Returning to Rexleigh

I thought I was done with driving to the hinterlands and photographing the Rexleigh Covered Bridge that spans the Battenkill River.

I mean, after my triple-blue-winning Washington County 2:30 a.m. picture, with the Rexleith Bridge in the foreground and the Milky Way in the distance … I thought I had captured my “Rexleigh shot” and was done.

Washington County, 2:30 am. Nikon Df camera, Irix 15mm f/24 lens, flipped to black and white with Google Nik Silver Efex Pro. Photo (c) 2018 Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

I thought I was done.

So explain to me why I drove back up to the Rexleigh Bridge last Saturday.

One word.


The Friday snowstorm dumped a ton of white snowy powder on the Capital Region, and I thought that if I waited for the roads to clear, I could drive the hour-long journey back to the Bridge and get a super-swank snow-capped photo.

Saturday morning, bright and early, out of bed I go.  Grabbed my Nikon Df and a 28mm f/2.8 Nikkor lens.

And so long as the temperatures remain on the chilly side, I’ve got a chance at this.

An hour later, I’m at the Rexleigh Covered Bridge.

And the temperature outside … was 40 degrees.

Nertz.  What would have been beautiful white fluffy snow was now slush and fog.

Well, I’m here …

No sense wasting a trip.

Rexleigh Covered Bridge, 2018 Edition. Nikon Df camera, Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 lens. Photo (c) Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

I decided that if I was going to photograph the bridge, I wanted to imagine a composition in which you could see the bridge – the road through it – and its travels off to the far horizon.  The leading lines of the bridge that would take a traveler to a distant journey.

This shot is too close.  I need to take a step or three back.

Let’s try this again.

Rexleigh Bridge 2018 winter 2. Nikon Df camera, Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 lens. Photo (c) Chuck Miller,all rights reserved.

Yeah.  I’m liking this angle.

Now let’s see if I get a complementary perspective from the other side.

Take a few steps over here… man, it’s slushy as all hell over here.  Between melting snow and non-raked leaves… one wrong step and I could be photographing this bridge from my backside.

Rexleigh Bridge Winter 2018 3. Nikon Df camera, Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 lens. Photo (c) Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

Yeah… no.  There’s not enough treeline in the background to make this shot worthy.  When the snow falls, I want it stuck to the tree branches.

In other words … this needs to look like fresh snow, not two-day-old snow.

So here’s the deal.

I’m gonna hyper-focus on the weather report like a kid waiting for Ichabod Crane Central Schools listens to WGY to hear if Uncle Don Weeks would announce its closure for the day.

And the moment I know that another snowstorm is on the way – whether it’s a Nor’easter or a super-Nor’easter…

I’m charging out of the house at 6:00 a.m.  I don’t care.  I drive a Chevrolet, it’s awesome in poor driving conditions.

Yeah, I know I’m spouting all this off right now, and honestly if the weather’s too unsafe to drive in, I’m not going.

Or maybe I am.

Or maybe I’m not.

But I tell you what.  At least if I DO go to get that winter photo…

I’ll have the correct shooting location to capture it.

This you know.