30 Days of Noir ~ Day 22: Trouble Gonna Find Me


‘Cause it always does.

Some greens, some oranges, a dash of red.

Jersey Noir, in color.

(c) Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography  | 2016

The Beauty of Prints


I felt very bad.

A couple of weeks ago, as I was going through older emails, I realizes something.

Holy Cow! I never sent Bruce his print!

Not Bruce as in Springsteen….but Bruce as in Harris!

Via the pick of a hat, he won a print after commenting on the little short story contest I ran the other month.

I mean, I know I got busy with work and the family and everything else, but I just plumb forgot to contact my peeps at AdoramaPix and get the print made, and sent out to Bruce.

Finally, after coming back from my trip to Europe, my neglect hit me. Luckily, in a short amount of time, I was able to get that rectified. Got the electronic file ready, sent it off to AdoramaPix, got the print back, QA’ed it, was happy with it, and sent it off to Bruce.

Then got a very nice email from him saying he LOVED it.

Again, a really nice  job by AdoramaPix.

And more prints…


For the better part of the summer, I toted a Canon Rebel G film SLR with my “nifty fifty” lens around with  me. Had it loaded with Kodak TriX 400 B&W film.

And it took me forever to shoot the roll. I really took my time.

Then, once I finished, it took forever for the roll to come back to me. But it was worth it when I saw the print of Matt, my youngest son. That’s him on the bottom up top.

It’s hard to describe, really, but I fell in love with this 4×6 prints as soon as I saw it. I like his expression, I like the shallow depth of field the 50 mm gave me, I like the grain. It’s a print like this where I can see why people want to say “Film’s Not Dead.”

Also on that roll were some portraits I took of Tome Wilson back in June. I liked some of these too, though some were better than others. Some were badly out of focus. Kinda cool in their own right, but a definite “miss.”

Film may not be dead, and prints aren’t dead either. Just yesterday, I put in order for 4×6’s of my October images. A little behind since it’s already the end of November, but they are getting done.

New Year’s is coming…here’s a resolution for you: Don’t forget to make your prints as well!

(c) Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2016


30 Days Of Noir: Day 21: A Drop of The Good Stuff


And a drop of color.

Classic film noir is in black & white. That’s the whole point – the darkness of the story and the characters, the jagged edges of both parallel the monochrome look of the film.

But, as film noir expanded, a new device – color – was injected into the story.

Many say the “neo-noir” sub genre refers to crime dramas and mysteries produced from the mid-1960s to the present that, while they are generally shot in color and do not always emulate the visual style of classic film noir, often borrow the themes, archetypes, and plots made famous by the film noir genre.

Now, from a visual perspective, I generally keep my Jersey Noir in B&W. However, I, too, have deviated into the color realm from time to time. Above is one such treatment.

Some photographers who tip their lens into this area love the use of color. Joe McNally is a prime example of this. Dan Bannino does some really snazzy noir work in color, too.

In some respects, it’s cool to see the mugs in fedoras and femme fatale dames in lush color. I recently watched Gangster Squad again – certainly not noir but rather crime fiction –  but it takes place in that era, and the colors were gorgeous in it.

And they’ve even remade some classic film noirs – DOA, The Big Sleep –  in color. Here’s a good list of neo-noir films should you wish to check them out.

This week, I’ll show some of my color “noir” images. For the film noir purist, color will never fly. But it also ain’t the worst thing ever, either.

(c) Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2016


30 Days of Noir: Day 20 ~ If You Ain’t Dyin…


If you ain’t dyin, you’re already dead.

Whiskey, smokes and the Good Book.

Sunday noir.

(c) Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2016