Saturday, February 25, 2012

Spring Flowers in February? In Erie??

These snowdrop flowers were photographed in the garden of a home in the Frontier neighborhood of Erie on Feb. 21, 2012

I really like this photo because of the light and the elements (literally and figuratively). I backlit these flowers and got lucky (I guess; got wet, too) to shoot them in a rain storm. So I caught the water on the flowers and the overall muddy spring feel. There's a lot of detail to this photo that's lost in this Web post. If you'd like to see it in full resolution, let me know and I'll email you the big one. This image was used with a story about the mild winter we've had in Erie. These flowers aren't supposed to be popping up for another month. Global warming at work...


Sunday, February 19, 2012

Violin Lessons For Third Graders

Here's a video I shot and helped edit for a Sunday SnapShot photo page about an area violin program that gives local third-graders six weeks of violin lessons. The short story I wrote is here. The photo gallery is here. Enjoy.

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Maple Syrup Time

Brenden Mayo, 9, collects a whiff of maple syrup in the sugar shack at Asbury Woods Nature Center in Millcreek Township (near Erie, Pa.) on Feb. 10 during a field trip where Mayo and his third-grade classmates from Elk Valley Elementary School in Girard, Pa. learned about maple syrup collection and production.

Really like this image. One of those where you don't see it when you're shooting. All the elements are there: the steam off the dark background, the brown maple syrup, the hands, the freckles... Best photo I've shot in 2012. Enjoy. The Erie Times-News story about the local maple syrup season is here. The photo gallery with all the photos from this story is here.


Lucky Weather Feature Photo

With Waldameer Park & Water World and Lake Erie as a backdrop, the Konkol family of Greene Township fights 20-mph winds while taking a quick walk around the outside deck of the observation tower at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center in Millcreek Township on Feb. 17. From foreground to background are: twins Meghan and Lauren Konkol, both 7, and their mother Andrea Konkol. The girls said the 40-degree temperature was too cold for more than one trip around. "Just a day off from school, and something to do," said Andrea Konkol of the reason for the outing. "I said, 'You can do whatever you want,' and this is what they wanted to do."

Real happy with this image. I was under the gun to come up with a quick feature photo. I knew that many kids were out of school for the long Presidents' Day holiday. I gambled on the observation tower at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center, wasting a lot of time waiting for a family to show. The first family was all grins and mugging for the camera. I shot them, but knew it wasn't working. I was running out of time and ready to leave. Then the twins showed up. Couldn't have gotten luckier...

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Now there's a weather photo...

Digging all the elements to this photo. The sky, waves, etc. Definitely says "cold." Shot this at the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie, looking out at Presque Isle Bay.


Saturday, February 11, 2012

McKean Igloo Guy

Speaking of crazy warm weather, Ray Robson of McKean probably won't be making an igloo this year. It's actually called a quinzee, or something like that; not really an igloo. Whatever... I shot this last February, I think. It's one of my favorite videos that I've done. Enjoy.


Beachglassing in February in Erie

Well, it's been more than three years since I posted anything, so I should change that. I shot this on the iPhone and massaged it with the Instagram app. What's most amazing is we could be beachglassing in February in Erie. It's been an unusually warm winter, unusually low amount of snow. Ironically, it's snowing as I write this... Enjoy.