The Roving Photographer


Contact Glitch and Update

It has come to my attention that my contact page settings and email server setup were, well, boogered up.  So if you have tried to reach me via the Contact page during the last six months or so, and I didn’t respond, I promise that I wasn’t ignoring you.  I simply wasn’t getting any of my messages and didn’t realize it until now.

I have corrected the problem, so please feel free to send a new message – this time I’ll get it!

Also, I’m hoping to resume posting in the near(ish) future, as spring returns to NEPA and I will, hopefully, have more time to dedicate to photography and TRP.

In the meantime, here’s a golden oldie:

Thundering Brook falls, near the north side of Killington Mountain, VT, on the afternoon of 04 July 2011.

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A long absence


I know it’s been a while. Months, really, since I was posting in any sort of regular fashion here. Sorry for dropping off the face of the earth like that. Things came up that demanded my attention and, rather sadly, I haven’t had the opportunity to do much photography for a while now.

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Bad weather, baby

BRENT PENNINGTON Colorful clouds hang over Prompton Lake as a late-summer storm passes on the evening of 13 September 2013.

I’m stealing lines from songs again – this time Sonny Landreth’s “Bad Weather” – but it’s fitting for this set of photos, which was indeed shot during what most people would call bad weather (but which photographers call opportunity).

On this particular day, mid-September, a series of storms were moving down from the northwest through New York and across Northeastern Pennsylvania, large cloud fronts speckled with openings and troughs where the sunlight poured through. The sort of weather where you know that something will happen at sunset, but you’re not sure what – it could be extraordinary or it could fizzle, and if you’re really unlucky it could even storm on you.

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Simple Clicks – Solitary surprise

BRENT PENNINGTON A Solitary Sandpiper feeds on a mud bar at the north end of Prompton State Park on the evening of 24 August 2013.

A few weeks back I shared some photos from a sunset paddle around the north end of Prompton Lake.  This photo is from that outing and was a surprising capture of a Solitary Sandpiper hunting on the mud flats at twilight. Read more »

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An evening on the Susquehanna

BRENT PENNINGTON Afloat on the Susquehanna River north of Falls, PA, on the evening of 08 September 2013.

Kayaking season is drawing to a close, which means that summer and even autumn are almost gone.  They went by really fast this year and looking back I’m a little startled to realize that there’s a lot of things I never got around to, or at the very least, a lot of things I had intentions of doing but just didn’t do as often as I wanted.  Kayaking is at the top of that list; the hull didn’t get wet nearly enough in September or thus far into October.

But for a moment we’re going to step back to the beginning of September so I can share a few photos from a trip up the Susquehanna River, which has become one of my favorite places to paddle, particularly this stretch. Read more »

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An Evening on Prompton Lake

BRENT PENNINGTON Twilight settles over Promption Lake in blues and purples; Promption State Park on the evening of 24 August 2013.

It’s been a while between posts lately. The usual excuses all apply: things have gotten busy and I simply haven’t had the time or energy to get out with the camera and roam as much as I’d like. And sadly, I haven’t even had the motivation to finish up several batches of files that are lingering on my computer. I guess that’s the one nice thing about personal work vs. client work – if you’re not really in the mood, you don’t have to force it.

But excuses aside, let’s step back a few weeks to an evening I spent on Prompton Lake, which is the central feature to (big surprise) Prompton State Park. I’m fairly new to this park, having never hiked a single trail – which is unusual for me – and having only hit the water there a handful of times. I guess you could call it a recent discovery, on the outer range of where I’m willing to drive to at short notice. But it’s worth it.

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A few quick thoughts on the new OM-D E-M1

[Image credit: Olympus Corp.]

This is hardly new news, but I wanted to share a few quick thoughts on the newly announced Olympus OM-D E-M1. The short version is: I won’t be buying one. So there, if that’s all you were wondering, you can move on to the next post.

If you’re looking for a few more details, however, I’m happy to provide them. Again, the short view is: I don’t think it offers enough new or improved features and/or performance to be an economical, worthwhile upgrade for me. That said, I’m thrilled to see that Olympus released it – and it’s currently Amazon’s 2nd highest-selling compact systems camera. So clearly people are excited about it. Which is great!

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Simple Clicks – Downtown

BRENT PENNINGTON Architecture in Downtown Scranton west of Wyoming Avenue, photographed on the evening of 04 September 2013.I’m borrowing a page from Kirk Tuck’s book and posting some photos of downtown Scranton that I took a week or so back.  I can’t claim this idea as my own; I don’t generally do much city photography, even in my own hometown.  No, this was Mandy’s idea – she wanted to take her camera downtown and make images of the older buildings.  I was thrilled, as it isn’t often that my love for photography overlaps with her interests (and it’s been far too long since she’s used her little Olympus EPL-1).

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Hickory Run State Park

BRENT PENNINGTON Panoramic view from mid-stream in Mud Run at Hickory Run State Park on the afternoon of 05 August 2013.

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We’re stepping back over a month here to my visit to Hickory Run State Park, a place I’ve only been once before and even now have hardly begun to explore.  Located near White Haven, PA, it’s a bit beyond my usual range but during early August I decided that I needed to get out and actually do more of the things I had said I wanted to over the summer.  So I did, and this was one of them. Read more »

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My First Friday Scranton Show @ The Vintage

One of the images that I'll have printed for First Friday.

Just one of the images that will be on display during First Friday.

The Roving Photographer – local photographer Brent Pennington presents a collection of his personal work, which focuses on nature and landscape photographs from his adopted home here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Printed in a variety of mediums including canvas and metal, the images represent Pennington’s vision, his interpretation of NEPA’s natural areas, wildlife, and conservation efforts through which he roams.

Opening reception September 6th 2013 at 6:00 pm as part of First Friday Scranton
Light fare & drink will be offered during reception
Free & Open to All (donations appreciated)

The Vintage: 326 Spruce Street, Downtown Scranton


If you’re in NEPA, feel free to stop in for the show.  I’ll be at The Vintage from 6-9 pm and am always happy to talk about my work and photography in general.  All the prints will be available for purchase – and if you haven’t seen how great photos look when printed big, or on metal and canvas, then you’re in for a real treat!

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Sure, my photos look good here on the site - but they look outright amazing when printed big and hanging on a wall! Check out my fine art gallery, with a selection of prints available in multiple sizes, on canvas and even metal, and all printed by a professional lab.

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