Weekend Shot: All Knotted Up

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I love me a good detail shot, sometimes.

On Saturday, we spent a fun afternoon with the kids at the Howell Living History Farm.

This setting is the perfect place for my kids. Splashing around in the shallow creek bed, catching minnows, looking for fossils in the soft rocks. They could have stayed there all day.

Heading back to the car, Matty and I stopped to check out a little hut that the wheat is stored in. This rope was hanging outside the door.

Not much done to this one, thanks to the natural light hitting it.

Fun afternoon + big rope + natural light = This Weekend Shot.

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

JSP Visual Week In Review | 07.05.14

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Weren’t we just here?

Didn’t we just do this?

Another day, another month.

Time’s wingin’ by for sure. We clipped by Valentine’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day and the 4th of July without even trying.

Before you know it, the turkey will be the oven and we’ll be wrapping presents.

Please, though, not yet. Still much to do, much shoot.

Slow it down and enjoy the light.

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This Week’s Links:

* The Photo That Made Me: Steve McCurry

* The Camera Club of New York.

* Great Read: “It was a life-or-limb decision.”

* Just incredible. Wildlife photography.

* 30 Must-See Photo Exhibits.

* Healing Touch by Gary S. Chapman

* Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album

* Success doesn’t come from being a nuisance, or seeking pity, or taking advantage of others. Success comes from making yourself necessary. ~ Unknown

PS: Back up that June work. Make prints.

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

Happy Birthday, America!

July 4, 2004 - Somewhere in Montana

July 4, 2004 – Somewhere in Montana

Happy Birthday, America!

Ten years ago on this date, my wife and I were in the middle of driving back to New Jersey from San Francisco.

We had stopped and saw the redwoods in Northern California, some of the rocky Oregon coast, and spent a couple of days in Seattle. Then, unfortunately, as we huge the big right in Seattle to come East, the rain followed us or much of the time until Chicago.

In my trusty Honda Civic, we drove through much of Montana under threatening skies. Sometimes it did more than threaten. At one point, though, we chased a beautiful rainbow in Montana. I was shooting with a Canon A80 point-and-shoot digital camera then, and grabbed this shot. Used 2014 processing to punch it up a bit.

Eventually, we made it back to the great State of New Jersey. Soon after, I’d start working at one of the Johnson & Johnson operating companies, so that 10 year anniversary is coming up soon as well.

Here in New Jersey, we live in Allentown, which is called the “Crossroads Of The Revolution.” American and British troops trooped all over the place around us. We live near both the sites of the Battle of Monmouth and the Battles in Princeton and Trenton. In Titusville, NJ, I run a trail called Colonial Lane, which has a big marker saying General Washington and troops hiked down it on his way to Trenton way back when.

It’s a great area to live in, and I know when my kids get older, we’ll be talking a lot about what happened in the area where we live.

I don’t shoot fireworks, I leave that to the pros. But here’s a short video I did a few years ago, kinda gets you in the spirit of the 4th.

So, whether your here in the United States, and will celebrate this day with fireworks and hot dogs, or if you’re someplace else in the world and it’s just another day, make the most of it. And be happy for whatever you have.

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

Mid-Year Report

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“Have you done what you came here to do?” ~ Coach, to Louden Swain, in Vision Quest

Whether you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, or Southern Hemisphere…we’re at the mid-way point. We’re Six Months In.

January 2014, Asbury Park, NJ

January 2014, Asbury Park, New Jersey

And we have to ask ourselves…Have we done what we came here to do?

What were our goals back on January 1? Easy to attain? Some stretches? Working the in-between?

(Did you even set any?)

February 2014 - Cape Town, South Africa

February 2014, Cape Town, South Africa

Frankly, I’m at the the somewhere in-between.

First and foremost, I wanted to finish up my 100 Strangers project this year.


I did it, just recently.
Took me six years, but I did it.

I wanted to enter more photo competitions, to get my work out there.

I have done that, however to with some less-than-stellar reaction. No wins, no places, no shows.

The last one was this one. Not to sound sour grapes…but I don’t see anything “winning” about any of these photos. I guess Instagram wins out.

March 2014, New York City

March 2014, New York City

I also said I wanted to make my own way, get myself out there more. The horse isn’t going to find the water on its own. Sometimes, you have to find the water and lead the horse to it.

This, yes, I have done. Thanks to social media, I heard about the Trouble In The Heartland project and elbowed myself up to the bar. Now I’m getting served.

The editor, Joe Clifford, just some advance reader copies for review. The book should come out later this year. Best of all, I’ve been in touch with a number of the writers who contributed stories to the book. And that may lead to more opportunity in the future. (Not to mention, these writers are all really good and I like their work.)

I wanted to take on more actual work – paid or time for portfolio (TFP). I’m OK with TFP if there may be some payoff in the long run. Hey, you have to build your portfolio some where. I don’t want to give my work away for free, but I will work for free for the greater good.

Just in the last month, I’ve done three shoots that will help my portfolio. I gotta keep that up.

Pennsylvania Turnpike, April 2014

April 2014, Pennsylvania Turnpike

Speaking of personal projects, I still have a few ongoing. Working On The HighwayHell On Wheels…they are always ongoing.

May 2014, Allentown, New Jersey

May 2014, Allentown, NJ

I wanted to increase my creative scope. That means reading new things, viewing something different.

Here are some of what I found to help with my creative scope:

* James Victore’s Burning Questions

* Austin Kleon – everything. (BTW, I tried keeping a logbook this year. Miserable. Quit in February. Just not my thing.)

* Daniel Milnorr still brings it, even off social media.

* Flemming Bo.

* And Charlene.

* And The New Surf.

* 5 Intriguing Things.

I’m sure there are others. But those are the biggies, for now.

Now six months into 2014, you’re backing up you work, right?

And, as I say, #printmoreinonefour. Right? Yes?

Print More In 'OneFour

June 2014, Print More In ‘OneFour

Books, as much as photos and music, bring me inspiration. Here’s my late Spring-early Summer reading stack:

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Have you read some good stuff? Let me know in the comments below.

Halfway in to 2014, I give myself a solid B.

And your mid-year report?

Pass? Fail? Incomplete?

Have you done what you came here to do?

What say you?

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

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