June 13, 2011

Monday Evening Scene



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June 5, 2011

Orchid



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Madison Farmer's Market Scenes June 3, 2011









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Trout....



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May 30, 2011

A Few Memorial Day Weekend Photos @ the Madison Arboretum


















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May 21, 2011

More of God's Floral Handiwork




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May 17, 2011

An Interview with Platon

The Economist:

FEW photographers find themselves grasping Mahmoud Ahmadinejad by the hand, facing down Robert Mugabe or eliciting a grin from Binyamin Netanyahu--all within a 72-hour period, no less. Platon, a London-raised and New York-based photographer, is the keen eye behind "Power: Portraits of World Leaders" (Chronicle Books), a book of 150 photographs of world leaders, all of them taken at the United Nations.

This collection is full of surprises and affirmations alike: Hugo Chávez has all the penetrability of an Easter Island statue; Victor Yushchenko could be a friendly school principal; and Muammar Qaddafi is a villain straight out of "Star Wars". Securing the portraits required tenacity, quick reflexes and the wiles of a fixer. More Intelligent Life spoke with Platon, a staff photographer at the New Yorker, about his adventures in assembling his portraits.

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May 5, 2011

STREET LEVEL ROYAL WEDDING

STREET LEVEL ROYAL WEDDING from David Francis on Vimeo.

Very nicely done.

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April 10, 2011

God's Glory: Spring Flowers begin to Appear on a Gorgeous Sunday





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March 15, 2011

Video from Japan's Tsunami Zone

Matt Allard & Dan Chung

Both Matt and myself have been covering the tragic events surrounding the Tsunami in Japan. I have left Japan now but Matt is still there and headed back into the disaster zone to do more reports. I'm sure both of us will talk more about what it was like later on, but for now the story is the priority.

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March 13, 2011

The "Foundation That Southern Nevada is Built On"



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Bond king's Lear-like Treasuries renunciation

Michael Mackenzie

At the end of June, the Federal Reserve will no longer be the biggest buyer of US Treasuries. But one notable investor has already said Hasta la vista.

Pimco's flagship $237bn total return fund, managed by Bill Gross, whose status as bond king has been synonymous with the 25-year bull market in Treasury debt, pulled the plug on holding US government related securities in February, it emerged this week. Last month his fund eschewed holding US government related debt, having had 12 per cent of the fund's portfolio in Treasuries in January.

Given the record of Mr Gross, one cannot ignore the decision. Since the total return fund began in 1987, it has generated an average annual return of 8.42 per cent versus the 7.27 per cent gain in its benchmark, the Barclays Capital US Aggregate index.

The move is a bold one. Given that the Barclays Aggregate has a Treasury weighting of 40 per cent, the decision by Mr Gross to exclude government holdings means he is seriously underweight his benchmark, or "bogey".

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February 21, 2011

A Madison Eagle



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February 20, 2011

Nevada Museum of Art Panorama



Website.

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February 18, 2011

Outdoor Art



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Packer Fans



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January 30, 2011

Warning!



A "shocking" hotel scene.

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January 24, 2011

Winter Travel



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January 16, 2011

Christmas in the Terminal



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January 15, 2011

Panorama: Lingotto Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli @ Turin



Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli:

In a fascinating space designed by the architect Renzo Piano inside the historic industrial complex of the Lingotto in Turin, the Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli permanently houses 25 masterpieces from Giovanni and Marella Agnelli private collection.

Opened on September 20th, 2002, the gallery marks the final step in the twenty-year-long restructuring process of the whole Lingotto site.

The structure that today hosts the picture gallery of the Giovanni and Marella Agnelli Foundation in the "Scrigno" (literally, jewel box or treasure chest, an extraordinary container that dominates the roof-top test track), is the result of a long historical and architectural process of development that begins at the turn of the twentieth century. After this huge conversion process, the 90 years old building maintains the architectural power and freshness of the car factory designed by Giacomo Mattè Trucco, and wends its way effortlessly to the Lingotto designed by Renzo Piano.

A stunning place, particularly the roof top race track on the old Fiat factory.

View the full screen panorama here.

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January 14, 2011

Shopping with the Dog - Turin



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January 13, 2011

The Hardy 2009-2010 Annual Report Photo

350K PDF. My dusk Hardy photo appears on the cover of their annual report. It was a beautiful evening. Much more on the Hardy Gallery, here.

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January 8, 2011

Christmas: Lyon - Turin - Parma - Florence - Bologna - Venice; a Few Recommendations



Lodging recommendations & comments:

  • Lyon, France: Artelit. A superb location with a fabulous proprietor. Frederic Jean's friendship and professionalism was a joy to experience, particularly when facing a very difficult parking situation! Highly recommended.
  • Turin: Best Western Hotel Piemontese. A surprisingly spacious facility, conveniently located near the rail station, bus stops and a number of Turin destinations. Great service and a surprisingly extensive breakfast.
  • Parma: A number of hotels were closed over Christmas. We stayed here: Vittorio Dalla Rosa Prati. Friendly service and a fabulous location adjacent to the Baptistry. Rooms include a refrigerator, sink and range so one can shop at the nearby markets and prepare meals.
  • Florence: Relais Uffizi. A charming, small find next to the Uffizi Gallery. Close to everything with very helpful staff.
  • Bologna: Albergo Centrale. Tremendous location in a fascinating city. Don't forget the gelato, which was poetic.
  • Venice: Hotel Antico Doge. Very helpful staff with superb restaurant recommendations. Well located, but smoke seemed to be present in the room, unfortunately.


I am very thankful to have "met" Madeline Jhawar, who suggested the stops in Turin, Parma and Bologna. I am grateful for her assistance and intelligence. I also took a look at Lonely Planet's suggestions, the New York Times travel section and Karen Brown.

We rented a car from Europcar, flew via Lufthansa (insufferable coach seats in my experience but very friendly staff) and used buses, trams, water buses, gondolas and most of all our feet.

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December 16, 2010

On Sugar Plums

Joe McNally:

The world of dance is very much about the unrelenting and occasionally cruel quest for perfection. I've worked with many dancers, and have made what I naively thought to be a worthwhile or even beautiful photograph, only to have the perfectionist inside the dancer rise up and shred it. "Ooh, no. You can't use that, look at the position of my ring finger on my left hand!" I am only being midly facetious here. Ballet demands perfection, which of course is unattainable. Any dancer who sticks with it has heard the call to be perfect, in their head, and perhaps in their dreams. I would speculate many a little girl, as they take their first stumbles in toe shoes, has drifted to sleep with visions of being lifted into the lights before adoring thousands, and then drowning delightfully in a sea of tossed roses from a rapturously applauding audience.

More often, though, the call to perfection is more of a bark, harsh and unforgiving, from a dance master or mistress, or a choreographer, who, understandably driven by their own sense of discipline and vision, pushes the dancer to that point where the laws of gravity simply fall away. As Balanchine once said, "Dance is music made visible." That's hard to do. I was blessed to work briefly for ABT and made this picture of the magnificent Marcelo Gomes and Julie Kent, who together and apart, are the epitome of grace and elegant lines. As they took this position, I was stupefied at the exacting nature of the choreographer, and the giving nature of the dancers, striving to bend their bodies to his will.

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December 10, 2010

Tropical Flowers on a Wintry Night



Foster Botanical Gardens.

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November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!



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November 23, 2010

Golf @ The Golden Gate



The Lincoln Park Golf Club.

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November 21, 2010

Stanley Kubrick Fotografo 1945-1950, Venice



Drew Gardner:

When I was in Venice a couple of weeks ago I caught the Stanley Kubrick Fotografo 1945-1950 show at the Istituto Veneto di Science.

Kubrick started his career, not with moving images but with stills

He started shooting when he was just 17 years old for 'Look' magazine

It is an interesting exhibition for many reasons, with some very beautiful images

Even in his very early work you can see the visual language of his great movies

You get to see the very 'seeds' of his work, they are movies in still form

With a few notable exceptions, you don't see photojournalism 'per se' at work.

What you do see is beautifully directed still images and in my opinion is all the more interesting for that.

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November 17, 2010

Carl Bloch Paintings Panorama

Hans Nyberg

The Brigham Young University's Museum of Art in Utah US opens on November 12 an exhibition with paintings by the 19th century Danish painter Carl Heinrich Bloch. The exhibition will run until May 7

Carl Bloch became famous as religous painter after he was commisioned to paint 23 new paintings from the bible in the Kings Oratory (Kongens Bedekammer) at Frederiksborg Castle. The original paintings had been destroyed in the big fire in1859 which destroyed large areas of the castle.

I was commissioned by the Brigham Young museum to photograph panoramas from all the Danish and Swedish churches where Carl Bloch's altar paintings are found.

Some of these original paintings have been lend to the exhibition in US.

However the most important panorama was the panorama from the Kings Oratory. These paintings are his main religous work which his church altar paintings are based on.

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November 11, 2010

God's Glorious Fall Colors



Madison has been blessed with a glorious fall.

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November 6, 2010

A Beautiful Saturday Morning @ The Farmer's Market









A few photos taken at Ela Orchard's space. Their apples are, of course fabulous.

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November 3, 2010

Scientists unveil moving 3D holograms

Clive Cookson

More than 30 years after the famous Star Wars movie scene in which a hologram of Princess Leia appealed for help from Obi-Wan Kenobi, US researchers have unveiled holographic technology to transmit and view moving three-dimensional images.

The scientists at the University of Arizona say their prototype "holographic three-dimensional telepresence" is the world's first practical 3D transmission system that works without requiring viewers to wear special glasses or other devices. The research is published in the journal Nature.

Potential applications range from telemedicine and teleconferencing to mass entertainment.

"Holographic telepresence means we can record a three-dimensional image in one location and show it in another location, in real-time, anywhere in the world," said Nasser Peyghambarian, project leader.

Existing 3D projection systems produce either static holograms with excellent depth and resolution but no movement - or stereoscopic films, such as Avatar, which give the perspective from one viewpoint only and do not allow the viewer to walk around the image. The new technology combines motion with an impression of genuine solidity.

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October 31, 2010

Theodore Roosevelt Island Photos



More here. Clusty search: Theodore Roosevelt Island.

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October 28, 2010

Beautiful Fall Colors





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October 17, 2010

Big City Sunset



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October 16, 2010

Another Gorgeous Madison Weekend!







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October 10, 2010

Madison's Arboretum on a Gorgeous Sunday





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Fall Color on a Gorgeous Sunday: God's Glory





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September 26, 2010

The Rural South

Elisabeth Biondi
For one weekend every year since 2003, tiny Concord, Georgia, population 336, becomes a photography mecca. “Slow Exposures” lures photographers, curators, and editors to look at pictures from the South, to discuss and debate them, and to exchange experiences, all thanks to the wonderful Chris Curry and Nancy McCrary, with the help of a staff of cheerful volunteers. Southern conviviality and hospitality create an ambiance that is most of all creative and communicative. Chris and Nancy created the festival as a photographic center representing the rural South. It is a non-profit organization, with proceeds going toward the preservation and restoration of historic buildings and land in Pike County, and attracts devotees and newcomers for a full slate of photographic events: a juried photography show, an all-day portfolio review, and exhibitions, all in beautifully restored local buildings. This year, John Bennette, a curator, collector, and champion of artists, conceived the wonderful exhibition “Southern Memories: Part I” for the festival, on view in the restored Whiskey Bonding Bar, in Molena. The show is John’s subjective vision of the South, shaped by his memories—he grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, and now lives in New York. Asking himself what is important in the South, he came up with four categories: the land, God, school, and Southern history; he believes that history—i.e., the Civil War—still drives Southern culture today. His show avoids the extremes of rich and poor and stays away from clichés. Many of the artists he included were discovered in earlier “Slow Exposure” shows, and were surprises to me.
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September 24, 2010

School of Seven Bells @ The Majestic Madison



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Street Art



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A Beautiful Airport Sunset



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September 20, 2010

Waiting....



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Saturday Night: Madison



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Saturday Morning; State Street - Madison



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September 11, 2010

Football Saturday Style













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Madison Sourdough's Impressive Lunch







Worth a stop, Madison Sourdough.
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September 9, 2010

What Did We Do, Pre iPhone; Part II





I talked with an iPhone owner during a recent conference. While she was tapping away on email and a variety of apps, she mentioned "I don't know what I did before....".

Changing everything, including education.
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September 5, 2010

God's Glory: A Fabulous Madison Sunset



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September 3, 2010

A September Country Drive



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September 2, 2010

Clearing Storm Near Paoli



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August 24, 2010

A Bit of Humanity on the Tarmac



Air travel is no picnic, though it is possible to see humanity every now and then.
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What Did We Do Pre-iPhone?




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Mahi Mahi Tacos


Fabulous, inexpensive and a great salad.
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Lucky Boy Burgers: A Step Back in Time....









I enjoyed a decent veggie burger at Lucky Boy, a vintage stop in Pasadena, CA.
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August 23, 2010

Cold War History



The Nuclear Museum.

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Changing Times, From this.....



to this....


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Red Rocks



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God's Glory: A Retreating Storm Mountain Sunset



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August 16, 2010

Flowers: God's Handiwork



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August 15, 2010

The Hardy Gallery



The Hardy Gallery
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Door County Barn


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August 8, 2010

Community Yoga



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The End of the Guidebook

Tom Robbins:
I am in Tate Modern with no Baedeker. Nor Lonely Planet, Rough Guide, Time Out or any other type of guidebook. For Lucy Honeychurch, heroine of EM Forster’s Room with a View, this would be a desperate situation. Without a guidebook in Florence’s Santa Croce, she is bereft, close to tears, unsure what she should be looking at, unable to recall any of the building’s history and upset at having no one to tell her which of the sculptures and frescoes is most beautiful.

I, however, am supremely confident. I may not have a guidebook but I am equipped with “Google Goggles”, and thus have at my fingertips more information than exists in any guidebook ever written – perhaps more even than the combined wisdom of all guidebooks ever written.

Disappointingly, Google Goggles are not physical goggles, or glasses of any kind, but an app that will soon become available for iPhones and already works with Android smartphones. Put simply, whereas Google lets you search the internet using keywords, this allows you to search with an image. You use the phone’s camera to take a photo of something – a church, a monument, a painting or a sculpture – then wait a few seconds for the image-recognition software to scan it, before being offered a full range of information about it. The implications for travel are huge.
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August 7, 2010

The Style of an Elegant Bookstore



http://www.tatteredcover.com/
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July 26, 2010

A Few More Weekend Photos





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Himal Chuli Dinner - The "Combination Plate"



Very good and a great value. Isthmus on Himal Chuli.
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July 11, 2010

A Few Photos



I believe this is a rather rare Shelby Cobra.



A sign of the times: "We will be glad to serve you when you are off your cell phone".



KRLX



A squirrel seeking dinner



Malt O-Meal



Cooling off...



Dinner at Sea Salt Minneapolis



Art Fair on the Square Madison

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July 3, 2010

Happy Independence Day!



US Constitution, Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights.

We have so much to be thankful for.
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A Beautiful Saturday

















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June 29, 2010

God's Glory: A Gorgeous Sunset



Shot with the fairly impressive iPhone 4 camera.
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June 28, 2010

Vintage Trek Bike



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June 26, 2010

Madison Saturday Zeitgeist....




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"Forgotten Places" - Native American Mounds at Madison's Elmside Park



iPhone / iPad and iPod users click here.

Worldwide Panorama is collecting panoramic scenes with the theme "Forgotten Places". Nancy suggested Madison's Elmside Park. Here it is.

From Native American Mounds in Madison and Dane County (A Madison Heritage Publication):
At the corner of Lakeland Avenue and Maple Avenue overlooking Lake Monona are two well-preserved Late Woodland animal effigies now referred to as a lynx and a bear. These mounds were originally part of a dense and extensive cluster of mounds that extended along the north shore of Lake Monona. Once part of the Simeon Mills farm, this site was still a favored Winnebago campground as late as the late 19th century. Most of the mound cluster, which included a bird effigy with a reported wingspan of 568 feet, was destroyed by turn-of-the-century residential development. Nearby, the beautiful sculpture, entitled "Let the Great Spirits Soar," was carved by Harry Whitehorse, a Winnebago whose ancestors have lived in the Four Lakes area for hundreds of years. The sculpture was carved from a storm-damaged hackberry tree and honors his Indian ancestors and the effigy mound builders.
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June 23, 2010

Sunset, Clearing Storm: Fitchburg, WI via iPhone 4 Camera



I've never been a fan of cell phone cameras. However, the iPhone 4 camera offers decent quality and some flexibility for the photographer.... Of course, a glorious sunset during a clearing storm helps.
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June 22, 2010

Water, Water: Fitchburg's Dunn's Marsh after the Storms



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June 20, 2010

Strolling Through 19th Century London Today

Brian Barrett:
Augmented reality might be the future, but my favorite application of it yet transports you far into past. StreetMuseum—an iPhone app from the Museum of London—overlays four hundred years of historic images on today's city streets.

StreetMuseum makes creative use of Google Maps and geo-tagging to show users how London used to look. You can use it to check out pictures and info about nearby historic locations, which is has more of a straightforward walking tour feel. But the fun starts when you're actually standing in front of a location in the database. That's when the AR "3D view" kicks in, with views that may look something like this:
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June 19, 2010

Holland Tunnel



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Madison Farmer's Market Bounty







A beautiful day after a rainy/stormy week. Much to be thankful for.
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June 12, 2010

Madison Farmer's Market Photos



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May 31, 2010

The Juice Queue



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May 30, 2010

Gardens....



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May 29, 2010

Feingold for Senate Campaign @ the Madison Farmer's Market



I've appreciated a number of Russ's votes, but found his recent vote to kill the Washington, DC voucher program unpalatable. No K-12 program is perfect, but given the very challenging District K-12 climate, it is difficult to see the status quo improving on its own.

Russ Feingold will likely face Republican Ron Johnson this fall.
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A "Kodak Moment" at the Madison Farmer's Market


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Madison Farmers Market Crowd on a Beautiful Saturday



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Memorial Day Delights: Strawberries

At Madison's Farmer's Market.

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May 28, 2010

The Tragic Race to be First to the South Pole

Betsy Mason:
In 1910, two men set out to be the first to reach the South Pole in a race that would be both heroic and tragic. The men had different reasons for their journeys, took different routes and made different decisions that would ultimately seal their respective fates, and those of their teams.

The American Museum of Natural History delves into this storied event to bring visitors as close as possible to this historic event and the people involved in their new exhibit, “Race to the End of the Earth,” starting May 29. Artifacts, photographs, replicas and models give life to the two rivals and their treacherous 1,800-mile marches to the center of Antarctica.

Robert Falcon Scott set off from Wales on July 15, 1910 on what was originally intended to be a primarily scientific expedition, but which quickly morphed into a quest to make history on behalf of the British Empire.

Meanwhile, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, whose plan to reach the North Pole first had been thwarted by both Frederik Cook and Robert Peary, had secretly turned his sights on the South Pole. He left Oslo in June 3, 1910 with the intent of beating Scott to his goal.
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May 25, 2010

"Stinky Cheese" New York City



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May 19, 2010

Flowers




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May 14, 2010

Iceland, Eyjafjallajokull Time Lapse HD Video

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A Mothers Day Walk @ The Arboretum



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May 10, 2010

Tai Chi New York



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Brooklyn Bridge - Cold Evening



Clusty Search: Brooklyn Bridge.
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May 1, 2010

A Beautiful Spring Morning


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April 25, 2010

God's Glory: Spring Tulips


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Ullrich Hall: University of Wisconsin-Platteville



Clusty Search: Ullrich Hall. National Register of Historic Places.
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April 23, 2010

A Manhattan Evening Walk







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April 16, 2010

The Two Stall Park Trick



Often seen with Porsche, Mercedes, Audi or BMW drivers. The first "Smart Car" driver I've seen using this technique. Perhaps dark humor?
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April 15, 2010

A Beautiful Madison Evening



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April 11, 2010

A Madison Walk

A Madison Walk from Jim Zellmer.

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April 4, 2010

Happy Easter!








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March 15, 2010

Earthquake in Chile

The Big Picture:
At 3:34 am local time, today, February 27th, a devastating magnitude 8.8 earthquake struck Chile, one of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded. According to Chilean authorities, over 400 people are now known to have been killed. The earthquake also triggered a Tsunami which is right now propagating across the Pacific Ocean, due to arrive in Hawaii in hours (around 11:00 am local time). The severity of the Tsunami is still not known, but alerts are being issued across the Pacific. (Entry updated four times, now 45 photos total)
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March 14, 2010

Panorama: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport



Austin-Bergstrom International Airport website. Just in time for South by Southwest 2010.

Click to view the full screen panorama.
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February 26, 2010

Honolulu's Kapiolani Farmers' Market



Click to view the photos.
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February 17, 2010

Winter


LeMonde's iPhone app has an interesting daily photo selection.
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February 14, 2010

Cham Ruins: My Son Panorama - Another View



This Cham Ruins panorama (click to view) was captured in My Son, Vietnam during the month of April, 2007 by Jim Zellmer

Another panoramic scene.
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February 11, 2010

Panorama - Cham Ruins: My Son, Vietnam



This Cham Ruins panorama (click to view) was captured in My Son, Vietnam during the month of April, 2007 by Jim Zellmer

Another panoramic scene.
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February 8, 2010

Temple of Literature Panorama: Hanoi, Vietnam



Click to view the panoramic image. Enjoy a full screen view by clicking the panorama icon in the lower right. Clusty Search: Temple of Literature.

Another Temple of Literature panorama can bee seen here.
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January 23, 2010

God's Glory: Wind, Fire, Surf - Kauai Sunrise Panorama @ Poipu



Kauai Sunrise Panorama @ Poipu 21.868449 -159.444172 by Jim Zellmer. December, 2009
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January 22, 2010

Waimea Canyon Kauai Panorama



Click to view this Waimea Canyon Kauai panorama 22.071472 -159.661410. Clusty Search: Waimea Canyon.
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Kauai Sunrise Panorama @ Poipu



Kauai Sunrise Panorama @ Poipu 21.875483 -159.46195.
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January 19, 2010

Maui Sunset Panorama



Quite a beautiful afternoon: 20.646188 -156.442577. Click on the image to view the panorama, and try the full screen icon (lower right).
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January 17, 2010

God's Glory: A Beautiful Sunday Morning in the Arboretum



The trees in Madison were spectacular this morning.
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January 11, 2010

Kilauea Lighthouse Panorama



Click to view the Kilauea Lighthouse panorama. Clusty search: Kilauea Lighthouse.
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January 10, 2010

Morning



Kauai flowers at sunrise.
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January 6, 2010

Kauai Sunrise Panorama

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Click to view this panoramic scene.
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December 17, 2009

Global Supply Chain for Boeing's New 787: The DreamLifter in Action



With the recent first flight of Boeing's new 787, I thought it timely to post a photo from it's supply chain: a converted 747 freighter known as the "Dreamlifter" that flies parts from around the globe to Everett, Washington for final assembly.
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December 9, 2009

Snowstorm Panorama: Madison, WI



Quite a bit of work moving snow today, but, the early morning scenery was quite beautiful.
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December 5, 2009

Musée de l'Orangerie Panorama



Click to the image above to view this August, 2007 (hand held) panoramic image of Monet's water lillies. Musée de l'Orangerie website. This journey and image made possible by the generosity of my parents!
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November 29, 2009

St. Stephen's Cathedral Panorama - Budapest



Wikipedia entry on St. Stephen's, or Szent István Bazilika in Hungarian.

Our trip was made possible through the incredible generosity of my parents. We are truly blessed!
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November 27, 2009

The Berlin Wall: 20 Years Gone


The Big Picture:
Twenty years ago, on the night of November 9, 1989, following weeks of pro-democracy protests, East German authorities suddenly opened their border to West Germany. After 28 years as prisoners of their own country, euphoric East Germans streamed to checkpoints and rushed past bewildered guards, many falling tearfully into the arms of West Germans welcoming them on the other side. Thousands of Germans and world leaders gathered in Berlin yesterday to celebrate the "Mauerfall" - the dismantling of the Berlin Wall and German reunification - and to remember the approximately 100-200 who died attempting to cross the border over the years. Collected here are photographs both historic and recent, from the fall of the Berlin Wall. Be sure to pause on photos 12 - 15, and click them to see a fade effect from before to after. (38 photos total)
Posted by James Zellmer at 7:25 AM

November 25, 2009

Overture

Madison is truly blessed to have such a fine facility, courtesy of Jerry Frautschi's landmark $200M+ gift. However and unfortunately, the financial spaghetti behind its birth is complicated and controversial, particularly at this moment when Overture's parent lacks liquidity to fund the project's remaining debt.

Yet, the facility is simply stunning. Have a look at these panoramic views.

Overture Hall Lobby:


MMOCA:


In an effort to preserve the pre-Overture scene, we shot panoramic images in 1999 and again, after construction in 2006.

I do have one financing suggestion. Give Goldman Sachs Lloyd Blankfein a call. After all, Goldman Sachs' record bonuses are a direct result of massive taxpayer intervention to prop up certain banks and other "too big to fail" entities such as AIG. GS is well connected at the very top of our Government.
Posted by James Zellmer at 10:06 AM

November 11, 2009

Madison's Overture Center & MMOCA - A Panoramic View


Posted by James Zellmer at 7:55 AM

November 7, 2009

Another Glorious Saturday Photo


Posted by James Zellmer at 2:23 PM

A Glorious November Saturday

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October 24, 2009

God's Glorious Fall Colors



On display in Madison today. A wonderful, sunny day after several rainy, cold episodes.
Posted by James Zellmer at 4:53 PM

September 29, 2009

A Beautiful Fall Sunset



Fall has arrived.
Posted by James Zellmer at 9:43 PM

September 20, 2009

Andrew Bird Concert @ Overture Center Madison Photos



Click on the image above to view a panoramic scene. A few still photos can be seen here.

Bird appeared in Madison as part of the 2009 Forward Music Festival.
Posted by James Zellmer at 7:35 PM

Curb Litter: Pacifier, Cigarette Butts and Fall Leaves



This photo was taken in downtown Madison.
Posted by James Zellmer at 4:53 PM

Resurrecting the Paris of the Orient

Heba Saleh:
Look past the grime and the disrepair and it is possible to see beautiful buildings in Cairo. But resurrecting the spirit of the city that used to be called the “Paris of the Orient,” is a daunting challenge.
Posted by James Zellmer at 1:57 PM

September 17, 2009

Cropping Photos......

David Hulme Kennedy:
The Sept. 14th Newsweek cover line — “Is Your Baby Racist?” — should have included a sub-head, “Is Dick Cheney a Butcher?”

Featured inside the magazine was a full-page, stand-alone picture of former Vice President Dick Cheney, knife in hand, leaning over a bloody carving board. Newsweek used it to illustrate a quote that he made about C.I.A. interrogators. By linking that photo with Mr. Cheney’s comment and giving it such prominence, they implied something sinister, macabre, or even evil was going on there.

