(YORK DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – PAUL KUEHNEL)
After a subject is captured, a photographer is lucky for a speeding glimpse. Often there are many patrol cars leaving a scene after capture, one has their man. On this particular day, my 80-200 was literally coming apart so I was happy to see the auto focus working (this time) as I panned and knocked off 8 frames per second.
(YORK DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS — PAUL KUEHNEL)
It’s on the budget for 1A, the story hasn’t been written yet, the event hasn’t occurred and it’s vacation bible school. Although there is some wiggle room to move things around on pages if reality isn’t kind to planning, nothing makes me happier than to find a good picture for a 1A story that was expected to be awesome.
I was photographing a Susquehanna League baseball game at York Township Park Thursday evening when a huge storm cloud slowly covered the field. The thing about this cloud was that it was a clear line between beautiful sunny sky and impending doom. It loomed for a good 10-20 minutes before there was any precipitation at [...]
Post by Jason Plotkin I don’t have many regrets in my life. I’m not the kind of person who believes that I should have turned left when I turned right. There are no wrong turns. Only places I end up and the path that took me there. But I have to admit, I screwed up [...]
A few weeks ago I went to Nixon Park Nature Center for the first time. I was there to cover a reptile week presentation, but I had a few minutes to look around before things started. The presentation was being held in a room covered with the stuffed and mounted heads of animals. (At one [...]
Post by Jason Plotkin I thought I’d never get out this funk. I woke up Friday to hear about the horrific Colorado shootings in the movie theater which took multiple lives, including that of a 6-year-old. I spent my entire morning covering the drowning of a 2-year-old boy. Saturday was spent photographing the funeral of [...]
Post by Jason Plotkin One of the best movie experiences I’ve ever had was taking my 11-year-old daughter Hannah to the midnight showing of the Avengers. By the time we got home at 4:15 am, she was still so excited she could still hardly sleep. I get teased a lot because of my love for [...]
Post by Jason Plotkin Better late than never. Here are my 10 favorites from the month of June.
Post by Jason Plotkin I was with friends this weekend at a lake. We were having fun as the kids played for hours in the water while I was learning how to get my butt handed to me at bocce ball. At some point, one of the parents called me a Penn State hater. I [...]
Less than a month ago, we published a story of a father fighting for his infant son’s life while caring for his other children. I wrote on this blog that, though the story ran on the front page of the Sunday paper, the story still isn’t over and that reporter Leigh and I weren’t [...]
The Ms. Pennsylvania Senior America Pageant program defines the Age of Elegance in many ways – with VIDEO
The winners of the World Series get a parade. The NBA champions get a parade. Heck, even the York Revolution got a parade after they won their second consecutive Atlantic League title. So it’s no stretch of the imagination that the West York baseball team — less than a month after their state championship [...]
Yesterday I went down to the Mason-Dixon Fair to photograph some typical fair foods. I definitely looked like the craziest person there (which is saying a lot for a fair crowd) – buying up all the fried food I could find, shooting it in various locations then shoving it all in tote bags to bring [...]
On days like today — as we learn the Freeh investigation’s findings indicate Penn State’s most powerful people knew about but did little to stop Jerry Sandusky’s abuse of children — I can’t help but think back to October 29, 2011. Most might remember that day for the unseasonal snow and ice storm that crippled [...]
Post by Jason Plotkin Today I had a rare treat. I got to take photographs in the York County Judicial Center. After going through security, I brought my gear up to courtroom nine to photograph Michael Flannelly being sworn in as the latest York County judge. It was a joy to see the judges outside [...]
Even in a mess of confusion there can be subtle symmetry of shapes, repetition, color… locked inside an image.
Post by Jason Plotkin The very first weekend I picked up a camera for a newspaper and covered a car accident, someone came up to me and bluntly said, “If you don’t stop taking pictures, I’m going to shove that camera up your ass.” At that point, I put my camera down and walked away [...]
Last night, I covered Red Lion’s Fourth of July fireworks show for today’s front page. I’ve shot fireworks before, but it had been a while… as you can tell. Here, I’ll explain how (not) to shoot fireworks photos. Note that all these photos are SOOC — straight out of camera — so they aren’t [...]
Working Sunday, I usually cover one, sometimes two, worship services. People often ask me which church I attend and I say all of them. They usually look at me strange and then I explain that I have been working on Sunday for the York Daily Record since 1984. After that length of time, all York County [...]