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.

Additional structures behind the home:


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.

*Promise me that you’ll click on each version to view them larger.  The smaller versions just don’t do them justice!*

A personal favorite (below)!

Another favorite

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?


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:

“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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Photo Walk: NY Style November 2, 2008

I met up with my friend Brian from for our own version of a photo walk around Queens -NY.
Stop by Brian’s blog at: to see some of his work along with some great writing!
We started our day at the Lutheran All Faiths Cmetery and rather than my normal fascination with sculptures…today, I seemed to be focused on the trees.
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Black & White view of the photo above…which do you like better?
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Our next stop was Flushing Meadows Corona Park which was the site of the 1939/1940 and 1964/1965 Worlds Fair.
I set eyes on the Unisphere (a 12-story high, spherical stainless steel representation of the Earth) for the first time.  I’ve only seen it in photos and it loved the photos I got of it!
Here are a few all taken with the Tokina 12-24 wide angle lens:

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The New York State Pavilion was constructed for the World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Designed by architect Philip Johnson (born 1906), the “Tent of Tomorrow” measures 350 feet by 250 feet, with sixteen 100-foot columns suspending a 50,000 square-foot roof of multi-colored panels. The popular exhibit for the state of New York also held three towers, measuring 60 feet, 150 feet, and 226 feet. The two shorter towers held cafeterias for the fair, and the tallest tower, as the highest point of the fair, held an observation deck. Fair visitors ascended the towers in the “Sky Streak” capsule elevators.

I hate that it’s abandoned.  I love historic places like this and I think it’s such a shame to be left to decay like this!

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Same photo as above but converted to B&W.  I love the color version above but the B&W adds to that feel of abandonment.

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You may remember in the 1997 film Men in Black, the observatory towers are revealed to contain the ships used by the first extra-terrestrials to visit Earth. The World’s Fair was organized to cover up the evidence of their landing (“Why else would they hold it in Queens?” says Agent K).

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The last place we visited was Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City, along the Queens side of the East River where we got a nice great at the NYC skyline.

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I saw up-close what was left of the iconic Pepsi Cola sign:

And look out at the skyline at the end of the pier. 

These are my kind of clouds!!

Thanks Brian, I had a great day! 😀

I appreciate you showing me around YOUR city.

Next time you can come to Jersey and you can pretend to like it along with the pizza!

And it wouldn’t be me if I didn’t do a “me at” photo. So this is “me at” the Unisphere: