Rabble Rousers of New Jersey

One of the best things I absolutely love about living in the Great State of New Jersey is just how much American HISTORY there is in this state. Especially here in the central part of New Jersey….you can’t go 10 feet without tripping over some aspect of the Revolutionary War. Washington not only slept here, he (and his troops) walked all over the place….from Princeton to Trenton way down to Monmouth County. A couple of summers ago, The History Channel did a whole multi-week series on The American Revolution and I loved those couple of weeks that they focused on The Battle of Trenton and The Battle of Monmouth.

And because of that, there are numerous reenactments that take place throughout the year within a short drive of me. I love getting behind the camera at these events. The “renactors” really stay in character but it’s me seeing them behind the lens of a small pixel-driven computer.

This one was shot on a cold, late December day at a reenactment of the Second Battle of Trenton. I shot it in color, of course, but thought a sepia tone in post would go well.


A portrait of a young patriot, taken with my 75-300mm lens. Love how the ambient light gave me some chin whisker highlights. (Ironically, this lad’s age isn’t too far off of those that actually fought in the revolution…)


And, one of my favorite portraits, if you could call it one. Last summer, June, I went out to a reenactment of the pivotal Battle of Monmouth. Spent a good deal of time shooting and was headed back to my car. I was passing one of the camps and just came upon this scene.This is Major Harry Stephens, Commander of the Militia Battallion at Monmouth 2008. (I know this because he saw this image on Flickr and emailed me to tell me so.) Can’t remember if he saw me or not, but I just knelt down really low to get an interesting angle for the image. This was my last shot of the day…

harry stephens

If you’re into this period of American history, I can’t recommend David McCullough’s 1776 enough.

© Mark V. Krajnak 2009 | JerseyStyle Photography | All rights Reserved Unless otherwise noted, images captured with a Canon 20D, SanDisk digital film, finished with PS2 and Nik Software.

5 thoughts on “Rabble Rousers of New Jersey

  1. Pingback: Late Friday Link - JerseyStyle Photography « Serious Amateur Photography

  2. You photography (especially the portraits) is absolutely stunning, especially for it to be accomplished without the aid of extra lighting. You have a very special talent.

    What camera are you shooting with?

    Come Up To Beauty! Ron Harris

    • @hiddenhistory….I shoot with a Canon 20D. The top 2 images were with my 75-300mm Canon lens, and the bottom one with my 17-85 mm lens.

  3. That does make a huge difference – I am not as happy with the Canon 5D as I had hoped. Your Canon 20D is superior.

    I’ll have to play with my 17-85 mm lens now, I shot a lot with the Canon Zoom ED 28mm – 135mm.

    You have an incredible eye, which is the most important thing. 🙂


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