Archive for the ‘Diptych’ Category

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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The last of the tools-themed diptych posts. You’ve seen one of these already.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. These furrowing gears on farmer Andrew Flinchbaugh's 12-row corn planter dig rows into the earth where corn seeds are dispersed via another gear on the machine, on Tuesday, May 3, 2011.

The extended caption:

Andrew Flinchbaugh, whose family runs Flinchbaugh’s Orchard & Farm Market in Hellam Township, is working “around the clock” to plant 800 acres of corn. April’s rains created poor planting conditions, as wet ground would compact too easily and prevent the seeds from taking root. Flinchbaugh said he has planted about 2 percent of the crop so far.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Farmer Andrew Flinchbaugh drives the tractor attached to the 12-row corn planter -- whose gears churn up rows of earth, disperse the corn seeds into those rows and cover them back up -- on Tuesday, May 3, 2011. Flinchbaugh said Tuesday was his first real day of corn planting, as April's rains meant poor planting conditions.

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I’m now/finally blogging all the backlog from the past few weeks, so I’m starting by resuming this series of tools-themed diptychs.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Full-time artist Marion Stephenson works on an oil painting of a dancer that may, depending on when it is completed and how quickly it will dry, be one of her contributions to The Degas Project.

The extended caption:

Stephenson was one of 30 York Art Association artists who came to the Greater York Center for Dance Education to photograph and sketch costumed dancers on Sunday, April 10, 2011. The artists had three weeks to create artwork based on their sketches, photographs and observations that will be on display in the dance studio 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, May 8.

Photographing (and taking video) of Stephenson working on her art was part of an extended assignment, the first installment of which you can also view on my blog.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch.

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© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Tooling Dynamics customer service representative Linda Myers, in pink, chats with Souriau USA Inc. purchasing manager Randy Witt, wire planner Candida Perez and new product planner Becci Sharp on Wednesday, April 27, 2011, during a tour of Tooling Dynamics' facilities. The machine behind the group is a Swiss turning machine, which feeds in length of rods and cuts and shapes them into various parts.

The extended caption:

Tooling Dynamics — a company specializing in metal stampings, tool and die design and more — held an open house and tour 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, 2011, for its various customers and vendors. The company recently received the 2010 York Entrepreneur Award.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. A strip of electronic connectors is systematically photographed by a vision system for on-line inspection at Tooling Dynamics on Wednesday, April 27, 2011. The vision system, developed and built by Tooling Dynamics, is used for quality control to ensure that each connector is precise. If the system detects that a connector is not aligned properly, it automatically stops the strip from advancing so a technician can address the issue.

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I was originally saving these photos and some others for a “tools we use”-themed “vignettes” blog post, but realized that that many photos in one post would have been a little unwieldy. So instead, I’ll have a mini-series of “tools we use”-themed diptych blog posts.

Here’s the extended caption for this first installment:

A 4-H community garden is taking root in an empty lot at 234 South Pershing Avenue in York City. At least 15 garden beds will be available, with more beds built specially for the Healthy World Cafe’s use. Community members interested in using a garden bed or two can sign an agreement and pay 10 dollars on a first-come, first-serve basis.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Shovels lean against a fence at the new 4-H community garden at 234 South Pershing Avenue on Monday, April 18, 2011. The 10-dollar fee to use one of 15 garden beds in the lot includes the use of shovels, rakes, hoes and other tools that are kept in two lockable sheds on-site.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Marilyn Hoffman, of West Manchester Township, fills a wheelbarrow with soil to top off the garden beds at 234 South Pershing Avenue on Monday, April 18, 2011.

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It’s 80-something degrees and hideously sunny here in York now, but a week and a half ago, the beach in Delaware was cold, rainy and blustery. Too cold for typical beach-y things, but the rainclouds did part in time for some really lovely evening light on two separate occasions.

April 2. Photo by Jeff. At Rehoboth Beach. Somewhat of a Cartier-Bresson moment (neither foot is touching the ground).

