Monday, October 8, 2012

"That Tree"

I had to share this link.  Mark Hirsch (a Wisconsinite photographer) has turned this grand old tree into something so much more grand - all with his little iPhone.  Who needs that DSLR?  I regret that I didn't know about it until now, I've missed a half of a year of his photos.  

If you want to see more photos, check out his Facebook page called "That Tree."

Sign me up for the Bjorklunden iPhone Photography Course next year! 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Stanley Preps for the Packer Game and Appreciates Autumn

Stanley and I enjoyed an autumn outing right before the Sunday Packer game. The fighter jets (that fly over Lambeau at the start of the game) were practicing overhead to add to the excitement, and it was a beautiful day to be in the woods and lakeside. We enjoyed our time together, but Stanley is on the move again...this time to Sturgeon Bay! Happy Autumn, Claire

Packer-fan Stanley was looking a little crabby when I suggested a canoe "ride."
                                                                     Rock on, Stanley!
                                          Saturated Stanley
                                                                                           Bug-like Stanley
                                                                 Twinkle-eyed Stanley.
Stanley avec un chapeau
                                                             Repeating Patterns
                                                            Black and white bug-like Stanley

                                                                Picasa-edited Stanley


Sunday, September 30, 2012

Stanley, Karen and Bethany hit the town

A glimpse of Sir Stanley's trip to Chicago...

  So we were thinking about some great shoot locations for Sir Henry Morgan Stanley when we realized we had a plethora of possibilities right at our fingertips with the most exciting being the city!  Why not?!  A little bit of bean... a little skyline... perfect!  We figured he was craving an urban experience.  We decided to go for extra credit with not only shooting Stanley, but also doing a shoot with a partner assignment.

First stop... Millennium Park and the sculpture referred to by the common name, The Bean.

And some shots from under the Bean:


Next he cooled down with a stop at the Millennium Park fountain.


We decided to get a little artsy at the Art Institute.


Stanley, being so financially savvy, wanted to visit the Chicago Board of trade.

Then we took a short jaunt to the Sears Tower.   


Action shot:

After an exhilarating 90 second elevator ride, Sir Stanley explored the sights from the 104th floor of the Sears Tower.

It's a bird. It's a plane. NO, it's SIR HENRY MORGAN STANLEY!!!
A walk out on the Ledge!

Enjoying the view:

What would a day be without Starbucks and a stop by Marshall Field's

The Picasso Sculpture is just too cool for school. Sir Stanley wanted to make a special stop just for Phil!

We decided to end the trip with a nightcap at the Chicago Theater.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Eye Fi - Mobile SD card

Did you see this SD card is available that can transmit your photos as you shot them to your computer or to any any mobile device?  -

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

This was taken at Washington Island I only spent 1/2 a day but it looks like a lot of photo  opportunities I would recommend taking the car fairy to explore the Island.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Search for Livingston

Stanley hopes that these posts will broaden the search Livingston has a history of wondering off.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Warning about leaving Photoshop Open.

A little photoshop humor. Be careful of leaving your computer unattended while Photoshop is open:

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Helicon Focus.  
Like HDR, there is another software for combining photographs into one image.  The intent of this one is to create a completely focused image from the foreground to the background.
The software is available from:

Unfortunately, it ranges in price from $30 to $250, depending upon which one you purchase.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Here is my photo of Stanley.  (Of course, I had to use the light globe. I used the Mirroring a Photograph technique.  You should have a handout for that.)

Monday, August 6, 2012

Jonathan Livingston Seagull.  Missing in Action.

Sometime around Wednesday evening Jonathan disappeared.  (Maybe he flew away.)

But, on Thursday, Ed found a new skull in Sturgeon Bay.  He has been named "Stanley."
(as from the quote, "Dr. Livingston, I presume?")

I am going to photograph Stanley, post the image, and mail him to Karen.  (Maybe, she will do the same.)  One day, he might arrive on your doorstep.

It was so nice having you all in the workshop this week.  Please keep in touch.   Phil

Photos during 2012 class

Not sure what he is praying for?

Taken at Ephraim

Sunday, August 5, 2012

How Does This Happen? Updated for 2012

It is Sunday morning just a bit after nine.  At 8:08, as I was turning on my coffee maker, the sound of the bell harkening all for breakfast was absent in my home.  As I watched the Olympics from my couch last night, I found myself teary-eyed and sad, missing all of you new friends who are now part of our old friends of Bjorklunden Photo.  Friday, Bethany and I started wondering how did we get here? How is our week at Björklunden almost over? Now I wonder how am I home and how am I going to survive 10-12 months until our next reunion? How does this happen so quickly?  Maybe you are wondering the same things and suffering Björklunden Withdrawal. What, you ask, is Björklunden Withdrawal and how do I know if I have it? And what do I do about it?! While I know I have been at these low points before and the depression improved, today it feels just as intense as the first time.  Bethany and I described the emotional state in 2010, having suffered it for the third year in a row. While it is not a recognized DSM-IV diagnosis, it is very real. But there is hope! Specifically, hope for Björklunden 2013!

