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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NYCityscapes

Mike Palmer was in NYC this week so I made the trip to meet up with him for our very own photo walk around the city.  We intended to take a class at B&H Photo but when we got there we decided to “ditch class” (Shssssh!  Don’t tell Mom I skipped school!) and instead we shop around B&H.  I had to control myself from walking out with a new lens and instead settled for a very small purchase of an SD card holder.  🙂

We did a lot of sightseeing, stopped in Times Square and had lunch at Hard Rock, then headed over to the International Center for Photography for the Avedon Fashion Photography exhibit (amazing work!).  We ended the day wandering around Central Park.  Despite the sweltering heat I had a great time!!  Thanks Mike!

I edited all of the photos from today but I’m going to break up the posts throughout the week while I’m busy moving out, moving in and unpacking.  After tomorrow I won’t have internet until Saturday (if I even have my computer set up by then!)  Then Monday I’m off to NC so I’ll be pre-setting up some blog posts of our visit to NYC so stop back for more!

And a good ‘ol cell phone pic!  (Just ignore my sweaty red face…it felt like it was 110 degrees!!)

 

Bobby Vans Steakhouse for WCBS TV NY | New Jersey & New York Freelance Commercial Photographer July 22, 2009

On Monday, July 6th, I was given an awesome photography opportunity unlike any other I’ve done so far!

I was asked to photograph interiors and various food set-ups of Bobby Vans Steakhouse at 25 Broad Street in New York City for WCBS-TV NY.  The photos were taken to be featured in an upcoming television commercial on WCBS-TV NY!

I haven’t edited the food set-ups yet, but once I do I will share them here in a separate blog post. If the commercial is successfully created and airs I will definitely share it on my blog with you all as well.

This opportunity was made possible by my friend Lee who works for WCBS-TV.   Thank you so much Lee!

I also want to thank Mike Palmer for all of his advice on the shoot!

[Please click on the photos below to see the details]

*Bobby Van’s Steakhouse and Grill located across from the New York Stock Exchange uses the original 1898 structure to create lush and evocative dining rooms filled with dark wood, cream-colored walls and beautiful chandeliers.

Pass through the glass entrance of the steakhouse into the grand dining room with 20′ ceilings to face a gorgeous 20-foot bar and a floor-to-ceiling wall of wine and liquor.

Dine under the soft lighting of the grand chandeliers and enjoy succulent 28-day dry-aged prime steaks and the freshest seafood.

The Vault Grill on the lower level was once J.P. Morgan & Co.’s original bank vault, which was installed by Remington & Sherman Co. in 1902

The Vault Bar’s elongated room is lined with vault doors, two of which showcase Bobby Van’s extensive Wine Vault. The 22-foot wood paneled bar boasts a large selection of spirits which you can also enjoy at one of the rich tapestry-covered banquettes.

In the center of the room is the impressive six-foot circular main vault door which opens into The Vault. The walls are lined with the original antique deposit boxes that lend a rich bronze hue to the room. The dark wood accents, mirrored pillars and classic lighting transport you to another time when JP Morgan and John D Rockefeller ruled Manhattan.

*Everything in italics was verbiage taken from Bobby Vans Steakhouse.

 

Rockefeller! June 3, 2009

I forgot to include this yesterday so this is tonight’s blog post!

 

Canvas on Demand February 17, 2009

Below are 2 recent canvases of my work that were printed up as gifts and ordered through Canvas on Demand.

I loved the results and wanted to share them with all of you in case you were interested in canvas prints and wanted to see more examples.

I think that printing your work on canvas gives extra life to the photo.

This is the San Diego Skyline from my recent trip to California. It’s an “gallery wrap” so the photo wraps around the edges of the canvas.

This is “I Heart NY” from December 2007.  It was named because of the heart that was formed by the sun & shadows on the skyscraper on the left of the photo.  That detail was something I didn’t discover until I open the photo on my computer when I got home.

This was not an image wrap.  The edges were done in black.

 

Photo Walk: NY Style November 2, 2008

I met up with my friend Brian from www.graspthemoment.com for our own version of a photo walk around Queens -NY.
Stop by Brian’s blog at: http://graspthemoment.wordpress.com/ 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:

 

 

Christa + Mark = Engaged! September 26, 2008

Last Sunday I met with Christa & Mark for their engagement session on Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) campus. We spent the entire afternoon taking photos all around Hennessey Hall (The Mansion) on campus.  What an absolutely perfect location they found!

Christa & Mark met through a running club so periodically you’ll see a pair of running sneakers that “sneak” 😀 their way into some of the photos.

It was such a beautiful day with a beautiful couple!

I am really pleased with the results of the shoot and I cannot narrow down my top favorites…because of that…you’ll be seeing quite a few below so buckle up!

I’d love to hear your feedback on your favorite images as well as what REALLY struck you when you saw it and why.  Your feedback helps me to know what kind of post processing really works and what doesn’t. Thanks!!!

#1

Ahhhh Silhouette!

#2

That fountain was gorgeous!

#3

Love the way Mark looks at Christa… *sigh*

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#6

The arches were fan-tas-ti-cal!

#7

I always wanted to take a diagonal up the stairs shot!

#8

#9

I told Mark this was his “GQ Pose”

#10

I love “stealing” moments like this one…

#11

…and like this one!

#12

Look at the sparkle in their eyes!

#13

Could they be any cuter???  I think NOT!

#14

I had a “thing” for these lanterns!

I switched to the wide angle lens just so I could get them in!

#15

Love those across the wall shots.

#16

DANGER DANGER!

#17

KEEP OUT!

I love the B&W “newspaper-y” look of this one

#18

I heart WIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIDE ANGLE!

These columns ROCKED!

#19

The Bling-Bling!

#20

I just love this….

#21

…and this

#22

Yes, I laid in the grass and asked them to walk over me slowly for this and a few other shots…

What am I not willing to do? So, far I haven’t figured that out yet.

#23

I called this my “paparazzi” moment

I wanted it to feel as if I took it hiding behind the pillar without them knowing

#24

Ahhhhhh Texture…. love this

#25

You couldn’t stage a moment like this…

#26

Always bring a step stool (especially if your short! 😀 ) !

#27

It’s raining love (corny…I know!  LOL)

#28

I loved their expressions when I told them to kick like crazy

#29

Sun Flare…mmmmmmm delicious!

#30

I know you’ve seen this one but I couldn’t think of ending this post any other way

but with this… *long sigh*

If you have some extra time on your hands and you’d like to see the entire gallery from this session in a slide show click HERE.