I took that photograph at his daughter Liz’s home during a two-day assignment, and was shocked by its usage. The meat on the cutting board wasn’t the only thing butchered. In fact, Newsweek chose to crop out two-thirds of the original photograph, which showed Mrs. Cheney, both of their daughters, and one of their grandchildren, who were also in the kitchen, getting ready for a simple family dinner.

However, Newsweek’s objective in running the cropped version was to illustrate its editorial point of view, which could only have been done by shifting the content of the image so that readers just saw what the editors wanted them to see. This radical alteration is photo fakery. Newsweek’s choice to run my picture as a political cartoon not only embarrassed and humiliated me and ridiculed the subject of the picture, but it ultimately denigrated my profession.
Posted by James Zellmer at 6:05 AM

September 3, 2009

Documenting the decline of two US industries



Claire Holland:
Eirik Johnson’s quietly theatrical photographs carry the sense of a way of life and work that is on the cusp of slipping away. For four years, Seattle-born Johnson travelled through Oregon, Washington and northern California, around the former boomtowns that were built on the now-declining salmon and timber industries.

He describes the resulting series, published as Sawdust Mountain, as “a melancholy love letter of sorts, my own personal ramblings”. Many of Johnson’s works are informed by the epic, picturesque 19th-century landscapes of Carleton Watkins, who took some of the earliest known images of the region. In others, his use of space and colour pays homage to several living photographers.

Johnson’s images are rendered all the more intense by his palette, through which he uses the region’s faded light to emphasise the down-at-heel tones of the man-made environment. His muted colours are a counterpoint to William Eggleston’s photographs of the American south, whose “harsh bright light and colours … seemed like the mirror opposite of what I saw present in the northwest,” says Johnson.
Posted by James Zellmer at 10:02 PM

August 22, 2009

Sunrise: Fitchburg's New Pedestrian & Bicycle Bridge



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August 21, 2009

Flickr vs. Free Speech

Mike Arrington:
One thing I’ve learned over the years is this - screwing over your users while yelling “the lawyers made me do it!” rarely ends well. Particularly when the lawyers are just being lazy, and free speech rights are at stake.

Flickr really stepped in it this time. And they’ve sparked a free speech and copyright fascism debate that is unlikely to cool down any time soon.

Sometime last week they took down a photoshopped image of President Obama that makes him look like the Heath Ledger (Joker) character from The Dark Knight. The image was created and uploaded to Flickr by 20 year old college student Firas Alkhateeb while “bored over winter school break.” It was also later altered yet again by someone else and used to create anti-obama posters that went up in Los Angeles.

Thomas Hawk has a good overview of some of the other details, but the short version is the image was removed by Flickr sometime last week due to “due to copyright-infringement concerns.”

People are angry over the takedown. There are lots of pictures mocking President Bush on a Time Magazine cover on Flickr that haven’t been removed. And of the Heath Ledger Joker character.
Posted by James Zellmer at 8:23 AM

August 5, 2009

Old Town Prague Panorama



Click to view this scene, which was taken atop the Hotel U Prince.
Posted by James Zellmer at 9:25 AM

August 3, 2009

All City Swim 2009 VR Scene

Shorewood Hills Pool - Madison

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July 25, 2009

2009 Wisconsin Farm Technology Days VR Panorama Scenes



View five vr scenes from "Tent City": Scene 1 / Scene 2 / Scene 3 / Scene 4 / Scene 5. After clicking, place your mouse in the image and pan in any direction.

View a still image library here.

More photos and vr scenes from the Craves Brothers farm, taken last fall.

Crave Brothers website and the Wisconsin Farm Technology Days website.
Posted by James Zellmer at 8:01 PM

July 22, 2009

2009 Wisconsin Farm Technology Days - Photos



Website and directions. Many more photos here.
Posted by James Zellmer at 9:47 AM

July 16, 2009

Wisconsin Capitol - Night View

Posted by James Zellmer at 3:37 PM

July 4, 2009

Fireworks

Monona, WI:

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June 25, 2009

Stunning pictures of the volcano that blew a hole in the sky as astronauts witness eruption from International Space Station



Eddie Wrenn:
Framed by a circle of clouds, this is a stunning illustration of Nature's powerful force. A plume of smoke, ash and steam soars five miles into the sky from an erupting volcano. The extraordinary image was captured by the crew of the International Space Station 220 miles above a remote Russian island in the North Pacific.
Posted by James Zellmer at 9:34 AM

May 17, 2009

A Few Spring Garden Photos






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May 10, 2009

Amon Carter Museum



Amon Carter Museum.
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May 2, 2009

Flawed Credit Ratings Reap Profits as Regulators Fail and a Wachovia Photo



David Evans & Caroline Salas:
Ron Grassi says he thought he had retired five years ago after a 35-year career as a trial lawyer.

Now Grassi, 68, has set up a war room in his Tahoe City, California, home to single-handedly take on Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s Investors Service and Fitch Ratings. He’s sued the three credit rating firms for negligence, fraud and deceit.

Grassi says the companies’ faulty debt analyses have been at the core of the global financial meltdown and the firms should be held accountable. Exhibit One is his own investment. He and his wife, Sally, held $40,000 in Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. bonds because all three credit raters gave them at least an A rating -- meaning they were a safe investment -- right until Sept. 15, the day Lehman filed for bankruptcy.

“They’re supposed to spot time bombs,” Grassi says. “The bombs exploded before the credit companies acted.”

As the U.S. and other economic powers devise ways to overhaul financial regulations, they have yet to come up with plans to address one issue at the heart of the crisis: the role of the rating firms.
I noticed this Wachovia building recently and thought the sunset scene was, perhaps appropriate.
Posted by James Zellmer at 2:19 PM

April 30, 2009

Scenes: "Read a Paper" - and Turn off the TV



A useful idea, from a bookstore south of the Mason Dixon line. I'd substitute "book, or perhaps ebook" for "paper".
Posted by James Zellmer at 9:35 AM

April 26, 2009

VR Scene: Jepson Center for the Arts Savannah


Click for a full screen VR scene. Jepson website.
Posted by James Zellmer at 8:46 PM

April 24, 2009

East Germany, Up Close and Personal

Karlheinz Jardner:
When a West German photographer set off on a trip to the East German island of Rügen just after the Wall fell in the spring of 1990, he captured a world that would soon disappear forever. Twenty years after the epochal event, he looks back on his journey in a first-person account.

I remembered the painting from art class in school: The Chalk Cliffs on Rügen, by Caspar David Friedrich. It seemed legendary to me. On the one hand, I was fascinated by the colors, the pinks, the grays, the greens, and the shimmering blue of the water contrasting with the luminous white chalkstone. On the other hand, I was convinced that although I could always see the painting, I would never be able to contemplate the same scenery in reality. I wondered whether the landscape on the island of Rügen truly resembled the painting. It was a mystery to me.
Posted by James Zellmer at 8:50 PM

March 15, 2009

A Gorgeous Bird Video Short

from the Phillipines.
Posted by James Zellmer at 6:02 PM

March 2, 2009

VR Scene: The Statue of Liberty on Madison's Lake Mendota



The Statue of Liberty reappeared on Lake Mendota recently, celebrating the 30th anniversary of its first visit. Visit via this full screen vr scene. More about the first visit, sponsored by the "Pail & Shovel Party".
Posted by James Zellmer at 9:35 PM

February 26, 2009

Dakar Rally 2009 Photos

Fascinating.
Posted by James Zellmer at 8:07 AM

February 3, 2009

On the Bund - New Shanghai

Dan Chung's latest, from Shanghai.

Posted by James Zellmer at 10:12 PM

January 25, 2009

Some Very Pleasant VR Scenes

Panomoto:
At the beginning of May 2008 I left the United Kingdom for an overlanding motorcycling adventure via Europe and Central Asia's Silk Route into Australia. Whilst looking for adventure and getting to know other cultures, I am also trying to do some good by raising money for Handicap International.If you enjoy reading this page, please consider making a donation. Simply click on the "donate" logo on the top right hand corner of any page. This will take you to the JustGiving website. 100% of your donation goes straight to charity! Thank you very much!
Posted by James Zellmer at 3:16 PM

January 22, 2009

Sunrise: Madison's Vilas Park



A very pleasant sunrise this morning, perhaps to a warmer day?
Posted by James Zellmer at 9:29 AM

January 18, 2009

Winter Sunset Scene



Green County, WI. The cold weather has created some beautiful, clear evenings.
Posted by James Zellmer at 11:18 AM

January 16, 2009

Faces (and hats) in the Crowd



A prominent Gopher basketball fan at last night's Wisconsin-Minnesota basketball game, which turned into a tough, overtime loss. [Buy this print]

Marcus Landry blocks Ralph Sampson III's shot (Sampson is a 6'11" freshman while Landry is a 6'7" Senior). [Buy this print]



Marcus Landry defending an inbound pass during the waning moments of overtime.


Bo Ryan working the referees [Buy this print]. More photos to come.
Posted by James Zellmer at 10:55 AM

January 1, 2009

A Short Bird Video From the Phillipines



Romy Ocon:
Common name : Yellow-vented Bulbul
Scientific name: Pycnonotus goiavier
Habitat: Common in gardens, scrub and early second growth.
Total length: 178 mm.
Posted by James Zellmer at 11:27 AM

December 23, 2008

Year in Pictures: 2008

MSNBC
Posted by James Zellmer at 9:34 AM

December 20, 2008

Snowmen Watching Over Madison's Monroe Street



Monroe Street shopping
Posted by James Zellmer at 3:16 PM

December 19, 2008

Christmas Lights in the Big Apple



Photo taken from the back seat of a cab on a recent New York City evening.
Posted by James Zellmer at 2:38 PM

December 17, 2008

Christmas Scene

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December 12, 2008

Delight Your Customers



Perhaps it is a sign of the times. Air travel, but for private jets that the very rich and our politicians use, rarely involves "delighting customers". Happily, I can report an exception to this "rule". While on travel recently, I visited the tourist class lavatory, only to find this flower gracing the cammode. Props to the United Airlines employee who took the time to add a smile to my face on that journey. More, please!
Posted by James Zellmer at 9:17 PM

December 11, 2008

Warm Thoughts as Winter arrives in Madison: Hawaii's Big Island at Sunrise

Posted by James Zellmer at 1:47 PM

December 9, 2008

More from Longwood Gardens



Longwood Gardens website.
Posted by James Zellmer at 10:56 AM

December 1, 2008

Longwood Gardens



Longwood Gardens website.
Posted by James Zellmer at 3:53 PM

November 30, 2008

Thanksgiving Sunrise



Queueing for Starbucks at the Milwaukee Airport.
Posted by James Zellmer at 7:07 PM

November 25, 2008

Protesters Force Bangkok's Airport to Suspend Takeoffs



AP:
Anti-government demonstrators swarmed Bangkok's international airport late Tuesday -- halting departing flights -- as opponents and supporters of Thailand's government fought running battles in the streets of the city.

Minutes after outbound flights at Suvarnabhumi International Airport were suspended, hundreds of demonstrators -- some masked and armed with metal rods -- broke through police lines and spilled into the passenger terminal.

The road to Suvarnabhumi.

Thomas Fuller has more.

Posted by James Zellmer at 10:53 AM

November 24, 2008

Wisconsin Capitol: Late Night View

Posted by James Zellmer at 7:15 PM

November 23, 2008

Photos & Video: Los Angeles Area Fires

LA Times.
Posted by James Zellmer at 3:39 PM

Pabst Theater Slideshow


Photo by Jack Orton

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:
It's a Friday night in Milwaukee, and a crowd of young men in jackets, jeans and boots is beginning to assemble outside the Riverside Theater, the old vaudeville hall and movie theater transformed into a modern music shrine.

Behind the locked doors, inside the grand lobby, the ticket takers, ushers and bartenders go through their final countdown, making sure the jumbo-size $6 bottles of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale are on ice, the floors are swept, the cash registers are ready.

Eight floors above the lobby, members of the rock band My Morning Jacket sit down to eat dinner in a warm, inviting room that is done up in shades of gray, with banquet tables covered in white linen and a Mortal Kombat II arcade game stashed in a corner. A waitress serves food from a buffet table overladen with meats, vegetables, salads and sweets. Some of the band members and crew cut into slabs of prime rib the size of Frisbees. Others pick at salads.

Amid the calm before a rock 'n' roll storm sits Gary Witt, a 49-year-old with a shaved head, trimmed mustache and goatee. He dresses casually in jeans and work shirt.
Posted by James Zellmer at 3:38 PM

November 16, 2008

Fall Into Winter - More



Photographed while raking leaves this weekend. More here.
Posted by James Zellmer at 7:07 PM

November 15, 2008

Fall into Winter



Photographed while raking leaves.

Posted by jez at 3:57 PM

November 4, 2008

6:45a.m. Election Queue - Madison



11/4/2008
Posted by James Zellmer at 8:57 AM

November 3, 2008

Vote!



Wisconsin polling locations can be found here.

Posted by jez at 1:33 AM

November 2, 2008

Flughafen Tempelhof Closes: VR Scene



Tempelhof Central Airport (52.482088 13.389716), home of the Cold War era Berlin Airlift closed recently. I had an opportunity to visit in August, 2007 and shot this VR scene.

Flight Global posted a useful link roundup.



A few more photos: Tempelhof entrance, nearby Berlin Airlift Memorial and a closer look (photo from the Memorial's 1951 unveiling).

