Patrick O’Donnell

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Patrick O’Donnell Photography
Boyertown, PA

Patrick O’Donnell has been an avid photographer since he got his first camera, a Kodak Instamatic, three decades ago for his 12th birthday. When his Dad loaned him a vintage Arette BW rangefinder for a trip to England a few years later, the deal was sealed. After a teacher saw his photos and write-ups, she encouraged him to pursue journalism. Stints on his high school and college newspapers followed, and a graduation present from his parents – an Olympus OMPC that lasted more than 20 years – kept him shooting. However, the cost of film and developing limited his creativity. A career as a newspaper copy editor followed, and photography was relegated to an occasional hobby.

Fast forward to the digital era, when a friend gave him a used 1.5 megapixel Sony Cyber-shot. Freed from the cost of film and prints, a monster was unleashed. Thousands of pictures and many hours of experimentation in Photoshop followed. Three more digital cameras – a borrowed 6 megapixel Sony Cyber-shot, an Olympus FE-130, and a used Nikon D1H – helped him further hone his skills. He’s since moved on to a Nikon D90, and focuses mainly on nature photography: landscapes, macro work, and wildlife. Many of his subjects can be found just outside the door of his rural Pennsylvania home.

These days, Patrick’s a stay-at-home Dad who manages to squeeze in freelance writing, editing and photography when his boys are napping.  He lives outside Boyertown in Berks County with his wife, two children, and too many pets. 

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