Archive for June, 2012
Somewhere, a photo editor should be in the doghouse
This is a screenshot of the New York Times' doghouse slideshow.

The New York Times published a photo slideshow of custom-built doghouses. Among them was one particularly badly-Photoshopped photo that had apparently been submitted by the company that manufactures that doghouse. Here’s what happened after I tweeted the link out.

Wildfires in Colorado
Fire from the Waldo Canyon wildfire burns as it moved into subdivisions and destroyed homes in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Tuesday, June 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Gaylon Wampler)

Years ago, I worked as a photographer at a small newspaper in Northern California. When Summer came around every year, it was just as often referred to as “fire season” as anything else. There would be no rain for months and even the smallest spark could start a fast spreading fire. As a photographer I [...]

“OOH-RAH!” with Dallastown’s JROTC
“OOH-RAH!” with Dallastown’s JROTC

If my prep school in Texas had offered JROTC, I’d probably have joined. After all, I was keen on joining ROTC in college (never happened) and even threw myself in my own, self-induced physical training regimen in preparation (that did happen). But alas, my prep school in Texas was way too preppy for JROTC. And [...]

Catching once in a lifetime gatherings
Catching once in a lifetime gatherings

Events like weddings, funerals and court cases bring people together. It isn’t often that a group of notable people from York all gather in one place that is accessible to the media. Such was the case for the fifth day of the Stephen Stetler trial. Louis J. Appell Jr., right, is greeted Monday by Francis [...]

First Love at age 75
First Love at age 75

Contrasts can be purely visual, but sometimes a picture adds life to the juxtaposition of time, age, and emotion. What if you had a second chance, to marry your first love. At age 75, Christine Stock and John K. Heilig Jr. were married. They met in junior high school, dated, married other people and lived [...]

Can journalists also be personalities?
Can journalists also be personalities?

Post by Jason Plotkin With more movement for our online product to include video, many of the journalists I know are putting themselves on camera. Whether it’s a voice over to use on a video about a shooting or getting on camera to talk about Penn State football, some of the York Daily Record staff [...]

Hunting Ghosts
Jan Klinedinst, right, records as Tom Shirey speaks out loud inviting spirits to speak with him or touch him on the top floor of the John Wright Restaurant earlier this year.  DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS - KATE PENN

I photographed local paranormal consultants,¬†”In the Midst of Ghosts”, while they investigated different buildings a few times for a story that will run this Sunday. As they story got closer to running and photos were being looked at for layout, questions were raised about this photo. The short answer is no, that is not a [...]

Fighting for Houston
Fighting for Houston

Sometime in mid-April, my editor Eileen approached me about a story that reporter Leigh had begun working on. “It’s a sick baby,” Eileen said. “They’re giving him three weeks to live.” Two months later, the baby is still alive and hanging in there — and Leigh’s and my hard work was published on the front [...]

Kaden Hepler: Throwing strikes, getting outs
Kaden Hepler: Throwing strikes, getting outs

Last night, I was a one-man band for delivering visuals from West York’s state championship baseball game against Lampeter-Strasburg in State College: I was responsible for two section fronts, a slideshow’s worth of photos, a video and, naturally, some social media. Before I left for State College, I met up with editor Brad, who wanted [...]

Humor in a serious moment
Humor in a serious moment

Parkway resident Jackie Green jokes when asked about a proposed smoking ban in public housing that perhaps there were bigger problems. Like the bullet that went through her porch railing last week while she was standing on the porch shortly before noon. (Daily Record/Sunday News — Paul Kuehnel)

Capturing NASCAR star Tony Stewart at Lincoln Speedway
Capturing NASCAR star Tony Stewart at Lincoln Speedway

Dirt-track racing fans in southcentral Pennsylvania often get a special — if not somewhat secret — treat when NASCAR’s stars come to the region for Sprint Cup races at Pocono Raceway and Dover (Del.) International Speedway. At times, stock car racing’s best will sneak away from the big tracks in order to do a little [...]