Berlin Airports: Tempelhof - from the beginning till today. "An important chapter in the history of German aviation draws to a close":
Tempelhof is justifiably regarded as the cradle of aviation. The name Tempelhof is closely connected to the beginning of engine-powered aviation. On 4 September 1909, an engine-powered flight took off for a few minutes for the first time in Germany. With his plane, American Orville Wright ushered in the age of engine-powered aviation in Germany on the Tempelhof airfield. Aeronautical engineering continued to develop at a rapid pace: on 8 October 1923, Tempelhof was granted the status of "Berlin Airport". The central airport Tempelhof developed into the biggest hub in Europe. Tempelhof became the home of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, which was founded on 6 January 1926 in Berlin. 1936 saw the start of construction of a completely new airport of epic proportions. The construction of the largest airport building in the world catered for both Hitler's penchant for monumental constructions and the expected 6 million passengers. During World War II, civilian air traffic increasingly dwindled. After a brief occupation by the Soviet army, the Americans took over the airport in July 1945.
Posted by James Zellmer at 10:14 AM

November 1, 2008

Quintessential Madison: Halloween 2008



An in-costume cyclist early Saturday morning. Madison, WI.

Another very Madison Halloween image, this time, an older couple:
Posted by James Zellmer at 5:31 PM

Faces in the Crowd: Halloween 2008



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October 29, 2008

Flyover Country



Flyover Country; a sunrise view from Fitchburg.
Posted by James Zellmer at 4:25 PM

October 27, 2008

Wisconsin Hockey vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers



A tough weekend series for Bucky; a Friday evening tie (2-2) and a Saturday 5-1 loss.
Posted by James Zellmer at 8:45 PM

October 26, 2008

Wisconsin vs. Illinois: A Working Face in the Crowd



The Badgers topped Illinois 27-17.

Posted by jez at 8:14 AM

October 17, 2008

Monona Bay Sunrise

Posted by jez at 5:11 PM

October 13, 2008

Photo Moment: Wisconsin vs. Penn State



Smiles could only be found on Penn State fans' faces during Saturday evening's 48-7 victory over Wisconsin at Camp Randall.

A fan was tasered nearby.

Posted by jez at 11:38 AM

October 5, 2008

Madison Farmer's Market Flowers

Late afternoon light.

Posted by jez at 7:26 PM

October 2, 2008

Istanbul: via 100 Panoramas



Dudu Tresca:

These panoramas are the result of 8 days of "panographing" the city of Istanbul, as a guest of Atilla Aksoy from Works, the turkish advertising agency.
This material will be used to promote Istanbul as "European Capital of Culture in 2010".

Posted by jez at 3:06 PM

September 23, 2008

Garden Sunrise

Posted by jez at 11:41 AM

September 22, 2008

Sunrise: Madison's Lake Wingra



Map

Posted by jez at 11:06 AM

Yankee Stadium VR Scene

Thanks to Pete for emailing Vincent LaForet's very nice scene, not that I'm a Yankee fan.

Posted by jez at 10:02 AM

September 19, 2008

Madison Farmer's Market Flowers

Posted by jez at 8:45 PM

Justice Wheels in Madison



www.justicewheels.org

Posted by jez at 8:42 PM

September 18, 2008

Ken Burns' Latest: National Parks

Christopher Reynolds:

It's too early for civilians. As dawn's first light falls on the jagged peaks, creeps down the dwindling glaciers and glides across glass-faced Swiftcurrent Lake, most of the tourists in the Many Glacier Hotel are still snoozing.

But down at water's edge, three early risers huddle around a camera. One of the guys, leaning on a tripod and waiting for the clouds to arrange themselves over the jagged peaks, has a Beatles haircut, the build of a shortstop and a face you've seen before somewhere.

Perhaps during pledge week.

"I want more of the color," he says, peering through a viewfinder. "OK, I'm doing it." And the film rolls.

Yes, it's Ken Burns, solemn PBS documentarian of the Civil War, jazz, baseball, Frank Lloyd Wright, Mark Twain, Congress, the Brooklyn Bridge, and more than a few other American characters and institutions. Beside him stand cinematographer Buddy Squires and writer Dayton Duncan. Upstairs in the hotel, Burns' wife and 3-year-old are sleeping.

Related: Yellowstone Sunrise VR Scene and Waterton Lakes National Park

Posted by jez at 7:58 AM

September 14, 2008

Bumper Sticker Fun



Shot in Madison's Whole Foods parking lot.

Posted by jez at 10:59 AM

September 12, 2008

God's Handiwork @ Sunset: Cannon Beach, Oregon



45.880822 -123.962131

Clusty Search: Cannon Beach, OR

Posted by jez at 8:12 PM

September 6, 2008

Obama 12 Sighting



Driving the speed limit early this morning, a dark blue car with flags zoomed past. A blur on my left. The nearby stop light provided an opportunity to take this photo.

Obama 12? Does it imply there are numbers 1 to 11 driving around? Or, is it a play on Adam 12? One needs to be of a certain age to recall the TV series Adam 12.

Finally, the car is a new Chevy Malibu. It's interesting that there is no mention of Joe Biden on the flags, stickers or plate, which is perhaps, for the best.

Posted by jez at 5:50 PM

September 1, 2008

Sunrise: Madison "Beltline" Highway

Posted by jez at 12:33 PM

Sunrise, Labor Day 2008



Fitchburg, WI

Posted by jez at 12:11 PM

August 28, 2008

Vintage, Classic Cadillac

1940's?

Posted by jez at 10:45 AM

August 26, 2008

Beijing's Ghost Town



Zach Honig:

About ten hours after the end of last night's closing ceremony, I headed to the Olympic Green, completely unsure of what I'd find when I got there. I hadn't heard much about when the Green will open to the ticketless public, or if it would stay open until the Paralympics -- so I knew it would either be packed to the brim, or completely deserted. I arrived to find the latter.

When I approached the Olympic subway line, the streets packed with tourists and scalpers just yesterday were now empty, and only one of dozens of security checkpoints to access the subway was open -- and there wasn't even anyone in line. Unsure if my accreditation card would still be valid, I approached the checkpoint to find a guard waving me through. Two of the guards were even taking a nap -- it was obvious that I was their first customer for quite some time.

Posted by jez at 8:46 AM

A narrated slide show on the latest Texas Monthly Cover



Video.

Posted by jez at 8:44 AM

August 22, 2008

The Diver's View

A beautiful vr scene from the diving platform in Beijing, host of the 2008 Olympic Games.

Posted by jez at 8:41 AM

August 12, 2008

Classic Cadillac

Posted by jez at 9:20 PM

August 11, 2008

Siesta Key VR Sunrise Scene



Full Screen VR Scene.

Map 27.247581 -82.536145. Clusty Search: Siesta Key. A beautiful beach.

Posted by jez at 5:02 PM

Olympic Photography Gear



Newsweek's setup.

Posted by jez at 10:21 AM

August 6, 2008

Air Travel: 2008 - A Time When Standing Still Dominates



This is one of those moments when a camera in hand meets a scene waiting to be photographed: a beleaguered traveller resorting to solitaire on his PC while waiting for the promised next flight. The blue sky ignores the chaos below. Air travel is certainly, as a fellow passenger lamented, "not what it once was".

Posted by jez at 9:17 PM

August 5, 2008

Pittsburgh @ Night

Posted by jez at 9:45 PM

August 3, 2008

George Eastman House



Website, Location. George Eastman via Britannica and Clusty.

Posted by jez at 7:21 PM

July 29, 2008

Florida Sunset: Alligator Alley



26.149775 -81.348610. Clusty search: Alligator Alley.

Posted by jez at 4:17 PM

July 24, 2008

Many Glacier Hotel



Glacier National Park, Montana. Clusty Search.

48.796716 -113.656107

Posted by jez at 8:08 AM

July 22, 2008

Waterton Lakes National Park: VR View from the Prince of Wales Hotel



A rather spectacular setting, representing the classic road not taken. Links:

Posted by jez at 8:57 PM

Yellowstone's Old Faithful at Sunrise

VR Scene here.

Posted by jez at 4:49 PM

July 19, 2008

Athabasca Glacier VR Scene: Jasper National Park Canadian Rockies



The journey to the glacier is an adventure, particularly the "Ice Explorer" ride.

Full screen vr scene.

Links:

53.203399 -117.239571

Posted by jez at 8:27 PM

July 18, 2008

Sunrise VR Scene with the BBC at Old Faithful



While capturing this sunrise scene at Old Faithful recently, I learned that the BBC is shooting a 3 part series on Yellowstone. Their videographers, equipped with some very nice equipment, spent the past two mornings waiting for the "perfect" sunrise behind Old Faithful. This scene, on their third day, was best, according to their National Park Service Ranger minder. The program will evidently air in the UK this fall and here sometime in 2009.

Location: 44.460174 -110.829563

The kind ranger also mentioned that she is often asked "where they put the animals at night?"

Full screen vr scene.

Posted by jez at 4:11 PM

June 29, 2008

"Catch the Spirit Block Party"



I have no idea what these "mimes" were publicizing at the corner of Oakland Avenue and Monroe on a Sunday evening.

Posted by jez at 8:37 PM

June 28, 2008

Lake Wingra / UW Arboretum Clearing Storm Photo

43.050537 -89.411019

Posted by jez at 6:33 PM

June 23, 2008

Chicago White Sox vs the Cubs: Capturing the "Spirit of the Weekend"



Walking around Chicago this weekend, I observed no shortage of White Sox and Cubs paraphernalia (the two teams played one another at Wrigley Field). This couple certainly expressed the spirit of the weekend.

Posted by jez at 8:59 AM

June 12, 2008

Drained Lake Delton VR Scene

Full Screen VR

Posted by jez at 4:01 PM

May 28, 2008

2008 Bratfest VR Scene


View Larger Map

Posted by jez at 2:51 PM

May 21, 2008

God's Handiwork: Over Colorado's Front Range

Posted by jez at 8:50 PM

May 16, 2008

VR Scenes from China's Earthquake

The Washington Post has published several VR scenes from Central China.

Posted by jez at 1:32 PM

April 25, 2008

Afternoon Storm - Madison



A few powerful spring storms passed through Madison today. I caught this photo later in the afternoon.

Posted by jez at 9:35 PM

April 18, 2008

Dodge County Sunset

Posted by jez at 4:05 PM

April 16, 2008

VR Scene: Toronto's Bata Shoe Museum

Click to view the full screen vr scene. Place your mouse inside the photo, click and pan left, right, up or down..

Bata Shoe Museum website:

Sonja Bata was born in Switzerland, where she studied architecture. In 1946 she married Thomas J. Bata, the son of a well-known Czechoslovakian shoe manufacturer who had emigrated to Canada at the beginning of World War II. His family enterprise in Czechoslovakia had been nationalized under the Communist occupation. From the beginning, Sonja Bata shared her husbandfs determination to rebuild the organization and took an active interest in what was to become a global footwear business.

Over the years, she grew increasingly fascinated by shoes, their history and the reasons why specific shapes and decorative treatments had developed in different cultures. During her travels, she realized that some traditional forms were being replaced with western shoes, reflecting changing lifestyles to some extent influenced by the production of the spreading Bata factories serving local markets.

Since the 1940s, Sonja Bata has scoured the world for footwear of every description, from the most ordinary to the most extraordinary. Her combined interest in design and shoes has led to a very personal collection, with examples from many cultures and historic periods.

This hand held vr scene was taken a few months ago while "stuck" in Toronto during a snowstorm.

Posted by jez at 3:46 PM

March 30, 2008

Dith Pran, ‘Killing Fields’ Photographer, Dies at 65

Douglas Martin:

Dith Pran, a photojournalist for The New York Times whose gruesome ordeal in the killing fields of Cambodia was re-created in a 1984 movie that gave him an eminence he tenaciously used to press for his people’s rights, died in New Brunswick, N.J., on Sunday. He was 65 and lived in Woodbridge, N.J.

The cause was pancreatic cancer, which had spread, said his friend Sydney H. Schanberg.

Mr. Dith saw his country descend into a living hell as he scraped and scrambled to survive the barbarous revolutionary regime of the Khmer Rouge from 1975 to 1979, when as many as two million Cambodians — a third of the population — were killed, experts estimate. Mr. Dith survived through nimbleness, guile and sheer desperation.

He had been a journalistic partner of Mr. Schanberg, a Times correspondent assigned to Southeast Asia. He translated, took notes and pictures, and helped Mr. Schanberg maneuver in a fast-changing milieu. With the fall of Phnom Penh in 1975, Mr. Schanberg was forced from the country, and Mr. Dith became a prisoner of the Khmer Rouge, the Cambodian Communists.

Check the impressive video out here.

Posted by jez at 8:22 AM

March 21, 2008

Milwaukee Art Museum VR Scene



Click for a full screen VR view.

There are some flaws in this hand held scene, but it's a pleasant view of a spectacular space, particularly the day before our latest snowstorm.

Posted by jez at 9:43 PM

Scenes



Ho Chunk Honeys?

Posted by jez at 10:33 AM

March 16, 2008

Great VR Photography Site

Robert Serra offers up some beautiful and unique vr scenes, including a dishwasher interior shot.

Posted by jez at 6:16 PM

March 3, 2008

Panoramic Political Scenes in Ohio & Texas

The Washington Post has posted some great scenes from tomorrow's primary states.

Posted by jez at 7:58 PM

March 1, 2008

Deserts in Bloom: Late-winter rains in California and the Southwest have nature-lovers and sightseers holding their breath. This could be the best spring in years for seeing wildflowers.



