Some new portraits for a client’s website

Did a photo shoot with a new client named Andrew who wanted some professional photos for a new website he’s working on. We did the photos at my studio in Madison and also shot some on location in the downtown area.

Web site photo in Madison

Website portrait photo

A black and white photo for a website

Book release!

I’m excited to have worked on the book Sewing Machine Magic with author Steffani Lincecum! This will be the third book I’ve shot over the years and this one looks fantastic. We photographed the illustrations over five days and the process was a lot of fun and hard work. Slated to be released on December 7 by Creative Publishing International, the book walks you through ten sewing projects. There are hundreds of lovely color photos if I may say so myself!

lifestyle model with rustic background

Sewing machine. Commercial photography in Madison area studio.

Natural model outdoors in Madison, Wisconsin

Some new business website portraits

I shot some headshots and portraits for Jason Horning who needed some photos to update his website. The shoot went very smoothly and the weather cooperated so that we could shoot indoors and out!

Head shot in Madison

3/4 length portrait

Full length portrait

3/4 portrait. Natural light on lake.

A few scenes from Ironman Wisconsin 2017

Spectators view the Ironman Wisconsin swim start
Andrew Starykowicz on the Ironman bike course
Luke McKenzie on the Wisconsin bike course
Patrick Brady on the bike course
TJ Tollakson on the bike
Luke McKenzie runs his way to a win at the 2017 Ironman Wisconsin

Editorial photos with triathlete Thomas Gerlach

Here’s a few outtakes from an swimming/portrait photo shoot I did for a story on Madison Lakes in the June edition of Madison Magazine. You can follow Thomas’ journey as a professional triathlete at:

Triathlete Thomas Gerlach in Lake Monona in Madison, Wisconsin.

Action photo of a triathlete swimming in Lake Monona.

Editorial photo of a triathlete in Lake Monona at sunset.

Portrait of pro triathlete in lake with goggles

Modeling photos with Ashley

Had a great photoshoot with fashion model Ashley Brehmer at my studio in downtown Madison a few weeks ago. Hair and makeup by Kelly Schubel.

Studio headshot of Ashley
Model beauty shot
A sepia toned studio headshot of Ashley
Studio headshot of Ashley
Model headshot in Madison
Model headshot
Toned headshot of Ashley
Toned, edgy headshot of Ashley
Studio photo of model
Ashley with hardwood floors
Editorial portrait of Ashley
Editorial fashion portrait of Ashley

App review: HRV4Training

About a month ago a helpful dude on the slowtwitch forums recommended I try out an iPhone app called HRV4Training. I’d been tracking my resting heart rate for a few years, but I wasn’t really gaining much insight into actual training recovery. Sure, I’d notice days where I was up a dozen bpm from the day before but that could be from a multitude of reasons and wasn’t cause to take an easy day (or off day) of training.

Enter heart rate variability (HRV).

Using the camera on your smartphone HRV4Training measures your heart rate variability data and plots it into an easy to understand metric (Recovery Points). It also pulls your training/workout data from Strava or TrainingPeaks and uses that data for a number of assessments.

The main function/screen of HRV4Training analyzes your daily recovery data and displays the measurement as Recovery Points.

The more data points HRV4Training has from your daily, morning HRV readings and pulled from your online training log (Strava, TrainingPeaks, etc.) the more options it opens up in the app. Awesome.

Training polarization is one of the many metrics to view.

I’m a data geek. I use a heart rate monitor, power meter, cadence, footpod, GPS watch, Strava premium, etc. HRV4Training gives me a ton of useful new metrics to look at. From what I can tell, it really seems to do what it’s supposed to do. On three occasions it’s given me warnings about my training recovery points. One day was after a tough speedwork run and the other two days were when I was sick. It makes absolute sense that those were days to take it easy in training or in my case to fully take the day off training.

Recovery points (with resting heart rate option) baseline (moving average) displayed.

I really can’t say enough about this app. It was $10 when I got it on the iTunes store and I love technology with good value. Marco Altini, PhD. and Alessandra ​Saviotti continue to develop and update the app on a regular basis and I’m very confident the research in the field of HRV will continue to grow and yield results in sport science. The display interface of the app is nice and the online literature accompanying the app is extensive.

A VO2 max estimate gathered from 10 strava runs with heart rate.

I was interested to see my estimated VO2 max number. I’m still two months away from my first race of the year and my workload and fitness reflects that. I read that with a VO2 max of 53 (my current level) one can expect to run a 5k in 19 minutes which is right inline with my PR. I’ll be interested to see how much that number increases as my triathlon seasonal fitness progresses.

Of course, nothing is perfect. If you take several consecutive HRV measurements, chances are you’ll get several different readings (albeit similar). That’s not cause for concern with the app because the human body is so dynamic I’d imagine they are actual readings, just with the heart beating differently minute-to-minute. That said, I hope they continue to develop the best technology to gather HRV whether using the phone camera or an external sensor like a Polar heart rate strap. At the present time, they have me convinced the camera on my smartphone is measuring the data accurately enough.

This is also not the end-all system to determine whether to take a day or more away from training. The app doesn’t measure soreness, injuries, illness, or biochemical markers like testosterone or cortisol levels. However, it does take into account illness, injuries and soreness in the daily questionnaire. I don’t think those answers are weighted into Recovery Points, but the app does give “daily advice” on the home screen with additional warnings regarding those answers you may have given. With use of the app (and some common sense) I think it’s a great system to help prevent overreaching and overtraining.

New product photos

A few days ago I photographed a globe wine/bar stand for a longtime customer of mine at my commercial photo studio. Here’s a sample image from the shoot!

Globe product photo

Recent commercial interior photos

I’ve been working on an ambitious project of architectural photography for a locally-owned restaurant group in the greater Madison area. Food Fight Restaurant Group currently has twenty excellent restaurants and I’m fortunate to be photographing each of them. Here’s a few examples of the interior photos.

Architectural photo of American diner.

Architectural interior photo of retro vintage bar interior.

Architectural photo of a spacious cafe

Interior photo of bright cafe

Architectural photo of signage

Fine art reproduction photography

Last week I had a talented painter named Amy Regutti visit my studio with four of her acrylic paintings. She needed digital images for gallery submissions and to make reproductions as needed and I was happy to help. I really enjoyed photographing the vibrant paintings and look forward to seeing more of her future work!

© Copyright 2017, Amy Regutti.
© Copyright 2017, Amy Regutti.
© Copyright 2017, Amy Regutti.
© Copyright 2017, Amy Regutti.

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