Farm Fresh Beer

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A couple of weeks ago, later on Friday afternoon, we took  a drive over to the next town to check out a new craft brewery there with some friends.

It was a beautiful Friday afternoon, a little windy, but not to bad. Beautiful late afternoon sun.

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The name of the place is Screamin’ Hill Brewery and it pretty darn nice. They had six brews going that day, available by pint, flight or growler.

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The best part it, it’s very kid and dog friendly. There’s a huge expanse of open farmland for the kids to kick a soccer ball around, play tag or just generally run themselves tired.

They say they are growing good beer because there operation is set out on a farm. In the summer, you can buy veggies here, and in the fall, there’s a corn maze and pumpkin picking.

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The ale was pretty good, too. I especially liked the Habanero Ale, which surprised me.

Small business trying to make a name. Here’s hoping Screamin’ Hill makes it happen!

 

(c)Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2016

Opening Day

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“People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do.

I stare out the window and wait for spring.”

– Rogers Hornsby

I’ve been a bigger baseball fan in the past. When was in late grade school, I had some type of bat (wood, whiffle, aluminum) in my hand every day in the summer. I wore out the area in front of the evergreen tree in our yard, because that was “home plate.”

Now I coach. I coach my middle son’s t-ball team, the Hot Rods. We’ll start up this coming Saturday, in what looks to be a chilly 43 degree day.

But today…today Spring really starts. While some Major League Baseball games started yesterday, my Philadelphia Phillies will start at 4 p.m. this afternoon. When that first pitch is thrown, then Springs, followed closely by Summer of course, will start.

Where I live in New Jersey, I get Philadelphia and New York stations on the radio. I’ll listen the the parts of many Phillies, Yankees and Mets games. On TV, I’ll only rarely see the Phils, but will flip over to the Yankees or Mets, just to see what’s going on.

Maybe I’ll follow the standings closely, like in the old days. Most likely, I won’t. Maybe I’ll take one, or all of the kids to a game, we’ll see.

The Phillies won’t be good this year, but that’s OK, at least for now. Baseball is back. At 4 p.m. today, I’ll turn on the radio to listen to the first pitch. Come September, I’ll be sad at the last pitch.

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Because that’s what being a fan is all about.

(c)Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2016

Tear Sheet: HUSTLE Book Cover

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The internet has made the world, especially the creative world, a very small place. I’ve had some opportunities I never would have imagined had Al Gore never invented the WWW.

I’ve written a few times about the partnership I have with Bard Constantine, an author from Alabama, and Stefan Prohaczka, a graphic designer from Paris, on creating the covers for Bard’s THE TROUBLESHOOTER series of dieselpunk novels. That relationship is cool itself.

Now, another three-pronged collaboration has occurred. I “know” Tom Pitts because of THE TROUBLE IN THE HEARTLAND anthology from a few years ago. Joe Clifford edited that book, and brought me into contribute photos. He’s good friends with Tom Pitts, a author out of San Francisco. Through all of this, and Facebook, we’ve become internet friends, at least.

Tom is a unique story of success. He was…well…he was a junkie living on the streets of San Francisco at one point. Actually, both he and Joe were. But, by the grace of God, and their hard work, they’ve turned it all around to become successful husbands, fathers, and writers. I know Tom grinds out a day job too. He’s an independent writer publishing with independent work.

Doing the roadwork and getting it done.

Anyway, he’s a very talented writer.A few weeks ago, he send me a note saying he was looking to reissue his book, HUSTLE, and was wondering if we could collaborate on a new cover. He’s liked the work I’ve posted (and he even dug up some older images of mine too- one shot of a metal star on a brick background…I still can’t find a hi-res of it, and can’t remember where I shot it) to see what we could come up with.

The other lynch pin would be a graphic designer (and writer and beer enthusiast), also out of Northern California, Dyer Wilk. It would be up to Dyer to do something with the parade of pixels we pushed over to him.

So, I pulled a bunch of images I thought may work. Things showing gritty street life, anything rusted or bricked up. We tossed a few concepts and ideas back and forth for a week or so.

What you see above are the fruits of Dyer and Tom’s labors. Dyer made some modification to the image, and I love the way it works as a cover.

Here’s the original, a shot from New York City one cold winter day.

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I’m proud to be partnering with these cats. The new second edition of HUSTLE will be available from Down & Out Books on May 2, 2016.

(c)Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2016

 

By A Nose

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My buddy, David Burnett, when shooting with his Speed Grafix, has told me…”If I can just get an eye in focus…I’m good.”

I go for the nose with the Fuji X100T at f/2.

(c)Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2016

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