Eye Candy: 35 Years of Sports Illustrated Covers


Geez, I really get this 26 year ago? Looks like it came out in 1990.

I’ve been toting it around (much like Bo Jackson toted the rock) for all this time, hung on to it even before I became interested in photography.

Or maybe I was interested in it then, but just never put a camera to my eye?

Sports, to me, give a lot. It give me something to follow for a prescribed set of months, an ongoing storyline to follow. REAL reality TV.

The NY Mets season just ended earlier this week, with a playoff loss to the Giants. I’m not a Mets fan, but because of where I live, I get the NY channel they are on. So I watched a lot of Met games, followed the good games and the bad games, the up and downs…and all the injuries they had. It was a roller-coaster for them.

Now the baseball playoffs are in full swing and the NFL is heating up. The storylines continues.

Sports has given us great sportswriting (David Halberstam, Frank Deford, Jim Murray), as well as great sports photography (Dave Black, Walter Iooss, Brad Mangin) over the years. Both capture it all – the highs and lows, those peak moments.

If you click that link above, and go to the Joe McNally blog post, that shot of Bo running with his girlfriend is an image that has always stuck in my brain. I don’t know why, but it has. It’s not great or special, just a slice of life. But when Joe and I were working together early on, we were talking about our love of sports. And I mentioned this SI article on Bo Jackson I liked. And I – and I remember this, we were in the dirt parking of a kids soccer field near Tampa, Florida – mentioned that article and image.

And Joe nonchalantly says “Yes, I know it. I shot it.”

That was the first time photography became real to me.

I used to read SI for the writing – those writers could pull me into any topic. And the photography held me. I don’t read it much anymore, but still flip through it now and again. I like to see what types of portraits are being shot, what the actions shots are like.

SI tells stories with both their words and their images.

That’s true eye candy, folks.

(c)Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2016

Fall Comes To My ‘Hood


Fall has only been here for a couple of weeks, but it seems like it descended quickly and with authority.

The farm stands around the country lanes I live on and around are firmly into the spirit. Pumpkins, gourds, corn mazes the norm.

Hard to believe Summer was still in full swing, it seems, just a month ago. The light is already flatter, the clouds more dark, the air tinged with coolness.


I made the image above the other week. One of the yearly traditions around the farms where I live is to spread lime to neutralize the acids in the soil, making way for a new growing year. (Good article about the practice here.) It’s a common site around these parts this time of year, prompting my kids to ask why it snowed.


Speaking of growing seasons, our little backyard farm seems to be about done. Our tomatoes plants did well, helping me make some good salsa along the way. The peas didn’t turn out well, just a few measly pods. And our carrots….*sigh*


But it was our small pumpkin patch that was the star. We had never planted them before, but they really took over our little garden plot Lots of blossoms throughout the summer, and though we only got four pumpkins out of the batch, it was fun growing them. The kids like keeping an eye on their activity throughout the summer.


Chase, holding the fruit of our labor.

But now Fall certainly seems to be here. The baseball regular season has ended, playoffs are set to begin. Football is in full swing. My little burg, Allentown, New Jersey, will have its annual Fall Festival this weekend. My son, Matt, will celebrate his 5th birthday in a couple of weeks, then Halloween will be here.

Fall has definitely arrived in New Jersey.

(c)Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2016



Eye Candy: The Hot Shoe Diaries


Been a while since I flipped through this one, so I started to again.

One of the first books Joe McNally did, published back in early 2009. The Hot Shoe Diaries still holds up, lots of great information and inspirational images.

Joe, on his blog, still continues to deliver quality information and behind-the-scenes looks.

A good read. And I’m not saying that just because I’m in it…



Check it out.

(c)Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2016

Eye Candy: Make Prints, August Edition


Stacks of printed goodness came back from AdoramaPix this week. Man, they print quickly!

August, it appears was a busy month. From top to bottom:

Hard to tell but the vacation pics cast the biggest shadow.

Hey, it’s October 1.

Back up your September work.

Have adventures.

Make prints.

(c)Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2016