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As soon as I made this picture at Saturday’s Penn State game…

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Ohio State mascot Brutus Buckeye greets wide receiver Jake Stoneburner as he rushes the ball for a touchdown in the second half on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, at Beaver Stadium. After a 7-7 tie at halftime, Ohio State defeated Penn State 35-23.

…I immediately thought of this picture from another, very different Penn State game:

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State’s Mike Hull rushes for a 74-yard fumble recovery touchdown in the fourth quarter on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. Penn State won its first 2012 game, 34-17, against Navy.

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In the 48 hours between Friday evening and earlier today, I covered three football games.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. South Western’s Dillon Thomas brings in the ball for a touchdown while knocking off William Penn’s Darren Stevens’ helmet in the second half at Small Field on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012. William Penn lost 28-21 on senior night to South Western on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, at Small Field.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. South Western’s Tyler Sterner completes a pass to Brady Thayer in the second half against William Penn at Small Field on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Penn State wide receiver Allen Robinson fails to catch a pass from Matt McGloin as Ohio State defensive back Bradley Roby defends in the second half on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. After a 7-7 tie at halftime, Ohio State defeated Penn State 35-23.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. A pass from Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin flies over the shoulders of Ohio State defensive back Bradley Roby and wide receiver Allen Robinson in the second half at Beaver Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012.

(View more game photos here.)

  • Today: The Red Raiders of Boys Club of York defeated the Blackhawks of Eastern York County 12-6.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Pre-game push-ups.

I’ve been following York’s pee wee football team — specifically, the Red Raider rinkies, who are 7-8 years of age — for an upcoming photo story. These are just a few shots from today’s game, but I’ve been covering practices, and also shot their last regular-season game.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News.

As for today? After their third undefeated regular season, the Red Raiders had a bye week in the first round of playoffs and, today, won their semifinal game. They play West York in next week’s championships.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News.

So, even though I just shot my last Penn State game of the season, there’s still more football to come. But for now, it’s time to prepare for upcoming Sandy/Frankenstorm coverage.

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As a child of the 80′s (at least, that’s when I was born — I don’t remember anything in the 80′s, frankly), I have no familiarity with polio except a) I was mesmerized and terrified by a picture of children in an iron lung machine in my parents’ LIFE photo book and b) Franklin D. Roosevelt.

So I didn’t expect I’d meet — much less be assigned to photograph — a living, breathing polio survivor. Moreover, a polio survivor whose life is now consumed by symptoms of post-polio syndrome.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Emanuel Poznanski exercises his arms and legs amid the swirling waters of the therapy pool at the Harmony Ridge Wellness Center in the Cross Keys Village retirement community in New Oxford on Friday, Aug. 17. 2012. Because of his post-polio syndrome symptoms, Poznanski has lost much mobility and motor control in his arms and legs.

As you can read in Leigh’s story, Manny contracted paralytic polio when he was an infant but was able to walk by the time he was a teen.

As he told me as he exercised in the therapy pool, Manny then lived a pretty full life: lots of traveling, lots of friends.

Then, in 1998, he began to feel fatigued and sometimes fell. By 2006, he began relying on a scooter and gaining weight due to decreased mobility.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. With Harmony Ridge Wellness Center wellness director Erika Nevins at the controls, Emanuel Poznanski is lifted out of the therapy pool at the Harmony Ridge Wellness Center in the Cross Keys Village retirement community in New Oxford via an aquatic lift chair on Friday, Aug. 17, 2012. Emanuel Poznanski of Las Vegas, Nev., was diagnosed with polio when he was four months old and, after years of treatments and hospital stays, seemed to recover from the symptoms by adolescence. Now in his 60s, Poznanski said post-polio syndrome — a second wave of symptoms — began affecting him in 2003, limiting his ability to walk and perform other functions. Poznanski, who attended York Suburban, returns to the York area every summer to visit friends.

Manny was very open, and engaged me in lively conversation the whole time I was with him. At that time, he was staying in a motel in the York area — he lives in Las Vegas, but attended a local high school here — and invited me to tag along so he could show me his power wheelchair. Along the way, I learned just how fiercely he retains his sense of independence, going so far as to refuse help with opening doors.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Emanuel Poznanski relies on his scooter and power wheelchair to get around, but he strongly asserts his independence and typically refuses help with non-automated doors. Here, he lets himself inside the Motor Inn in New Oxford where he has stayed for the past month while visiting friends in York, on Friday, Aug. 17, 2012.

And, as he switched over to his power wheelchair, Manny stood — ever so briefly.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Emanuel Poznanski stands briefly in his room at the Motor Inn in New Oxford as he transfers himself from his scooter, right, to his power wheelchair on Friday, Aug. 17, 2012.

