Archive for September, 2013
Why would I run this photo?
Why would I run this photo?

Post by Jason Plotkin My 12-year-old daughter was looking through my photo gallery from girls soccer I shot on Saturday in a match between Dover and West York high school. She stopped on one particular photo. It was of West York goalie Victoria Wantz, seen through the net looking upset. “Why did you put this […]

The end is just a new beginning
The end is just a new beginning

Spotted this wall art (with a $6 price sticker!) sitting up against the wall in a one-screen movie theater’s projection room. The theater owner is in a tough spot: He needs to convert to digital, which affects not just the projectors but also the screen and the audio setup; the studios won’t send him the […]

Ice lenses
Shenea Chilton, of York, puts some finishing touches on the nose of her ice dolphin during an ice sculpture lesson at The School of Culinary Arts Tuesday September 24, 2013 in North York. The ice sculpting is part of the Garde Manager class where students study cold food preparation.  Paul Kuehnel - Daily Record/Sunday News

Paul Kuehnel – Daily Record/Sunday News
Clear ice bends light; a water lens with constantly changing properties as it melts.

Ice traps and projects the world. A moment captured in ice with a still picture will never happen again the same way.

View from the sidelines
Where the heck is everyone?!

Post by Jason Plotkin A couple of observations from the sidelines of the Penn State/Kent State football game Saturday. I turned to a couple of veteran photographers Saturday and asked, “Have you ever seen Beaver Stadium so empty?” With the rain pouring down on all of us, I don’t think many of us had the […]


I started today photographing delicious food at a bed and breakfast, then shot some science, then did a scavenger hunt for nine York churches. I’m pretty sure the only way my day could have been more varied is if I’d shot sports. Or spot news. Or a portrait. Anyway, my point is, every day in […]

Shippensburg University gives my dad the birthday gift of a lifetime
My dad, Bob Plotkin, rear right, laughs as friends from Shippensburg University, tell stories about his days playing football while they are on campus on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. Dad, who was asked to leave the university in 1956 because of his stuttering problem, was given "Honorary Alumnus" status from the university to make amends.

Bob Plotkin, who was asked to leave Shippensburg University in 1956 because of his stuttering problem, was given “Honorary Alumnus” status from the university to make amends.

Extraordinary courage in the face of danger
Michelle Miller, second from left,  receives a folded flag in honor of Logan Fire Company Chief Rodney Miller by Colonel Scott Perry after a flag folding ceremony during The Court of Valor 2013 Ceremony at York's Observance of the 12th Anniversary of 9/11 Sunday September 15, 3013 at Prospect Hill Cemetery.    YORK DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS - PAUL KUEHNEL

Paul Kuehnel – Daily Record/Sunday News
I often expect hardened faces military heroes, firefighters and police. At some point, the grind of horrible reality can buffer courage. For those not in uniform the burden of courage often seems extraordinary.

Sisters and brothers
Sisters Addy, left, age 4, and Kiersten Swartz, age 14, of West Manchester Township have just arrived at the fair and Addy wants to see everything. Three generations of the Swartz family visited the York Fair Tuesday September 10, 2013. The Swartz family said they spend alot at the York Fair but when it's all said and done it's worth it. "Where else in York can you see a giraffe", said Janelle Swartz   YORK DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS - PAUL KUEHNEL

Paul Kuehnel – Daily Record/Sunday News
The bonds that tie us together can often transcend blood. A common goal, a shared defining moment, so many life chances can bring people together.

Focusing on the positive….
PSU RB Zach Zwinak fights his way through the UCF defense during second half action at State College on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013.

Post by Jason Plotkin We were on an earlier deadline on Saturday for this week’s Penn State game against UCF. I found myself running on and off the field at certain points to email photos in for the newspaper’s deadline. (Online is a different animal all together) At some point I noticed how well PSU […]

Do I need a reason?
From left Larry Frey, son Brett Frey, and friend Tim Gilson harvest sweet potatoes at Larry's home in Wellsville Saturday, September 14, 2013. Larry and Brett have been growing sweet potatoes for about seven years, and sell them for "fun money".  DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS - KATE PENN

Everything I photograph is shown in color. It’s shot digitally recording the color, and even if its printed in the physical newspaper in black and white, it is shown online in color. We live in a color world. So in journalism I generally believe there has to be a good reason to show something in […]

Wanting my daughter in my world, just not THAT world….
York city police were called in to investigate an early morning shooting on the 600 block of West Princess Street on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013.

Post by Jason Plotkin I woke up my 12-year-old daughter Hannah a little after 5:30 a.m. this morning. I wanted to know if she wanted to come with me on a little adventure. You see, I found out that Melman, the giraffe at the York Fair, gets walked from 6 until 8 a.m. I thought […]

Serious story, adorable photo
New Salem Elementary first graders Colton James jokes around with Hailey Graff during lunch on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. The duo, who both suffer from peanut allergies, sit at a seperate table in the school cafeteria which is set aside for those with similar allergies.

Post by Jason Plotkin Last week I was sent to New Salem Elementary School for a story about peanut allergies and new state proposals. I’m not well versed in the way that schools deal with this potentially dangerous situation, but I have to say, I was real impressed with the precautions that are taken. From […]

Community enjoying game
Manchester catcher, left, Nick Shuman meets Hallam's Jaron Shimmel at home plate during the York County Championship Series at East Prospect Sunday August 25, 2013.  YORK DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS - PAUL KUEHNEL

In a world where everything is consolidated, marketed, and channeled for profit, the hometown baseball game carries on with the simple, crude beauty of community enjoying game.

Off the road
Off the road

Obviously, this would never make a Toyota advertising campaign, but I’ve learned that to be a photojournalist, you circle around often, make u-turns, drive slowly in certain areas, park where you shouldn’t and are generally not a model driver. Except when it comes to parallel parking. I am an excellent parallel-parker. I’ve off-road parked in […]

Yorkers see action during Penn State football opener
Dallastown graduate Ben Kline, left, and Central York graduate Kyle Baublitz in action from this past Saturday against Syracuse.

Post by Jason Plotkin Here are action shots of York County football standouts Ben Kline, left, who graduated from Dallastown high school and Kyle Baublitz, a Central York high school graduate as they see action for the Penn State opening game against Syracuse on Saturday in New Jersey. Baublitz was credited with one tackle and […]

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