I saw the sun disappear today.

December 13th, 2017
by Josh Zytkiewicz

Originally posted on Facebook, August 21, 2017.

I was in the Auxvasse Cemetery, in Auxvasse, Missouri. My experience today was quite literally colored by the clouds. As the eclipse approached so did a storm.

The first 50 or even 75% of the eclipse I don’t feel that the amount of light really changed. If I didn’t know it was happening I don’t think I would have noticed. Part of that may be because of the clouds that were coming in and we’re used to clouds causing less light.

As the eclipse approached 85-90% it did start to darken noticeably and very quickly. There are stories of battles in the ancient world that are stopped by eclipses. I can really see how that could happen now. As the eclipse begins everything seems normal, but you reach that point where it’s just too dark and you can see the sun is just a sliver of light in the sky.

For me, totality wasn’t the part that was most thought provoking. Maybe it was because of the clouds, where I couldn’t see the full effect of the black disc where the sun should be. I mean, I saw the moon blot out the sun, I saw the corona, I saw the edges of the sun just before and after totality. But it all had this fuzz of cloud over it. You know how on some days it’s overcast but at the perfect thickness where you can look directly at the sun and see that it’s round? It felt sort of like that. I wasn’t looking into black nothingness like I would have been if the sky were clear.

But, I think that gave me something that I wouldn’t have seen with clear skies. Right at the end of totality I didn’t see the white light of the sun. I saw reds, and blues, and purples as the sun re-emerged. Normally I’d think these colors in a photo would be the result of chromatic aberration, the limits of physics and the way camera lenses bend light. But I saw these colors with my own eyes. I think it was the clouds. The clouds, the little water droplets, were bending the light. I didn’t get a clear view of the sun, but I still saw something amazing.

There was one aspect that was very otherworldly. As totality approached it got dark, twilight is how everyone describes it. I could still see everything around me, still able to see across the cemetery, my phone, the controls on my camera. It wasn’t the amount of light that was weird, it was the direction. You see every other day that I’ve been alive, when it gets that dark the light is always coming from the side. Twilight, sunrise and sunset. But today the light was from overhead. It’s not an earth shattering, change my life revelation, but it is a very strange feeling to have a physical experience that contradicts every other experience you’ve had up to that point.

I saw the sun disappear and it was amazing.

The image is a composite combining a shot from today with one I shot 2 weeks ago.

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Morgan in Coffee

November 25th, 2014
by Josh Zytkiewicz

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This is my latest in my food series.  

Morgan is a Milwaukee model who I’ve worked with before.

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One of the best things about this shoot, other than the amazing images, was that my condo smelled like coffee for weeks afterward.

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One of the reasons I purchased my condo was because of the high ceilings and the loft.  It allows me to get overhead pictures like this.

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Headshots

July 16th, 2012
by Josh Zytkiewicz

 

So I took some headshots today.  I think they turned out pretty well.

 

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Rebecca on the Lake

June 12th, 2012
by Josh Zytkiewicz

 

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Another set from a few years ago.  In case you haven’t noticed this is Rebecca.  This time we’re along the north shore of the Picnic Point Peninsula.  This particular location is my favorite on the entire lake.  I’ve also shot here with William.  

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Rebecca

June 10th, 2012
by Josh Zytkiewicz

 

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Way back in 2009 I photographed Rebecca.  I’ve shown other photos from this session but there were a few outfits that I didn’t get around to.

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Emily in Cocoa

January 19th, 2012
by Josh Zytkiewicz

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The second in my series on food.  Emily is a Chicago model who was up in Madison last October.

 

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I am extremely pleased with how these turned out.  Emily is an outstanding model and I would recommend her to anyone.

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Alicia

October 20th, 2011
by Josh Zytkiewicz

I’ve known Alicia for about five years.  (You can see more of Alicia here) We’ve worked together a number of times and the photos always turn out amazing.  So when she contacted me about doing some pinup type photos I was eager.

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One of the things we did is shown above.  I have a lofted area that looks over my living room.  It’s one of the reasons I bought this unit.  Particularly because it lets me lean over and shoot at people laying on the ground.  The problem is that I usually forget about it when I’m shooting.  So it was nice to actually get to use it.

