Back on Jersey Ground

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Somewhere on the Gulf of Mexico

And…I’m back.

The sojourn to Mexico was sweet.

The air was warm, the oceans were blue and the sights were supreme.

More to come soon.

What did I miss back on the homefront?

© Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2017

Shaking Off The Cold

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It’s Sunday. About 40 degrees, raw and drizzly. I ran 5 miles this morning with about four layers on my upper body.

But…me and the family are dgtting ready to head out of town and shake off the Jersey cold for a few days.

For this trip, I’m traveling pretty light:

* Eddie Bauer backpack  for my clothes, dopp kit, etc.

* 1 Notebook

* 1 softcover book (Ministry of Fear)

* 1 Kindle with more books

* 1 Grip bag for chargers, media cards, pens, etc.

* Trusty sunglasses (have had these for two years now!)

* Fuji X100T.

* And, of course, Flo.

Well, I’m traveling light. My wife is taking care of packing for herself and the kids and it’s like we’re a small army invading a large country.

But no computer and I’ll be trying to stay offline. I’ll unload media cards when I get home. I’m sure I’ll pick up other reading material along the way, most definitely my travel guilty pleasure, a copy of Vanity Fair magazine. I only buy this when I travel some reason.

So, be back online soon. We’re going to see what we can see.

But when I get back, I’ll show you some nice images I made with THIS pretty simple setup:

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Vaya con dios, folks. See you soon!

© Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2017

JSP Week In Review ~ 2.11.17

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Contact Sheet, February 9, 2017

Wild, crazy week, at least from a weather perspective. On Wednesday, during lunch, I ran 5 miles. In shorts. It was 65 degrees.

On Thursday, kids had off because of ice and snow. While we didn’t get the snowfall they were predicting, by the time I got out to shovel the drive way after dinner…it was in the teens, blowing and all iced over.

I think I would have loved to have been a meteorologist. Seems like every day would have been different.

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* Photographer Birthdays This Week: Martha Holmes Waxman, Pamela Springsteen, Lynn Goldsmith, Peter Hurley.

* What I read this week: Flash fiction by S. A. Solomon (whom I once shot.)

* Orson Wells on Casablanca

* I’m the Real Dealwhat are you?

“If you happen to be on a good story, stay with it. There is no substitute for the raw time you can spend with a subject. Only good can come from it.” ~ David Burnett

© Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2017

 

Snow (Geese) Patrol

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I’m no nature photographer. Patience – like, a lot of it – is a big part of nature/wildlife photography. And I don’t always have that.

I like street photography more. First, there’s people. People lend drama to a scene to me. Their movements, expressions, actions.

Then there’s the stick-and-jab (or in this case, shoot-and-move) aspect to street photography. You see a scene developing, get ready, take the shot, and move on in the stream of people.

Yes, sure, sometimes I’ve hung around a particular spot which great shadows or a bounce of light  – or even an iconic, yet little used, element of the city…

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To see who would enter my frame. But that’s rare. It’s more shoot and move.

This year, my ‘hood in New Jersey has seen what to  me seems like a large influx of snow geese. Not sure if they really are here in greater numbers, or if I’m just noticing the more. But they’ve been hovering and circling and and honking landing in great numbers around here.

You can’t just sit there with you camera on the truck seat besides you and not try to capture a shot. So, early this week, I saw these flocks of snow geese both on my drive to work in the morning and also on the way home in late afternoon. I’ve seen them at other times, too, and tried to capture the event, but never quite got it.

I don’t know that I have. I like the shot that leads off this post because of the evening colors in the sky which lends a bit more to it. This shot, from the morning drive, also is a bit interesting.

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I grabbed both of these with my FujiX100T and finished using Nik filters to give the colors some pop. I could probably get a better/more interesting shot if I had more patience. Or worked the scene a bit more, like I do during other shoots.

But a truly good shot of this interesting event is staying elusive for me. Perhaps I’ll give it another go before winter ends and the snow geese migrate away.

Probably not today, though. Snow – actual snow and not geese – is falling hard here and we’re supposed to get 8 to 12 inches of the white stuff today. It’s just getting started, in full force now.

Even though yesterday, it was 65 degrees and I wore shorts on a five mile run. And, no, I did not listen to any Snow Patrol.

© Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2017