Jen Rinaldi Photography

Capturing Life's Fleeting Moments…

No Trespassing February 25, 2009

I loved this abandoned house the first time I saw it and I was excited to be able to stop at it on Saturday and walk around to get some photos.  It took me a little while to look around the house and get warmed up as to what I wanted to take. We walked around 3/4 of the property checking things out and looking in windows that I could reach safely.  There was still really cool old furniture inside and some great details.  I’m took chicken to go inside a place this old for fear of falling through the floor boards but I would have liked to have snapped some shots through the windows.

By the time I finally had a picture in my head of what I wanted the series to look like and started snapping away my happiness was broken by the words “Can I help you?” being shouted from an open window of a huge SUV on the roadside.

We knew that was the end and we skulked back towards our car.  We decided to approach the woman and tell her why were there so she wasn’t super suspicious of us.  It was simply explained that I love photography and I love old homes like this.  I guess our charm didn’t work on her because we were told that it was “someone’s property”…which was curtly followed up by the words “MINE.”

I was praying by some luck that she’d say that we could walk around and take more photos but that didn’t happen.  We were told to “move along” by the owner.   I was disappointed but I guess that’s what happens when you *ahem* trespass *cough, cough.*

Luckily it was the first time this had ever happened to me because it’s not the most pleasant experience.  We had no choice but to get our butts out of there right away because you never know what can happen…

Before we were told to “move along” I was actually able to get a few shots that I like the results of…

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My favorite find of the day was this creepy, deformed, face-down doll laying in the grass at the back of the house.  It looked like it had been there for a very long time.  A minute after I found this was when were were busted so I’m so happy I got this shot in.

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The “Two-Fifty-Eight” February 24, 2009

Saturday’s agenda included a car ride up the 258 North, approximately an hour outside of Jacksonville, NC, to look for photo ops.

I was determined to find all of the abandoned “gems” that I had been scoping out on my previous road trips in and out of North Carolina.

I was able to get most of what I wanted to capture (which I’m sharing with you below) as well as an additional property I photographed (before being chased away) that I will share sometime this week (when I have time to go through & edit them).

It’s been wonderful to have someone interested in riding along with me on these photo journeys, who may not be a photographer, but appreciates my enthusiasm and love for it.  It certainly makes these photo hunts all the more pleasant!

Since I’ve tapped out my surrounding areas in NJ I love having another state to explore!!!

I used a number of editing software and actions on each of these to get the desired look I was going for.

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A personal favorite (below)!

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I processed this one two ways…I think I like the one above best because of the golden tones and the creepier sky but I’m getting various opinions…what do you think?

 

Darkest Before The Dawn January 27, 2009

If you’re anything like me you yearn for some alone time.  Even if it’s just thirty minutes of time by yourself to collect your thoughts calmly or ponder your next move in life.  That’s what I needed this Sunday and so desperately craved.  I got just that…about 30 minutes to get out there and do what I love before it was too dark to capture anything worthwhile photography-wise.  You see my alone time isn’t always spent sitting by myself in my home…sometimes that’s nice…but the alone time I craved this weekend was alone time with me, myself and I (along with my camera) outdoors.

I’ve been working so hard every night finishing portrait sessions, trying to get caught up, in order to begin the large task of creating a wedding album for my close friend.

I needed this time outdoors to look for inspiration.  I had hoped to catch the sunset over the frozen canal but I missed it by under 5 minutes.  As soon as I reached the bottom of the scary icy steps in photo one below the sunset was already gone behind the tree line.  I was very sad and disappointed that traffic on the highway kept me from capturing what I imagined in my mind by just a few minutes.  It just reminded me that life has so many fleeting moments…

Rather than pack it in I tried to made the best of the trip and look for other photo opportunities.  Then I realized I forgot my gloves at home so my hands were starting to freeze and when I went to use my tripod I discovered I left the connector piece home.  I didn’t let myself become discouraged.  I ignored my frozen hands and took everything I wanted hand-held.  No biggie.

Many of you know that 2008 wasn’t the brightest year of my life.  It was probably the darkest year I’ve ever had.  The one constant that brightened my life was my photography.  Without it and the healing in provided me in the past year I don’t know where I would have been.  I haven’t really discussed the darkness I experienced last year much on my blog. I try to keep the blog mostly business with little slice of life thrown in here or there but today I don’t think it’s a bad thing to share a little bit more then usual.

