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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.

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…

4 Most Memorable Videos of 2013
4 Most Memorable Videos of 2013

A few months can feel like only seconds. I was hired at the Daily Record in April and covered many stories in 9 months. Each day was something different, something new. In review, I made 29 videos that last from 44 seconds to 5 minutes. I complied my top 4 most memorable videos by me [...]

Chris’s 2013 favorites
Chris’s 2013 favorites

I love this picture for two reasons. First, kids eating ice cream is always a glorious thing to make pictures of, because they either completely devour it and make a mess, or they take their time and make a mess. And let’s face it, ice cream messes are the best messes. Second, it just screams [...]

Judging crazy
Judging crazy

Last week, I got to meet Chris Giffen, a local guy who’s been working for 10 years to develop a haunted house ride that would: rival Disney World’s “Haunted Mansion” in terms of production value/quality, outdo Disney World’s “Haunted Mansion” in terms of length (25 minutes), require a permanent building and pay tribute to various [...]

Hot Shot: 206 RAW images
Hot Shot: 206 RAW images

Summer is coming to a close and the weather is slowly getting colder. Do you know what that means? It’s fall sport season. Also, scarf season… my favorite of year. I created a 45 second Tout to showcase what it takes to get the perfect shot. At least 206 raw photos were taken at Central York High School [...]

Time travel in a crowd of 2013, finding images from the past
Theresa Strange signals to the operators of the locomotive during the Reading Express. YORK DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS - PAUL KUEHNEL

(YORK DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – PAUL KUEHNEL)
Time travel in a crowd of 2013. Finding images from the past in assignments.

Animal cuteness
Collandra Runkle, age 13, left, of West York and Hailey Fabrick, age 12 of Hampstead, MD relax and eat their healthy lunch they made during the Teen Battle Chef program at Sproutwood Farm in Codorus Township July 15, 2013. A polite cat named Midnight would like to sample a mussel.   YORK DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS - PAUL KUEHNEL

YORK DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – PAUL KUEHNEL
Animal Cuteness: A cat politely asks for a taste of seafood. Not much needs to be written about why we like our pets and pictures that remind us of our interactions with pets. It’s a simple formula, lacking the complication associated with the rest of life.

Custer re-enactor feels pain of history
Custer re-enactor feels pain of history

PAUL KUEHNEL – YORK DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS
Photographers capture and encapsulate history into a single moment. A good re-enactor feels the pain of history as the story expands and old wounds bleed.

Gold flakes fell from faces in heaven
Gold flakes fell from faces in heaven

YORK DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – PAUL KUEHNEL
Sometimes I randomly walk into magical moments.With lens pointed at the dome, glass compressing the artist into the heavenly face of the risen Christ surrounded by eight Old Testament prophets, gold flakes showered around me. Glitters of gold sticking to my gear and clothes.

A father’s love in graphic detail
A father’s love in graphic detail

YORK DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – PAUL KUEHNEL
Kelly Logan holds a body bag up along side a banner of his 16 year old daughter who was killed by a gun shot to the stomach. It was graphic moment in a rally filled with religious songs and calls for universal love…

Somewhere between video and still
Somewhere between video and still

YORK DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – PAUL KUEHNEL
I have become somewhat obsessed with Google+ Auto Awesome. It is probably the lack of effort in creating them and how quickly an idea can be applied that doesn’t quite lend itself to video and could be more than still.

For more information on how I process these animated .gif images see my post in…

The context of shouting
The context of shouting

YORK DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – PAUL KUEHNEL
It’s often difficult to give context to a moment captured with one still image.

What you see: An man in military gear shouting at kids the opening day of camp.

In reality: Sgt. Geoffrey Emschweiler knows everything about keeping fellow soldiers alive on the battlefield.

one minute equals three hours
one minute equals three hours

Fun was had this week when reporter Lauren Boyer and I went to Central Market. We asked vendors and customers to spell some of York County’s difficult words. What people don’t know is how much it takes to edit a 4 minute video. The idea spawned by reporter Christine Loman who noted last week was the [...]

Candid political moments
Kevin Schreiber, right, marvels at the inside of the dome at the state capital building in Harrisburg Tuesday with his nephew Liam Yousif, age 3 shortly before his swearing in ceremony. YORK DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS - PAUL KUEHNEL

YORK DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – PAUL KUEHNEL
A swearing-in ceremony photo, with one hand on the Bible, is a defining moment that begins a political career, but not always the best photo of the day. Earlier in the day, Kevin Schreiber said to me while walking through the halls of the capital building, that he just felt like sliding down the huge, smooth brass railings

When camera images become paintings
Brenda Yarrison, a narrator, during a quiet moment next to the The York No. 17 locomotive building steam before people arrived to take it's first public ride from New Freedom to Glen Rock and back Sunday. YORK DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS - PAUL KUEHNEL

RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – PAUL KUEHNEL
Sometimes the light is just right to make a camera image, a painting. In this case the light filtering though the exhaust smoke of the York No. 17 locomotive was a great block to help fully saturate colors so the direct sun wasn’t blasting my lens. At the same time, the light is falling on the subject.

My Month in Mobile
My Month in Mobile

May is gone. June has finally arrived. That means time to reflect the good ol’ days of mobile.Mobile journalism is growing part of the Daily Record newsroom. Not only do I have to take pictures and videos; I have to capture my view through my cellphone. How do I do it all? I’m not sure, [...]

Al, Mary and the map
Al, Mary and the map

Al Rose is a 90-year-old World War II veteran whose wife Mary, also 90, has had Alzheimer’s since 1995. Every night, Al visits Mary in her nursing-home room. Every night, Al brings a project he started in fall 2011: A comprehensive map of the York County veterans memorials he has found by searching newspaper microfilm [...]

Songs of worship in Chick-fil-A
Songs of worship in Chick-fil-A

Sometimes, your editor will tell you to do something that doesn’t sound very exciting. But you go do it, and then strange things start happening and you do your job and report on strange things. Then you return to the newsroom and tell your editor what happened, and your editor gets to gloat about how [...]

VIDEO: Private funding for low income housing, a messy video edit shows complex issue
Ron Kent Jr. lives about 8 blocks from the Thackston Park Project ans was part of the Community March In Support of Economic Fairness and Inclusion in York March 25, 2013.  YORK DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS - PAUL KUEHNEL

DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – PAUL KUEHNEL
Interesting that this story is at number two at ydr.com this morning. I didn’t think there would be that much interest. After covering this, assembling a video was a nightmare. I basically had 35 minutes of people shouting at each other. There are so many issues layered together, but the one standing out in my mind…

Avalong barn: A peaceful moment before irreversible change
An excavator moves along tearing down a one story addition to the Avalong barn in Springettsbury Township Tuesday March 19, 2013 in preparation for demolishing the main building. YORK DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS - PAUL KUEHNEL

(YORK DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS – PAUL KUEHNEL) Taking pictures of a building demolition is often pure documentation. The shock and awe of the moment, a building changing fast that has stood for decades, is often enough for an interesting picture. What I like about this picture is the majestic symmetry of architecture against a powder puff sky. A yellow claw pops out of the blue and green about the change everything.

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…

Singing for Obama?
Singing for Obama?

Paul Zeigler, a local pastor, has been invited to sing a solo at an inaugural prayer breakfast in Washington, D.C., on Monday. It’s one of about 200 inauguration-centric events in that city on that day, but who knows? Maybe the president will hear this fellow sing. Not that it makes a big difference to Zeigler, [...]

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