Jen Rinaldi Photography

Capturing Life's Fleeting Moments…

Central Park Scapes July 29, 2009

A little nature taken in Central Park from yesterday’s NYC visit with Mike Palmer.

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Summer Has Arrived! | New Jersey Landscape Photographer July 3, 2009

Summer Has Arrived!


 

Hold Infinity in the Palm of Your Hand July 1, 2009

“To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,

Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour.”

~William Blake

 

Texture Gives It a Different Feel | New Jersey Landscape Photographer June 28, 2009

Most of you probably know how much I love texture…

With that being said I couldn’t resist trying texture on these two photos from the Red Mill series.  I think it adds a whole other dimension to the photos.

 

Picnic’in Fun at The Red Mill in Clinton, NJ June 16, 2009

Yesterday we took a ride the Red Mill in Clinton, NJ armed with a cooler filled with yummy submarine sandwiches and snacks.  We arrived in Clinton and parked at the Red Mill and walked over the bridge to the side of the waterfall that faced the Mill and set down our cooler and got comfortable.

We ate our lunch enjoying the view of the Mill and the waterfall.

Luckily we were done with our lunch when Chris discovered that we had a lunch visitor sitting directly next to our cooler and US!!  Eeeeeewwwwww!

I did NOT take my time getting up and out of there…but I did go back for a photo!  Ha!

I have been wanting to visit the Mill for about a year and finally had the opportunity.

The ca. 1810 Red Mill was originally built as a woolen mill. Over the next 100 years, the Mill was used at different times to process grains, plaster, talc and graphite. The Mill was also used to produce peach baskets, as well as to generate electricity and pump water for the town.

After we ate I got some photography time in and was able to capture photos of the Mill (after waiting ten minutes for “MR JOHN” to get out of all of my shots! lol!).

It started out as a beautiful sunny day…perfect for a picnic but of course as soon as I was set up with the camera and tripod it started to rain a little. We devised a way to still be able to get my shots:  I carry a black trash bag in my camera bag and we placed it over me and the camera like a mini-tent.  Despite some shots with rain drops in them because the lens got a little wet I took some photos that I was pleased with.  🙂

After photos the drizzling rain stopped, we packed up my gear, and took a walk down the cute little main street of the town and Chris enjoyed an ice cream while I enjoyed an Italian ice.  🙂

The ice cream store was the most charming little place ever —> JJ Scoops!

We had such a wonderful day!!  🙂

 

Standing Out in a Crowd May 27, 2009


Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.

~Rabindranath Tagore, Fireflies, 1928

In contrast to yesterday’s post regarding being alone in a crowd….

This is another in a series of photos that I took after the passing of my father during the 2 longest weeks of my life weeks in North Carolina. This photo was on the roadside in Pollocksville, NC close to where I photographed the horse pasture 2 posts back.

This area is known for the logging industry and this forest was a logging forest.  I love how perfectly the trees are planted in rows.  Sometimes I think that logging is sad but I know that it’s definitely necessary.  It just hurts to see the trees cut down…a forest cleared…but the positive is that they are replantedI guess that is the the cycle of life.

I wanted something positive to come from the lost of my father.  I tried with volunteering organ or tissue donation but unfortunately he wasn’t a good candidate we were told…which broke my heart.  I’m glad we tried metaphorically to “replant” even if it didn’t work out.

I’m a registered organ donor…I thought I’d include the link in case anyone else is interested in considering it:  http://organdonor.gov/donor/index.htm

On another note:  I noticed that sometimes, the way I process photos, depends on how I’m feeling at the time.  Rather then describe how I felt in my heart (in words) during the moment I took this photo – I processed it this way to convey a specific mood.  Do you feel it?

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Greener Pastures May 25, 2009

“…He makes me down to lie In pastures green: he leadeth me the quiet waters by. My soul he doth restore again: and me to walk doth make Within the paths of righteousness, ev’n for his own name’s sake….” -Scottish Metrical Psalms

This was taken on the roadside in Pollocksville, NC, close to where my father lived.  I was driving home one night and pulled over on the side of the road to capture it.  I left the telephone wires in intentionally, which may not be to everyone’s taste, but I really wanted to keep them in.   I can’t explain why exactly…but maybe it’s because I wanted to remember it how it really was:  Quiet Rural life with luxuries that we all seem to need in the times that we live in?

*Please click to view larger or you won’t see all of the wonderful little details*