JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 08 | 08 | 15

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I received an email this weekend that started like this:

I wanted to thank you for your inspiring words this year with regards to photography. I forced myself to learn quite a bit and even took a local little class here at our library. I can proudly say that I actually sold two of my photos this weekend at our local art show! Totally not trying to brag, but knew you would understand the excitement. :)

I knew the writer, met her a couple of times at the Sons of Ireland Polar Bear Plunge. Even did a portrait of her and her family a couple of years ago. I remember chatting with her last January about her painting, my photography, her photography. Frankly, I don’t remember what my words were that inspired her. But I’m thrilled they did, and that she found the time to actually send a long a word of thanks.

Wonder how many times that happens in this life – where something we say changes someone, or spurs them to an action, hopefully for the good. I guess we’ll never know. Kinda the It’s A Wonderful Life thing.

Photographically, I had a great week. Shot the fun Jazz On The Delaware last Saturday, and received positive reaction to my portraits. Also got some fine feedback on the TriRock Triathlon photos I shot last month. And, yesterday, I announced my partnership with Altus Press.

But this email was maybe the best thing. She and her family are moving to California on Monday. New Jersey is losing a great, kind Jersey girl.

Godspeed!

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This Week’s Links:

* What I watched this week. Partly because it was Robert Mitchum’s birthday on Thursday. His character in Out Of The Past is a strong inspiration for my Jersey Noir images.

* What I read this week. I’m not a Yankees fan but I’m tempted to go out and buy a #15 jersey. The writing, though, is just superb.

* Talk about being early.

* I’m a geek when it comes to good 404 pages.

* “You need minimum color for maximum effect.” – Jay Maisel

(c) Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2015

Announcement: Partnership With Altus Press

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No Friday Noir this week…but a cool announcement.

I’m happy to announce that I’ll be partnering with Altus Press to provide some Jersey Noir cover images for a selection of their upcoming reprints.

Altus Press, per their website, is the leader in classic pulp fiction. Right up my alley. They will be reprinting the stories of Carroll John Daley, basically the father of crime fiction.

I’ve read some of his stories. If they were any more hard boiled, the insides would be a stiff rock. He’s a master. Seek him out if you can.

From what I can tell, they want to use my image, Burn Time, as the one to lead off this series.

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I always thought this one – one of my favorites – would make a good book cover. There’s the potential for the usage of 10 more of my Jersey Noir images in this series.

So, a nice way to end the week.

More to come…

(c) Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2015

All That Jazz In Philly

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Sometimes, to take better photos, you have to put yourself in the position to do so. Jay Maisel said something to that effect once. So, when possible, I try to put myself in that interesting spot. A Polar Bear Plunge here, a triathlon there, some writes thrown in for good measure. Something, or someone, that takes me away from the daily norm.

A few weeks ago, I received an email from someone I’ve followed online for a few years now, Tome Wilson. Tome’s a New Jersey guy, and runs the DieselPunks website. The email was about an event called Jazz On The Delaware, to be hld a the at the historic Glen Foerd Mansion in the far northeast of Philadelphia’s city limits. I lived in Philly for 10 years. The Far Northeast, to me, was a bedroom community of brick homes and small yards. It’s still Philly, yes, but there ain’t any soft pretzel hawkers up there. (You’ll still find a cheesesteak joint though – it IS still Philly.)

Anyway, I never knew this mansion existed. But when I got Tome’s email, my mind started working. Specifically, I started to think about some recent Pride in Portraits Drew Gurain did in NYC back in June.

I though it would be fun to do similar portraits: Put up a clean white background, pop a flash, and get some interesting portraits.

To make a long story short…I ain’t Drew Gurain and it became pretty evident pretty quickly that I wasn’t going to pull off those types of portraits.

I started to sweat under my fedora. Literally. And now just because it was 93 degrees at 11 a.m. in the morning.

So.. I adapted. I started to look around for a better spot. Luckily for me, I had access to an old horse stable (I think it was, anyway) on the property. In side, there were great brick walls and beautiful natural light. A little dusty, but no worries. I swept up a bit and then set up my pop-up photo studio.

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The light was nearly perfect for what I wanted. And, using Nik’s Analog Efex Pro and Silver Efex Pro for post processing, I got the portraits I saw in my head.

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In all, I shot nearly 30 portraits. Here is the full list.

I’m really happy with what I came away with for those “stylized” images. Not exactly how I thought I’d end up there, but I overcame what wasn’t working.

And, because I shoot entire-to-detail, I did do some walk-around shots as well.

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Just before closing up shop on the hot, hot day in Northeast Philly, I had to do a quick shot with my hosts, Tome and his lovely wife Lisa. Check out Tome’s new website JazzAgeStyle.com – he’s an old soul that’s keeping it going in today’s modern age.

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A thorn between two roses…for sure.

(c) Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2015

JSP Visual Week In Review 08 | 01 | 15

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Here stand. The gaping maw of a new month. July flew by faster than any of them. Summer at warp-speed, days, colors, ice cream cones flying by.

Get out there and record it.

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This Week’s Links:

* The great Eliott Erwitt had a birthday this week. Watch this short video on him and his work.

* Gordon Parks goes back to Kansas.

* Watch: The Art of the Opening Shot

* Watch: Landfall, BTS (whew, I don’t have this patience.)

* From NY Times Lens blog: In the world and always photographing.

* Josh Wool on how to be a good photographer

* “The bottom line for me is always to shoot what you love to shoot. Be curious about the world, and be energetic, decent and honest when you engage the world with a camera to your eye.” ~ Joe McNally

(c) Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2015

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