

Safe fun facts:

• Drink at a slow pace

• Stay hydrated with water

• Never mix light alcohol with dark alcoholcar pic 3

• Have small snacks while drinking to slow down the absorption of alcoholcar pic 10

• Have a designated driver/take the bus/take a taxicar pic 6

• Every 2 minutes, a person is injured in a drunk driving crashcar pic 4

• An average drunk driver has driven drunk 80 times before being arrested!car pic 7

• Kids / teens who get involved @ a young age are 7 times more likely to be involved in an alcoholic related crash in their lives.car pic 5

• In 2013, traffic fatalities among children 14 and younger, about 17% of them occurred in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes.car pic 8

 

 

 

 

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Issue #20 – Community Jobs by Jeremy Holland

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emergency11. Emergency Responders-   (Police, Firefighters, EMT)- It’s their duty to help and protect the lives of everyone in their town

2. Human Rights Advocate- Feels that everyone should be treated the same no matter what their ethnicity is.

3. Crisis Counselor- Helps those who are trying to hurt themselves or others. Cares for the lives of people.

4. Military Occupational Therapist- physMakes sure that all of the military personal that are injured gets back to good health through therapy

 5. Adoption Case Manager- Makes sure that children have food and a home to live in

6. Shelter Chef- They make sure that all of the homeless people are fed.

 7.Veterinarian- They give back by giving to vet 1charities. They also help by assisting stray animals back to good health

nurse 18. Nurse- They give back by making sure that the person’s health is back to 100%. They also educate people on things that they might have never known before about nurses. They’re there for support as well.

9. Senior Life Enrichment Coordinator- A person colser1who pends time with a resident who is unable to take are of themselves or may not remember who they are.

tach110. Special Education Teacher- They do whatever they can to watch their students succeed in their education.

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Issue #19 – Weird Wheels

People often feel the need to step outside of the car when it comes to the way
they want to get around. Circles Magazine found some of the weirdest, craziest
and zaniest ways to make it to your destination. Whether it be on land, snow,
water or in the air there is always an innovative idea to move you along.

 

LAND

 

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The iconic Monkeemobile was used in the television
show that the group was on from 1966-1970.

 

 

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In 2006 Popular Science magazine named the

UnoCycle the Invention of the Year. The rider
simply leans forward to accelerate to speeds up
to 25mph, and leans backward to slow down.

 

 

 

 

WATER

The Proteus is 100 feet long and3
50 feet wide and powered by twin
diesel engines mounted to the rear
of the inflatable pontoon hulls. The
cabin is suspended on flexible legs
about 15 feet above and between
the hulls, allowing them to glide
independently over the service of
the water.

 

 

Australian singer-songwriter Josh4
Pyke commissioned guitar-smiths
Maton to build a boat shaped like an
acoustic guitar. Pyke rode the ‘Guitar
Boat’ through Sydney Harbour
for the “Make You
Happy” music video.

 

 

 

 

Tortora Reed Boats are common on5
Lake Titicaca in Peru

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SNOW

The basic idea of a screw-6propelled
vehicle is simple enough: instead of
wheels or tracks, you build a vehicle
with a pair of auger-like cylinders
fitted with a helical flange. To make
that a bit easier to understand, think
of a machine that literally crawls
along the ground on a pair of giant
screws.

 

 

AIR

For $200,000 you can go into space on the8
Virgin Galactic Space Ship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WALKING

Ekso™ is a wearable bionic suit7
which enables individuals with any
amount of lower extremity weakness
to stand up and walk over ground
with a natural, full weight bearing,
reciprocal gait. Walking is achieved
by the user’s weight shifting to
activate sensors in the device which
initiate steps. Battery-powered
motors drive the legs, replacing
deficient neuromuscular function.

 

 

 

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