Jen Rinaldi Photography

Capturing Life's Fleeting Moments…

Played with Panorama Today August 31, 2007

Wasn’t insprired at all while driving home from work for any photographic opportunities (I couldn’t think of anywhere different to photograph).

So, I went home and set up the tripod to try out taking shots for a panoramic stitching.

I didn’t have any kind of “breathtaking” scene so I just took a 360 degree view of my back yard.

This is how the panoramic stiching of about 10 photos came out in Photoshop CS3. Click on the image to view it a little larger (I saved it at 3 feet wide so this sample doesn’t give it much justice)….

After this exercise I’m excited to try this out with a beautiful scene. If I create enough of them I’m thinking of making a “panoramic” section on my website.

I also worked on converting a few photos to Faux IR (infrared) again (I love this technique!) These are 2 favorites that I converted:

This is my “creep-ified cornfield”:

If you’d like to see more of my Faux (fake) IR conversions click HERE. If you like this kind of photo editing there are many more conversions on the site that that you might enjoy!


Made a Stop on the Way Home August 30, 2007

Half-way home from work (a camera always in my possesion) I decided to stop at a portion of the D&R Canal (Delaware River) that I pass everyday on my way home from work for a few minutes.

I took a few shots of the canal and some reflections of the trees in the still water:

The think what upset me the most with this photo shoot is the sky. To the human eye it was blue with a few clouds dotting the sky here or there but almost every shot I took at every angle had a blown out sky…it’s so frustrating….

No one can seem to figure out how to avoid this issue but I guess the positive is that I pass this canal everyday on the way home so I can re-shoot time and time again but it’s just terrible when you get blown skies during a one-chance-only opportunity.

Besides snapping some photos of the canal I walked over to the historic Bridge Tenders Station (circa 1830) that sits beside the bridge that runs over the canal. Next to the Bridge Tenders Station is the Bridge Tender’s Garden. I got a good photos of about 4-5 varieties of flowers and a few with large Bumble Bees.

To view more of my waterscape photography click HERE.
To view more of my bug & butterfly photography click HERE.
To view more of my flower photography click HERE.


Marveling Over the Sky August 29, 2007

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Last night I was marveling about the moon and today I’m marveling over the sky…I’m drawn to the sky when there are amazing clouds like this.

When I see skies like this I start to grow impatient for the work day to end so that I can get out and capture it.

Yesterday was an awesome sky and today was even better!

(Click photo to see a larger image)

To view more of my skyscape photography click HERE.


FULL MOON August 28, 2007

I took the full moon tonight (well last night to be exact because it’s after midnight now).

Since I got the new tripod I was finally able to photograph the moon and all it’s glory – with extreme clarity compared to previous handheld shots. I used the remote control which helped avoid camera shake and I’m so pleased with the results.

Thank goodness for the new tripod!

Image was taken around 9:45pm. (Click photo to see a larger image).

To view more of my night photography click HERE.


Engagement! August 26, 2007

I attended my friend Tara’s engagement party today.

It was a hot & humid day so I spent most of the time indoors chatting and catching up with my college sorority friends.

Tara & her fiancé Adam:

I also got some great shots of 2 of my friends beautiful girls:



To view moreof Tara McCarthy’s Engagement party click HERE.


Editing, editing, editing August 25, 2007

Haven’t taken any photos since last weekend…boo….it’s been raining all week.

Finally stopped raining today but it was hot and muggy to go out.

The positive part about the rain and the hot muggy weather is that I was able to do a lot of editing of the “Roller Girlz” series all week…and I’m FINALLY DONE (for the most part…maybe some minor edits)!


Boredom Kicks in…. August 22, 2007

Got really bored this weekend so I did some self portraits to test the use of my new flash (Nikon SB800) and Manfrotto tripod.

Until I get some more friends and family to volunteer to be my models I guess I will have to settle for myself! LOL! I’m please with the results of the editing of skin, eyes, and use of filters on the shots.

Example #1

Example #2