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Sydney Max on the Memorial Union Terrace

September 12th, 2009

This is the second set with Sydney Max.  Again, these were shot on August 20th.  The weather this day was difficult from a photographic standpoint.  The temperature was good, but the sun kept moving in and out of the clouds.  In one frame the sky looks like it’s about to storm, in the next frame it’s a beautiful summer day.  To try to compensate for that we moved to the chairs under a small tree.


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Sydney Max at the Red Gym

September 5th, 2009

So I’m starting something new with this post.  In the past I would wait until I was done editing all the photos from a shoot.  And while it was nice to know I had them all done, sometimes it would take a while.  I wouldn’t be able to post as often, and when I did I think some of the pictures didn’t get as much attention.

Now I’m going to post as I get sets done.  I consider a set to be one outfit or one location, from a shoot.  Today the set is Sydney Max at the Red Gym on the University of Wisconsin – Madison campus.  We shot these on August 20th.  I have three more sets from that day, and not to give to much away, but in the second set she defies gravity.


This one is my favorite.


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You’d think they proposed destroying all cars….

August 3rd, 2009

So there’s a proposal before the Madison City Council to gather data on how much people drive.

The goal is to reduce driving and make it easier for people to get around without a car.  There use to be specifics like a reduction in of 25% in miles traveled by 2020, but that was removed because too many people objected.  If you go to the link above you can see the currently 50 comments from some of my fellow citizens.  Most of them negative.  Which is really hard to believe because this is a good proposal.  Even with the 25% reduction in miles I would support this.  People drive too much.

I’ve spoken before about transportation issues.  (Here and Here)  If we can make it easier to choose a more environmentally friendly option, why wouldn’t we?  If a mode of transportation is easier or cheaper people will use it.

Take the Madison Metro Bus for example.  A one month bus pass is $55, less than $2 a day.  I pay only slightly less than that just to insure my car.  I own my car and don’t make payments but the average car payment is at least $400 a month.  ( $479 according to this article from 2007) That’s a savings of at least $12 a day.  But you know why I don’t ride the bus?  Convenience.  The bus stop closest to my home only has a bus there every 30 minutes on a weekday and every hour on the weekend.  In Madison it doesn’t take more than an hour to get anywhere by car or moped so why would I wait that long to take the bus unless I had to?  Answer:  I don’t, and neither do most of the other people in Madison.  The only way you’ll get more people to ride the bus instead of the car would be to make it more convenient.  Buses need to run every 10 minutes, 15 minutes at the most.  Yes this will cost money.  But the increased usage will offset that.  And if you’re running the buses more often they don’t have to be as big.  Why have a bus that can hold 100 passengers when most of the time they’re empty?  Why not use a bus half the size.

Another area we can really work on is location.  71% of people live over 5 miles from their job.  Half live over ten miles away.  (source) And if you’re that far from your job how far are you from other things?  Grocery store, doctors, shopping.  Just in Janurary 2008 Americans traveled over 226 Billion miles (source). Why?  Why live so far away?  Answer:  Because our society lets them.  It’s not considered wrong to live so far away.  When a former boss moved to the area, he thought nothing of living in Sun Prairie and driving the 20 miles one way to work on the west side each day.  I on the other hand didn’t want to buy anything that was more than 2 miles, and preferably within one mile.   I don’t think we really need, or would want to actually prevent people from living or working where they would like, but we can make it undesirable.

One of the reasons people give for not living in the cities is lower taxes.  That’s easy enough to fix, raise taxes.  It’s always bothered me that people who don’t live in the cities, use all of the wonderful resources that the cities offer, but don’t pay for them.  85,000 people work in Madison each day, but don’t pay a dime for any of our city services.  They use our roads, are protected by our police and fire departments, shop at our stores, and many times work at companies that have been lured here with city funds.  Personally I even look down on the people who live in the continuous cities like Middleton or Fitchburg.

And how much are we spending in travel costs to live so far away?  Those 226 Billion miles we traveled in January 2008 cost us over 28 Billion dollars in fuel alone. (assuming 20 MPG and $2.50 a gallon gas)  How much for all those extra cars and trucks?  Speaking of extra cars and trucks how many times do you see people driving 4, 5, 8 or more passenger vehicles with just the driver?  85% of people commute to work alone.  Yes there are legitimate uses for multi-passenger vehicles, but every vehicle does not need to be multi-passenger, especially when the vast majority of the time it’s only the driver.

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July 30th, 2009

So I’ve been wanting to do some pictures at night.  The colors, the locations, it seemed like it would make really good pictures.  And it did.


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April 2nd, 2009

So two weeks ago I was thinking about death a lot.  I don’t really know why.  I wasn’t thinking about my death, or any death really, just kind of death was in my head.

