Proofing time

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I had a chance recently to proof the Photo Place Gallery catalog for the “B&W” exhibit that my Burn Time photo was selected for.

All looked good to me. As long as they spelled Krajnak correctly, I’m cool.

As I looked at the comp page, though, I noticed the image and text opposite my image.

All Alone On Solead Street by Melinda Green Harvey, a photographer based in Texas.

Heh. Her image, and that title sounds quite noir-ish. Maybe the catalog designer planned it that way.

If so, that’s pretty cool. Her’s is a cool image, too. Click the link above to check out more of her great work.

Something else I noticed as flipped through the rest of the catalog….my friend, and photojournalist extraordinaire David Burnett has as picture in the exhibit as well.

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Even before I read who shot it, I was thinking “That looks like a Dave Burnett image..” and sure enough!

Frankly, that I’m in the same book with the great David Burnett tickles me like you wouldn’t believe.

I’m certainly no where near the level of David – or many of the other photographers in this exhibit, but I’d like to think that if I keep pushing, I may get there some day.

Amazing where this little machine hanging off my shoulder has taken me so far…

If you’d like to check out the catalog, and perhaps purchase a copy, click here to view it. I’d be interested to know what you think about all of the images.

(c)Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2016

Happy Birthday, Joe

Joe McNally (July 27, 1952)

I’ve been fortunate, throughout my life, to have a few good men give me guidance and help me along.

My dad, first and foremost. He’s always been a quiet man, but sometimes even by not saying something, he said something.

My high school basketball coach and one of my first work bosses too. We spent many an hour discussing life while driving from one landscaping job to another.

And my friend and mentor, Joe McNally.

Today is his birthday, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t wish him a happy one here. It’s hard to believe I first met Joe almost 17 years ago now. He was the photographer the design agency my company, at the time, was working with on the annual report. To be honest, I had no idea who Joe was the first time I met him in that agency office in Manhattan. It was November, maybe early December, and he was in a black turtleneck and tweed sports jacket. Looked all serious.

Just after New Year’s Day, January 2000, we took off on a two-week, six-country European photoshoot swing.

A fast friendship was born on that tour.

And, a match was lit, for me, regarding photography.

I may not have known it at the time, but meeting Joe, hearing his stories, watching him work,started the latent passion for photography.

Put his name into this blog’s search engine and you’ll see how many times I’ve mentioned him here.

The photo above is from a lighting class he taught in Dobbs Ferry in 2009. The only lighting class I’ve ever taken (maybe that’s why my off-camera flash isn’t so hot.)

He’s in full teaching mode, something I saw in him even when we first met. I’ve always said that, in addition to his low-key demeanor, humor in the face of adversity and just general good-guyness, his ability to change with the times and keep in front of all the photography curves, is one of his best attributes.

He’s taught me a lot, whether in person or from afar. We still keep in touch. I last spoke with him a couple of Sundays ago. In fact, for the past few months, we were planning to work together on a noir shoot. Except that he wanted me in front of this camera, like we did once before. Schedules just didn’t work out and I had to bow out.

We were able to catch up and connect again.

A mentor and his student.

Old friends.

Weird that I can say that.

Joe is headed to Rio in a couple of weeks, his first Olympics in a while. He’s happy and excited.

I’m sure he’ll put his camera in a new place, shoot entire-to-detail and let the magic of photography take over.

He’s one of the greats

Happy birthday, my friend. Here’s to many more.

(c)Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2016


Staycation Portfolio: The Farm Festival

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Photography, on social media, is very cyclical. Depending on the time of the year, you can expect to see a lot of the same during certain periods of time:

  • In Autumn, lots of  leaf-peeping images rolling through.
  • When there’s a thing called a “Thunder Moon,” lots of moon photos.
  • When American are allowed to go to Cuba unfettered, lots of Cuba photos.

And I get tired of seeing these photos. I can appreciate people want to go out there and shoot it, but it’s a lot of the same to me.

Now, as we’re in the dead heat of summer, I’m starting to see a lot of carnival photos in my Flickr and IG streams. That’s not a bad thing, to me, a I enjoy what these images show.

I wrote this back in 2011, and it seems to still hold for me: Carnivals and fairs are so visually interesting to me. The people, the vendors, the softening evening skies making the lights of the midway shine brighter. From the children, you can feel the excitement of a night out past bedtime, perhaps, eating cotton candy and riding rides. From the teens, you can feel the expectancy of seeing that guy or gal you’ve had your eye on all summer, the warm evening and smell of roasted peanuts acting like an intoxicant. From the parents and the older folks, you can feel that this is just a nice way to take in summer evening.

A side of life that only comes around once a year in many parts. The crowds, the tastes (Fried Pickle On A Stick!), the sounds and lights. (c)JerseyStyle Photography_Walkway_072116_DSCF5490

Last week, while on my week-long staycation, I took the kids to the Burlington County Farm Festival, about a 30-minute drive from us. As the name implies, the festival is rooted in the farming roots of the area.

Not only is the food a big thing, as usual at most county fairs, but the rides are a big draw too. And my kids wanted to take full advantage of any thing that wobbled, flew or spun. Me, I stayed firmly rooted on the ground and tired to see what I could get with my Fuji X100T in the time it would take for the ride to start to when it ended.

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The Fuji did a nice job. Once again, the color tones amazed me. I was going to shoot B&W, bu the evening sky, the “blue hour,” and the colorful lights in general moved me back to the color format.

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Whenever I’m shooting a carnival like this, I’m always cognizant that the shots will never be a fantastic as what David Bowman shoots. He’s the master of this genre, to me.

And, because I’m with my kids, trying to keep a eye in all directions, I’m shooting handheld. Might get some better/sharper images if I used my tripod. I’m not making excuses, just filling in the facts.

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Still, I’m happy with what the Fuji gave me. Best of all, the kids had a great time. As we hiked across the dusty parking lot on that warm night, I was happy I got some nice images, and that, hopefully, I made some memories with my kids.

Here are a few of my past “carnival” posts:

(c)Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2016

Eye Candy: Make Prints

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Coming to the end of Summer Vacation Week #1 (Week #2 happens in a few weeks – road trip!)

One of my goals during SVW1 was to put in an order to get prints of my June images.

I put the order in on Tuesday morning. Got them – all 101 of them – on Friday morning.

As usual, I used AdoramaPix. And it’s a mix of portraits and landscapes and personal family stuff.

I need to do another order though, to get prints of the TriRock Triathlon and the shoot I did with Tome Wilson, and others I shot that weekend in Philly.

Again, I urge you…make prints. Even if it’s 4×6’s that fit in a shoebox, like these.

(c)Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2016


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