Paul Kuehnel
Soccer fan suprise
Dorsey Blaine, left, and her daughter Ashley, age 14,  watch the Women's World Cup soccer final in Lower Windsor Township Sunday July 5, 2015. The pair recently traveled to Montreal twice to watch games leading up to the game tonight. Paul Kuehnel - York Daily Record/ Sunday News

Video: Excited local fans watch the Women’s World Cup soccer final An international game, that isn’t American football, can be hard to illustrate with local fans in York County. So I was extremely excited to be welcomed into a home in Lower Windsor Township with a room packed full of painted, screaming soccer fans. Add […]

Gettysburg is where journalism, coping and perspective began
Paul Kuehnel - York Daily Record/Sunday News

(Paul Kuehnel – York Daily Record)
Memories: Half asleep at graduation from Gettysburg College after covering a late night fatal in Bonneauville, the time my news editor went home, sat down on the couch and shot himself in the head (a week after I left) the Gettysburg Times. The majestic hotel pictured here completely in flames after an arsonist lit it in three places at once in the basement while I still had no clue how to cover a fire. The Gettysburg Times building was across the street at the time.

Chewing on history
Chewing on history

(Paul Kuehnel – York Daily Record)
It’s no secret that I love historical things. I am more of a mental, digital collector than of things, but to touch, taste and chew? is magical. This a better find than my grandmother’s preserved tomato juice marked 1947, which wasn’t as pretty.

Intense colors, winter of monochrome
Intense colors, winter of monochrome

(Paul Kuehnel-York Daily Record/Sunday News)
Intense colors after a winter of monochrome snow and sticks. A blue sky and puffy clouds go with every season.

When statues take on life
When statues take on life

( Paul Kuehnel – York Daily Record/Sunday news)
Sometimes I see something that could happen, but isn’t happening yet! Unlike real life, one of the subjects remains in place for the real world to meet it. And me to capture the moment.

Sleep in journalism, cats
Sleep in journalism, cats

(Paul Kuehnel – York Daily Record/Sunday News)
I love nothing more on a day off than to “sleep in” which means under the warm covers ferociously multi-tasking stories on my smartphone while listening to a podcast in the background.

Anything about Walmart
Anything about Walmart

(Paul Kuehnel – York Daily Record/Sunday News)
Anything about Walmart brings up all kinds of comments in social media, actual news happening at Walmart brings people to my facebook profile wanting to know what is going on.

Tout video editing grows up
Tout video editing grows up

The bread and butter journalism video has evolved into short, quick, almost live along with the popularity of YouTube, Vine and Instagram videos.

For the past couple months, I have found myself editing video often in the Tout iOS app on a tablet, even when the content originates in a DSLR.

Historical line of leaders
From the left Tom Wolf, greets former governors Tom Corbett and Ed Rendell during the inauguration of Tom Wolf in Harrisburg Tuesday January 20, 2015.  Paul Kuehnel - Daily Record/Sunday News

(Paul Kuehnel – Daily Record/Sunday News)
It’s always an interesting moment to record a group of political leaders that served the same office at different times. All the campaigning against each other, the history of the time periods they served, compresses into one visual moment. The reactions are riveting, even if it is a very public moment for the cameras.

Paul Kuehnel – 2014 favorite videos
Paul Kuehnel – 2014 favorite videos

I processed 242 videos so far this year in the ever morphing world of journalism video, far more than in my first year of publishing online video in 2001. Since my first published, Flash based time-lapse video 13 years ago, more refined long-form video has compressed into shorter clips. Quick storytelling with an emphasis on quick posting in the ever increasing compression of time, expansion of information, and shortening of attention spans.

Paul Kuehnel – 2014 favorite photos
A museum in Washington D.C., an old train shed in Pennsylvania and Times Square.  ( Photos by Paul Kuehnel )

The super-wide image has more in common with human vision than a standard framed photo. We scan our environment with our eyes, breaking it up into pieces. It is our brain that assembles the story. The super-wide splices all the information from our field of vision, warped and morphed into one flat package.

Baseball buddies say goodbye
Baseball buddies say goodbye

When I saw Daily Record staff photographer Paul Kuehnel’s photo of a York Revolution player consoling a young fan after Sunday’s season-ending playoff loss, I immediately recognized that moment as the conclusion of a story we told back in August. On Aug. 19, with the start of school looming, staff photographer Jason Plotkin delivered a […]

Images crossing the border into creepy
A split picture of the Beaver Street entrance of the Central Market. The left side of the frame is March 2014, the right 1941. New Photo by Paul Kuehnel,  old photo York County Heritage Trust.

Photo by Paul Kuehnel
Methodically matching up old photos with new ones for a new ydr.com series taking particular care to blend reality and combine human interaction over time, I just suddenly turned up one eyebrow and flinched.

