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A few weeks ago, I was sent to a local theatre’s costume shop to make pictures of people searching for costumes to rent for Halloween. Personally, I’m not a big Halloween person… and, it would seem, neither is this woman’s daughter.

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Erica Mannino, 12 of York Township, eyes her mother Daniela after Daniela tried on (and decided on) a Dutch-themed costume in the dressing room in the York Little Theatre costume shop on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011. The costume shop at York Little Theatre has thousands of costumes that it is renting out in the weeks leading up to Halloween. Costume shop coordinator Judi Miller recommended that customers know what they want to dress up as before they come to the costume shop, due to the large variety of costumes available.

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I’d always considered The Nebraska Game to be the/my standard of the/my Index of Bodily Misery While Photographing A Sports Event.

Shooting The Nebraska Game at Missouri in 2009 meant four hours in 50 degrees, wind and rain. Despite my new rainjacket (which I still have) and my best efforts to stay warm and dry, I was soaked to the skin by halftime and had to peel my clothes off when I finally returned home that night. It made for good photos, but the experience wasn’t something I’d like to repeat.

Hello, Saturday. Hello, snowfall. Throughout the entire game.

Thick, wet, mushy snow.

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Hot air rises among members of the Fighting Illini as they huddle on-field between plays and as Penn State defensive end Jack Crawford waits for the drive to resume in the fourth quarter on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, at Beaver Stadium. The Nittany Lions defeated the Fighting Illini 10-7. This was Penn State's first home game with measurable snowfall since Nov. 2, 1996, against Northwestern.

Check out more photos (and read the overall article), too.

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My editor slated me for three Penn State football games this season, at least before any post-season action starts up. I took my Mamiya to the first game I shot — against Alabama — just for kicks, and it turned out to be a nice icebreaker for the veteran photographers and me.

The film turned out nicely, too.

© 2011. The press box at Beaver Stadium.

© 2011. A bicycle I found outside the stadium.

© 2011. The photo vests we have to wear on the field kinda swallow me. Photo by Jason Plotkin.

© 2011. On my way to the other side of the field during the fourth quarter.

My last regular-season game is tomorrow, against Illinois. The forecast is calling for snow, which I’m actually okay with. For aesthetics and my own comfort, I’d much rather shoot in snow than in cold rain.

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© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church music director and organist Jonathan Noel, right, talks with church members Dale and Lois Grove of West Manchester Township on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011, about the church's new organ that is being installed as part of the church's $4 million renovation. Noel said the organ will have a warmer tone and will be dedicated on Nov. 13. St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church dedicated its $4 million addition and renovation on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011, that was in the works for about six years. The renovations include a larger pipe organ, a double-sided elevator, an updated child-care area, an expanded parking area and a lobby off a new main entrance from West Market Street.

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. The steeple of St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church is now visible from the interior of the building's new lobby via a triangular window.

(Unfortunately, I waited too long to blog these photos — the article is now hidden away in the website’s archives.)

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No, she’s not squinting.

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Paige Carbaugh, whose son Justin was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter and abuse of a corpse, speaks to the media on Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, outside the York County Judicial Center after the verdict was announced. Justin Carbaugh was convicted of killing his older brother and Paige's son Brandon and dismembering his fingers and one of his legs in Aug. 2010. Following the verdict, Paige Carbaugh expressed gratitude to defense attorney Steve Rice. "People who know me know I would never make up something or lie about one of my children to save another one," said Carbaugh, who said she was satisfied with the verdict.

For more information, read more about the verdict and Paige Carbaugh’s testimony.

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A decent hour-long, winding drive from my apartment, Hanover is home to Snyder’s of Hanover and the Hanover Chili Cookoff.

(It’s home to other things, too… like news editor Kate. Not to be confused with photographer Kate.)

News editor Kate, photographer Kate and I met at the 16th annual Hanover Chili Cookoff last month for chili, beer and more chili. It was a pretty gross, hot, humid day, which limited how much chili and beer I could consume, but it was still nice to get out of the office with folks from the office.

© 2011. Photographer Kate, who must've just had a hot bite of hot chili. (The chili sample cup is in her right hand.) Sept. 4, 2011. Portra 400.

© 2011. One of dozens? a hundred? chili vendors serving up samples. Sept. 4, 2011. Portra 400.

We also met up with some Hanover Evening Sun folks (journalists always seem to gravitate to each other, what can I say)… including Clare!

© 2011. Clare, who was actually on assignment at the festival. Sept. 4, 2011. Portra 400.

Clare began her graduate courses at Missouri right around when I began my photojournalism sequence. Getting to see another Mizzou photographer — in Hanover, Pa., of all places — was pretty neat.