It started with and episode of COPS.  I don’t remember what it was about but it got me thinking about handcuffs.  So I got the pair I have out of my prop bin, and just started playing with them while I watched the rest of the episode.  If I could go off topic for a moment the cuffs I have are not “official”, but they are heavy duty stainless steel, double locking, with a key that’s remarkably similar to a real key.

Now the handcuffs got me thinking about serial killers. Somebody tied up, blood, knives, nakedness.  I think it’d be something fun to photograph.  I don’t have anything specific, concrete planned, but you may be seeing some pictures in the future.

Then I went to bed, next day I needed to go out.  I still had the same general feeling as the previous night.  It was nice outside so I thought I would head downtown, no particular destination in mind.  On the way I passed Forest Hill Cemetery.  I decided to go in.

I’ve been to Forest Hill before.  It’s a very interesting place, with a lot of history.  There’s even an Effigy Mound, so this particular piece of land has been used as a burial ground for hundreds, if not thousands of years.

So to recap —>COPS–>handcuffs–>serial killers–>cemetery.  I’ve had an idea for a while to do some back lighting of these particular tombstones.  These markers are in the part of the cemetery reserved for veterans, most of them served in WWII but I did see a few from earlier wars as well.  The back lighting idea really didn’t work this time but the image below did.


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The Statue of Liberty is frozen!

February 24th, 2009
The statue of Liberty on lake Mendota

The statue of Liberty on lake Mendota

I took this picture a few weeks ago during a shoot with Allison. Those pics will be up soon.

A story in The Capital Times

About the original statue of liberty on the lake

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When are car companies really gonna wake up?

January 18th, 2009

((This was orginally posted on my Myspace blog))

Ford Fusion Hybrid to get 41 mpg city 36 hwy

This is the newest, most state of the art hybrid that the big automotive companies have built.  It’s 8 mpg better in the city and 2 mpg better on the highway than the Toyota Camry hybrid.  This is not the improvement that the car companies and consumers need.  My 2005 Nissan Altima got 27 mpg city and 33 hwy.  A 14 mpg improvement is not going to help anyone.

Car companies need to change.  They need to change now, and they need to change quickly.  They need to stop selling and producing inefficient vehicles immediately.  They’ve already announced that they’re shutting down for most of January.  Before they resume production, they need to be making new vehicles.  If they don’t, they will die.  They should die.  Another company will take their place.

Companies like Aptera and Tesla Motors.

Aptera is producing 2 versions of it’s 3 wheeled vehicle.  One is all electric, the other is a hybrid that gets more than 100 mpg.

Tesla Motors Makes a roadster that goes from 0-60 in less than 4 seconds.  It can go almost 250 miles on a charge.  That’s right its all electric.

Sam Walton said:

There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.

So that’s what I’m gonna do.  I am firing everyone who works for Ford, GM, Chrysler, Honda, Toyota, Nissan, BMW, Porsche, Volkswagen, Hyundai, Suzuki, Kia, and Mitsubishi.  I’m firing them by not spending my money with them.  From this moment I will not buy a vehicle from one of these companies unless it is more efficient than my moped.  If these companies can’t or won’t change, then I’m going to force them to change, by forcing them out of business.  I hope you join me.



So I sent a letter to the editor to the Wisconsin State Journal and The Capital Times.  The Capital Times printed it.  You can read it on their website here.

The Wisconsin State Journal printed it with some edits.  You can read it on their website here.


And a few days later someone wrote a letter to the editor in response.

Great, but who can afford it?

A recent letter writer said, “I am firing everyone who works for Ford, GM, Chrysler, Honda, Toyota, Nissan, BMW and the rest. If they can’t or won’t change, I’ll force them to by forcing them out of business. I hope you join me.”

The writer basically says that we should all buy a Tesla roadster which will go from 0 to 60 mph in four seconds or an Aptera, a three-wheeled vehicle that gets 100 miles per gallon.

Wonderful, with the exception of a few small items of concern. The base price for a Tesla is $129,000 and the three-wheel Aptera base price is $30,000 for a car that, according to sales information, seats 2.5 people. Since it’s a three-wheeler, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation will probably require a motorcycle license to drive this vehicle and you’ll also need a half-a-carpool-friend to truly make the Aptera the socially- and environmentally-correct vehicle to drive around Madison.

It’s pretty obvious that this winter in Madison has already been way too cold and long.

— Kim Tschudy, New Glarus

Now I never said that everyone should buy a Tesla or Aptera vehicle.  I said that if the major auto manufacturers could not produce efficient cars, then other companies such as Aptera and Tesla would take their place.  I think that’s pretty clear in my original blog.  However since this writer was probably going off of what the WSJ printed in their paper, maybe it wasn’t so clear.

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