Photography’s a snap for area contest winner
MUNCY – As May is designated ‘Photography Month,’ it’s a good time to get out the camera and into the great outdoors. For ammeter award winning photographer Patrick Greenabaum, he does not confine himself to any one season, but takes opportunity to capture images all year long.
Patrick, after being inspired by his father and other family members who enjoy photography, said,
“I asked for my own camera when I was around 10 years old. In the late 1970s, my parents purchased for me, a cheap Magi-cube film camera at the Robert Hall Village store on Lycoming Creek Road. It didn’t take the best pictures but as I became older, I would ask for better cameras as gifts. When I was a teenager I bought my first big DSLR.”
For a long time and mostly for himself, Patrick photographed only friends and family in his neighborhood. “Then the Internet came along and realized I could share my pictures with everyone! I never have had any training our classes but found people really liked my pictures. That fueled me to want to take more,” Patrick said.
As time went on Patrick improved taking better pictures by finding information on the Internet. “It’s a valuable tool whenever I’m not sure how to do something,” he said.
Patrick has fun seeing what he can photograph after work, traveling from one place to another, or just what’s in his own yard. He identified his favorite subjects are being wildlife and scenery. He added that, “I also like to photograph aircraft, vehicles, trains, historic buildings and astrophotography defined as the moon, stars, and planets.”
Entering onIy a couple photo contests annually, he has been lucky enough to be a winner in those hosted by the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership, the Pennsylvania Wilds, and Citizen’s and Northern Bank. In the latter, his photo of the Muffly Barn after a snowfall at corner of routes 405 and 442 in Muncy Creek Township, was selected for the upcoming month of November 2021.
“I do not sell my pictures, but share many of them on Facebook with my friends, family, & different groups, including my own page called Lycoming County Past, Present, & Future. Sharing and having people appreciate my pictures is what I really enjoy about this hobby. Not to mention being in fresh air and the excitement of seeing something like a bald eagle to photograph,” Patrick said.
Currently in his fifties, the Williamsport native has resided in Hughesville, Loyalsock, Cogan Station, and now in his wife’s childhood home near Clarkstown. Employed for the past 25 years at Walmart in Montoursville, Patricks wide range of hobbies include drones, game cams, genealogy, local history and gardening.