Next up from this roll of film: My first game at Penn State!

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© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State tailback Silas Redd rushes the ball in red zone in the fourth quarter at Beaver Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2011.

Shot another Penn State game yesterday. I did better than last time, which is good, although I’m still kicking myself for forgetting to get loaner gear from CPS. I’m shooting one more game — unless Penn State has a postseason — so I’ll try to remember to get loaner gear then.

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State head coach Joe Paterno greets fans on the field before the game against Iowa at Beaver Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2011.

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State defensive lineman Devon Still ends Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg's rush in the fourth quarter at Beaver Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2011.

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Iowa fullback Mark Weisman tries to bring down Penn State wide receiver Derek Moye in the third quarter at Beaver Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2011.

Be sure to check out many, many more photos, plus game coverage by my esteemed colleagues!

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I shot a few frames of film in my first week of shooting high school football:

© 2011. Dover High School football. Sept. 2, 2011. Portra 400.

And I shot a few minutes of video footage on my third week:

Click on the image above to watch the video of a football player taking my knee out.

Oof.

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Thank you, Steve

I may or may not be wearing my own black mock turtleneck and blue jeans right now.

I may or may not be using my five-year-old MacBook Pro to write this blog post.

I may or may not have played a hand in my mom’s purchasing her very first Apple computer last year.

© 2009. The Apple Store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. Aug. 8, 2009. Black-and-white film.

Thank you, Steve.

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I began the York Revolution’s 2011 season as the photo intern at The York Dispatch and ended it as a full-time staff photojournalist at The York Daily Record.

It’s been an interesting journey. Slowly but surely, as I followed the Revolution from spring training to their Atlantic League Championship win, I became a better baseball photographer, as well another of the team’s and fans’ superstitions.

I am so glad and thankful that I had the opportunities to do this.

Here’s a look back at the season, from the Revs’ starting their spring training…

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. York Revolution pitching coach Mark Mason, far left, gives a few pointers to the pitchers during the first day of spring training at Sovereign Bank Stadium on Monday, April 18, 2011. Monday, April 18, was the York Revolution team's first day of spring training for the 2011 season. The team plays its opening game on Friday, April 29, at home against the Camden Riversharks.

…playing an exhibition game…

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. York Revolution outfielders Chris Walker and Scott Grimes warm up before batting in the ninth inning against the Heroes of the Diamond on Saturday, April 23, 2011, at Sovereign Bank Stadium. The York Revolution tied 6-6 with the Heroes of the Diamond, a traveling team of former and active-duty military personnel. Because it was an exhibition game, the teams did not play overtime innings.

…winning on opening day…

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. After diving into the crowd behind home plate, York Revolution catcher Octavio Martinez shows the ball he successfully caught bare-handed after Camden Riversharks outfielder Drew Macias' bat in the third inning of the Revolution's opening day game on Friday, April 29, 2011, at Sovereign Bank Stadium. The Revolution defeated the Riversharks 8-2.

…hosting the All-Star Game…

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Fans walk over York Revolution manager Andy Etchebarren's star as they enter Sovereign Bank Stadium via the main entrance on Wednesday, July 13, 2011, before the 2011 Atlantic League All-Star Game.

…playing the regular season…

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Revolution left fielder James Shanks briefly returns to first base just as Southern Maryland Blue Crabs first baseman Joe Jiannetti misses his catch in a pickoff attempt in the second inning on Saturday, July 30, 2011, at Sovereign Bank Stadium. Shanks turned around and made it safely to second base.

…clinching a spot in the postseason playoffs…

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Revolution outfielder Chris Walker and pitcher Corey Thurman hug and exchange words after the Revolution defeated the Bridgeport Bluefish 8-2 in the first game of a doubleheader in their drive to clinch a playoff spot on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011, at Sovereign Bank Stadium.

…playing in the playoffs…

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Revolution outfielder Chris Walker heads onfield during the second inning of the second playoff game on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, at Sovereign Bank Stadium. The Revolution defeated the Lancaster Barnstomers 4-1.

…playing in the Atlantic League Championship series…

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Revolution third baseman Vince Harrison waits in the dugout before his name is announced in the starting lineup before Game 3 against the Long Island Ducks in the Atlantic League Championship series on Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, at Sovereign Bank Stadium. The York Revolution defeated the Long Island Ducks 9-6.

…and, finally, becoming a back-to-back Atlantic League Championship team.

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Revolution pitcher R.J. Rodriguez celebrates with Champagne in the team locker room after the Revolution defeated the Long Island Ducks 6-3 in Game 4 to clinch the 2011 Atlantic League Championship on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, at Sovereign Bank Stadium.

Who’s already excited for next year?

Me!

