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Mark Hughes

Mark Hughes



I love seeing the world through a camera. As a photographer, I specialize in people and pets. My personal projects involve landscapes. Strong images connect me to places, moments and people. I love any opportunity to create a moment frozen in time.
  • Canon 7D
  • Olympus OMD EM1 Mk II
  • Olympus OMD EM5 MkII
  • Olympus OMD EM1
  • Panasonic G2
  • Panasonic DMC-GF2
  • Olympus OMD EM5 Mk II
  • Canon EF IS L-Series 70-200 mm F4 USM
  • Canon EF IS L Series 100 - 400 mm
  • Canon EF L-Series 24 - 105mm F4
  • Canon EFS 18-200 mm
  • Canon EF 100 mm Macro

Post processing

Published October 25th, 2011

I love looking at other people's photographs, particularly for ideas for my own images. Some people are so amazing with their eye for composition.

Composition is one thing, post processing is another. I have seen lots of photographs on 500px and a few other sites from professional photographers where some of the post processing is a little sloppy. Sloppier than I would think would come from a professional. Intentionally sloppy for effect is one thing, poor post is another.

I really like some HDR images provided they aren't pushed too far. What I often see on lots of HDR images is sloppy post processing, where chromatic aberrations and halos are visible but not intentionally so. I still have lots to learn about post processing and think the things you can do with Photoshop CS5 and Photomatix are pretty cool. I do, however, think that often HDR images are pushed so far that these artifacts appear and are left in the image. If an image is pushed to create a "crunchy" effect, tha ...

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Light field cameras

Published October 21st, 2011

Wow. Photographic images may be about to change.

Can you imagine not needing to focus an image? Well the future is now.

Lytro has released their very unusual camera. This lightfield camera is a completely innovative approach to photography. You can see their product at This new little camera has only three concealed buttons on the camera and it looks like a square tube. The rear of the camera has a small touch screen that you can view the images and see what you took a picture of. It is revolutionary.

Check out the picture gallery at this address To focus on an object, click on that object.

Very cool.

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Storage is a Problem

Published October 11th, 2011

Storing photographs is a problem. I come from more of a tech background before I ever had to deal with digital images. I have a phobia when it comes to data storage.

When I first started to actively manage computer systems (as part of my job) it was over 20 years ago. Early on, I found a room full of Wang computer disks. The only problem was that there were no computers or equipment capable of reading or decoding these Wang disks. This was about 8 years of electronic documents. Someone had diligently backed up all their digital records only for them to become a large pile of plastic and metal that could not be used by anyone.

So... my career dealing with technology has led to a circumstance where I like all my data to be readily accessible for fear of it becoming permanently inaccessible. This is a problem storing RAW images. They accumulate as a crazy rate and are problematic for long term storage (DVD's and CD's are not really long term storage).

I have terabytes of storage ...

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Time of Day

Published October 7th, 2011

Interesting. I had posted a blog entry figuring out how to get 500px ratings to improve. I was still figuring it out. Still am, but it is clear that the time of day matters.

I posted a new image today early for me (around 11:00 am) just to test my theory. Normally I am bit of a night owl and will post around midnight. I got a fewer views, I got more votes for today's image. While I will admit that it is a pretty nice image (I like it), I have others that are similar that are also on the 500px website but were posted much later. The later posted ones typically have more views but fewer votes. Not sure what that really means, but it is an interesting observation.

One of these days I will figure it out....


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500 px Growing Like Mad

Published October 4th, 2011

Six million views for 500px. Wow! That's how many views to this website there were in September.

That is a little mind boggling.

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