Stan Sesser:

The vistas here in this land of desert and rock feature deep canyons and striated rock formations. But the most impressive sight is yet to come. At some point next month, the gray floor of the desert will be set ablaze by carpets of wildflowers, in riotous shades of purple, yellow and red.

Aficionados maintain that witnessing desert wildflowers is one of the most rewarding experiences in nature. Fall's dramatic leaf color change is guaranteed to happen every year. Desert wildflowers are far less predictable. If good spring rains are lacking, which was largely the case in 2006 and 2007, the flowers don't appear. When nature does cooperate, for two weeks or a month the desert looks as if it has been streaked by a giant paintbrush.

This year is shaping up as one of those lucky years, due to a series of storms that swept California and the Southwest in January, followed by more rain in February. "I'm hoping it's going to be terrific," says Patrick Leary, a professor of plant biology at the College of Southern Nevada, who teaches a course in desert plants. "You suffer and wait and pray for a good year and when that year comes, you have to be out there every available moment. And then it's gone."

Posted by jez at 8:46 PM

February 20, 2008

Lunar Eclipse Photo

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Not the best shot, but the sky presented a glorious view of God's handiwork.

Posted by jez at 10:15 PM

February 12, 2008

Barack Obama in Madison

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While I did not arrive early enough to catch the speech inside the Kohl Center, I always find it interesting to note the political opportunism during these events. Governor Doyle, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and local Mayor Dave Cieslewicz all rated a nod from Obama. John Kerry's 2004 appearance with Bruce Springsteen included a number of local politicians, including Elizabeth Burmaster, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Superintendent (a nonpartisan position).

Finally, a few Ron Paul supporters promoted their candidate in front of the proceedings.

Posted by jez at 8:52 PM

February 7, 2008

Back to Reality: Sunrise After Madison's Big Snowstorm

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After pondering summer with a few photos, we're back to reality blowing snow this morning. I think this photo captures our existence rather well, at the moment. Note the snow depth next to my snowblower's intake. 13.3" according to Channel3000.

The streets I drove were in good shape early today.

Posted by jez at 7:54 AM

February 5, 2008

Thinking of Summer: Antibes

antibesbeachzmetro082008.jpg This image of a woman jumping from a rocky cliff into the Mediterranean was taken from a "people's beach" adjacent to the Hotel du Cap [Clusty search]. A useful image as we Madisonians face another snow shoveling event. Clusty search: Antibes.

satellite view

Posted by jez at 9:17 AM

February 2, 2008

Why Not?

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Posted by jez at 12:01 AM

February 1, 2008

Thinking of Summer: Aix-en-Provence

aixzmetro082007.jpgThoughts of summer as Winter continues in Madison. Note the fashionable sushi delivery vehicle, a Smart Car and the smartly dressed pedestrian. Summer in Provence. Much more on Aix-en-Provence here [map]

Posted by jez at 10:01 AM

January 29, 2008

County Fair Portraits

Mikkel Aaland:

These portraits were made in a portable studio that was hauled from fair to fair in California and Arizona between 1976 and 1980. The studio was complete with darkroom and a shooting stage and it took a crew of three to run it: a shooter (me), a front person to handle customers and a darkroom person to develop and print the 4x5 inch negative. The entire process, when going smoothly, took about fifteen minutes.

Posted by jez at 12:18 AM

January 9, 2008

Parc de la Chute-Montmorency

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An impressive waterfall, particularly in Winter with ice climbers scaling the heights. Clusty search.

Bonjour Quebec:

The Montmorency Falls, cascading 83 metres down to the river below (30 metres more than Niagara Falls), are situated on a historical site of natural beauty in the Montmorency Falls Park. A cable car runs up to the Manoir Montmorency, where a restaurant, reception rooms and boutiques await the visitor.
Satellite View.

Posted by James Zellmer at 8:58 PM

January 6, 2008

New Years Eve 2008 Panoramic Scenes

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Hans Nyberg has compiled a great set of New Year's Eve 2008 Panoramas, including one I shot in Quebec City. Thanks much to Hans for a great site and for rendering my scene.

Quebec City celebrated the beginning of their 400th anniversary celebrations that evening. Learn more, here. 2008 is the 400th anniversary of Champlain's landing in Quebec.

Posted by James Zellmer at 5:03 PM

December 12, 2007

Madison Winter Storm Residue

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Posted by James Zellmer at 3:42 PM

December 11, 2007

Finding the Right Digital Photo Frame

Dean Takahashi:

As digital cameras proliferate, consumers want to make use of all of those pictures they're taking. Many of them wind up buried on computer hard drives. But it's getting easier to take those photos and display them on a digital photo frame in the living room.

These photo frames look just like any other picture frame from a distance. But they are, in fact, small liquid crystal displays that can change the photos on display every few seconds. For romantics and technology Luddites, that is a kind of blasphemy, a reflection of a fickle age where not even a still image can remain constant.

But who says you have to look at the same pictures of your relatives on the mantel for all eternity? Sometimes, change is good. That's why digital photo frames were the No. 2 consumer technology gift on Black Friday, just behind navigation devices, according to market researcher NPD Group. Sales were up 171 percent compared with a year ago.

Picking a good digital photo frame is a matter of looking at the display and checking out its quality. If it looks good, that's a clue.

Posted by James Zellmer at 12:01 AM

December 9, 2007

Olin Park / Monona Terrace Winter Sunrise



A cold view (wind chill was below 0) from Olin Park early Saturday morning. Madison's Monona Terrace and the State Capitol are visible.

Posted by James Zellmer at 12:00 AM

December 8, 2007

Monona Terrace Winter Sunrise



The journey to this morning's Winter Farmer's Market was beautiful, but quite cold. Madison's Frank Lloyd Wright inspired Monona Terrace never fails to provide an interesting vantage point for the photographer.

Posted by James Zellmer at 3:38 PM

December 3, 2007

An Extraordinary VR Journey - The Latest VRMAG

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Editorial Director Marco Trezzini, via email:

Since I believe we have created the best issue of VRMAG ever, I'm writing you with the hope you will accept to dedicate 5 minutes of your time to explore our online magazine dedicated to photographic virtual reality exploration of people, places and events around the world. Almost forgot to mention, VRMAG is a no profit publication, with no ads.

This issue features the closed zone of Chernobyl, Wired NextFest in Los Angeles, Cuba's capital city La Habana, Red square in Moscow, the Palaces where European Royalties lives, New York's Tribute in light, the island of Cyprus's Aphrodite beach, Valentino's exhibit Ara Pacis museum in Rome, the Mayan ruins Chinkultic and Tenam Puente in Mexico, Vienna, the Copenhagen Opera House, Seattle, RedBull AirRace Abu Dhabi ....

For VRMAG showing panoramas of the physical world is not enough,
so we'll take you to Second Life in order to visit Anshe Chung's Picture Gallery Dresden, and to DanCoyote's Full Immersion Hyperformalism and get behind the scenes on the creation of next generation interactive screenshots for the gaming industry, take a visit to an "wellenkreis" an art installation of an endless sine curve in real space ...

You will experience the view a sleeping pill has from it's medicine bottle,
watch the world as a coca cola would do, transport you into a washing machine and feel like your sock. Be a fish and be intrigued by a guy ironing underwater,
enter the head of Hermann's sculpture, chat with Jonathan livingston, experience a bubble party, feel the thrill of extreme canyoning, and much more ...

Visit www.vrmag.org now.

Posted by James Zellmer at 10:29 AM

November 17, 2007

Leslie Feist Concert Rocks Madison (Video Slide Show)




Leslie Feist rocked Madison Friday evening, 16 November 2007. Despite her severe ankle sprain (evidently while running in Omaha, NE the prior day), Feist and her band entertained the sold out Orpheum Theatre with ouststanding vocals, delightful instruments and an elegant video art show. Check out the playlist here.

More, please.

Watch an MPEG-4 Video Slideshow:

Links: Ask Clusty Search | Google News | Live | Yahoo.

Rob Thomas attended the concert and wrote this.

Posted by James Zellmer at 4:20 PM

November 10, 2007

Pomp, Circumstance & Hockey: Wisconsin Badgers vs. North Dakota Fighting Sioux

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uwhockey110907zmetroc.jpgDetails of the Badgers 4-0 win available here. North Dakota had an amazing 43 shots on goal, including 25 in the third period. A tremendous, fast paced game. One of the best I've seen.

Posted by James Zellmer at 1:51 PM

November 5, 2007

Sunrise, Wisconsin Capitol & Madison Fall Colors

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Wisconsin State Capitol and Fall Colors.

Posted by James Zellmer at 8:36 PM

November 2, 2007

Hanoi: Temple of Literature



More photos and links here.

Posted by James Zellmer at 8:56 PM

October 29, 2007

Photographers



Great set of images.

Posted by James Zellmer at 10:39 AM

October 25, 2007

Moonrise: Madison Arboretum



University of Wisconsin Arboretum.

Posted by James Zellmer at 9:01 PM

October 12, 2007

Photo Detective

Alexandra Alter:

Maureen Taylor has dated a photograph to 1913 by studying the size and shape of a Lion touring car's headlamps. Armed with her collection of 19th-century fashion magazines, she can pinpoint the brief period when Victorian women wore their bangs in tight curls rather than swept back. Using a technique borrowed from the CIA, she identified a photo of Jesse James by examining the shape of his right ear.

With millions of Americans obsessively tracing their roots, Ms. Taylor has emerged as the nation's foremost historical photo detective. During a recent meeting of the Maine Genealogical Society, attendees lined up a dozen deep as she handled their images with a cotton glove and peered at the details through a photographer's loupe. One man offered a portrait photo and asked if it could be of his great grandmother, who died in 1890. "It's not," Ms. Taylor said after about 15 seconds; she'd dated the hairstyle and billowy blouse to the early 20th century. When another attendee asked why her great-great-grandfather was wearing small hoops in his ears in a portrait, Ms. Taylor explained, "He was in the maritime trade."

Posted by James Zellmer at 8:44 AM

October 8, 2007

Fall Colors: Upper Mississippi Valley

Buena Vista Park, Alma, WI. Map

Posted by James Zellmer at 8:36 PM

Nikon's Small World Gallery


Mark Anderson:

Since 1974, Nikon has sponsored a yearly photo competition for images that delve into the worlds beyond the reach of the unaided human eye. The camera maker feted the photographers who made the top 20 "photomicrographs" in Nikon's annual Small World competition at New York's Explorer's Club. The winners were drawn from a pool of 1,709 submissions.

The dozen images collected here (the top 10 images, plus two Wired News picks) capture facets of living organisms that have a technical meaning to the trained specialist, but appear to be pure art to the layperson. The striking images convey something both strange and alien that could almost be sold as the first glimpses of extraterrestrial life. Yet, many of the objects presented here could not be more mundane or down-to-earth: A piece of ivory, a typical aquarium fish, a drop of sea water.

Posted by James Zellmer at 10:07 AM

September 22, 2007

Moonrise over Camp Randall: Wisconsin Badgers 17, Iowa Hawkeyes 13



Posted by James Zellmer at 11:24 PM

September 20, 2007

The Cult of Leica

Anthony Lane:

Fifty miles north of Frankfurt lies the small German town of Solms. Turn off the main thoroughfare and you find yourself driving down tranquil suburban streets, with detached houses set back from the road, and, on a warm morning in late August, not a soul in sight. Nobody does bourgeois solidity like the Germans: you can imagine coming here for coffee and cakes with your aunt, but that would be the limit of excitement. By the time you reach Oskar-Barnack-Strasse, the town has almost petered out; just before the railway line, however, there is a clutch of industrial buildings, with a red dot on the sign outside. As far as fanfare is concerned, that’s about it. But here is the place to go, if you want to find the most beautiful mechanical objects in the world.

Posted by James Zellmer at 9:30 AM

September 4, 2007

The 7 Wonders of the World in Full Screen VR Panoramas

Panoramas.dk

Posted by James Zellmer at 9:45 PM

August 31, 2007

Merci Pour Les Roses :)



One of my favorite recent photos, taken in the 5th - Paris.

Posted by James Zellmer at 10:10 PM

August 28, 2007

Henri Cartier-Bresson Photos

Slate:

Today would have been the 99th birthday of Henri Cartier-Bresson, a co-founder of the Magnum Photos cooperative agency and one of the foremost photographers of our time. Magnum and Slate present some of his most memorable work, alongside portraits of the master photographer himself. Click here to read his biography on the Magnum site.

Posted by James Zellmer at 9:20 AM

August 24, 2007

An Evening with the Green Bay Packers and Jacksonville Jaguars at Lambeau Field





A few observations after my first Packer game in 24 years:

  • Lambeau Field, like all modern sports facilities is designed to extract the maximum amount of cash from visitors. $8.50 burgers and $5.50 pizza slices.
  • Bottled water ($3) is delivered with the caps removed because "people are throwing them on the field".
  • The game was fun to watch, despite the outcome.
  • People watching was nearly as interesting as the game.
Many photos, here.

Posted by James Zellmer at 8:31 PM

August 22, 2007

Dollar Diplomacy: How much did the Marshall Plan really matter?

