2014 Year In Review

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We’re already a month and change into 2015. Events have already been shot, more images seen. More learning.

Still, I wanted to take a look back at 2014 and pull together some of my favorite images.

They may not be my BEST images…but they are my favorite ones. I’m a horrible editor, though. It’s hard for me to cut. And I’m too afraid to have someone else do it for fear they’d say 90 percent are junk. (I should really get better at that.)

Why did these images make the cut? Various reasons, really. It could be a time and place that intrigued me. Meeting Dmitri on January 1, 2014, as I ate in his diner.

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That shot of Olivia that leads off this post, on home plate of a baseball field.

This guy’s great beard, shot in Philadelphia.

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Or the shadows in this one.

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One of my true favorites of the year was on I call Grandma Deere. The sweet old gal who owns the farm just up the road from our house. Me and the kids had stopped by to get vegetables on summer evening while she was cutting the grass. It came together nicely for me.

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Leslie, Olivia, Chase, Matthew, Bella, Roxie, Mom, Dad, cousins, nieces, nephews, inlaws. My crew.

New York, Jersey City, Cape Town, Vermont, Philadelphia, The Jersey Shore. Some of the places I went in 2014.

Polar Bear Plunges, Triathlons, Trouble In The Heartland, bee keepers, corporate headshots. Projects I shot in 2014.

Dmitri the diner owner, FicShun the Dancer, Bruno the photographer, Terrence the writer from New York, Greg the yoga teacher, Barry the photographer, Danny the photographer, Camille the radio host, Andrew the writer from Australia. Some of the people I shot in 2014.

Here’s my 2014 Year In Review. (if you can’t see it below, click here to watch it on Vimeo)

JSP Visual Year In Review 2014 from JerseyStyle Photography on Vimeo.

It’s a documentary life….

© Mark V. Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | All Rights Reserved 2015

In The Gut Of Winter

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Feels like we’re in the gut of winter now. It’s hasn’t been a particularly hard winter here in Central NJ – Not overly cold, not a lot of snow (at least compared to last year).

But it feels like we’re stuck in it now. Springs DOESN’T seem like it’s around the corner.

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Even yesterday…thought I had something cool to shoot: Ice boating on the Navasink River in Red Bank.

I saw someone had posted about it on Facebook. I was headed out with the boys anyway, so this gave me a destination.

We pulled out in the truck, some Gaslight Anthem playing. East on 195, North on the Garden State Parkway. Got there in about 40 minutes.

Annnddd…by the time we got there, the fog had rolled in and the boats were off the ice.

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Still in the gut of winter…

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JSP Visual Week In Review | 02.07.15

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Spent most of the week back up in my old hometown of Swoyersville, PA. My dad had some surgery last Monday, and came home yesterday. He’s been having a rough time of it since his open-heart surgery back in October, so hopefully this will have corrected some issues.

Been nice going back home these past few months. Been noticing more things, taking things in. Carrying a camera so much lets me see more, not just look. Sure, I’ve enjoyed trips to Russia, India, Japan, etc. But just going a few miles outside the beaten path can be eye-opening too.

We’re in that mid-winter freeze out now. Still, days are getting longer and we can almost see the end of the tunnel. We’re not there yet, but we’re getting there.

Hang in….

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This Week’s Links:

* What I’m reading this week.

* RIP film nor femme fatale (and Scranton, PA native) Lizabeth Scott.

* Most Inspiring Photographer: Congrats Joe McNally!

* And congrats to Elliott Erwitt, too.

* Good read: How Technicolor Changed Storytelling.

* Ice climbers ascend Niagra Falls.

* My buddy, Australian author Andrew Nette on Hollywood and remakes.

* “A mad, keen photographer needs to get out into the world and work and make mistakes.” ~ Sam Abell

© Mark V. Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | All Rights Reserved 2015

Winter In Pennsylvania

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Think we started something here.

First, Joe McNally posted about Winter In New York.

Then, after a decent snowstorm last week, I followed his post up with Winter in New Jersey.

Now, this week….Winter in Pennsylvania.

I’m back up in Northeast PA as my Dad had to go back into the hospital on Monday for some follow-up surgery. (follow up his open-heart surgery back in October).

He’s doing well, hopefully coming home tomorrow. I came up to help out my Mom. Mom’s got a lot of help this week, though, as my sister and her young daughter are visiting from Edmonton too.

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I’ve kind of forgotten what it’s like to be up here in the Wyoming Valley in winter. I came up late Sunday, and after passing through the Lehigh Valley Tunnel on the PA Turnpike, I had to grab that shot of the frozen Lehigh River that opens this post.

It then snowed overnight and early Monday, I was shoveling about 3-4 inches off the driveway I used to shovel all the time as a kid. Might be going on 30 years since I last shoveled it.

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Township snow plows can through and shoved all the snow to the sides. The main roads are cleared to the asphalt below, but the sides are snow packed. After visiting my Dad last evening, I decided to drive around Wilke-Barre to do some snowy night photography. Or some night snow photography.

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Up here for another day or so. Weatherman is calling for another 1-3 inches tonight. I’ll be shoveling that driveway again, I guess.

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