Plunging Into 2010


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I kick started 2010 yesterday much like I started 2009 – Standing in the chilly Atlantic Ocean behind the lens!

Like last year, I had the awesome opportunity, thanks to the Sons of Ireland and Christine Burke Associates, to photograph a really cool event – The 8th Annual Polar Bear Plunge sponsored by the Sons of Ireland. A number of other charities were also on had for the event, including the Special Olympics of New Jersey, Clean Ocean Action, and Campership of Monmouth County (NJ).

In deference to the SOI and Christine who hired me, I’ll hold off posting some of the pics until after I turn over my disk of images to them. Hopefully then they won’t mind if I publish more from the event. Beginning with that lead-off photo, and this one, just wanted to give you a taste of the event.


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Compared to last year it was a) Warmer (about 38 degrees), b) WAY more crowed with both participants (about 300 I heard) and spectators and c) a rockin’ great time due to the fantastic set-up at Convention Hall in Asbury Park and the music of the Quincy Mumford Band and Brian Kirk and The Jirks. Quincy is a young cat that can SING and kill on the guitar. Brian and the Jirks are basically NJ seashore bar legends. Met my wife at a Jirks show way back in 2000, too. Always love to hear them play.

Anyway, once I get the OK, I’ll more more from this event. I loved to be part of it once again. And yes, as you can see, I did “put the camera in a new place” by getting in the water. Lens got more wet this year, but it actually gave some of the photos a unique look.

And a last shot not tied to event. I just love prowling around the Asbury Park boardwalk. Got a nice shot of a mural in the walk-thru of the old Casino (same one mentioned in Springsteen’s Sandy, 4th of July (Asbury Park) song and seen in the movie The Wrestler. It was a bit lonely on this New Year’s Day but Mother Nature gave me some nice light….



© Mark V. Krajnak 2010 | JerseyStyle Photography | All rights Reserved
Unless otherwise noted, images captured with a Canon 50D, SanDisk digital film, finished with PS2 or PSE6 and Nik Software.

3 thoughts on “Plunging Into 2010

  1. I don’t care how ‘warm’ it was, that water had to be COLD! Cool angle, tho. Hey, speaking of the Boss, did you happen to catch the ‘Kennedy Center Honors’ show this year? They gave Bruce an ‘award’ or whatever they call it. It was quite an interesting event, with him sitting next to Obama during a performance of ‘The Rising’ performed by Sting. If you can catch it, it’s worth giving a look.

  2. Mark – it was so much fun to work with you again this year at the Sons of Ireland Polar Bear Plunge in the great city of Asbury Park NJ. How did you get the angle to see the runners (me included!), running in? I didn’t see you out there in a boat, and you weren’t wet, so what the hey? You are everywhere at this event! The shots I’ve seen so far truly capture the fun and energy of the day. Can’t wait to see them all. Thanks for starting off your New Year with us. Best/Christine

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