Ok, well maybe it’s not a real dungeon as evidenced by the fact that there’s a huge window (a dungeon no-no), as well as the fact that it’s three stories up in the Stone Mill.  But when I saw this door, a dungeon was the first thing that came to mind.  There’s even a chair for the guard to sit.  The light coming through the window was perfect for this scene, and I decided to give the image a very dark B&W treatment to give it a more sinister dungeon-like feel.

And by the way, this would make a very efficient dungeon, as this door leads to a connecting passage to the mill across the way.  A passage that doesn’t exist anymore.  So take one step out this door, and you’ll find yourself on the pavement three stories below.  Ouch.


I’m taking a brief break from the fall images with this shot of the Boston Harbor Hotel.  I captured this image during the Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk this past weekend, which took us in and around part of Boston’s waterfront during the early evening.

This massive open area is the centerpiece of the hotel, and connects the front of the hotel on Atlantic Avenue with the harborwalk along the water.  It’s a beautiful piece of architecture, and looks especially nice at night.

Indoor Puddle

It’s been a while since I posted a mill image, so today I give you the inside of the Duck Mill in Lawrence.  There were several puddles like this on the day we were there, and we were careful not to step too close to these areas while we were shooting.  I’m no expert, but I have to assume that standing water on 100+ year old wood floors isn’t the safest place to stand.  Just sayin’.

Yacht Club

This building/shed at the Sandy Bay Yacht Club in Rockport caught my eye the other day while I was there photographing the harbor. Those are sailboat masts in the background, and I was drawn to the various lines and textures that this scene provided.  The light was very flat, so I decided to convert to B&W.

Peaceful Cove

Today’s image was taken along the Marginal Way in Ogunquit, ME.  As I mentioned the other day, Bob Lussier and I were there last week to help a friend teach a photography workshop.  It started in the afternoon, but I decided to head up early to do some sunrise shooting and spend the whole day.  I was once again treated with another cloudless sunrise, so I decided to minimize the sky as much as possible, and play with some long exposures of the gentle waves over the rocks.

Wishing Stones

While the easiest reaction when seeing these towers of rocks and stones is to think that of aliens were here, it was pointed out to us that these are actually called wishing stones.  You’ll see them sporadically along parts of the Marginal Way in Ogunquit, ME, that is until you come across this one particular section where there are literally hundreds of these towers.  So many I was sure I would inadvertantly knock one over just by walking around.

Bob Lussier and I were in Ogunquit earlier this week to help a friend teach a photography workshop, and these structures were the perfect place to discuss composition, depth of field, etc. with the workshop participants.  We of course had to grab some shots for ourselves too, and this is one of my favorites.  We were shooting these during the middle of the day, so a black & white conversion seemed appropriate.

Make a wish.

Exit the Stone

The Stone Mill at night is an incredible thing to photograph.  Between the random sources of light inside and the light coming in from the outside, all sorts of photo opportunities exist.  Aside from the main entrance of the mill, the third floor landing where I took this shot is probably the brightest area in the whole mill at night, and was the only place you don’t need flashlights to navigate.

If any of this sounds kinda interesting, please check out our upcoming Light Painting Workshop in October from Historic Mills Photo Workshops.  We’ll be spending a few hours in the Stone Mill exploring its dark corners, and using various lighting techniques to get really interesting shots of the mill.  Sorry for the plug, but we’re very excited about this event and wanted to share it.  🙂

Near is Far

Just a quick post for today.  This image is from our recent photo walk in Lawrence, and is one of the doors at the back of the Pemberton Mill.  I was playing around with some different compositions, and liked the way the lines of the bricks lead to the “NEAR” door that seems far away.

Summer House

No, it’s unfortunately not my summer house.  But it did catch my eye the other day, and I had to pull over to grab a few shots.  I initially processed the image in color, but decided to bring it into Silver Efex Pro to convert to B&W.

P.S.  I’m available to move into it should anyone want to buy it for me.