(Yeah, okay, and the Revs probably are, too.)

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As you may have read here almost two months ago, I am now/finally in possession of my very own medium-format film camera.

(It only took five years. That said, I will always be searching for the Pentax 6×7, complete with the wooden handle.)

I’ve gone through five rolls of Portra 400 and finally scanned them all in one late-night scanning spree. Here are a few from the first and second rolls. I’ve color-corrected all frames, and performed only minimal cropping, such as when the frame edge made it into the scan.

© 2011. "Sun tea" on our apartment deck. This was a test shot from that first roll.

My roommate and I went to Ben’s house one cool August evening for a barbecue. Ben is a friend of hers from high school, and he’s renting his parents’ old house, which has a sweet backyard. Ben’s pretty sweet, too.

© 2011. Backyard barbecue at Ben's in Glen Rock, Pa. The side of a shed in Ben's backyard.

© 2011. The almighty grill.

© 2011. Cheeseburger, steamed broccoli and a sweet salad. And lots of scratches/dust, despite my using a can of compressed air and activating the noise/dust reduction option.

© 2011. The covered pool. If you look closely enough, you can see my roommate underneath the arbor.

I’ve looked over all the scanned frames and decided that I need to err more toward overexposure. Oh well. In the meantime, I’ll blog more frames from other events over the coming days and weeks.

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I was unaware of this until I read Steve’s column, but the York Revolution were once the worst team in the league.

As of yesterday, they are now a back-to-back Atlantic League Championship team.

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Revolution outfielder Val Majewski and other teammates celebrate their 2011 Atlantic League Championship win with Champagne in the locker room on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, after defeating the Long Island Ducks 6-3 at Sovereign Bank Stadium.

There was definitely some good game action in Game 4 — and I definitely have photos to prove it — but this blog post is all about victory.

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Revolution third baseman Vince Harrison congratulates designated hitter Bryant Nelson after Nelson scored a run in the eighth inning of Game 4 in the Atlantic League Championship series on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, at Sovereign Bank Stadium.

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Revolution mascot Downtown and players celebrate midfield after defeating the the Long Island Ducks 6-3 in Game 4 to clinch the 2011 Atlantic League Championship on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, at Sovereign Bank Stadium.

 

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Revolution third baseman Vince Harrison weeps as outfielder Chris Walker stands by his side after the York Revolution defeated the Long Island Ducks 6-3 in Game 4 to clinch the 2011 Atlantic League Championship on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, at Sovereign Bank Stadium.

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Revolution outfielder Jose Herrera, center, lifts a Champagne bottle in the air while celebrating with his teammates in the locker room after the Revolution defeated the Long Island Ducks 6-3 in Game 4 to clinch the 2011 Atlantic League Championship on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, at Sovereign Bank Stadium.

Check out many more photos of the game and celebration!

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Game 4 of the 2011 Atlantic League Championship series was called off after an hour-long rain delay.

Of course, rain delays, game postponement and a damp 50-degree clime don’t let a newspaper photographer off the hook: We still need to make pictures.

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Members of the Sovereign Bank Stadium grounds crew evaluate the amount of rainwater accumulated on the field tarp almost 45 minutes before the scheduled game time on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011.

When I approached Florence and her son (below), they were the furthest fans from the concourse and from everyone else.

“This is the stupidest thing I have ever done,” Florence told me, stoicly grimacing. When I pointed out that, despite her sentiment, she was still sitting out in the rain, she retaliated with, “But it’s the championship game, and they could clinch!”

Revs, I hope you appreciate your hard-core fans.

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Ethan Lowe and his mother Florence Blantz of Wrightsville share an umbrella as rain falls steadily over Sovereign Bank Stadium and as they wait for the end of a continuing rain delay of the York Revolution's Atlantic League Championship series game against the Long Island Ducks on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011.

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The York Revolution are playing a best-of-five against the Long Island Ducks for the 2011 Atlantic League Championship. With their second series victory in Game 3 last night, the Revs are set to clinch the championship if they win tonight’s game.

I feel all right about the action shots I got last night, but my favorites are features. Go figure.

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Revolution staffer Juanita Hare, center, takes tickets from fans entering Sovereign Bank Stadium on Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, for the York Revolution's championship game against the Long Island Ducks. Downtown traffic and parking on Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, were complicated by the simultaneous occurrences of the York Revolution's championship game, a William Penn Senior High football game, a concert in the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center and the annual York Bike Night Parade.

© 2011 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Revolution third baseman Vince Harrison waits in the dugout before his name is announced in the starting lineup before Game 3 against the Long Island Ducks in the Atlantic League Championship series on Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, at Sovereign Bank Stadium. The Revolution defeated the Ducks 9-6.

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