The Gettysburg Dad-dress

There are people who have mastered at all different kinds of photography.  Wonderful landscape specialists, portrait and wedding photographers, food fotogs, and even those who like to shoot toys.  If I had to pinpoint the type of photography that I’ve engaged in the most over the past ten years it would have to be Dad Photography. I've briefly talked about Dad Photography before, but essentially it’s what you engage in when you’re a person who enjoys photography and would like to squeeze some ...

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Wildflowers for Algernon

I first visited Shenk’s Ferry Wildflower Preserve in the Southern end of Lancaster County exactly ten years ago this past month.  It’s a beautiful small preserve under the stewardship of PP&L featuring a flat half mile trail with a bevy of wildflowers on either side of the path.  I returned to Shenk’s Ferry last week with the Lancaster County Photography Meetup Group for some much needed fresh air and to shoot the mostly dime and quarter sized blooms. April is a great time for wildflowers ...

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Decay in Downtown Lancaster

If I happen to get a spare moment to dedicate a few hours to random “found” photography, my go to location in the area is always Downtown Lancaster. It’s what I like to call a “target-rich environment.” It covers a lot of areas I like to shoot including food (at Central Market), people (there’s always characters hanging around in the city somewhere), and decay. I certainly subscribe to the theory that Lancaster City is on the upswing with its exploding arts and culture scene, growing small bu ...

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Flexibility

I've never been able to touch my toes in the traditional gym class kind of way.  My spine just doesn't cooperate.  To paint a more vivid picture for you, it's not like I just can't bridge the last couple of centimeters or so with the tips of my fingers oh-so-close to brushing the ends of my feet.  I don't even come remotely close.  We're talking at least a half a foot or more between the floor and the end of my upper extremities. Embarrassing elementary gym stories aside (and I didn't even ge ...

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Eastern State Penitentiary – Philadelphia, PA

I love rust crust and decay.  Who doesn't?  I guess when you spot a bit of it creeping up the side panels of your 1984 Honda Accord you’re not too enamored with it, but otherwise it’s fantastic, especially in the realm of photography.  Peeling paint, rusty fixtures and crumbling structures provide fantastic little nooks and crannies for light to dart in and out of creating compelling textures. Because of my love of all things decaying, I felt compelled to take a trip down to Eastern State Pen ...

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Photography in Ricketts Glen State Park

Having grown up in Northeastern Pennsylvania, I've been hiking in Ricketts Glen State Park since well before my college years.  Not long after I took up photography, it became one of my favorite places to make photos as well.  Next to bright vibrant colors, water is probably my second favorite photography subject. During most parts of the year Ricketts Glen State Park provides, as good ol' Maverick would say, "a target-rich environment" for all things falling H2O. If you've never been ...

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