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Niall Ferguson:

t was “the most generous act of any people, anytime, anywhere, to another people,” its chief administrator declared. It was “among the most noble experiences in human affairs,” its representative in Europe said. It was “the most staggering and portentous experiment in the entire history of our foreign policy,” the young Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., who served on its staff, wrote. Foreigners concurred. It was “like a lifeline to sinking men,” according to the British Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin. It “saved us from catastrophe,” a manager at Europe’s largest tire factory declared. Sixty years after Secretary of State George C. Marshall outlined the need for economic aid to stimulate European recovery, in a speech at Harvard University’s commencement on June 5, 1947, the plan named after him continues to be fondly remembered in donor and recipient countries alike. In our own time, liberal internationalists have periodically called for new Marshall Plans. After the collapse of Communism, some economists maintained that the former Soviet Union was in need of one. More recently, there has been desultory talk of Marshall Plans for Afghanistan, Iraq, and even the West Bank and Gaza. When critics lament the allegedly modest sums currently spent by the American government on foreign aid, they often draw an unfavorable contrast with the late nineteen-forties. Yet some people, at the time of its inception and since, have questioned both the Marshall Plan’s motivation and its efficacy. Was it really so altruistic? And did it really avert a calamity

Posted by James Zellmer at 1:05 AM

August 4, 2007

Turkeys in the City




Trotting around Madison's West Side earlier today.

Posted by James Zellmer at 7:29 PM

August 3, 2007

All City Swim 2007 Photos





Many more photos here.

Posted by James Zellmer at 10:29 AM

July 15, 2007

Vietnam Faces

This is an interesting image, taken from a slow boat on the Thu Bon River, just south of Hoi An, during a recent trip to Vietnam.

Australians, Americans? What might be on their minds - the War, friends, travel? Their faces seem to imply many, many words. A few more notes and links on Vietnam can be found here.

Posted by James Zellmer at 10:08 PM

July 7, 2007

Beautiful Turkey VR Scenes


Keith Martin posted some beautiful VR scenes from Turkey.

Posted by James Zellmer at 2:39 PM

July 5, 2007

Olds 98 Convertible



Classic barge: The Oldsmobile 98 Convertible.

Posted by James Zellmer at 8:20 AM

June 10, 2007

Ancient Road, Timeless Trip

A few extraordinary photos from a drive across the 'stans.

Posted by James Zellmer at 10:36 PM

LA 1920 - 1990

UCLA Library Photo Project:

The UCLA Charles E. Young Research Library Department of Special Collections has selected and digitized 5,746 of the more than three million images contained in the Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Daily News photographic archives. The photographs chronicle the history and growth of Los Angeles from the 1920s to 1990.



This collection of digitized images is made available online by the UCLA Digital Library to assist a wide variety of researchers, including scholars, educators, students, writers, filmmakers, urban planners, community activists, librarians, and members of the general public.

Posted by James Zellmer at 10:31 AM

On Wisconsin Photo Project

Mark Brautigam:

Mark Brautigam (b. 1972) is a photographer living in Milwaukee, WI. He attended the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps for four years.

Posted by James Zellmer at 10:29 AM

May 24, 2007

The First Images from Space: 1946


Tony Reichardt:

On October 24, 1946, not long after the end of World War II and years before the Sputnik satellite opened the space age, a group of soldiers and scientists in the New Mexico desert saw something new and wonderful—the first pictures of Earth as seen from space.

The grainy, black-and-white photos were taken from an altitude of 65 miles by a 35-millimeter motion picture camera riding on a V-2 missile launched from the White Sands Missile Range. Snapping a new frame every second and a half, the rocket-borne camera climbed straight up, then fell back to Earth minutes later, slamming into the ground at 500 feet per second. The camera itself was smashed, but the film, protected in a steel cassette, was unharmed.

Fred Rulli was a 19-year-old enlisted man assigned to the recovery team that drove into the desert to retrieve film from those early V-2 shots. When the scientists found the cassette in good shape, he recalls, "They were ecstatic, they were jumping up and down like kids." Later, back at the launch site, "when they first projected [the photos] onto the screen, the scientists just went nuts."

Posted by James Zellmer at 12:17 PM

April 29, 2007

Hoi An Market


Hoi An Vietnam
Posted by James Zellmer at 7:18 PM

April 28, 2007

Farmers Market on a Beautiful Saturday Morning

The Dane County Farmer's Market is gathering steam this spring. Loads of spinach, some asparagus, boxes of tomatoes and many flowers were on offer early this morning.








Many more Farmer's Market photos can be found here.

From the other side of the world, Hoi An market.
Posted by James Zellmer at 8:41 AM

April 26, 2007

Madison 2007


The scene: 6:00a.m., Dane County Regional Airport. Bleary eyed traveller is amazed that Madison now has a fashionable Range Rover SUV on display (floor advertising via Fields Auto) at the airport. We've crossed some sort of threshold, not sure what to call it.... It seems a long way from the Mayor's trolleys, however.
Posted by James Zellmer at 9:41 PM

April 21, 2007

State Street on a Spring Friday Night



Posted by James Zellmer at 8:45 AM

April 14, 2007

Hanoi Scene - March 2007

Posted by James Zellmer at 3:16 PM

April 8, 2007

Happy Easter!



WikiPedia
Posted by James Zellmer at 9:27 AM

April 6, 2007

Sunset - Bangkok

Posted by James Zellmer at 5:43 AM

March 22, 2007

Exploring Antarctica

Washington Post. Fabulous.
Posted by James Zellmer at 9:39 AM

March 21, 2007

Madison's Overture Center: 1999 and 2006

Compare a 1999 view with a fall, 2006 scene of Madison's Overture Center:

1999

2006

Virtual Properties.
Posted by James Zellmer at 3:06 PM

March 17, 2007

Joshua Tree National Park







National Park Service website. U2's Joshua Tree (not this tree).
Posted by James Zellmer at 3:12 PM

March 15, 2007

Pictures from the Sky

An amazing collection.
Posted by James Zellmer at 9:39 PM

March 9, 2007

French Airbus Protest VR Scenes

Gilles Vidal posts some well done VR scenes from Toulouse.
Posted by James Zellmer at 2:47 PM

March 1, 2007

Wonderful Snow Art

Posted by James Zellmer at 9:29 AM

February 23, 2007

Lake Michigan Sunrise

Posted by James Zellmer at 10:34 PM

Flying with the Storm

Gathering Storm, San Carlos, CA Airport: Thursday, 2/22/2007Click for larger photos
Above and below the clouds: Iowa and Madison: 2/23/2007
Posted by James Zellmer at 10:29 PM

Zatar Restaurant

"Eclectic Mediterranean Cuisine".

Well worth stopping. Reminds me, in some ways of Madison's excellent Himul Chuli, with a Berkeley twist or two. Zatar's website. KQED has a review [video]. Click for larger photos. Kelly's salad was superb.
Posted by James Zellmer at 4:58 PM

A Rare Heavenly Arc


David Perlman:
No, this isn't an upside-down rainbow, and the photographer hasn't faked the picture. It's an unusual phenomenon caused by sunlight shining through a thin, invisible screen of tiny ice crystals high in the sky and has nothing at all to do with the rain.

Andrew G. Saffas, a Concord artist and photographer, saw the colorful arc at 3:51 p.m. on a beautiful day recently when a slight rain had fallen in the morning. He thought it was a rainbow, created by raindrops refracting sunlight the way glass prisms refract any bright beam of light.

Instead, what Saffas saw was what scientists call a circumzenithal arc, according to physicist Joe Jordan, a former NASA space scientist at the Ames Research Center in Mountain View, who is now director of the Sky Power Institute in Santa Cruz, which promotes solar power and other alternative fuels.
Posted by James Zellmer at 7:47 AM

February 4, 2007

Antarctica Photos

Duff Johnson:
In January of 2007, I travelled to Antarctica (specifically, the tip of the Antarctica Peninsula and environs) with my wife and stepfather.

This page is intended to offer a few stills, some movies and a thought or two on the experience. Nothing heavy, I assure you.

It is not my habit to promote my latest vacation. Antarctica is so extraordinary, and the tools for recording memories are (nowadays) so capable that I decided to "give it a go".
Posted by James Zellmer at 7:44 PM

January 26, 2007

Rio Grande River: Big Bend National Park

Posted by James Zellmer at 5:13 PM

January 13, 2007

Travel Scenes



Tarantula: Wikipedia | Clusty. Big Bend National Park.
Posted by James Zellmer at 9:43 PM

January 9, 2007

Interesting Art

Drawing on top of Coffee.... More here, including an interesting exhibit at the Musee d'Orsay.
Posted by James Zellmer at 8:43 AM

January 6, 2007

Travel Scenes


A remnant of Kinky Friedman's 2006 run for Texas Governor. Perhaps there is hope for more than our current corrupt two party system.
Posted by James Zellmer at 2:11 PM

January 5, 2007

Nice Machu Picchu Photo

Scott Howard.
Posted by James Zellmer at 7:20 PM

January 1, 2007

Airships

Posted by James Zellmer at 6:59 PM

December 31, 2006

Sunrise





Happy New Year!
Posted by James Zellmer at 9:26 AM

December 26, 2006

Photos of the Year 2006

John Nack:
The NYT has posted its Year in Pictures, featuring images of war, politics, sports, and more. It's amazing how quickly events can fade from our (or at least my) consciousness, often just months after they occur.

MSNBC has some terrific galleries from this past year. (Bet you've never seen a bull doing a headstand before.) See also Time's collection.
Posted by James Zellmer at 10:05 PM

December 24, 2006

A Sample of Madison's 2006 Christmas Lights



Watch it here
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Posted by James Zellmer at 3:37 PM

December 21, 2006

Top 10 National Geographic 2006 Photos

National Geographic News:
Purported pyramids, giant jellyfish, and a number of pythons that swallowed more than they bargained for were among the stars of this year's most popular news photos.
Posted by James Zellmer at 9:29 AM

December 14, 2006

Mobile Mansions Book

Douglas Kiester takes a fabulous look at Legacy RV's.
Posted by James Zellmer at 5:12 PM

December 3, 2006

Greek Blue Cave Photo Gallery

Natural Arches:
These two beautiful arches are located near the Blue Caves at the north end of the Greek island of Zakynthos. Unfortunately the boat trip from the city of Zakynthos to the Blue Caves no longer visits these arches. Photo by Dimitris Raptis, who has a very nice web page about the island of Zakynthos.
Posted by James Zellmer at 12:31 PM

November 24, 2006

Detroit Thanksgiving Day Parade Panorama

Mark Houston
Posted by James Zellmer at 2:44 PM

November 9, 2006

Mt. St. Helens VR Scene


Fullscreen 360
Posted by James Zellmer at 4:58 PM

October 25, 2006

Fall



Posted by James Zellmer at 12:50 AM

October 24, 2006

Sunset



Posted by James Zellmer at 9:47 AM

October 10, 2006

Sunrise: Loveland Pass

Posted by James Zellmer at 7:37 PM

Whale of a Show

Carl Hall:
A pair of humpback whales spent a half hour doing pirouettes last week within 50 yards of a fishing boat as photographers and a video crew recorded the scene.

"That was cool," Ariel Miller, 11, the youngest passenger aboard the Salty Lady, said when the show was over.

It had been a rather frustrating day at the Farallones, not much going on besides the usual riffraff of western gulls and sea lions. A few speedy Dall's porpoises finally came along, bow-riding in the late afternoon, just when skipper Roger Thomas turned his boat back toward Sausalito.
Posted by James Zellmer at 8:04 AM

October 8, 2006

Recent Rental Cars - Hot American Iron: Hertz Ford Mustang Shelby GT-H

Preparing for some travel recently, I recalled reading a snippet of information somewhere that Hertz was bringing back their famed Mustang Shelby GT-H (called the Mustang GT350H in the 1960's). Carrol Shelby's Shelby Automobiles modified 500 Ford Mustangs [Shelby GT-H] and shipped them off to Hertz where they can be rented through the end of the year.

Following are photos and notes from a recent rental:



The journey began at the Hertz rental center where a "manager" must review the car and complete an extensive checklist with the prospective renter. The vehicle check includes the engine seal, placed to make sure that there are no repeats of the 1960's practice of renting a GT350H and swapping engines (removing the powerful Shelby engine and replacing it with a lesser standard Ford motor). A nearby young father with babies in tow genuflected repeatedly as the manager checked over the 350 GT-H for me.

That the 'stang is shipped with no transmission options [a slushbox (5 speed automatic transmission) is standard] is perhaps one of it's only failures.




Checking out of my hotel one morning, I walked over to the GT-H and observed another person genuflecting. This time, the enthusiast was a man in his late 50's. Interestingly, this guy mentioned what great values the Shelby Mustangs are as he had just purchased a BMW Z4 M coupe - car that I'm sure is no slouch.


The GT-H attracted attention everywhere. Nancy wondered what was wrong with Ford that they could not capitalize on this type of devotion.


The attention was amplified when a red late model Mustang GT followed us around for a few miles. The driver caught up during a stop and asked to look over the Shelby. He had just purchased this late model red GT and wanted for a bit of engine action ("ear candy"?). After the Shelby sprung to life, he revved the GT's V8 and moved down the road.


Fellow drivers and walkers pointed at the GT-H frequently as we enjoyed the fall aspen foliage. These images provide a brief photo summary of our route:












Two Fords: the Shelby GT-H and a propane powered Ford Pickup.

God's glorious canvas provided a great backdrop for the journey.


Independence Pass





Hoosier Pass
The Hertz Shelby GT-H, a rather enjoyable break from the usual rental car. Hertz will apparently auction their fleet in early 2007 - though autoblog says that they will be sent to "select dealers" for sale (one was sold at auction during the 2006 EAA Airventure for $250K).

I was pleasantly surprised by the fuel efficiency - mid 20's. I have to agree with Nancy, who wonders what Ford is missing by not leveraging the popularity of these cars. The number of decelerating Porsche drivers, pausing to take a look (C2, C4 and Turbo) was certainly illuminating.

