Hide it — or embrace it
Hide it — or embrace it

A good photographer is aware of his/her surroundings and how they impact the picture. More often than not, we’ll find ourselves in less-than-ideal places and have to think fast and move frequently to get a workable picture out of that situation. For example, Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf just spoke at the Rotary Club of [...]

Looking back: Savor the light
Looking back: Savor the light

There is a battle that we newspaper photographers fight every autumn, and unfortunately, we lose every single time. It’s the battle to photograph Friday night football in natural light. We lose this battle, week after week, as the sun sets earlier and earlier through the season. If only football games started at 5 p.m., and not 7, if only [...]

A tale of two photos: Penn State on deadline
PSU QB Christian Hackenberg gets sacked, left, and celebrates, right during Penn State's come from behind victory over Rutgers on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014.

Post by Jason Plotkin The Penn State football team is gonna give me a heart attack. I’ve photographed two games so far this season and both games have been decided in the final few minutes of the fourth quarter. While I normally love covering exciting, down to the wire football, this time was different. This [...]

Looking back: Making lemonade at Penn State football
Looking back: Making lemonade at Penn State football

Sometimes, life hands you lemons your camera and lens end up backfocusing and so you make lemonade attempt to salvage a photo by cropping it as if you’d meant to take the picture that way. So, that’s what I did at Penn State this past Saturday. A few more photos from the game, which was [...]

#TBT–Taken on a Thursday: York Fair Wedding 2006
Trigger the pony was one of the guests in attendance of the wedding of Jim Shreves and Juanita Fitez at the York Fair on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2006. YORK DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS-JASON PLOTKIN

Post by Jason Plotkin Since it’s York Fair week, I thought I’d find some photos I took on a Thursday from the York Fair. Now I’m not a wedding photographer, but when the story calls for it, I photograph a wedding. And definitely one of the more interesting wedding stories I’ve ever covered was at [...]

Answering the question honestly
Hanging out in the rafters from the top of Croke Park Stadium.

Post by Jason Plotkin I’ve found myself being asked this question a lot since I got back home. “Did you have fun?” friends, family and colleagues would inquire. The short answer I would give: “No.” How could I not have fun? The York Daily Record had decided to send Penn State reporter Frank Bodani and [...]

Looking back: Meaningful moments at the York City Fire Awards
Looking back: Meaningful moments at the York City Fire Awards

As a general rule, the best moments for genuine pictures at ceremony assignments happen either before or after the ceremony. This is especially true of graduations. And awards ceremonies are usually cut-and-dry events: Someone makes a speech, and people are called up to the front, receive an award and are politely applauded. But I was [...]

Looking back: Face plant
Looking back: Face plant

I couldn’t turn in this picture for print on Saturday because I had to crop in so much that the eventual frame wasn’t large enough to run in print. But it’s not often you get a picture of a full-on face-plant, so with my apologies to Jesse Sargen (whose team won the championship in two games), [...]

Throwback Thursday: Fire on a Thursday
A Pa. State Police Fire Marshall is framed by the icy remains of Fawn United Methodist Church while he and other officials investigated the four-alarm fire in Fawn Grove on Thursday, March 3, 2005.

This was a rare sight for me as ice formed on both the structure of the church and on the firefighters as they battled this four-alarm fire at the Fawn United Methodist Church in Fawn Grove on a Thursday in March of 2005 that was later ruled an arson. The loss for the church was [...]

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