Rooting for a photograph
Rooting for a photograph

Post by Jason Plotkin Sometimes I root for a photo. I’m not allowed to takes sides. Whether I’m shooting high school sports, politics or a preschool spelling bee, I’m always supposed to be unbiased. When I cover an assignment, no one should ever know my personal feelings about what I am photographing. There are times, [...]

At Sandusky trial: Media covering media covering media
Photographer Harvey Levine takes a picture of the microphones crowding a podium outside the Centre County Courthouse during the first day of the trial of former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky in Bellefonte, Pa., Monday, June 11, 2012. Sandusky is charged with 52 counts of child sexual abuse involving 10 boys over a period of 15 years. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

What do media members do when they are stuck outside the Centre County courthouse all day, awaiting the conclusion of the first day of testimony at the Jerry Sandusky trial? They take photos of other media members taking photos of other media members. For the latest headlines from the Sandusky trial and all that surrounds [...]

Starting summer on a sugar high
Ferguson Elementary first-grade students Kevin Muniz, Kyle Vandersloot and Alondra Caraballo pause from eating their shaved ice as they watch a plane fly overhead on Thursday, June 7, 2012. Ferguson Elementary students ended their penultimate day of school with shaved ice treats from the Chilly Dilly's truck on Thursday, June 7, 2012. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS - CHRIS DUNN

For most students in York County, this past week marked the last days of the 2011-2012 school year. One local school decided to end its penultimate day with shaved-ice treats for the students. I’m not going to sugar-coat it (ha? ha?): This assignment was kind of a disaster but, if you’ll believe me, not in [...]

American Homecomings: Following a West York veteran
American Homecomings: Following a West York veteran

Daily Record/Sunday News photographer Kate Penn, along with reporter Mike Argento, will be following local Afghanistan war veteran Darnell Rias over the course of the next year, to document the struggles and successes of the former Marine and West York High grad as he builds his new life after war. An IED blast shattered Rias’ [...]

See you later . . .
An alligator sits in the swamp area at Alligator Alley in Summerdale, Ala. Visitors to the park can buy gator biscuits to feed to resident alligators.

I was on vacation last week, visiting friends in Mobile, Ala. When I mentioned to them that this was my fourth trip to their town and I had yet to see an alligator, they came up with a great solution to my problem. While it’s not uncommon to see gators in the wild in that [...]

Another Vathis Award-winner in our newsroom
Doug Siegrist feels the teeth in a horse's mouth checking what work needs to be done at Free Spririt Stables in Frederick, MD Wednesday, April 27, 2011. Siegrist works with his father-in-law Ernest Kilby, making house calls to area farms for equine dental work. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS - KATE PENN

We are very proud to announce that York Daily Record/Sunday News photographer Kate Penn has won the Paul Vathis Memorial Photography Portfolio Award for 2012. Competition for the award came from news photographers working for news organizations of all circulation sizes in Pennsylvania. The honor is well-deserved. Kate had an outstanding year, from a spot [...]

YDR’s Street Rod Scavenger Hunt: And the winner is …
8. A Chevy engine in a Ford car (Bonus for vice versa). Peters wrote: 1946 Ford Coupe with a 454 chevy engine. Can clearly see the ford emblem on the front in the chrome, and the distributer on the rear of the engine, showing it's a chevy engine. Owner is in my car club.

We challenged readers to take part in a Street Rod Scavenger Hunt while thousands of the classic cars were in town for their national meet last weekend at the York Expo Center. Contestants needed to photograph a list of items and submit them to our online street rod gallery here. The contestant with the most [...]

My favorites in May
My favorites in May

Post by Jason Plotkin Here are ten (not in any order) of my favorite photographs from May:

Like father, like son
Like father, like son

(Paul Kuehnel – York Daily Record / Sunday News) It’s always interesting to watch the body language of people, particularly parents and¬†children. In this case, a Farmall Twin was the perfect background to mirror the similar body language of a role model. Dakota Lake, age 7, and his father Michael drive a Farmall Twin H [...]

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