Jen Rinaldi Photography

Capturing Life's Fleeting Moments…

Cooling Off with HDR June 14, 2008

More from Villanova University from last Sunday’s portrait session with baby EJ.

Below is the interior of a small chapel on campus that we came up while taking portraits in between the arches of the buildings.  I popped my head inside and immediately thought “HDR!”  Thank goodness I lugged that tripod around with me all day.  You never know when you want multiple exposures!!

The chapel was very simple and I loved how the wooden arches on the ceiling looked.  I was especially happy to have the wide angle lens for a scene like this!  The sun was brightly shining in on the crucifix on the altar so I had a bit of processing trouble there.  I may have try to re-do this HDR in Photomatrix when I have some more time.

Inside the lobby of the wonderfully air conditioned chapel (it was pushing 100 outside!) we spotted this statue.  I loved the way the light was shining on it!




Villanova University June 12, 2008

On Sunday, when I met my friend Nicole to photograph her baby’s 8 month portraits, I ended up getting there a little bit early so that gave me some time to photograph the church on the Villanova University campus with my new wide angle Tokina 12-24.

I love photographing churches; especially ones with so much character like this one. I have an entire gallery dedicated to churches HERE if you’re interested.

I love how wide angle photography looks and I’m so excited about this new lens! Even with the distortion of the angles I still love it!

Each of the photos below are 3 exposures, merged to HDR, with Photomatrix:

I also photographed the interior of another chapel on the campus later that day that had some great wooden arches. As soon as I have some time to work with them in Photomatrix I’ll be sure to post some of them.


Jen xoxo


Lakeside April 25, 2008

EDIT 4/25: When I got to work today on a different monitor I see that none of photos below look how they did last night when I spent hours working on them.

Ever since I darkened the brightness on my monitor I have had trouble with how my photos on every other monitor but my own. I guess I will have to brighten my monitor back to where it was and re-doing every one of the photos below because of the terrible halos on every photo that involves the sky (which is 98% of them).

I have so much to edit and it is really upsetting that I wasted a whole night on processing all of these photos and now I have to re-do them all.

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I took some time to go to the part after work again. Today I gave the flowers and the macro lens a break. I brought my tripod with me because I was interested in doing HDR waterscapes near the lake.

I can’t even express how wonderful the weather was today. I was so glad to be outdoors even if it was only for a little under an hour.

In order to get these you have to go on a little path through a wooded area and there are little great spots in between where I was able to stick my tripod and get different views of the lake.

These are all HDR shots with 3 exposures each:

(click all photos to view larger)

Next time I’ll try from the other side of the lake. I only had so much time before I had to leave and there were a lot of people out and about at the lake so I was limited on what angles I chose.

Oh the reflections, the reflections!!

I made my way over across the street to another section of the park with a lake and got some more great angles!

This place is gorgeous and the afternoon light was perfect for these photos!

These are some of my favs of the day. I love bendy tree trunks!

Oh and while I was there 2 of the geese at the park had the nerve to hiss at me! LOL! So I hissed right back at them!

I always visit this place so I’m sure you’ll be seeing more of it from different perspectives soon enough!

Feel free to check out my entire HDR Gallery:


Tree Trimming with "The Jen’s" March 20, 2008

Here is one more I forgot about that I just put together tonight. I wish I did more exposures but I wasn’t sure how it would come out so I only did 3:


Tree Trimming with "The Jen’s"

Here is one more I forgot about that I just put together tonight. I wish I did more exposures but I wasn’t sure how it would come out so I only did 3:


Country Road in Black & White February 28, 2008

It was suggested I try this in Black & White and I’ve glad it was suggested!

I love how it came out after burning & dodging!


Coutry Road Take Me Home February 27, 2008

After my sister and I visited the beach on February 3rd I headed home from her house on the “scenic” route hoping to catch the sunset over the farms.

I pulled over on the side of the road, set up the tripod by my car and took these two:

(3 exposures bracketed, merged to HDR in Photomatrix)

(3 exposures bracketed, merged to HDR in Photomatrix)

Then I set up the tripod in the actual cornfield across the street and took the next one:

(3 exposures bracketed, merged to HDR in Photomatrix)