Bob Elton might provide a bit of information with respect to Ford's lack of Mustang brand identity leverage.

Posted by James Zellmer at 7:12 PM

Another Camp Randall Wide Angle Photo: Wisconsin Badgers vs. Northwestern Wildcats

Posted by James Zellmer at 8:16 AM

October 7, 2006

Wisconsin Badgers vs Northwestern Wildcats Football Photos




Luke Swan makes a great catch for an early touchdown [this photo shows Swan hauling the pigskin in].

The Wisconsin Northwestern Football series has been interesting over the years, with some rough losses mixed in with a few blowouts. Today, however, the Badgers had their way, despite a fumble or two; 41-9.

Many more photos here.
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October 2, 2006

More Fall Color

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September 30, 2006

Glorious Fall Day



Twin Lakes Nordic Lodge.
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September 16, 2006

Gorgeous Saturday Afternoon - For a Rather Slow UW Football Game



The Badgers shut out San Diego State: 14-0.



Many more photos here.
Posted by James Zellmer at 8:30 PM

September 9, 2006

2006 Badger Attire


This gentleman mentioned that he was married at Camp Randall 15 years ago today (Saturday). The shoes were "custom made" by Port Washington's Allen Edmonds (via John Stollenwerk). Quite a change from my red and white bib overalls of some years ago.
Posted by James Zellmer at 10:58 PM

September 6, 2006

Farmer's Market Flowers



More on the Dane County Farmer's Market.

Posted by James Zellmer at 4:16 PM

September 4, 2006

A Gray Labor Day on State Street


A view from the Overture Center.

Sort of a quintessential Madison scene: A Volve, The Orpheum, Capitol, Bus Shelter and a chain restaurant.

Meanwhile, in Tibet.....

Posted by James Zellmer at 10:00 PM

August 27, 2006

Kinetic Sculpture

John Nack:
Dutch artist/engineer Theo Jansen makes unbelievable kinetic sculptures; it's as if da Vinci had access to PVC. This video (a BMW ad, as it happens) shows off some of his walking machines in motion on the beach. Wired covers the genesis and evolution of Jansen's work, and you can see his two-ton Animaris Rhinoceros Transport on the move in this video. Many more photos are on his site. [Via] [For more on kinetic scuplture, see previous entry.]
Posted by James Zellmer at 10:32 PM

August 26, 2006

Woodward Dream Cruise VR Scenes

Mark Houston:
For the 12th year, the Woodward Dream Cruise rumbles and squeals its way up Woodward Ave.

Featuring thousands of classic cars and hot rods. The Dream Cruise is a auto enthusiast dream, and a celebration of Michigan's long and important automotive history.
More here.
Posted by James Zellmer at 3:42 PM

August 23, 2006

Suburban Intersections


One of the more interesting suburban intersections: Fitchburg's Seminole Road and Highway PD.

Posted by James Zellmer at 6:12 AM

August 17, 2006

Breakfast



Someone lost a box of pizza - breakfast fodder for the birds.

Posted by James Zellmer at 9:05 AM

August 3, 2006

Monroe Street: 15 Minutes Apart



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All City Swim Photos

The 2006 All City Swim Meet is underway. I snapped a few photos today:




Posted by James Zellmer at 7:54 PM

July 20, 2006

Storm Photos

A few recent storm photos:New Mexico

Colorado

More here and here.
Posted by James Zellmer at 9:15 PM

July 19, 2006

Beirut Bridge Destruction VR Scene

Travis Fox: Beirut Bridge Destroyed by Airstrikes.
Posted by James Zellmer at 8:27 PM

July 16, 2006

Southwest Utah Trip: Zion National Park [N 37 13.027' W 112 58.064']




More photos here. [N 37 13.027' W 112 58.064']
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Southwest Utah Trip: Bryce Canyon National Park [N 37 36.249' W 112 09.396']




Many more photos here. [N 37 36.249' W 112 09.396']
Posted by James Zellmer at 1:03 PM

July 12, 2006

Concerts on the Square Photos

Another great evening for the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra's Concerts on the Square.






Two more photos can be seen here and here. photos taken by our children
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July 5, 2006

Vilas Park



Vilas Park.
Posted by James Zellmer at 10:02 PM

Wednesday Evening Concerts on the Square Scenes

This week's concerts on the square featured a beautiful evening for the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra - somewhat of a contrast to last week's threatening skies.




Posted by James Zellmer at 9:57 PM

Fireworks VR Scene on the National Mall

Abigail Pheiffer.
Posted by James Zellmer at 7:05 AM

July 4, 2006

A Few July 4, 2006 Madison Photographs

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July 1, 2006

A View Near the Kiva Koffeehouse N 37 46.332' W 111 25.022'



Kiva Koffeehouse.
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Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument & Grovsner Arch N 37 27.267' W 111 49.969'





More photos here.
Posted by James Zellmer at 5:20 PM

June 28, 2006

Southwest Utah: Hell's Backbone Bridge


An "exciting, backroad, scenic adventure". Well worth the trip. Learn more about Hell's Backbone bridge.

I posted additional photos here.

N 37 57.984 W 111 35.638
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Concerts on the Square Clearing Storm Photos



N 43 04.493 W 089 23.096
Posted by James Zellmer at 9:26 PM

June 26, 2006

Pelli's Minneapolis Public Library


Photo by Sopheava

Overture Center Architect Cesar Pelli's Minneapolis Public Library recently opened. Check out the Flickr photo set for a number of perspectives. More on the Library:
The new Central Library features 25 community meeting and study rooms, a state-of-the-art auditorium, an updated children's library, a center for new Americans, a space especially for teens, and 353,000 square feet of additional access to knowledge-enhancing resources.

With one-of-a-kind architecture, design and resources, the new Central Library is a destination spot for residents, the downtown workforce and visitors interested in experiencing the library's extensive collection; attending special events, performances and author readings; or simply relaxing with a cup of coffee in a warm, welcoming place.
Well worth checking out as Madison considers a new downtown library (please keep Kenton Peter's metallic designs away...)
Posted by James Zellmer at 9:15 AM

June 25, 2006

Southwest Utah Trip: Lower Calf Creek Canyon Hike

Photos and Links


N˚ 37 47.618' W˚ 111 24.896'
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June 18, 2006

Boulder, Utah Photos

More photos from our recent journey. This time, the Boulder, Utah area:

Posted by James Zellmer at 8:53 PM

June 17, 2006

Capitol Reef National Park Photos

I've posted some photos from our recent visit to Utah's Capitol Reef National Park here.

Posted by James Zellmer at 9:43 PM

June 15, 2006

The Road Not Taken



Inspiration.
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June 13, 2006

Capitol Reef National Park

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Check out all the photos here.

Posted by James Zellmer at 3:52 PM

June 7, 2006

Southwest Utah Trip: Day 1, SLC to Torrey


Photos from Day 1 of our Southwest Utah trip: SLC to Torrey.
Posted by James Zellmer at 8:19 PM

June 5, 2006

Top 10 Photographs Ever Made

Mike Johnston has been posting his choices for the top 10 photographs ever made. Interesting
Posted by James Zellmer at 9:55 PM

June 4, 2006

Great Weekend for the Isthmus Jazz Festival



and a perfect location on the Memorial Union Terrace.
Posted by James Zellmer at 3:32 PM

June 3, 2006

Race for the Cure Photos

More photos here. Madison Race for the Cure website.
Posted by James Zellmer at 5:02 PM

June 2, 2006

North Rim, Grand Canyon: California Condor

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May 31, 2006

Hickman Bridge


N 38˚ 17.470' W 111˚ 14.004'
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May 28, 2006

"There's Very Little Happening Here"


N 37˚ 54.132 W 111˚ 25.411
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Bryce Sunrise

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May 21, 2006

Fitchburg Fireworks



More Fitchburg Days photos here.
Posted by James Zellmer at 10:04 PM

May 18, 2006

A Speedy Visit to the "Honda Powered" Indy 500

I recently had an opportunity to briefly visit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (home of the Memorial Day weekend Indy 500 [satellite view]) while the teams were practicing. A surprisingly large crowd was on hand to watch the drivers, mechanics and managers test their vehicles, systems and methods. Many, but not all teams had quite a number of computer operators keeping an eye on all aspects of their cars.

Silence.
There's not much of that at the Speedway, but when it does occur - only a split second - it is jarring.

Danica Patrick easily grabbed most of the crowd's attention. A group of fans and photographers never left her team's side. More photos here.

You did read that right. Honda powers all of the cars in this year's race. Evidently Honda has dominated recently and the teams coalesced on their engine this year.
Posted by James Zellmer at 10:21 PM

May 13, 2006

Farmers Market Flowers



Gotta love spring! [Dane County Farmers Market, on the square].
Posted by James Zellmer at 5:22 PM

May 1, 2006

Gorgeous Evening Paris VR Scene

Check it out. Via Virginia Postrel.
Posted by James Zellmer at 7:47 PM

April 28, 2006

More on Photos Verboten

Kristian Knutsen probes the "limits" of public space (or perhaps quasi public space) photography. Nearly two years ago, I was advised the photos were prohibited at Philadelphia's National Constitution Center.
Posted by James Zellmer at 10:00 PM

April 23, 2006

Amazing NASA Earth Images

Check out these gorgeous earth images from NASA: via Tufte
Posted by James Zellmer at 7:52 PM

April 16, 2006

Mets and Brewers Photo Set

Dave posted photos from Saturday's Mets / Brewers game (8-2 Brewers).
Posted by James Zellmer at 2:02 PM

March 31, 2006

French Protest VR Scenes

Gilles Vidal has posted some great panoramic news scenes.
Posted by James Zellmer at 2:13 PM

March 2, 2006

Bali VR Scenes

Well worth it on a rather cold Madison evening.
Posted by James Zellmer at 8:22 PM

January 26, 2006

Beautiful Photos from China

Gorgeous
Posted by James Zellmer at 10:16 PM

January 25, 2006

World in Motion VR Scenes

Fabulous!
Posted by James Zellmer at 10:14 PM

January 23, 2006

The Fall of the Traditional Wedding Album

Ben McConnell:
Here's an indicator of when a product crosses the rubicon of word-of-mouth phenomenon to mass-market adoption: the iPod as an accessory in the $80 billion wedding industry.
Posted by James Zellmer at 7:41 AM

January 3, 2006

New Year's Eve Panoramas

Hans posts some fabulous panoramas from around the world
Posted by James Zellmer at 11:00 PM

January 1, 2006

2005 World Wide Panorama

Panoramic photography around the world. Well worth visiting.
Posted by James Zellmer at 5:21 PM

December 18, 2005

Outdoor Christmas Lights!

Click to view larger versions.

Driving around on these cold December evenings provides one aesthetic benefit: Madison's prolific Christmas lights. Here are a few scenes I've snapped recently.
Posted by James Zellmer at 7:20 PM

December 16, 2005

Sport Photos: Wisconsin Badger Basketball vs UW-M Panthers

Alando Tucker
Coach Bo Ryan
I enjoyed Thursday evening's UW - UW-M basketball game at the Kohl Center (the Badgers won 74-68). These photos represent my simple attempt to capture a bit of the event. Enjoy. (My favorites are the two shown above).
Posted by James Zellmer at 8:19 PM

December 8, 2005

Helicopter Panoramas


Ed Fink:
I'm Ed Fink, and these are my 360 degree panoramas. I believe I'm the first VR photographer in the world to do full spherical (180 x 360) panoramas from a helicopter.

The helicopter is "Photoshopped" out of the panorama, but don't let that mislead you - my aerials aren't artificial, computer generated images - they're real photographs that I shoot while leaning out of a helicopter and stitch together on a computer. Like all my 360 degree panoramas, when viewed online they're perspective corrected in real time as you move around.
Posted by James Zellmer at 8:11 AM

December 4, 2005

Great Photography - Beauty at Wal-Mart?

Rick Lee posts some fabulous photos from Charleston, West Virginia. Via Virginia Postrel

Posted by James Zellmer at 7:42 AM

November 26, 2005

Amazing Japanese Fishing VR Scene

Via a Japanese VR Blog.

Posted by James Zellmer at 7:07 PM

November 24, 2005

Water Bottle VR Scene

Clever: Life inside a water bottle.

Posted by James Zellmer at 12:03 AM

November 23, 2005

Madison, From the Air

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I took this photo from a recent Canadair CL-65 Chicago - Madison flight. Doc Searls posted a high altitude view from a BOS - SFO 757 flight.

Posted by James Zellmer at 4:22 PM

November 9, 2005

Midwest Foliage Information

The Foliage Network provides "accurate foliage information for various locations across the United States. During the months of September, October, and November, The Foliage Network collects data from our foliage spotters twice a week".
Posted by James Zellmer at 5:52 AM

October 22, 2005

The Way to Mt. Fuji

Toshio Fuji published a gorgeous VR journey: The way to Mt. Fuji. Quicktime VR

Posted by James Zellmer at 3:36 PM

October 21, 2005

God's Glory: Southwest Fall Colors on The High Road to Taos

More on the High Road to Taos here. Sort of related: Doc posts some great aerial shots over the Sierra Nevada (I agree with his perspective on the landscape).
Posted by James Zellmer at 12:03 AM

October 3, 2005

Grand Palais Evening VR Scene

Eric Rougier published a gorgeous night vr scene of the Grand Palais in Paris.

