Back In The 570

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For the second time in just a few weeks, I’m back in Northeast Pennsylvania for a couple of days. Helping out my parents with some doctor appointments and such. Back in the 570, so to speak.

The family stayed back in New Jersey for this one, so when I drove up on Wednesday evening, I decided to forsake the highway (PA Turnpike) and take a byway for much of the way.

I decided to hope off the Turnpike at the Lehigh Valley exit and pick up Route 309, which actually runs for 134 miles overall. In my lifetime, I’ve often driven some of it, but I think this trip was one of my largest bulk drives of it.

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Lots of rolling hills, lots of cornfields, lots of beautiful evening light and two drive-in movie theaters. The trip took longer because a) I wasn’t doing 75 up the Turnpike, but also because I kept pulling over to shoot.

Which is what I expected. And love.

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You may remember that one of my summer goals was to travel. That doesn’t always mean hopping on a plane and going to some far-off place.

Sometimes that means taking the road less traveled, peering around the corner, and documenting what you find.

I’ll be hitting the road back to NJ this afternoon, and haven’t yet decided on what route I’ll take. Maybe I’ll backtrack the way I came. Yes, it’ll be longer, but I’m sure it would be worth it.

Head out this weekend, peer around the corner. Let us know what you find.

(c)Mark KrajnakĀ  | JerseyStyle Photography | 2016

 

 

Eye Candy: The Great LIFE Photographers

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I picked this up for about $7, on clearance, at one of those big-box bookstores.

It’s about four inches thick. Filled with all the usual suspects – Benson and Capa and Dominis and Gene Smith.

But many others that I wasn’t familiar with.

For awhile, every day before my work days started, I’d read a few of the profiles and get to know a new photographer.

The book not only took me back to the days of LIFE magazine, but also helped increase my photographic education.

I highly recommend picking it up if you can find it. Amazon, an e-big box bookstore – has it.

(c)Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2016

Proofing time

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I had a chance recently to proof the Photo Place Gallery catalog for the “B&W” exhibit that my Burn Time photo was selected for.

All looked good to me. As long as they spelled Krajnak correctly, I’m cool.

As I looked at the comp page, though, I noticed the image and text opposite my image.

All Alone On Solead Street by Melinda Green Harvey, a photographer based in Texas.

Heh. Her image, and that title sounds quite noir-ish. Maybe the catalog designer planned it that way.

If so, that’s pretty cool. Her’s is a cool image, too. Click the link above to check out more of her great work.

Something else I noticed as flipped through the rest of the catalog….my friend, and photojournalist extraordinaire David Burnett has as picture in the exhibit as well.

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Even before I read who shot it, I was thinking “That looks like a Dave Burnett image..” and sure enough!

Frankly, that I’m in the same book with the great David Burnett tickles me like you wouldn’t believe.

I’m certainly no where near the level of David – or many of the other photographers in this exhibit, but I’d like to think that if I keep pushing, I may get there some day.

Amazing where this little machine hanging off my shoulder has taken me so far…

If you’d like to check out the catalog, and perhaps purchase a copy, click here to view it. I’d be interested to know what you think about all of the images.

(c)Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2016

Happy Birthday, Joe

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I’ve been fortunate, throughout my life, to have a few good men give me guidance and help me along.

My dad, first and foremost. He’s always been a quiet man, but sometimes even by not saying something, he said something.

My high school basketball coach and one of my first work bosses too. We spent many an hour discussing life while driving from one landscaping job to another.

And my friend and mentor, Joe McNally.

Today is his birthday, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t wish him a happy one here. It’s hard to believe I first met Joe almost 17 years ago now. He was the photographer the design agency my company, at the time, was working with on the annual report. To be honest, I had no idea who Joe was the first time I met him in that agency office in Manhattan. It was November, maybe early December, and he was in a black turtleneck and tweed sports jacket. Looked all serious.

Just after New Year’s Day, January 2000, we took off on a two-week, six-country European photoshoot swing.

A fast friendship was born on that tour.

And, a match was lit, for me, regarding photography.

I may not have known it at the time, but meeting Joe, hearing his stories, watching him work,started the latent passion for photography.

Put his name into this blog’s search engine and you’ll see how many times I’ve mentioned him here.

The photo above is from a lighting class he taught in Dobbs Ferry in 2009. The only lighting class I’ve ever taken (maybe that’s why my off-camera flash isn’t so hot.)

He’s in full teaching mode, something I saw in him even when we first met. I’ve always said that, in addition to his low-key demeanor, humor in the face of adversity and just general good-guyness, his ability to change with the times and keep in front of all the photography curves, is one of his best attributes.

He’s taught me a lot, whether in person or from afar. We still keep in touch. I last spoke with him a couple of Sundays ago. In fact, for the past few months, we were planning to work together on a noir shoot. Except that he wanted me in front of this camera, like we did once before. Schedules just didn’t work out and I had to bow out.

We were able to catch up and connect again.

A mentor and his student.

Old friends.

Weird that I can say that.

Joe is headed to Rio in a couple of weeks, his first Olympics in a while. He’s happy and excited.

I’m sure he’ll put his camera in a new place, shoot entire-to-detail and let the magic of photography take over.

He’s one of the greats

Happy birthday, my friend. Here’s to many more.

(c)Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2016

 

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