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.


Today’s image is the sister shot to this post from the other day.  Although I missed most of a really nice sunset that evening, I was able to capture this shot with a little of that nice summer sunset color in the background.  Normally, this field stands pretty empty, and I’ve photographed it many times in the past.  Thankfully I drove by it on this night, and had the opportunity to create several images with some interesting foreground subjects.  It was another reminder for me to keep coming back to the locations I know and like.  You just never know what surprises you may find.


As I’ve mentioned on the blog several times before, Newburyport, MA is one of my favorite places to shoot.  You can usually find me there on the beach, or at least somewhere near the water, at sunrise or sunset trying to find a location or vantage point that provides a unique perspective on this beautiful coastal community.  Recently however, I’ve been working on some new images of the downtown area.  Newburyport was once an important fishing and whaling port, but is now much more well-known now as a bustling waterfront destination for tourists.  Full of wonderful shops, restaurants and activities, as well some incredible examples of Federalist architecture, it remains one of the most scenic and popular destinations on the north shore of Massachusetts.

This image was taken a short while after sundown in the heart of downtown looking up State Street, where many of the shops and restaurants are located.  It’s a great city to enjoy at night, and I will have some additional images to post in the future.


I have a love/hate relationship with the process of coming up with a name for each blog post.  Some images seem to have names custom-made for them, where others are just not so easy.  This post was definitely the former, as I had several potential options come to mind as I was preparing it.  In addition to “A Good Year,” I thought about using “I’m Tired,” “Let’s Roll,” or “Retired” as possible options.  Anyway… on to today’s image.  I was doing some things around the house last night and looked outside to see what was the tail end of a beautiful sunset, so I grabbed my gear and quickly headed out.  I ended up missing the peak of the good color, so I decided to come in close on the tire of this tractor that was sitting idle in the middle of the field.  There was just enough good light left to provide a pleasing background, so I fired off a few brackets before the light faded.  I was able to capture some other shots around this field as well that I’ll share in future posts.


Another sunset shot for today, this time from another favorite haunt of mine – Newburyport, MA.  The Captain’s Lady II is a 90 foot yacht that takes passengers on dinner and sunset cruises, as well as charters and other corporate events, and departs from the northern end of Plum Island.   While I would’ve liked to get a more creative composition here, the green head flies were out and on a mission to destroy my legs (those of you from New England will know what I mean), so I barely had the time/courage to set up my tripod on the beach for a few sets of brackets.  I did manage a few other shots that night as well before these creatures really got the best of me, which I’ll save for future posts.

Have a great weekend everyone.


As I’ve already shown in several previous posts here and here, this property is one of my favorite local spots to shoot.  And for whatever reason, I’m drawn to this particular gate, and have worked on all different angles and times of day with it.  When I saw that the sky was setting up for a nice sunset a few weeks ago, I decided to head over again and see what I could get for a sunset shot.  As I approached the gate, I noticed that this sign had been recently added where there wasn’t one before.  On most occasions, I find myself setting up for a wide view of the gate and the field beyond, but this time I tried a more intimate shot of the gate focusing on the sign.  Previous attempts at a tighter view just never seemed to work out very well, but I thought this new variable might make a difference.  My point in showing this image is that even small changes in the places or things you like to shoot can make a big difference in the images you create.  Be on the lookout for these subtle changes, and familiar objects and places can feel new again.