I spent a lot time the past year alone with my thoughts trying to come to a peaceful place so that I could start a new fresh beginning.  I finally am picking myself up, dusting myself off, and making the fresh start.  Winter has been tough…so many challenges at the end of 2008 (some that are still here and will take time before they are just a faded bad memory).  I am optimistic that 2009 will be a good year for me but the challenges of 2008 have not disappeared.  I just need to conquer them one at a time.  I am still optimistic that this will be a good year for me (even with the obstacles I need to tackle).

I am definitely looking forward to Spring.  I feel like it’s going to be my renewal of energy that I need so badly.

It’s always darkest before the dawn…

(Thanks Arla)

I started at the D&R Canal, made my way over to St. Joseph’s Seminary across the street, and then on my way back home I stopped at this hidden gem of an abandoned barn that you may remember for a year or so ago.  I photographed some my favorite photography subjects…pathways, abandoned barns, and churches…I have a thing for them all (I wonder what that says about me?).

I was losing light quickly so this is what I achieved photography-wise in my short time out…alone with my thoughts.

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Curiosity of the Abandoned Gets The Best of Me in North Carolina! January 14, 2009

On our way home from the New Bern, North Carolina waterfront I spotted an abandoned house (that I saw on the way to our destination) that we just HAD to stop at!!

I ran around the house for 5 minutes getting the best angles and snapped a handful of shots and peeked in through the windows.  You could still see furniture, the remains of wallpaper and decorations rotting away inside.  It makes me wonder how a house could be left to fall apart like this when there are so many people out there that need a good home…

After I got my shots I made a mad dash back to the car before someone questioned why I was on private property that was clearly marked “no trespassing” — ummm..oopsy!  I just couldn’t help myself!

If you know me…you know that I can’t pass up a GEM like this – especially with one of the most beautiful skies above!!  I can’t get enough of places like this! There is something that just draws me right in.

Pssst!  By the way…REDYNAMIX plug-in for Photoshop ROCKS my sox!  I’m in LOVE.

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The above shot in B&W

My favorite shot of the day!  SUN FLARE = LOVE!

 

Barnapalooza Indiana (and more) December 30, 2008

I’ve been dying to work on these since I got home from Indiana since I’m a proud lover of barns and rural scenes.  Below you will find more from the “drive by shootings” series with Julie Lawson in Parke County, Indiana.

The first photo is a new spin on an earlier Pano that I posted –  that I felt fit well with the series.  The rest are all new; processed with the same texture with about the same opacity.  I normally wouldn’t do an entire series textured but for these I felt it fit so well.

I hope you love them as much as I do!

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Indy Ghost Riders December 28, 2008

During my visit to see Julie in Indiana we has some time to do some “drive by shoots.”  It was bitter cold but I can never pass up a good photo opportunity…that’s what coats, hats and gloves were made for!

Julie took some photos during the drive by as well but she decided to take them from the comfort and warmth of the car LOL!  Check them out here:  http://julielawsonphotography.wordpress.com/2008/12/28/parke-county-cars/

“Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.” ~Albert Einstein

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GRIGGSTOWN Abandoned… November 5, 2008

You may recognize this location from the shoot in the post below this one of the S Family at the canal.  It’s a favorite spot of mine along the D&R Canal in historic Griggstown, NJ.  If you’re a blog frequenter of mine I’m sure you’ve seen some of the windows and doors of this building featured a number of times.  Because I like the character and texture on this building I find myself shooting it over and over…

Griggstown is an unincorporated area and a historic district within Franklin Township, in Somerset County, New Jersey first settled around 1733.

It is a small, picturesque village that lies on the Delaware and Raritan Canal. This canal criss-crosses the state of New Jersey and in the 1800’s was a major means of transporting goods between Philadelphia and New York.

Canal Barges bearing goods have now been replaced by canoes and kayaks. One can still find remnants of “canal life” along the towpath and roads that traverse the village. This building probably housed mill workers at one time. When it was modernized, asbestos was used in its restoration. Now this building is gutted and closed to the public.