Weekend Shot: Harnessed Energy

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I live in a beautiful part of New Jersey. Dead smack in the middle of the state, we’re surrounded by cornfields, sod farms and horse farms.

The horses here are raised for harness racing, with the Peretti Farms being one of the largest in the area.

During our blackout during Hurricane Sandy, I happened to be in a restaurant in town (they weren’t our grid so had power.) Had an interesting conversation with a gal that worked at one of the other horse farms. She talked about how it’s a 24 hour, 7 day a week job – horses, obviously, are living things, need to be fed, watered and cared for. You don’t just take off for a week and go on vacation. I’ve had similar conversation with local vegetable farmers – their jobs aren’t like mine. It’s all day, every day.

Anyway, coming back from grocery shopping about 5 p.m. on Sunday, I did a large loop to pass this horse farm. I’m not sure I ever saw so many horses out at the same time up on the hill. I liked how they were silhouetted. This shot came out how I had it in my head.

Beautiful landscape + beautiful animals + late day light = This Weekend Shot.

© Mark V. Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | All Rights Reserved 2014

JSP Visual Week In Review | 07.14.14

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Picking the camera up and putting it down.

It was another busy week for me here in the Great State of New Jersey. Last weekend, there was no VWIR as I was up in the hills of Pennsylvania. Me and the kids went to visit my parents in Luzerne County, while my wife headed to another part of PA to do her Spartan Race. (We had a great time with Grandma and Pop and she kicked butt in her race.)

Then, it was another hot, humid, typical Jersey week, punctuated by some big-time thunder and lightning storms. We’re dead it the middle of summer now, and I’m happy.

Picking the camera up, it was fun being back home, and taking shot of my parents and kids, and the places we visited. I also put in another quick order to BorrowLenses for a 70-200mm zoom as I had about 12 corporate head shots to shoot on Thursday. I love that lens for portraiture. I love a 50 mm too, but with this zoom, I can be back a bit from the subject so that they are intimidated. Wide open, the lens blurs the background nicely, and keeps my subject sharp. While I had my flash with me, I used natural light with a reflector. Can’t get much more simple than that.

Putting the camera down, yesterday I wasn’t allowed to use it. You see, my little girl, Olivia, had a very successful First Grade year. Not just in terms of grades, which were good, but in terms of how to act and behavior. Her teacher had this system where, using clothespin, kids would “clip up” a ladder if they were good (listened, didn’t fight, followed directions, etc) or *gulp* clip down if they were going in the opposite direction. If someone was having a really good day, they would come home with an Outstanding sticker.

Proudly, I’ll say Liv got 13 Outstandings this year, by far the tops in the class. As a reward for a year well done, she wanted to go to Six Flag Great Adventure, just me and her. Six Flags is seven miles from our house, and we have a season pass there. It’s paid for itself already, but I hadn’t been there. Liv wanted to spend the day with me, something we don’t get the chance to do much anymore.

So, I knocked off work in the early afternoon, and we went to the park. But, she said, I wasn’t allowed to take pictures. Guess I do that too much. I can’t say it was easy – it’s a target rich environment. But I held out and we had a great time. She’s a sweet little girl, that one.

As much as I like to shoot, sometimes it’s just good to go out. And not shoot.

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This Week’s Links:

* Joe McNally talks about a couple of Jersey Guys.

* Nobody is crying about this spilt milk.

* Interesting listen: As now-former Chicago Tribune photojournalist Scott Strazzante heads to San Francisco, he did a good radio interview about his iPhone photographs.

* Marty Stuart documents country music.

* Watch: James Victore (one of my great finds in 2014) talks about finding happiness and your 401K.

* Incredible Sochi Olympics shot from Ben Lowry.

* Healthy cocktails. Why not, it’s summer.

* Tyler Hicks on photographing Gaza. This guy is always in the middle of it.

* Archie takes a bullet.

* Action shoot tips from Corey Rich.

* “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have asked for a faster horse.” ~ Henry Ford

© Mark V. Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | All Rights Reserved 2014

The Big Shout-Out

I was on my way to a shoot yesterday when I got an email from my buddy Joe McNally

You may want to check out the blog today….

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Like Joe says, we go back a long way. Still, Needless to say, I was pretty leveled. Really enjoyed seeing those photos from Joe, both of the shoot I did with him when he was flexing his noir pixels – and when I was on the other side of the camera – and his images of Bruce Springsteen from the late ’70s.

If you have a minute, go check out his post on a Tri-X film and a couple of Jersey Guys.

© Mark V. Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | All Rights Reserved 2014

Tri’ing It Out

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Back at the end of July, I headed down to Philadelphia. For my company, one of the sponsors of the TriRock Series Triathlon, I was asked to shoot the weekend event.

I was happy to do this since Adrenaline Events are those types of photos I want to add to my portfolio. This would give me a good opportunity to cover a great event, and see what I could see.

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In addition to the typical action shots, I also tried to get some unique people portraits as well.

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And, as with all that I shoot, I try to go entire-to-detail. So, I wanted some unique detail shots of the the event too.

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Finally, there was THE SHOT I HAD TO GET: The Sea Of Red shot (since J&J had 500 competitors in the Saturday event.)

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Got it.

For this event, my gear included my Canon 50D with my 24-105mm Canon Lens. I also rented a Canon 7D with a 70-200mm f2.8 Canon lens. (As usual, I rented my gear from BorrowLenses.com.) Good prices, good customer service. I also took one or two shots with my little Canon S110. Ever since it blew off a table when I was in South Africa last February, though, it hasn’t been performing right. Focus off, so I’m lucky if I ever get anything with it. Believe the swimming shot showing the depth marker above came from the 110, though.

I enjoy shooting these events, despite the early call times and activity all day. I was up at 4:30 a.m Saturday and Sunday, at the course by 5:30. And while I was done shooting by 1 pm generally, I had all the post-processing to do. Saturday afternoon, I actually dozed off back in the hotel while downloading my one of my cards.

All in all, it was a great shoot and I had a fun time, to boot. Hope to schedule more of these in the future.

© Mark V. Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | All Rights Reserved 2014

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