Sometimes I create an image that looks good, but is just missing something.  It seems like a nice photograph, yet it wouldn’t necessarily be something I’d frame and hang on the wall.  This particular image is a great example.  Strong subject… check.  Foreground interest… check.  Rule of thirds… check.  Dramatic sky… check.   Yet it still needed something else.  Then it came to me.

It’s missing text.  I realized that this is the type of image that would make a good mystery book cover as opposed to framed artwork.  Adding a title and my name completely changed it.

Now all I need to do is write the story.  🙂


Today’s image comes to us from Lincoln, NH.  This is the Pemigewasset River, also known as the Pemi, which runs through the White Mountain National Forest.  It originates at Profile Lake in Franconia and runs down through southern New Hampshire where it eventually merges with the Merrimack River into Massachusetts.  As with many rivers in northern New England, it’s full of rocks and boulders and lined with trees, providing unlimited photo opportunities throughout the year.

Although this shot was taken during a relatively dry period of time last summer, you can still get a sense for how much water flows through this part of the river.  I can only imagine what it must have looked like the past few days after Irene brought so much rain to the area.   Such a shame to see the damage that was done from this storm, and our thoughts are with everyone who was affected by it.


Sometimes an image you visualize in your head requires you to take some chances to get the shot.  For this one, a storm was moving in and I had to climb down a remarkably steep hill, and then step down an exposed tree root onto the rocks below (hence the title of the post).  I started to doubt my resolve half way down when I slipped, and then remembered that a tripod can be a decent makeshift walking stick.  Getting back up was equally difficult, and it took a few tries to climb out of there.  Anyway, I got the shot I wanted and made it back safely.  This is the Chain Bridge which was built in 1909 and is the only suspension bridge in Massachusetts.  It stretches across part of the Merrimack River, and along with the Hines Bridge, connects Newburyport and Amesbury with Deer Island in the middle.  This little excursion would’ve probably been easier were I a younger man, but there’s not much I can do about that.

I’ll be taking a little break from blogging for the next several days, and will back at it soon.  Hope everyone has a nice weekend.


This image was taken this past weekend at a nearby beach that my kids really enjoy visiting.  They love hunting for sea glass, and this beach always provides us with a treasure trove of goodies to bring back to our ever-growing collection.  While we did manage to leave the house fairly early, having my wife and kids with me meant a sunrise shoot was obviously out.  So even though I knew the light wouldn’t be ideal, I still debated whether to bring my full camera kit, or simply rely on the cell phone  for a few candids of the kids playing.  I actually find myself having this debate quite often, where I want my full kit with me, but just don’t feel like lugging it around.  Anyway… I ended up compromising this time, and just took my camera and one lens, and threw it in our backpack with towels, sunscreen, etc.  I managed to capture some good shots of the boys, and as we were leaving, this particular scene caught my eye.  A handheld set of brackets was all I needed, and I ended up grateful I brought my camera.

As for the title of this post, can anyone guess what it references?