Archive for February, 2013
Press Conference Boredom
John Stark, 10, of Spring Garden Township during a lengthy press conference at The Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center Thursday, February 28, 2013.

Press conferences are sometimes informative, but almost always boring. Loved the expression I saw on this kid’s face. The second he saw me he started smiling but I’d say this emotion was the genuine one.    

Getting “Smart” people to do silly things….
Getting “Smart” people to do silly things….

Post by Jason Plotkin I get teased by peers and friends because apparently I like trying to convince people to do things for either photos or video that they normally would not do. One time it was putting a mic on a football coach for a championship game. Asking a male reporter to pose in […]

How to cover spot news with a broken scanner
Firefighters work to extinguish a shed fire at Cedarwood and N Webster Drive in Hellam Township Mionday Feb. 25, 2013.  YORK DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS - PAUL KUEHNEL

(YORK DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – PAUL KUEHNEL) Where there is a column of smoke rising into the sky in front of you there generally is a fire. I was leaving an assignment in Hellam Township yesterday and saw the signature of a fire breaking out in the distance. My York County 911 scanner died earlier in the day…

Farm Cats
Gorgeous light and friendly cats made for a fun afternoon of shooting.

I drew the lucky straw at work today and while everyone else was chasing fires I was hanging out on a beautiful farm in York Township. Sally and Casey Barnes raise horses and like any real farm, they are inundated with random cats. Eight to be exact. Most were just left by people who found […]

Using photojournalism to teach lessons to my kids
Using photojournalism to teach lessons to my kids

Post by Jason Plotkin Last Friday, my almost 12-year-old daughter, Hannah, was off from school and I offered to take her with me on assignment to Nixon Park to photograph the backyard bird count. She was less than thrilled. “That doesn’t sound very fun.” she said. Now, I know I’m not cool. Never was. Never […]

Date love and other important files as an archive reference point
Date love and other important files as an archive reference point

I shot photos today of a couple who wrote each over 500 love letters over a 50 year period. There might be more, but not having cloud archiving in the 1950’s, some were lost to a garbage can accident during a spat.

Early on, Joyce Ilgenfritz told her husband Morgan the importance of dating every letter. Little did they know a photographer in 2013 would be able to look over hundreds of these love letters and place their context in history….

Oh the judges
Dallastown's Benjamin Staub came in second in the YAIAA Diving Championship at the Central York Aquatic Center Thursday, February 14, 2013.  DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS - KATE PENN

Diver in the foreground, judges in the background is a bread and butter shot for diving. Like most sports shots, it’s pretty much equal parts skill and luck to get it right. This isn’t the shot that made it to print but that sliver of separation between the diver and judges at the divers neck/head/back […]

A generous gesture I couldn’t refuse
Former marine Nathan Fornwalt poses with his "Wounded Veteran Snowman" he created in the front yard of his Springettbury Townhip home following Wednesday evening's snow. Fornwalt placed some of his own medals, including his Purple Heart on the creation in the hopes to entertain people and hope they appreciate what the military does.

Post by Jason Plotkin He handed me his Cover. I called it a hat. “It’s not a hat. The Army wears hats. The Marines wear Covers.” said Nathan Fornwalt, a Springettsbury Township resident who I had just met 20 minutes earlier. He showed me his name, written in two places of the bush Cover. “Take […]

A 71 year kiss for Valentine’s Day
Lorna Young, left, and Paul Young Jr. at their home in West Manchester Township Monday.   YORK DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS - PAUL KUEHNEL

Older couples aren’t often passionate for the photographer. Maybe its a generational thing, maybe they are just tired of each other. I asked Lorna and Paul Young Jr. to get a little closer for the picture to go with a Valentine’s day story about their 71 year marriage. And they kissed…

Capturing the moment, rite of passage for a blind boy
Sisters, Tyler Elliott, age 9, left and Dylan, right, age 8, share their brother's first try at bowling Sunday February 10, 2013 at Suburban Bowlerama in York Township. Garver Elliott, age 4, center, is legally blind and had been hesitant to try bowling before the Tony Petraco Memorial Bowl-a-thon, to benefit ForSight Vision.    YORK DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS - PAUL KUEHNEL

One of my greatest joys with photography is capturing a moment.

Garver Elliott, only 4 and legally blind, was hesitant about bowling the day before during an outing with family and never bowled before.

Today was his day to step up, and let go.

U.S. Postal Service is reaching and so was this photographer
U.S. Postal Service is reaching and so was this photographer

When news happens to individuals and small companies access is much easier. One person granting permission.

Trying to cover a national story about the U.S. Postal Service announcing it will stop letter delivery on Saturdays, I head to a small post office, then a large…

Always looking for a photo
Baltimore Ravens defensive back Chykie Brown (23) celebrates after the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in New Orleans. The Ravens won 34-31. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

I love watching sports on TV. College football is my favorite, but I watch NFL games, basketball, soccer, baseball and even sometimes golf. I usually tell people that I “root for the game” which means aside from a couple teams I always hope will win, I just want things to be close and exciting. That’s […]

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