Manny told Leigh it takes him 15 minutes to get out of bed, more than two hours to shower and almost an hour to get dressed. The guy is a fighter.

Be sure to check out Leigh’s article.

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I’d never been in a pumpkin patch until I was sent to photograph people picking their own pumpkins a few weeks ago. Fortunately, it was one of those patches where the pumpkins (and other gourds) are still attached to the vine and you have to wade through the mess of vines in search of the perfect pumpkin. Also fortunately, the quality of light was splendid.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Natalie Claghorn, 2.5 years old and of West Manchester Township, stands up in the pumpkin wagon as her parents Melissa and Dave cut another pumpkin off the vine at Barefoot Farm on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Barefoot Farm, which has grown about 40 varieties of pumpkins and gourds this year, has opened its pumpkin patch for pick-your-own in Dover Township.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. Dave Semple of Dover Township offers a “Colin-sized pumpkin” to his 18-month-old son Colin at Barefoot Farm on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012.

(Can I just say, though, that while I enjoyed making pictures in a thoroughly picturesque pumpkin patch, I’m kinda over America’s obsession with pumpkins? I know that “pumpkin is the new bacon,” but I feel like the advent of pumpkin spice cream cheese — looking at you, Philadelphia Cream Cheese — is an indication that we’ve officially jumped the shark in terms of ridiculous food trends. I should also add that I generally do not like pumpkin-flavored things.)

(That said, Jeff and I did pick and buy our own pumpkins this year, for purely ornamental — and carving — purposes.)

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When the York Revolution lost the playoffs last month, they completed not only their post-season chance for a third Atlantic League championship — they also completed manager Andy Etchebarren’s career.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Revolution manager Andy Etchebarren shakes hands with fans after the Revolution lost 12-8 to the Lancaster Barnstormers, ending their season at the semifinal level and concluding Etchebarren’s career, on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012. The York Revolution lost 12-8 to the Lancaster Barnstormers, who clinched Game 3 of the Atlantic League’s Freedom Division playoffs.

The day started well enough. The Revs had lost the first two games in their best-of-five series, but spirits were high:

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Revolution pitcher Corey Thurman, left, gives a pre-game spoken word performance in the dugout as third baseman Chris Nowak dances on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Revolution shortstop Joe Thurston jumps in the air after scoring the Revs’ first run in the first inning against the Lancaster Barnstormers on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012.

Then the Barnstormers started racking up runs, and the Revs just couldn’t keep up.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Revolution second baseman Andres Perez, right, and Lancaster Barnstormers outfielder Blake Gailen watch as Barnstormers first baseman Tommy Everidge, foreground, beats Perez’ ball to first base in the fifth inning at Sovereign Bank Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012.

After shooting last season’s Champagne-soaked playoff jubilation and championship victory, covering the swift end of the Revs’ post-season play and the quiet conclusion of Etchebarren’s storied career was a little strange.

Etch has managed the Revs for only three and a half seasons, but because I’ve shot those last two seasons (and was never too familiar with Etch’s career with the Orioles), it’s hard for me to separate Etch from the Revs, and vice-versa. I think I haven’t worked long enough in one place as a photojournalist to have developed a distant- or vast-enough perspective of time and the changes it brings. Sometimes, when I look back on my body of work, I’m surprised by how much I’ve covered and how much of it I’d forgotten about until reviewing it. Then I remind myself that I’ve been working professionally for just over a year and generally for barely six years — and that’s really just a drop in the bucket, in the grand scheme of things.

So maybe someday, in a few years or 20, I’ll forget that Etch was here when I first started working in York, at least until I review my work again. In the meantime, I can hardly imagine next season without his presence on the field, but I’ll find out soon enough what that’s like. Soon enough in the grand scheme of things, that is.

© 2012 by The York Daily Record/Sunday News. York Revolution manager Andy Etchebarren waves farewell to fans after the Revolution lost 12-8 to the Lancaster Barnstormers, ending their season at the semifinal level and concluding Etchebarren’s career, on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012.

(Be sure to check out some more photos from Etch’s last game.)

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Dusk and fog

I’m not above making pictures in/around my apartment and then blogging them (see here, here, here). I may get paid to glue my face to the back of a camera four (long) days a week, but I wouldn’t be doing it if I didn’t love it… and what I see on my own time in my own space is sometimes picture-worthy, too. Especially when nice light is involved, and even though I’m terrified of fog*:

© 2012 by Chris Dunn.

* My fear of fog is a kinda long story, but it involves curvy Tennessee backroads and (imaginary [maybe]) axe murderers. That said, I’m well aware that fog can definitely clean up what would otherwise be a messy landscape.)

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