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Simple Clicks – Green Heron

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Got a good close encounter with a Green Heron a few weeks back, via kayak, of course.  This one may be young, or just brave, but he didn’t mind as I paddled by him in the marshy outflow to Kennedy Creek.  I was able to let the kayak drift in close, to the point where I was able to capture images up to full-frame, which is exciting anytime it happens. Read more »

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Simple Clicks – South shore dock

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Just a simple image of the dock on the southeast shore at Lackawanna State Park.  I was out paddling one evening in early August, not really intending to do any photography, but I’d brought the camera along just in case and it’s a good thing, as this scene appeared and I knew I wanted it captured in black and white.  To my eye, it’s an idyllic summer scene.

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Simple Clicks – Tarpon sunrise

BRENT PENNINGTON Sunrise over Lackawanna Lake on the morning of 20 August 2014.Setting out from the Bullhead Bay launch one morning about a month ago, I couldn’t help but stop and grab a shot of my Tarpon sitting along the shore.  There’s only a few weeks left of kayak weather and I haven’t gotten out enough lately.  As much as I love autumn, it’s the precursor to winter, and I’m going to sorely miss open water and paddling mornings through the frozen months.

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Notes on current lenses

I’ve been paying attention to which lenses I’ve been using the past couple of months, since I started shooting regularly again.  And no real surprise, it comes down to just one: the Lumix 35-100mm f/2.8 (which for those of you worried about relative focal lengths, is the m4:3 version of the venerable 70-200mm).  I’ve been using it in most of my personal work and even on my client shoots.  In fact, I covered The Vintage’s “24 Hours of Art” event in August entirely with the 35-100mm. Read more »

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Saturday Light – Lady of the Lake

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So it’s a rainy, gloomy Saturday morning, a balmy 48* outside, what do you do to pass the time? Well, if you’re me, you convince your friends to meet you at the county park, where you proceed to do a photo shoot in the pond!

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Simple Clicks – the Harford Fair

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It’s that time of year again, or rather, it for the past month it has been: fair season.  And as tradition dictates, we visited the Harford Fair, my favorite fair in the entire world.  Unfortunately heavy rain kept us from going on rodeo night, so we drove up the following afternoon, a Saturday, to revel in the wonders of rural-county agriculture, 4H projects, livestock auctions, and fried dough and orangeaid. Read more »

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Simple Clicks – Praying Mantis

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Found this guy on the shrubs in front of my home this past weekend, foraging for a meal (or so I assume).  Mantids are a new sort of critter for me; I never found one in Vermont, but since moving to Pennsylvania I’ve encountered them several times, both large and small.  This one was big, definitely an adult. Read more »

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Neckin’

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Neckin’ – no, not the kind we so enjoyed as teenagers. This little guy is a Green Heron, and a few posts back I talked about how they have necks like coiled springs, which most of the time are kept tucked down and out of sight. This guy was hunting, then perched and did a little preening, and stretched his neck out. It’s a rear shot, but the behavior is interesting, and it’s an uncommon look at a neat critter.

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Fresh from the farm(ers market)

BRENT PENNINGTON Fresh blueberries shot in the kitchen studio, 03 August 2014.

Been working on some food photography over the past few weeks, off and on, as I’ve come home with goods from the farmer’s market. We go down every Saturday morning to pick up our CSA share – that’s Community Supported Agriculture, for those of you not familiar with it. We have a share in a CSA run by our friend Farmer Jon, who managed to grow some of the best looking – and tasting – veggies I’ve ever seen. And I’ve been trying to get some good photos of them.

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Late summer variety, part 2

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I started writing Thursday’s Late Summer Variety, part 1 and realized that I had more photos to share than I thought. More than could fit into a single post, at least, with any expectation that my readers would make it to the end. So I decided to break it into two parts, concluding with a few final species from my recent travels.

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