Last Click

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So, here we are. The last click of 2010. Been quite a year, hasn’t it?

I had the pleasure of having the 50D hang off my shoulder in a number of cool places: Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, Cork, Dorchester (U.K), Milan, Cincinnati (yes, that’s a cool spot too), and plenty in New York City. Of course, all over the Great State of New Jersey.

I met a lot of great people because of the camera hanging of my shoulder. Heard their stories, shook their hands, photographed them. My 100 Strangers project continues to push forward. Maybe I’ll finish it in 2011.

Or maybe not.

Olivia and I spent quite a few great “Daddy Days” together, getting out and about, and, more often than not, ending up in one of New Jersey’s many diners for some good food and good conversation.

And, of course, back in May, Chase Vincent entered our lives. 2010 would be special for that alone.

I photographed a few events, like the Sons of Ireland Polar Bear Plunge (back in January) and the Arthur W. Page Society public relations event in NYC (back in April). Also had the chance to do a few portrait sessions with some good friends. I get my practice in, they get somewhat decent head shots for their social media endeavors. A win-win.

Made some good headway with other personal projects as well: My Jersey Noir work, the Little Fingers Gallery Series, and the Winterscape Gallery Series.

I also experimented more with off-camera flash, something I hope to do more of in the future. Hanging with Syl Arena one fine Saturday was a eye-opener. Brilliant guy.

Of course, there were downs to go along with the ups. Relatives pass away, things don’t go as planned. You swim against the current sometimes and do the best you can to just hang in there. Sometimes you have to wait to see how the chips will fall, or influence their falling, if you can.

Know what I mean?

According to my Flickr account, I posted more than 400 images in 2010. Of course, I shot a lot more than that; that’s just what I posted. I live and shoot by the axiom that pixels don’t cost anything. Be judicious, I say, but fire at will.

Writers don’t get better by writing 32 words a day. Photographers will get better by shooting. And shooting some more. In the recent issue of Esquire Magazine, writer/director James L. Brooks (The Simpsons, Broadcast News, Taxi – and a Jersey guy. Just sayin’.) said “Nothing’s going back the way it was.” Well said. We all must keep moving forward. I know “purists” hate the death of film (and Kodachrome, which, honestly, no one has shot for years. If people were buying it and shooting it, it wouldn’t have died, right?), and I can understand that. But we’re now firmly in the a digital age. Keep moving forward.

So, anyway, I shot a lot this year. Here’s a not-too-brief (almost six minutes) retrospective of my year in photos. It was fun going through my files trying to select what to put in here. I could have made it much longer! 🙂

Hope you enjoy it! And I hope you stick around these parts for 2011.

Get that camera in a new place. And keep shooting….

© Mark V. Krajnak 2010 | JerseyStyle Photography | All rights Reserved
Unless otherwise noted, images captured with a Canon 50D, SanDisk digital film, finished with PS4 or PSE6 and Nik Software.

3 thoughts on “Last Click

  1. I’m definitely sticking around for 2011 and the long haul. Don’t ask me to pick my favourites because the Little Fingers and Jersey Noir are competing with the AR and the 100 Strangers. I just can’t choose so I’ll take it all–lock, stock and barrel.

    Happy New Year Mark!

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