On January 3, 2003, I began this photoblog to visually document the residents, visitors, plants, animals, architecture, landscapes and farm life of Durham Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania (where I live), and nearby areas in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Unless otherwise noted, all photos are taken within a ten-mile radius of my home. (I occasionally post photos from business trips and vacations to Philadelphia, New York City, the Atlantic coast, etc.)
This project is my ongoing attempt to become a better photographer, artist and writer. Some photographs work, some don't -- you're witnessing a permanent work-in-progress! I hope to intellectually and emotionally convey the intricacies and joys of rural living and the critical importance of farmland, open space and uncluttered horizons to our wildlife, our watersheds, our food supply, our health and our sense of well-being.
New photos are posted three to four times a week and are described in the "Photo Info & Viewer Comments" section underneath the photographs. Previous photos are available in the Archives. The Best Pictures page (some of my favorite shots) is updated occasionally (but not recently - I'll get to it soon).
Thank you for visiting Durham Township!--Kathleen Connally
2009-2012 - Canon 5D Mark II
I'm often asked for digital camera recommendations. It's no exaggeration to say that I'm in love with my Canon gear! It's easy to recommend Canon cameras - every one I've owned and rented has had excellent image quality and performance, from point-and-shoot to the pro stuff.
2004-2005 -- Nikon D100Digital Camera HQ also has consumer reviews for Nikon digital cameras.
2003 -- Canon Powershot (My first digital camera!)
Digital Camera HQ also has reviews on three really cool, interesting, new digital cameras for 2011: the Canon SX230 Long-Zoom Point-and-Shoot, the Canon S95 Advanced Compact and the Nikon D3100 Starter DSLR.
Camera Settings & Post-Processing
My digital photography has evolved over the years. I've gone from wild post-processing experimentation with Photoshop (which was fun at the beginning, I admit) toward a distaste for post-work beyond the same basic darkroom adjustments I made when I shot film.
With digital photo "perfection" available to anyone with a computer, I prefer the more traditional challenge of relying upon and improving my photographic skills versus post- processing skills. My goal is to put the cameras and lenses to work to take very real, thoughtful, interesting, thought-provoking and sometimes beautiful photographic documents, and to spend less than two minutes post-processing any single image. I prefer to work behind the lens, not in front of a monitor. More importantly, there's no way to improve on real life, smudges and all.I shoot in RAW+JPEG format, always in manual mode, and use Photoshop CS4 to increase/decrease contrast with the Curves Adjustment tool. Unless noted, all cropping is done in-camera. Detailed EXIF and other photograph information can be found in the "Photo Info & Viewer Comments" section near the bottom right of each photo.
"Never have I found the limits of the photographic potential. Every horizon, upon being reached, reveals another beckoning in the distance. Always, I am on the threshold."
--W. Eugene Smith (1918-1978) American photojournalist
Photoblog Software/Content Management System
This site currently uses Movable Type version 3.34. It was custom-designed and hand-coded by myself and other designers.
I value your thoughts, opinions and questions. Leave a comment on an individual photo, sign the Guestbook or send an email:
info @ durhamtownship dot com
Regular mail: Kathleen Connally * PO Box 127 * Durham, PA 18039-0217 * USA
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Shows, Exhibitions, Lectures
Date TBA - Solo Exhibition - "Never Forget" - location TBA.
2008 through 2010 - Artist-in-Residence, James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA.
April 2009 - Spring Green Project, 3-Day Digital Landscape Photography Workshop, Siena College, Albany, NY.
February 2009 - Lecture/presentations for the Delaware Photographic Society.
February 2008 - May 2008, Solo Exhibition - Palisades Gallery, Kintnersville, PA.
July 2006 - September 2006, Solo Exhibition - "The Value of the Land" - Gallery 14, Hopewell, NJ.
June 2006 - January 2007, Solo Exhibition - Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry, Harrisburg, PA.Indian Rock Inn, Upper Black Eddy, PA.
Interviews, Press, Awards
December 2010: Best American Photoblog of 2010 Finalist
April 2010: Ajit Anthony Prem wins Best Cinematography Award at the Kent Film Festival for A Walkthru with Kathleen Connally
January 2010: Jeff Meyer's review in UK publication Amateur Photographer
November 2009: A Walkthru with Kathleen Connally, a documentary film by Ajit Anthony Prem
September 2009: Bucks Living Magazine, Arts & Culture interview Eyes of Bucks by Dava Guerin
September 2009: Origo slideshow
June 2009: PetaPixel interview
January 2009: Photoblog of the Year Award
January 2008: Best American Photoblog Award
January 2008: 2008 Bucks & Hunterdon Area Guide Book - 4-page feature article by Kathryn Finegan Clark
November 2007: VFXY Pick
November/December 2007: Pennsylvania Magazine - 10 pages of photos and cover.
May 2007: Yahoo Picks
April 2007: Best American Photoblog Award
January 2007: Soup Questions interview
January 2007: Best American Photoblog Award
November 2006: Weblog Awards Finalist, Best Photo Blog
August 2006: Bending Light Magazine interview
July 2006: NJ Star-Ledger review of Gallery 14 Show
July 2006: Time Off Magazine interview
July 2006: Upstage Magazine article
May 2006: 2006 Photobloggies - Finalist, "Best American Photoblog" "Best Landscape Photography" "Photoblog of the Year"
May 2006: The Baltimore Sun "Bloggernaut" interview
April 2006: The Morning Call "Bloggernaut" interview
February 2006: 2006 Bloggie Awards Nomination, "Best Photography of a Weblog"
January 2006: The Daily Shooter interview
November 2005: 2005 Weblog Awards Finalist, "Best Photo Blog"
September 2005: Courier News interview
September 2005: Delaware Valley News article
August 2005: PhillyFuture.org interview
Summer 2005: Camera Arts Magazine interview
May 2005: Bedsheet Kid Interview, San Francisco
January 2005: Shutterbug Magazine
August 2004: Photoblogs.org Featured Photographer
Licensing * Commercial & Editorial Assignment
Please contact me to license photographs, shoot editorial and commercial assignments.
Email: info @ durhamtownship dot com
Digital - Color - Available Light - Location - Portrait - Outdoor - Americana - Landscape - Rural - Photo Essay - Lyrical - Painterly - Real People - Children
Copyright and Usage Information
All text and images from A Walk Through Durham Township are subject to U.S. and international copyright laws (© 2003-2012 Kathleen Connally). No text or image may be reproduced, copied, stored, manipulated or used whole or in part of a derivative work without the written permission of Kathleen Connally. All rights reserved.Email: info @ durhamtownship dot com if you wish to use these images for any purpose.