Mike, Sarah and Ryland

Spent a bit of time with Mike, Sarah and their wonderful little boy Ryland to shoot some family photos. We started at Rocky Ridge and ended at the Creative Playground in Springettsbury Township. We had a great time and made some really nice images!

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Bucket fish

Saturday is the opening day of trout season in York County. Opening day is almost a holiday. Fishermen, women and children will don tall rubber boots, bundle up in warm clothes and wade into their favorite stream to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with other fisher people trying to catch a fish that has been dumped, unceremoniously into the creek from a bucket.

For those who know me, I am an avid trout fisherman, but I haven’t taken part in opening day for at least five years, maybe more, the only reason I have in the past 15 or so was for my kids. I prefer fishing wild mountain streams alone or with a close friend or two. I love wild trout, no ugly stocked fish with missing fins and flat noses for me. And never, ever will you catch me with worm or corn baiting my hook.

But yet, for some reason I always get assigned to get a photo to promote the first day of trout season. In years past I’ve done multi-media pieces about bamboo rod builders and behind the scenes at the trout hatchery. I’ve gone to streams open year-round and photographed fly-fisherman catching and releasing wild trout. I’ve made countless photos of people buying fishing gear at the local sporting goods stores. This year I just got lucky and received an email about a last-minute trout stocking that featured a dozen or more kids dumping stockies into Beaver Creek.

The eyes have it

Last night was National Night Out and things were hopping in downtown York. I was assigned to shoot video (click on the bottom photo to see the vid, warning, lots of rap and latino music with a bit of Doobie Brothers thrown in) but managed a couple of nice stills.

Davyne, 5, ran past me with blue beads bouncing in her hair and an orange snow cone. But what I noticed first was her eyes.  After photographing Davyne, I talked with her mother and she said “I saw her run past you and you turned right around,” she knew I was going to photograph her daughter and what drew my attention.

A lot can be said through five-year old eyes.

The South Side Steppers perform for a large group during National Night Out.

The South Side Steppers perform for a large group during National Night Out.