Weekend Plans

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This weekend, I’ll be in Philadelphia to shoot the TriRock Series Triathlon for the third year.

Unlike last year which was generally misty in the morning and humid the rest of the day (though rainy too. After Saturday’s races, I remember spending the whole evening editing photos in my room watching a marathon of 30 for 30’s as it poured outside.

In addition to the races on Saturday and Sunday, I’m also have a shoot lined up for Friday evening. Two years ago, while in Philly, I walked around 30th Street Station. Built in the 1930’s, it has a very cool art deco look to it. So, I’m enlisting a friend of mine to do a little film noir-style photo shoot to take advantage of his (and its) look.

As for gear, I’ll be taking my new Canon 70D to be my main tool for the weekend. I really haven’t shot it that much since I’ve gotten it, but so far so good with it. I’ll also pack my Fuji X100T and even my little Canon S110 because you never know.(c)JerseyStyle Photography_2016

I’m also packing film. I recently put some new batteries in my very first “big boy” camera, a Canon RebelG that I bought back around 2000. It was my first step up from the disposable Kodak cameras I used as I was first getting into photography. Digital hadn’t really hit yet, and I needed something entry level to take to my sister’s wedding. I think I waffling between the RebelG and whatever the Nikon equivalent was. I’m pretty sure I went to WalMart to make the purchase, they had the Canon and not the Nikon in stock, so I bought it. I’ve been wedded to Canon ever since.

I haven’t shot it in years, but as you can see above, I’ve packed it with some Kodak TMax, which I purchased at George Street Camera for about $8. Probably going to keep my “nifty fifty” 50mm lens on it for a super light, super capable rig. If I get some free time, I’ll probably do some Philly street photography as well.

If you’d like to see some of my past photos from the TriRock’s, go here and go here.

It should be a fun weekend, so let’s see what we get.

(c)Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2016

 

Summer Goals

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So, it’s here. Summer, that is.

While I consider Memorial Day weekend the “unofficial” start of summer, the calendar hit a milepost earlier this week.

On Monday, we had the Summer Solstice, aka The Longest Day Of The Year.

Frankly, I didn’t celebrate it the way I wanted to. My plan was to hike out to a lake near us.See, across the street from us is forest. Not too far in – but no real path either – is a small-to-medium size lake. In the winter, when the underbrush isn’t so thick, me and the kids go to it. I wanted to do it as evening was falling, with flashlights, to see what we could see.

Alas, it didn’t happen. The kids have evening bible school this week, so I “celebrated” the longest day of the year by trimming shrubs and reading Esquire Classic on my patio (I bought myself a subscription for Father’s Day.)

No matter. We’ll make the hike some other time, I’m sure. But it got me to thinking, while I sat there with my seltzer and lemon cold drink…what are my photography goals for the summer. I know most of us set goals at the beginning of the year, and many of them are all well and good. But sometimes it’s good to either take a look at those goals, and reevaluate them, or change midstream to focus on something else. Personally, I like making short-term goals, on the microlevel, not on a yearly level. Too long, too far, too much can happen.

So, my goals for this summer include:

1). Fill The Frame

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You know my mantra: “Entire-To-Detail”. I like to tell the whole story with my photographs.

Set the scene, wide-screen style, then come into for the detail.

I like the close-up. So, I’m going to shoot more of them.

2) Travel

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Someone asked me what my “travel essentials” are, so I quickly pulled this image together.

  • A good pair of boots / sneakers (I hate flipflops, so they are a no-go)
  • A watch that lights up, for when you’re on a plane or a strange hotel room and you need to know the time in the middle of the night. I hate bedside digital clocks and always cover them/turn them off, but I always wear a watch that I can press a button to see the time. (I hate alarm clocks too, and haven’t used an alarm in years. My body just wakes up.)
  • My camera. Goes without saying.
  • I forgot to put my sunglasses in the image, but I’d put that on the list too.

Now, when I say “travel” I don’t necessarily mean jump on a plane someplace. I mean just get off your beaten path. While, yes, I’ll take numerous trips to the Jersey Shore this summer, as well as to Pennsylvania, New York, and North Carolina, I’ll also “travel” by taking a different route to work. Something as simple of that can open your eyes to new places and things.

3) Keep My Eyes Open

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Last weekend, we were down in Spring Lake for a few hours. Took the kids to a playground there. I looked ever at one point and saw this cool old car. It was quick, and I took some quick snaps. Unfortunately, my Fuji X100T settings were messed up and the images were terribly overexposed. I couldn’t even really pull them back in post-processing.

However…now I kinda like the end result here. It reminds me of an old postcard, or something from LIFE magazine, you know, those old photos that look more like paintings than actual pictures.

So, sometimes – often, actually – you have to make lemonade out of lemons, as the old saying goes. And keep your eyes open.

Those are a few of my goals for the next three months. What are yours?

(c)Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2016

 

 

 

 

Father’s Day Unwind

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Overheard at the Krajnak house on Father’s Day…

[Calling down from upstairs]

“Kids! Remember, don’t bother your dad on Father’s Day! Let him take a nap if he wants before we go to the BBQ!”

How do you think this turned out?

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Of course this was all a set-up and my kids were willing accomplices to help me make this year’s Father’s Day photo. Without them, of course, I wouldn’t even be celebrating the day! Only took a few takes, too!

I hope all the father and grandfathers out there had a very wonderful, special day.

And I hope they got a nap in, too.

(c)Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2016

 

 

Remembering The Big Man

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Today is the five-year anniversary of the passing of Clarence Clemons.

Shot the above the weekend he passed.Here’s my original post.

(c)Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2016

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