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I saw the sun disappear today.

December 13th, 2017

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

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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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Rebecca on the Lake

June 12th, 2012

 

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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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Emily in Cocoa

January 19th, 2012

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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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Elena

July 31st, 2011

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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

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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Keesh Lorraine

September 16th, 2010

Keesh Lorraine is an amazing model in the Madison area.  You can see some of her other work on her Model Mayhem site.  I first contacted her about working with gold leaf, such as the ones I’ve done with Rebecca.  We ended up going a slightly different direction doing outdoor nudes at Devil’s Lake State Park.  While not the first time I’ve visited the park (many times as a boy scout), it was the first time I’d photographed there.  And I hadn’t been there in quite a few years.

After stopping at the Visitor’s center for a vehicle sticker, we went to the south side of the lake to climb the east bluff.

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Rebecca in fishnets

September 16th, 2010

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More Rebecca in Gold…with a Sunflower!

September 16th, 2010

Yeah, it’s been more than a few days since my last post of Rebecca.  But better late than never.

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Rebecca on the Prairie

September 21st, 2009

The Biocore Prairie that is.  So this is the first set from my shoot with Rebecca on August 22nd.  There are a LOT more sets from this shoot.  We stared shooting at around 7:30pm.  We planned to start an hour earlier, but someone was late.  She made up for it though because we took our last picture at 3am.

To find out more about the Biocore Prairie just click the link above.  It’s a really amazing place, along with the rest of the Lakeshore Preserve.  I just discovered most of it last year.  I’d been out to Picnic Point for the first time about 6 or 7 years ago, and have visited a few times since then, but I’d never explored the other direction.  There are some amazing places that I’ll be showcasing more of, especially for University Nudes.

And now on to Rebecca.

This is the very first picture I took for the day.  It's rare that the first turns out so well.

This is the very first picture I took for the day. It's rare that the first turns out so well.

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I love the mood in this one.  And the coloring looks almost 70's film like.

I love the mood in this one. And the coloring looks almost 70's film like.

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If your monitor is not calibrated correctly this one may not look good to you.

If your monitor is not calibrated correctly this one may not look good to you.

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After the sun had gone behind the trees on the horizon Rebecca climbed the tree to get more light.

After the sun had gone behind the trees on the horizon Rebecca climbed the tree to get more light.

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My next post will be either Sydney Max defying gravity, or Jason my newest University Nude.

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