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I am very impressed with the two images above.  I think they both look very retro, very much in the pinup style.

 

 

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Elena

July 31st, 2011
by Josh Zytkiewicz

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Since the begining of the year I’ve been trying to do this series of photos with models covered with various foods.  Flour, cocoa, sugar, and others.

The problem was, I’d have tons of people interested, but after a few messages they’d disappear, stop responding.  Or maybe some would respond, we’d actually set up a shoot, then at the last minute they’d cancel.  Both of these scenario’s happened MANY times.  I was begining to think the series was cursed.  So I stopped looking for a few months.

Then Elena contacted me, and we actually got to set up something and shoot it!  These are the results of that.  Elena is covered with flour in this set.

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Kriestienn

May 24th, 2011
by Josh Zytkiewicz

These are kind of old, well, January, of last year.  Kriestienn came over one night, and we tried a few things.

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Three requirements I have for a mate.

March 7th, 2011
by Josh Zytkiewicz

I’ve put off writing this post, and the series of posts that will follow it, for about 4 or 5 months now.

It’s not that I don’t believe what I’m about to write.

It’s not that I know it will be a lot of work to get all the topics covered.

And it’s not that I don’t really want to get this out there.

 

It’s that I think that too many people are going to take it the wrong way.

 

This post and the ones following are about what I look for in a woman.

What this series is NOT about:

It’s not about all women.  Many, probably even most, women are not what I am looking for.  It doesn’t mean that most women are bad, or wrong, or inferior.  Just different.

It’s not about how women SHOULD look.  Yes, I’m going to talk about physical attributes.  Yes, I generally have a specific type.  No, that does not mean I want need or expect all women to look that way.

 

Most things that can be compared between two people (two women) I have a preference.  Or at least an opinion.  Generally I’m open to different things and not too tied to specifics.  There are three things though that I’ve come to realize that I require in a woman that I’m considering for a mate or a serious relationship.

Number 1.

She must be attractive.

A lot of people are going to read that, put their own prejudices and ideas on it, and think I mean a woman needs to look a specific way.  They’re going to call me shallow, a male chauvinist and a misogynist.  Fine, if that’s the only way you can see that statement then it’s done it’s job.  I wouldn’t want to be with someone who thought those things.  But really think about how you choose a mate.  Would you really want to choose someone who was unattractive?  That’s what I’m saying.  I need to be attracted to her.  However she looks if the question “Is she attractive?” can be answered with a “yes”, what more do I need?  And I’m certainly not saying that other people need to think she’s attractive.

 

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She must think of herself as attractive.

Because if she doesn’t think she looks good, why should I?  I’ve been around too many women who put themselves down, who are never satisfied, who can’t even accept a compliment.  And that’s just draining.  Yes, you could certainly take this one too far.  I don’t want a narcissist, or someone with no desire to better themselves.  But in general she should be happy with how she looks.

 

Number 3.

She must enjoy posing nude for me.

I think this one is going to be the most limiting.  But it is very important to me.

From a leisure standpoint, photographing nudes is something I enjoy.  And I enjoy it even more when I can share it with someone I’m in a relationship with.  This is no different than someone who enjoys motorcycles also wanting their mate to like motorcycles.

From a practical standpoint, someone who knows what happens during a photo shoot should be less likely to feel any jealousy or fear when I photograph others.

Personality wise, women I have photographed nude have been more confident, independent, daring, open, and comfortable with themselves.  All of these are qualities that I feel are important.  I’m not saying that a woman who doesn’t pose nude can not be those things, but I have not met a person who has posed nude who doesn’t have these attributes.

This requirement will also weed out a large number of women who allow others to make decisions for them.  There are many people and organizations in our country and elsewhere on our planet that feel that nudity is wrong and should be limited to a very small set of circumstances.  For a woman to decide to pose nude, and possibly go against the wishes and views of her parents, family, friends, religion, public opinion, and even the law; shows a remarkable ability for independent thought and decision making.

 

So those are my three requirements.  In the next post I will talk about what exact physical attributes I prefer.

 

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