April 1. Photo by Jeff. At one of the beach outlets of Delaware Seashore State Park.

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Last Philadelphia post, then I’ll resume posting spring break photos as well as regular York Dispatch assignments.

After attending the Flash Bus event and eating Burmese food in Chinatown, Charles and I walked around a bit and then drove around a bit longer. His bus wouldn’t leave until 9 p.m., so we had plenty of time to see more of Philadelphia at dusk and night.

Red light!

In Chinatown, heading west on Race Street. Taken from the street curb.

Green light!

In downtown, heading south on Broad Street. Taken from inside my car (hence the light streaks - thanks, windshield!).

Needless to say, York has been growing on me, and now Philadelphia is starting to grow on me, too.

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Here’s one last diptych from my Susquehanna adventure last weekend.

As I wandered up and down some of the eastern stretch of City Island, the clouds moved over and created some wonderful colors on the ice-covered river.

Reflected in the water are the still-sunlit buildings of downtown Harrisburg.

I moved on — and then, the clouds passed and the sun’s rays were back on the ice. I hurried back to that patch where I’d been, and tried to recreate the same photo. I wasn’t entirely successful with matching the same angle, but you can still compare the two images pretty well.

The sunlit-buildings' reflections aren't so strong here - mainly because the water is now bluer.

It still amazes me, how profoundly the quality of light can transform a picture.

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Just about two months ago, in November, I was in Missouri to be with friends and Jeff. At one point, Jeff and I made a daytrip to a few small towns in central Missouri.

One of them was Arrow Rock. It was a weekday, so the town was still. But we did find a pretty cool tree (whose carpet of yellow leaves is featured heavily in our current Facebook profile pictures).

When I went driving around the Susquehanna River yesterday, I encountered another cool tree — err, its shadow, at least. Hence, another diptych.

A little outside of downtown Arrow Rock, Mo., on Nov. 19, 2010.

Near a boating deck along the Susquehanna River in Wrightsville, Pa., on Jan. 21, 2011.

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I spent a good chunk of today driving and making pictures. I’ll blog the majority of those later, but first, here’s a diptych for ya.

Three nights ago, I was coasting down the hill toward my apartment complex, saw a picture, pulled over into a parking lot and made that picture. Earlier today, in the late afternoon, I saw the same picture — and made it again.

Jan. 18.

Jan. 21.

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I went to Silver Spring/Washington, D.C., for the day yesterday. One thing Jeff and I did was return to the National Building Museum to try to see the LEGO exhibit.

I really, really, really love LEGOs. When we were growing up, my younger brother and I were at peace only if we were drawing together or playing with LEGOs. Then, for about two years in high school, I devoted my free time (what little I had after schoolwork and the newspaper) to writing and producing a stop-motion LEGO movie. A friend/co-producer and I got so far as to record the full 100-something-page script with a cast of 30ish students, but the actual filming never took off.

Anyway. I really, really, really love LEGOs.

Unfortunately, the LEGO exhibit stipulates that tickets cannot be sold on-line or over the phone — and only so many tickets can be sold per hour. So when Jeff, his brother and I arrived at the museum in the late afternoon on Dec. 28, the tickets were sold out.

On the plus side, it was a beautiful day:

The National Building Museum, as seen from the Judiciary Square Metro station on Dec. 28. This photo was taken with an iPhone and processed with the ShakeIt app.

When Jeff and I returned yesterday, we were successful in getting tickets, admiring the LEGO sculptures and playing with millions of LEGO pieces available at the end of the exhibit.

On the minus side, it was an ugly day:

The National Building Museum, as seen from the Judiciary Square Metro station on Jan. 7. This photo was taken with an iPhone and processed with the ShakeIt app.

Long story short: Weather affects light, which affects mood, which affects photos.

(I really wish I’d been able to complete at least some decent footage for that LEGO movie.)

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