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Kayak Updates


Kayak season is once again over; the leaves are down, the temperatures are down with them, and we’ve already had a dusting of snow.  Pretty soon the lakes will freeze over and I’ll be walking across them where only a few months before I was paddling.

My ‘yaks are stored in the garage for the winter, awaiting that day in April when the water is (mostly) ice-free and I simply cannot wait any longer.  So since I can’t be out paddling, I thought I’d provide an update on the kayak situation.

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Gear, Gear, Gear

[Image Credit: Olympus America]

[Image Credit: Olympus America]

I’ve seen a couple of announcements on the web in the past week or so stating that the OM-D E-M5 is finally going out of production.  I don’t find this surprising, as it’s now an older model camera that was superseded by the E-M1 a while ago; at the time I thought it was interesting the Olympus continued manufacturing it, but it makes sense that it’s time is finally up.

I still have two E-M5s and continue to like them just as much now as the day I bought them.  And while I am curious to see what they are replaced with – what the “E-M6” will offer that its predecessor doesn’t, I’m not looking to upgrade.

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Simple Clicks – Owego overlook

BRENT PENNINGTON Town of Owego on the afternoon of 26 September 2014.

Allow me to present the town of Owego, NY, from earlier this autumn.  Owego is about 20 minutes west of Binghamton, where I went to university, and is one of my old haunts from those days.  Back then it had a really wonderful cafe, and great used bookstore, a art supply shop, and one of the loveliest historic districts I’ve seen in the northeast.

Unfortunately, shortly after I moved to PA the Susquehanna River – you can see it and the big bridge just behind the town – flooded, and Owego took a lot of damage.  I hear that the bookstore is open again, and there are a few new restaurants now.  We were passing through the area and got to spend a little time there, although not as much as I would have liked.

But I did make a point to visit the cemetery, which is where I took this photo – it has an amazing view out across the town and river and the light is especially nice late in the day like this.

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Saturday Light – the harpist at Trostle


Only a week after my cold morning visit to Trostle Pond, I was back on a Thursday evening for a portrait session with Chelsea, the lovely harpist I met during The Vintage’s “24 Hours of Art” event this past summer.  I did a series of portraits of artists participating at the event, and had mentioned to Chelsea then that I’d love to get her in front of the camera again in a more dynamic setting.

So a few weeks later we made plans to meet at Trostle for sunset and see what we could come up with.

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Yearly photo statistics

FS Canon 7D

I’m not sure if it means anything, but after the break you’ll see a little table that shows my photographic history for the past eight years, reduced to perhaps its most cold and simple form of folders and gigabytes.  Now this doesn’t even begin to take into account the learning, the creativity, or the fun that I’ve had in the process.  But I found it interesting, if only in an abstract way, as a sort of quantitative view of my own history in the craft.

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Simple Clicks – boats in fog


Seem to have something of a nautical theme going here.  I think it’s the end of the warm seasons that’s making me yearn for boats and water already.  Technically the lakes aren’t frozen yet, so I could always take the kayak out once more…but I did take the roof rack off the Jeep the other day, simply because the weather has just turned so cold that the idea of getting wet – even just my fingers – is painful.

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Simple Clicks – Fog




This isn’t a scene I would normally have photographed, and certainly not without the fog.  On its own this sweep of shoreline is a little distant, a little lacking in a truly interesting anchor.  But with the fog, that all changes – now we’ve got barely-discernible reflections through the mist, we’ve got a hill rising out of the fog in the background, we’ve got greens and oranges showing through.  Just enough, overall, to make it a worthwhile shot, at least for me.

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Simple Clicks – John the Heron



Just a quick share of John the Heron from back in August.  I think this was the night I took the kayak out and wasn’t really planning on doing much photography, but then found that I had some decent subject matter.  Thank goodness I brought the camera!

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Simple Clicks – can you see me?



I’m in this photo.  Can you see me?

I was traveling with friends this past weekend and am still playing catch-up, so unfortunately it’s going to be Simple Clicks for at least another posting day.  But hopefully then I’ll have some time to get into something in more details.  Don’t know what, but something…

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Simple Clicks – Lackawanna Lake at dawn



I’m standing along the shore at the fishing area at the north end of Lackawanna Lake, facing west with the marsh, and the South Branch of Tunkhannock Creek, just behind me.  It is dawn and it is frigging cold, much colder than I expected, much colder than I had dressed for.  When I left the house I put on a sweatshirt and my autumn jacket; when I left the house it was just below 40* outside.

Here by the lake it is 28* and I am bundled as tight as possible, jacket zipped to my chin, and I am still shivering.  Thank goodness I brought gloves.

There is frost covering the grasses and swaths are already dying.  No ice formed on the water; it retains too much of summer’s heat still, hence the dense clouds of fog it’s putting off.  In a few more weeks this will become a colorless landscape.  At some point the snow will fall and, if I’m lucky enough to get here while it’s fresh, it will be a transformed and staggeringly beautiful landscape.  But until then I’m retreating to the Jeep, turning on the heat, and sipping coffee until the sun crests the hill behind me.

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