Next generation of volunteer firefighters
Next generation of volunteer firefighters

Paul Kuehnel – Daily Record/Sunday News
While taking this picture, I was reminded of the national shortage of volunteer firefighters. Communities are faced with merging coverage areas, and or going with paid firefighters to insure that public safety is maintained in the absence of people stepping forward to volunteer.

Kind people in horrible circumstances
John Scott, left, and Beverly Poe watch firefighters extinguish a fire in their apartment in Codorus Township after a three car vehicle collision sent one into the building and it caught fire Sunday Feb 16, 2014 The Couple was in the apartment when the vehicle hit the building and caught fire.  Paul Kuehnel - Daily Record/Sunday News

Paul Kuehnel – Daily Record/Sunday News
When covering news, ugly situations bring out the best and worst in people. Every incident is a clean slate in how I deal with people. Every new moment has the potential of grace. The reality is that no matter how angry and disagreeable people are towards me, there will be a human in some form covering news where I am standing, and I can be the one that adds positive rather than more negative.

Letter: A picture, story touches a life
The York Ecumenical Choral Society walks though the congregation concluding the York Ecumenical Choral Society's Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church Sunday December 29, 2013. The Choir  joins voices from many Christian traditions around York County for annual festival in it's 17th year.   Paul Kuehnel - Daily Record/Sunday News

Paul Kuehnel – Daily Record/Sunday News
“Do you ever stop to think how what you do affects the lives of people…sometimes in a very profound way?” – Marie Stoltz of York wrote me a letter and answered the question for me.

Recording history, extending dreams
Recording history, extending dreams

Paul Kuehnel – Daily Record/Sunday News
I recorded the history of an orchestra twice. The second time I found out that I had helped extend a few long-term dreams with the first story. On most Sundays since 1919, the Bethlehem United Methodist Church Sunday School Orchestra…

The art of capturing a chase and crash
Crash at East Market and Sherman Streets in York Monday December 30, 2013. Witnesses said the man had been driving the Buick at right and police were persuing.    Paul Kuehnel - Daily Record/Sunday News

Paul Kuehnel – Daily Record/Sunday News
Crossing paths with news at the right place and time is a gift that brings home a good spot news photo, but you can expand the circle of the right place and time by listening to the police scanner and thinking.

Paul Kuehnel’s favorite still photos 2013
With no hands, Aiden Perry, age 5, left, of Manchester, left, looks over at Laci Lesher, age 6, of Chambersburg while riding the carousel during the Shrewsbury Volunteer Firemen's Annual Carnival Tuesday June 25, 2013 in Shrewsbury. The carnival runs until June 29 with fireworks at 11 the last night. YORK DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS - PAUL KUEHNEL

Paul Kuehnel – Daily Record/Sunday News
I have many favorite photos during the year for many different reasons. A technical accomplishment, nice light, a great composition, the perfect moment and luck. I picked this photo because it combined a few of the elements that make me smile when I capture a fleeting moment.

A mental image gallery of juror 69
A free sarsaparilla from Busy Bee in Central Marker for being a juror.  Paul Kuehnel - Daily Record/Sunday

Paul Kuehnel – Daily Record/Sunday
Fascinated to be part of something that I have not been part of with a camera for decades, I turned my brain on to record the scene. About 25 years ago, photographers sat outside Courtroom 1 inside the old York County Courthouse and peered through a crack between the doors waiting for the main characters to emerge.

Light your bad light moments
The stone bank barn during the Grand opening of the Historic Hellam Preserve in Hellam Township Sunday November 10, 2013.  Paul Kuehnel - Daily Record/Sunday News

Paul Kuehnel – Daily Record/Sunday News
I am always tickled when an organization thinks about lighting. At the grand opening of Historic Hellam Preserve yesterday, the organizers did a good job of lighting.

She grabbed my camera and shot me
Paul Kuehnel Photo by Chris Dunn

I am not comfortable with having my picture taken, not because I don’t like my picture taken as much as I am not in control of taking the picture of me. It’s an interesting lesson in sensitivity for any photographer of what it’s like on the other side of the lens.

Macros
An oak leaf in Emigsville Monday October 14, 2013. Unlike most leafy trees, the oak will hold it's leaves until spring when new grown starts.  Paul Kuehnel - Daily Record/Sunday News

I have always been fascinated with close-up macro images from the first time I peered through the blankets of my bed as a child and studied fibers in the cloth. A whole world in itself exists in macros. In nature, new details and symmetry appear. Contrasts in colors and patterns that we miss as we rush through our days.

Storytelling wide shots
The 100th Anniversary of The Glen Theatre in Glen Rock Sunday September 29, 2013.  Paul Kuehnel - Daily Record/Sunday News

Paul Kuehnel – Daily Record/Sunday News
Sometimes several parts of a story can be told by backing up and looking over the scene.

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A picture may be worth a thousand words, but there is often more to say about a great photograph. The York Daily Record's award-winning visual staff offers a peek behind the lens and into the process of capturing, editing and publishing their most interesting photographs, video stories and more.
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