Björklunden Withdrawal usually begins Thursday night, though for seminars extending to Saturday, symptoms may not begin until Friday lunch. This is when the sufferer realizes the end of the week at Björklunden is imminent. Often, the onset accompanies the completion of the Photo Essay project, when one has completed his or her last photograph of the essay and closes the Photoshop application for the last time of the week. Symptoms escalate during this first phase which includes the process of packing up one's suitcases and camera/computer gear as well as the last meal together (lunch Friday or breakfast Saturday) when goodbyes begin. For returning participants, the fish boil or Swedish Pancakes with lingonberries can initiate or worsen symptoms. The first phase reaches its peak when cars are packed and the participants begin the drive down the long windy Boynton Road to highway 57. Symptoms of the first phase include a feeling of sadness often accompanied by a realization of the strangeness of this feeling while at a wonderful place. Other symptoms can include unexpected teariness, deep sighs, a sense of denial, and taking mental postcards of memorable people and places such as your room, the seminar room, or a look from a friend. Tears may well up at the conclusion of the Photography Class slideshow or at other times throughout the last 24 hours on campus.

The first phase concludes once the vehicle leaves Björklunden property which signals the commencement of the second phase. This phase can be severe with feelings of depression often peaking when the sufferer awakes in his or her own bed the first morning home or when the breakfast bell does not ring signaling the amazing spread of cuisine and the start to a new and exciting day. While reunions with family, a night in one's own bed, and breakfast at home are all acknowledged as wonderful, the sufferer first begins to realize how much he or she misses the people with whom the week was just spent, how much each person in the class was enjoyed, and how our lives were enriched by meeting, living, and working with each other for a week. The second phase concludes when one comes to acceptance that the Björklunden week is in fact over. This phase can take a few days to a week to complete depending on how quickly one must assimilate back into "normal", non-Björklunden life.

Phase three is acceptance and is heralded by "forward-looking" where the sufferer is able to realize that summer 2011 will be here before he or she knows it and one will be back at Björklunden very soon. When recalling the previous week, the sufferer no longer feels the sense of loss felt during phases one and two, but feels a warm sense of fondness and happiness. Life returns to "normal," with a sense of enrichment for having been together at Björklunden. During phase three, the sufferer completes the Twelve Steps of Completing Björklunden Mourning and Surviving Björklunden Withdrawal.*

*The following are the Twelve Steps of Completing Björklunden Mourning and Surviving Björklunden Withdrawal:

1. Realize the end is near and inevitable and that there is life after Björklunden.

2. Get up early-ish on the last morning to spend a few minutes sitting out by the lakeshore benches or taking a long walk on the property and listening to the waves lap against the shore.

3. Sit at the Photography class table(s) at the final meal.

4. When packing the car, make sure your camera gear is easily accessible so that you can stop along the drive out of Björklunden or throughout the drive out of Door County to take a few last photographs to commemorate the trip.

5. Take the old drive out of Björklunden past the chapel, through the old gate, and down Chapel Lane to Frogtown Road. Take a right and head down Frogtown road along the shores of Lake Michigan. For maximum processing, roll down all the windows and play favorite pensive music. Music suggestions can be: Homeward Bound (Simon and Garfunkel), Leaving on a Jet Plane (John Denver), Ooh Child (particularly the line "Things'll get brighter...." Marvin Gaye) or Two of Us (The Beatles). Also, Carolina by James Taylor can be used if you substitute Björklunden for Carolina (In my mind I'm gone Björklunden. Can't ya see the sunshine, can't ya just feel the moonshine, Ain't it just like a friend of mind, To hit me from behind till I've gone to Björklunden in my mind...)

6. Spend a couple extra hours in Door County before leaving the peninsula seeing a sight that you missed during the week or return to a favorite spot from the week and soak in the sights, sounds, aromas and even tastes (if you have any appetite left after all the great meals, desserts, and snacks that were just consumed in the week previous).

7. Once home, unpack your class list and email all your new friends. This can also be accomplished by joining the class blog and posting photographs and comments to each other to encourage each other to continue growing in our new found knowledge.

8. Process the rest of your photographs, selecting your favorites, and show them to your family and share the experience of Björklunden with them.

9. Recall the memories of the class often. Consider putting together a photo book published through an on-line store. Use this as your coffee table book for the next 10-12 months.

10. Continue to shoot, working your way through Phil's book or repeating the previous weeks' assignments, challenging yourself to do something different or improve your photographs in someway.

11. Sign up for the Photography/Photoshop seminar in 2011 when the schedule is announced in early 2011. Email all your Björklunden friends to tell them you are coming back and cannot wait to return. Begin wearing your Björklunden gear again.

12. Upon return, come in on Boynton Lane drive off of Highway 57 as this is the fastest and most direct route back to the lodge. Once through the door at the main entrance. breathe deeply the air of Björklunden, taking in the Björklunden smell. Greet old friends and look forward to the new ones you'll make. Sit at the unofficial photography seminar table(s) for the Sunday night meal. Settle in and begin to ready yourself for another great week of food, friends, and photography.

A special thanks to Bethany for her wise contributions to the editing and refining of the description of Björklunden Withdrawal and the Twelve Steps of Completing Björklunden Mourning and Surviving Björklunden Withdrawal.

Monday, July 30, 2012

A week at the photography workshop tshirt

You can get the current version of the t-shirt by following this link.  I might adjust it later.... but as of now you can get the shirt that I have.  You are free to go in and change the tshirt color or anything else that you would like.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

In Memorium to Chuck Heuser

As most of you know by now, Chuck Heuser passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on July 10th, 2012. He was a member of our class in 2010 and 2011, and was planning on returning in 2012. In fact, had just paid his balance with Sam the day before his passing.

Chuck's obituary can be viewed at by clicking here:  Chuck Heuser

During our Intermediate/Advanced week in July 29-Aug5, we will have the bulletin from his memorial service and hopefully printed copies of some of the eulogies so that everyone can enjoy the stories of Chuck's life and legacy.  He is greatly loved and missed by all of us who are a part of Björklunden Photography.