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Looking back at the holidays…

Christmas tree viewed through window.

Christmas lawn decorations after light snow.


It’s been awhile since I posted here and that’s because things have been very busy and my priorities have been elsewhere. But I have still been shooting a lot and I will make a serious effort to update more often in the new year. Here are two “grab” pictures from this past holiday season. Both taken with a Fuji XE1 and 18-55mm lens which is my “go everywhere” camera and an absolute joy to shoot with.

Alway Remember There Are Local Heroes Too

With the nation and our world remembering where we were on on this fateful morning 11 years ago today, honoring the fallen heroes from the World Trade Centers, the Pentagon, and also the plane that crashed into the quiet countryside of Pennsylvania I find myself realizing that, while I’ll never forget, maybe it’s time to also appreciate all the positives around us a little more today. For me I had been thinking of what type of concept image I could post today that reflected my internal thoughts of moving past the negative and focusing on the positives instead. Plenty of patriotic ideas came to mind but I never put the camera to use to capture them for one reason or another in the past couple weeks. In the last few days I photographed two large local fires on consecutive days and realized that perhaps the best tribute to the fallen heroes of 9/11 is to give appreciation, and have the realization, that there are heroes everyday in our country. Some wear a badge, some fire protective clothing, some deliver medicine, some direct traffic, some go to war, and some individuals just step up when they need to but never should have had to. As a photojournalist for over 24 years I have been fortunate to witness the heroism of these everyday heroes. Today I tip my virtual hat to all the friends, professionals, and others that I have personally photographed, known, and know today, and those that I will never meet. Thank you, thank you so very much. Thanks for serving, thanks for stepping up, thanks for being there. Never forget.

About the above image- This image was taken on 9/9/12 at a shopping center in Horsham, PA. Firefighters responded to battle a stubborn fire that destroyed the laundromat where the fire started and that damaged several neighboring businesses. As firefighters got control of the fire sunlight coming through the heavy smoke provided backlighting and rays of light framing the firefighters working at the rear of the building.

Below a look at a small percentage of local heroes I’ve photographed over the years, many I consider friends. I’m very lucky to know you. Cheers.

Sunflowers, different techniques and luck

Used ND Grads on both images. Added a heavy warming filter on left image. I didn’t see the arrow in the sky on the right image until I was sorting and editing images later. You can see it developing moments before in the left image. Which do you prefer?

Daniel P. CreightonAugust 13, 2012 - 12:13 pm

Humm… maybe it means I’m still searching for the one that stands out and you have already. Or the hunter in me sees arrows… ;) Thanks.

veroniqueAugust 13, 2012 - 10:33 am

I prefer the left one, more unusual and – I don’t know to express this in English -, you have the “rappel” of the yellow and warm colors in the flower

Anita BowerAugust 11, 2012 - 8:00 am

You see an arrow, I see a heart. Wonder what that says about each of us?! Glad to have you posting photos again!

Sunflower, straight and not

Which do you prefer and why?

Daniel P. CreightonAugust 13, 2012 - 12:12 pm

Thanks Veronique. Always appreciate the comments and perspective!

veroniqueAugust 13, 2012 - 10:44 am

none ! The left one has nothing special (for me of course) except the shape and perspective of the clouds and the right one, even if it’s very clever and difficult to do (make ? I never know when to use these verbs) it’s a bit “du déjà vu”.
Nevertheless I still like your pictures :-)

Lacewing Macro

Insect, Lacewing, macro,

Lacewing Macro, by moving the speed light off camera the same scene can look completely different and provide varied compositions.

marty golinMay 21, 2012 - 12:55 pm

& also as one moves the flash, the insect normally is also moving. It makes composing a more interesteing “inter-active” affair. Nice stuff. Good to see you posing again.

Going Loony

Fog, Loons, Avian, Lake Galena, Peace Valley Park, Bucks County

Loons swim through the fog on the surface of Lake Galena at Peace Valley Park in Bucks County.

RussMay 15, 2012 - 12:32 pm

My favorite bird. I would think that loons would be up north in their home breeding grounds by now, since they aren’t indigenous to PA. Are you sure these aren’t mergansers? Their profile on the water can look similar to a loon’s from a distance. I’ve been fooled a few times. Just curious. If they are loons, I need to get out there and photograph them before they head north.