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June 21, 2009 / Bo Mackison

View from Gills Rock

 Lake Michigan Triptych

Lake Michigan Triptych

We spent the weekend in Door County, the northeast peninsula of Wisconsin that juts into Lake Michigan, and which is often referred to as “The Cape Cod of the Midwest.” I actually set my alarm so that we could get up when the sun came up. Too bad I chose the Summer Solstice,the longest day of the year, for an early morning shoot. Even though I slept great–I usually do when I’m camping unlike my insomniac nights at home–the alarm went off way before either of us were ready to get up. Nonetheless Sherpa and I lugged ourselves out of our sleeping bags and into the fresh air. Armed with camera equipment, we headed north to the shores of Lake Michigan.

I was rewarded with a few moody shots, including these that I photographed from the northern tip of Door County, gazing into the purple mist of the lake. (This particular area is called Death’s Doorway. Washington Island, not too far in the distance, is hidden from view by the morning mist. Evidently more than a few sailors have lost their lives trying to pass this way.)

When I decided to try to put these three photos together as a triptych, I called on the computer skills of my younger daughter. She’s not majoring in Computer Science for nothing! I have no idea how she managed to get these together. Though I might have played around with the proportions of the black framing if I’d had a clue, I’m greatly appreciative she put them together for me. The software I found on a Google search for stitching a triptych was for Windows, nothing my Mac nor I want to fuss with at the moment. Maybe someone out there knows how to make a triptych without using Photoshop. I don’t think it’s something that Aperture can do, though I may be wrong about that.

We packed a lot of shooting into the weekend, so there will be many more Door County photographs to come.


  1. ybonesy / Jun 21 2009 9:52 pm

    Impressive work on both yours and your daughter’s parts. Lovely scene!

  2. montucky / Jun 21 2009 11:43 pm

    However your daughter figured out how to do that, it turned out exceptionally well!

  3. Carsten / Jun 22 2009 4:12 am

    This view has a relaxing mood. Beautiful. Presenting the images as a triptych is a good idea. -It would be a tough job to stitch the waves…

  4. edvatza / Jun 22 2009 5:26 am

    Beautifully seen and captured. I’m not sure what time sunrise was for you but on our Maine trip, we were up at 0300 and out the door at 0400 to catch sunrise at 0445. Best part of the day if you ask me. And again, I think the triptych is wonderful! Worth the early rise.

  5. Marcie / Jun 22 2009 6:30 am

    Love how your daughter did this. Everything is so perfectly aligned…
    And – looks like a gorgeous place. Can’t wait to see more…

  6. suehenryphotography / Jun 22 2009 8:31 am

    Great choice for a triptych; beautifully executed! I keep thinking I’m going to experiment with the triptych concept, but as of yet I haven’t.

  7. Anna Surface / Jun 22 2009 8:48 am

    Lovely scene with the triptych. I haven’t tried a triptych before. That’s neat! I really like it. I’ll have to experiment. 🙂

  8. Laurie / Jun 22 2009 8:55 am

    What a beautiful presentation of wonderful views.

  9. Bernie Kasper / Jun 22 2009 10:11 am

    Beautiful image and scene Bo, I have never tried a triptych as well, but it looks like something I am going to have to look into !!

  10. Karen Swim / Jun 22 2009 10:31 pm

    Bo, these are so beautiful and serene. You have captured the power and serenity of the Lake. I found myself gazing at it and I swear I could feel a light breeze. I look forward to more!

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