Posted by James Zellmer at 12:01 AM

October 1, 2005

Connected, Constantly

Walking a bit on campus and State Street this evening, I was struck by the extent to which we're connected all the time. These photos are a small snapshot of the scene, which included cell phone use everywhere, ipods and wifi computers.
Posted by James Zellmer at 12:01 AM

September 17, 2005

Ansel Adams' Autumn Moon Arrives


Ben Margot:
As the moon rose in the evening sky, a crowd gathered at Glacier Point to relive an iconic scene captured by photographer Ansel Adams more than 50 years ago.

About 300 amateur photographers, astronomers and other spectators came Thursday to watch conditions align to repeat the scene in the famous Adams image "Autumn Moon."

Astronomers nailed down the exact time and date that Adams snapped the photograph in Yosemite National Park in 1948 — and determined that the sun and moon would return to the same positions Thursday.
Posted by James Zellmer at 7:21 AM

September 10, 2005

New Orleans Photos

I last spent time in New Orleans in 2002 with several previous visits in the '90's. The place was in many ways beautiful, but I could always sense tension in the city. I've posted some photos from this visit here. A more recent set of photos, Five days with Katrina provides quite a contrast with my 2002 digital images.
Posted by James Zellmer at 7:29 PM

September 6, 2005

We bid adieu to the Summer of 2005

Posted by James Zellmer at 12:01 AM

September 5, 2005

Another Glorious Wisconsin Weekend

Posted by James Zellmer at 12:02 AM

August 26, 2005

The Road Not Taken


Sometimes, it pays to leave the Interstate for the Road Not Taken. Pennsylvania's Lancaster County is well worth a visit. Life does not have to move at 100Mbps... Satellite view.

Posted by James Zellmer at 6:15 AM

August 21, 2005

Gorgeous West Virginia VR Scene


Ron Rack just posted a gorgeous Quicktime VR scene of West Virginia's New River Gorge Bridge. Here's another rather extraordinary VR Scene: Denis Gliksman's Bretagne Rocky Coast. This VR scene includes a video layer (the ocean lapping the rocks).

Posted by James Zellmer at 12:01 AM

August 15, 2005

An Ephraim Sunset


Here's a larger version of this Door County, WI sunset photo. Satellite view.

Posted by James Zellmer at 12:01 AM

Door County Breakfast? Think a bit different at Good Eggs in Ephraim

The general temptation when considering breakfast out in Door County is to visit one of many restaurants, including Sister Bay's Al Johnson's and the Sister Bay Cafe across the street. Just this once, resist and drive over to Ephraim where Good Eggs is literally whipping up egg wraps. These wraps, which can include bean salsa, mushrooms, peppers, cheese, onions, potatoes and chicken are simply delicious. This is rather high praise coming from someone who does not eat eggs. Check out these photos (click for larger versions) and stop.

Map.

Posted by James Zellmer at 12:00 AM

July 25, 2005

Microsoft Launches Virtual Earth - Camp Randall Example

Microsoft's Virtual EarthGoogle Maps

Cool stuff, though the satellite imagery is a bit dated as both fail to include the ongoing Camp Randall renovations.
Posted by James Zellmer at 10:04 AM

July 23, 2005

EAA Heats Up: B17 Buzzes Madison

Click on the photos for a larger view.

The EAA's AirVenture starts Monday. Looks like a fabulous show this year with Burt Rutan's White Knight/SpaceShipOne paying a visit. A rare WWII vintage B17 buzzed Madison this morning. I snapped these photos in a hurry. The cell tower fly by is an interesting reflection of today's world vis a vis 1940's technology. More on the B17.
Posted by James Zellmer at 12:16 PM

July 22, 2005

Tour de France Quicktime VR Scene - Albi

Gilles Vidal posted a beautiful VR scene of the Tour passing through Albi yesterday.
Posted by James Zellmer at 12:09 PM

July 9, 2005

Gorgeous Western Australia Beach VR Scene - with a Dolphin

Peter Murphy shares a gorgeous Quicktime VR Scene from a beach Western Australia Beach, with a dolphin!
these dolphins btw are very curious about cameras and people and this one made its way slowly along the line of people half rolled on its side looking at everyone ... when it came near to me I put down my camera nearer the water to get a closeup view and it came closer ... and then spouted water thru its blowhole onto my (precious) lens! -- something they quite regularly do to cameras apparently (... but with a bit of cleaning it was ok)
Posted by James Zellmer at 4:19 PM

July 7, 2005

London Bombing Remembered, In Madison



Driving north on John Nolen Drive [map] this afternoon, I saw this fine gentleman wearing a black armband and waving the Union Jack. I took this with my cellphone, so it's not a great picture, but it does capture the spirit (btw, there's a photographer just below the flag. I imagine this will appear in one of the local newspapers tomorrow).

UPDATE: John Maniaci took this very nice photo.

Posted by James Zellmer at 3:47 PM

July 3, 2005

A Glorious Wisconsin Travel Weekend

The weather does not get much better than this. And, no mosquitoes.... Visiting or thinking about a local trip, travel Wisconsin is a useful site. These photos (click to view a larger version) are a quick reminder on this 4th of July weekend that we all have much to be thankful for.
Posted by James Zellmer at 12:01 AM

June 13, 2005

BBC Motion Gallery

Some fabulous video clips in the BBC Motion Gallery.

Posted by James Zellmer at 12:01 AM

May 18, 2005

Lucian Read's Guerilla Galleries


Powerful photos, from Lucian Read. Via Ed Cone. More on Lucian.

Posted by James Zellmer at 12:00 AM

May 16, 2005

Las Vegas Centenary - in Pictures


The BBC commemorates Las Vegas Centenary, in pictures.

Posted by James Zellmer at 12:00 AM

May 15, 2005

Vienna VR Scenes

Peter Winkler has posted some great VR scenes from Vienna.

Posted by James Zellmer at 12:02 AM

May 1, 2005

My Drive from Los Angeles to LAX


My recent LA visit included the drive from downtown LA to LAX. I captured what I think is LA's essence in this photo essay: The 110 to the 105 to LAX. Screen saver or desktop background version of this photo (900K).
Posted by James Zellmer at 10:59 AM

April 25, 2005

UW Engineering Open House

Photos from the recent UW Engineering Open House.
Posted by James Zellmer at 7:37 AM

April 19, 2005

Milwaukee Pics Contest: Finalists

Some great Milwaukee photos, here.

Posted by James Zellmer at 12:03 AM

April 5, 2005

Cartago, Costa Rica VR Scene

John Riley posted a very nice Quicktime VR Scene from Cartago, Costa Rica.

Posted by James Zellmer at 12:02 AM

March 20, 2005

Fabien Cousteau: Swimming with the Sharks

To get inside the mind of the Great White shark, Fabien Cousteau is getting inside its body. Not such a strange endeavor, perhaps, for a third-generation oceanographer who was practically born with fins. �I did my first dive on my fourth birthday,� says Cousteau. �My father found me on the bottom of the pool buddy-breathing � a pretty advanced technique for sharing an oxygen tank � with a family friend.�

Since then, Cousteau has hardly surfaced for air. Following in the wake of his famous grandfather Jacques and father Jean-Michel, Fabien has made the oceans his second home. �I went along on their expeditions during every school break,� he says. �I�d scrub the hulls, paint the rails, do whatever needed to be done � and dive. For me, that was vacation. I loved it.�

Posted by James Zellmer at 12:01 AM

March 6, 2005

Inspiration + Taking Risks + Execution = Calatrava's Milwaukee Art Museum


A glorious view, worth the flight and/or drive. Visit. I continue to believe that this is a much, much better long term investment than Miller Park. Perhaps new Brewers principal owner Mark Attanasio can make something happen.... (Baseball downtown would have been so much better).
Posted by James Zellmer at 8:34 AM

February 22, 2005

Portugal VR Scenes

Santiago Ribas posted some wonderful Quicktime VR Scenes from Portugal here.
Posted by James Zellmer at 5:30 PM

Detroit Auto Show VR Scenes

Mark Houston has posted some very, very nice Quicktime VR scenes from the North American International Auto Show. If you like cars, you'll like these scenes.
Posted by James Zellmer at 2:30 PM

February 20, 2005

Sunday Morning Snow


Madison woke up to an inch or two of snow this morning, with flurries continuing throughout the day.
Posted by James Zellmer at 11:59 AM

Mall of America: VR Scene of an Underwater Wedding

Words fail me in this one; just have a look at this interesting underwater wedding scene at the Mall of America.
Posted by James Zellmer at 8:48 AM

The Gates (Central Park) VR Scenes

Elizabeth Gentile has posted some lovely VR scenes from Central Park, site of Christo & Jean-Claude's The Gates. Scene 1, 2, 3, 4. Well worth checking out.

Kate adds:

In Central Park, there is a great work of art, called The Gates. There are many gates that have beautiful flags hanging from them. They are made by Christo & Jean-Claude. The works of art will be on display for two weeks.

Posted by James Zellmer at 12:01 AM

February 10, 2005

Apollo 17 Moon VR Panoramas

Hans Nyberg has put together a very nice panoramic scene (with audio) from images taken on the moon by the Apollo 17 crew.
Posted by James Zellmer at 7:51 AM

February 8, 2005

Gorgeous Death Valley in Bloom VR Scene


Paul Fretheim posted a gorgeous Quicktime VR scene shot recently in Death Valley, CA. Amazing VR.
Posted by James Zellmer at 12:00 AM

January 28, 2005

Sunset: Chicago - Madison non stop on a CL65



I snapped this photo flying up from Chicago O'Hare to Madison on United Express recently. A rather beautiful, but cold evening. The CL65 is a very popular (though sort of small) regional jet. Sort of a ying to Doc Searls Santa Barbara sunrise yang.

Posted by James Zellmer at 12:00 AM

January 26, 2005

ipodmyphoto

David Schroeder's ipodmyphoto has become an interesting internet success story, largely due to word of mouth - online via blogs.
Posted by James Zellmer at 5:19 PM

January 22, 2005

More Madison Snowstorm Photos


Click to view a larger version of these photos.
Posted by James Zellmer at 8:38 PM

January 21, 2005

Inauguration VR Scene

Travis Fox & Pierre Kattar created a very useful Quicktime VR scene, taken just above President Bush overlooking the Mall. There's also a protest VR scene. Some great inauguration photos here

The whole thing was a big waste of money, of course. Shutting down a city seems a terrible price to pay for politics (and lobbyists).

Posted by James Zellmer at 12:00 AM

January 17, 2005

Fakra, Lebananon Mediterranean VR Scene

Fadi Saikali shot a gorgeous VR scene 2000m above the Mediterranean Sea in Fakra, Lebanon. Enjoy!
Posted by James Zellmer at 2:45 PM

January 7, 2005

NPPA Best of Photojournalism 2004

NPPA posted their best of 2004 photojournalism awards.

Posted by James Zellmer at 6:53 AM

December 27, 2004

My Case for Amateur Snorkeling: Maui Sea Turtle


Floating in about 4m of water off Makena, Maui, I was startled by the sudden appearance of a sea turtle, swimming out from nearby coral. He was less than 1 meter in front of me, as this 7MB Quicktime movie shows.

I was later told that some people feed them hot dogs, which unfortunately explains his proximity. I was advised to keep an eye on my fingers. Screen saver jpeg sea turtle image (215K). The images were captured with a Canon S70 digital camera and a WP-DC40 underwater case.

Posted by James Zellmer at 12:10 AM

December 26, 2004

Shooting the Tube: Hawaii Surf Photographer Don King


Derek Farrar:

King is particularly proud of a recent project, Stacy Peralta�s big-wave surfing documentary Riding Giants, which this year became the first documentary ever to open the Sundance Film Festival. The film features King�s footage of tow-in avatar Hamilton surfing sixty-foot beasts at Jaws. "It was one of the best swells there ever," King remembers. "Perfect, perfect waves, and super huge. Riding Giants is a really entertaining, well-made film, and the stuff we shot that day is some of the most amazing surfing I�ve ever been part of. It still takes my breath away."

Posted by James Zellmer at 12:02 AM

December 22, 2004

Kevin Scanlon's Industrial Photos

30 years of industrial photography, by Kevin Scanlon. Well worth a visit.

Posted by James Zellmer at 12:00 AM

December 12, 2004

1906 San Francisco Aerial Photographs

Chicago's George R. Lawrence used his captive airship to take aerial photographs of San Francisco just after the 1906 earthquake. Take a look at these fascinating photographs here. More on Lawrence.

Posted by James Zellmer at 10:56 AM

December 10, 2004

Hanauma Bay

Click to view larger photos. Learn more about Hanauma Bay here.
Posted by James Zellmer at 12:25 AM

December 8, 2004

Christmas VR Scene: Bremen Germany

Willy Kaemena just posted a gorgeous Christmas Quicktime VR Scene from Bremen.

Posted by James Zellmer at 12:04 AM

December 5, 2004

Fine Photography Holiday (Christmas, Hanukkah) Cards

Palm Press publishes a very attractive set of Holiday Greeting Cards.

Carolyn Said takes a look at the greeting card business.

Posted by James Zellmer at 9:21 AM

November 21, 2004

A Night on State Street & The Madison Symphony

Click to view larger photos. Dinner at LuLu's, the Madison Symphony at the Overture and a walk around the Square.
Posted by James Zellmer at 12:11 AM

November 15, 2004

PF Bentley's Latest Pix Collection


Acclaimed photography PF Bentley's photos of the historic 1992 campaign are now on display at the Clinton Library in Little Rock. PF has posted the photos online as well. Great shots.

Posted by James Zellmer at 9:40 AM

November 9, 2004

Online Photo Processing Service Comparison

Oleg Kikin published a useful online photo processing service comparison.

Posted by James Zellmer at 12:02 AM