Category Archives: General

Universal Studios Florida JAWS Ride Without Water

I photographed the Amity Harbor and the JAWS ride at Universal Studios Orlando after the park had opened, but they had trouble with a few of the rides. The JAWS ride was shut down for quite some time.

JAWS! at Universal Studios Florida without water. Photo: Mark Lepow

POV Medical Tow Sled Evac in the Fresh Powder

During my senior year of high school at the Lowell Whiteman School I created an independent study in photography class, yeah, easy “A”. My teacher, Judy Duchnese was also a photographer and we had a blast during this semester long class. Because I was required to have a project, I chose the daily operations of the Steamboat Ski Corp, which oversaw the operations of the Steamboat Springs Ski Area. I got to climb the gondola towers, take part in  avalanche prevention, and much more. One of my most interesting photos though was how they evacuated people off the mountain in a stretcher.

I created this photo as we moved down Vagabond and it was not an easy shoot. You can see the snow was dumping, which meant it was building up on my lens and because I was strapped in like an injured skier, I had very little movement. At this point in my life, for the life of me I can’t remember the ski patrol officer who took me down the mountain, but we did have some pre-discussed fun, like going fast in certain sections, and catching some air here and there. This WAS NOT the average tow down the hill.

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Mothballed Disney Monorail Cars Awaiting Demolition & Burial.

Years before the horror of September 11th, anyone with a plane could fly over Walt Disney World. I know a pilot and we used to to do it often. The rules are obviously different now.

There are dozens of discussions on the web about what Disney does with their obsolete or mothballed monorail cars. This photo (cropped version of a much larger area), shows a few dozen cars awaiting demolition and burial. This particular landfill area was near the Polynesian Resort and is no longer in use (based on google maps).

Walt Disney World Monorail Cars Awaiting DemolitionPhoto: Mark E. Lepow/Lepow Photo

Carmex in a jar and other Brand Loyalty.

Carmex_fb700In the 80′s I was fortunate enough to be given the chance to attend the Lowell Whiteman School in Steamboat Springs, CO. The campus is nestled in a valley near the Continental Divide and many natural wonders. I started my high school career mid year, in January of 1983. Within a day or two I realized that my stick type lip balm wasn’t going to cut it. With the cold temperatures stick based balms were not soft enough to apply whenever you wanted. I started to notice these little white jars with a yellow screw on lid all over school. The stuff was called Carmex. I asked a friend if I could try it, and took the first of many index finger dips into the world of lip therapy.

If you have never tried Carmex, I invite you to go out and buy a jar at your local drug store. When you rub or barely dip your index finger into the balm (NOT DUNK, just barely touch the surface enough to get a dab on your finger) then touch your finger to your lips the first thing you notice is the menthol. Just enough to make you notice. Then when you start to move your finger across your lips, you realize how easy it is to apply. After a while you will realize that the stuff is still on your lips and you can pretty much toss out that yucky stick of your old lip balm. If the idea of dipping your finger into balm is not for you, don’t worry, they have tubes and sticks.

YES, I HAVE tried other balms, and yes, I liked Burt’s Bees, but kept craving my Carmex. Don’t get me wrong, I love the scents and tastes that Burt’s comes in, but to me, lip balm is not about scents and tastes, it is about how well it works. I can apply Carmex in the morning, have my coffee, breakfast, etc, and still know it is working on taking care of my lips.

For this there are multiple jars of Carmex in my life, my laptop bag, my car, and in the house.

When I started to mentally compose this post I got to thinking about what other brands am I pretty much loyal to death over. I would say the two most important tools of my career, Nikon and Apple. Other then for normal wear & tear, my Nikons have never failed me (yes, I have blown shutters, but to me that is wear and tear). I can bang the heck out of the bodies and they still work. When I used to hike with my trusted Nikon F3hp, I would take the motor drive with me. Why take a motor drive in the woods? Because I would unscrew the MD4 from the body and guess what, I now had a hammer, sure NOT a 20# sledge hammer, but it worked when I needed it. The point being that my Nikons are VERY durable and I know that they will take the punishment I hand them.

YES, I  tried other brands of camera systems, and unfortunately, even with the help of the company sales reps, none of the could take the punishment I dished out. Within a couple of months I had destroyed several other brands of camera bodies doing things that my Nikons would not have an issue with.

So readers, what brands are you fiercely loyal to and why?

A wise man once told me…

Years ago, very early in my career, my Dad was frustrated with me over a very basic mistake that I had made. I knew better, and simply overlooked the obvious. I vividly remember him telling me to “Always look at the details Mark. Just stop and look at the details…”.

Today, my Dad, Neil Irwin Lepow would have celebrated his 78th birthday. There are two birthdays in my life that I can never forget the dates of, my brother who was born the day before Christmas and my Dad who was born the day after Christmas.

Because we have been celebrating Christmas, both the secular “what did Santa bring” version, but Kathy and I have also spent time to remind Anna and Sam the true reason for Christmas.

One of the post Christmas traditions that Anna and I have is to head out to Disney to see the amazing “beyond human scale” gingerbread creations at the resorts. This year we took Sammy along for the first time. Yep, it was a great time and the three of us enjoyed exploring.

As we headed into the DIsney Yacht Club, I spotted some fresh raindrops on a batch of poinsettias. Like my Dad told me many years ago, I explained to Anna and Sammy to stop and look at the details. Below are 2 photos showing some of the details that we saw today.

Thanks Dad.