Weekend Shot: Morning, Small Town

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I had a plethora of images to pick a Weekend Shot from this past weekend.

Landscapes, kids, local fall festival.

Saturday was a stay-at-home rainy Saturday. Got some work done around the house, and pulled some photos from a new photo project that I home comes to fruition (more to come on that when I know more).

Sunday was one of those gorgeous early Fall days that you get here on the East Coast. Morning air was cool and mist was rising as I took my dogs to an early grooming appointment. Later in the day, it was a spectacular day with bright sunshine and high, puffy clouds.

On the way back from the dog groomers, though, as I made my way through Allentown, I saw this gal and scene out my windshield. As I was stopped at the light, I noticed the light and shadows. After reading about the passing of Philadelphia photographer Ray K. Metkzer and checking out his work, I couldn’t help but think this image would be great in B&W.

A bit of an homage to Ray.

Light + shadows + morning = This Weekend Shot.

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

JSP Visual Week In Review | 10.11.14

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A wide-ranging week has emptied out into a rainy Saturday.

Last week, some of the family (Leslie and Chase) were in Florida. Now, all are home under one roof, and milestones are being met and surpassed.

Like what? Well, Kraj Kid #3, Matty, is into Day 3 of potty training and doing VERY well. After three kids and seven years, we’re on the verge of being a diaper-free family.

This weekend too we’re dismantling his crib and putting his “big boy bed” together. He did very well in one when we went to Vermont this past August, so there shouldn’t be any trouble.


For me, my week took me from the country roads of New Jersey to the bright lights of New York City. Ate in a diner uptown and heard a talk by the most connected man in the world.

And in between, shot some photos.

Wheel keeps turning for us all.


This Week’s Links:

* Diamonds: A Best Friend

* Forty portraits In Forty Years

* How a photographer is covering Ebola.

* DIY Garage Photo Studio

* The 11 o’clock rule.

* Photographers At Work

* Five Unbelievable Muppet Show Guest Stars (Alice Cooper is my favorite.)

* “You don’t study photography. You do it.” ~ Elliott Erwitt.

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

Friday Noir: Short Time To Midnight

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You reap what you sow,

Or so The Good Book says.

But sometimes you have to sow what the Good Earth gives you.

And right now, it’s a rocky, thorny world, brother.

You can’t stop every bad thing, it just is.

Some may call me calloused and cold.

But I believe it was God that said…

If you live by it, you’re gonna die by the sword.

And I know mine is comin’.

But not yet….’cause Hell ain’t ready for me

At least not till the highway rises to dark.

It’s a short time to midnight and this death letter jubilee.

Time to reap the whirlwind.

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

Photo A Or Photo B

Hey Gang! Welcome to thrilling episode of Which Do You Prefer: Photo A or Photo B!

You know how it works: I show you two photos (um, Photo A and Photo B) and you tell me which one you prefer.

Sounds simple right? Well it is!

Let’s get started:

Photo A

Photo A

Photo B

Photo B

A little background….

I was driving home the other day, and the light was pretty nice. The autumn colors are starting to shine through and it was a warm evening.

As I was traveling east on Route 524, I was ready to turn left into our little development. However, about a half mile down the road, I saw all this dust, all golden and well, dusty looking, floating across the roadway. I figured, correctly, that some action was happening on the farm right up the way.

So, rather than making my turn, I kept going straight to see what I could see. I couldn’t not.

Sure enough, this big guy was out playing in the dirt, doing some harvesting.

I stopped in the middle of my lane – no cars coming up behind me – and took some frames as he passed in front of me. They were OK, but a little boring. So, I drove up a ways, and turned around.

What I saw was much better. First, the machine wasn’t in the middle of my frame. I now had the treeline as a backdrop.

The dust was coming up behind the machine, which I liked. If you know anything about me, you know I like clouds and I like smoke. I also like dust.

Best of all, I had rays of heaven coming down from the top of the frame. Now, whenever I see that type of atmospheric occurrence, I think of two things: One, my mom, who, when we were little, would tell us kids that formation was “Jesus’ rays coming down from heaven”. (I even remember the first time I saw this, on an evening drive to my aunt’s house. I was maybe 7?)

The second thing I think of was some a photographer I was on on a phot shoot in Colorado with back in 1999. Saw the same rays in the sky and he said “Lookit all the crap in the sky.” (‘cept he didn’t say crap. He used the noun that rhymes with hit)

Whenever I see this, I prefer to think of Mom.

Anyway, that gave me more of the drama that I like. I felt like I had an interesting shot. All without leaving my truck.

When I processed these, I liked both the color and b&w versions.

So, which do you prefer: Photo A or Photo B?


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