Jen Rinaldi Photography

Capturing Life's Fleeting Moments…

The Great Falls of Paterson March 2, 2009

McBride Avenue Extension and Spruce Street, Paterson

The Great Falls of the Passaic River is a prominent waterfall, 77 ft (23 m) high, on the Passaic River in the city of Paterson in Passaic County in northern New Jersey in the United States. One of the United States’ taller waterfalls, it played a significant role in the early industrial development of New Jersey starting in the earliest days of the nation. It is part of the Great Falls of Paterson-Garrett Mountain National Natural Landmark as well as a National Historic Landmark District. (Excerpt take from Wikipedia)

On Saturday we took a ride to the Great Falls of Paterson in Paterson, NJ.  I had no idea what to expect, besides what I’d seen in photos on the internet.

Standing on the bridge that runs directly over the falls was quite amazing!  You’d never expect to find this natural wonder in the middle of downtown Paterson!  The falls are majestic to view and standing on a bridge 77 feet (or higher) directly above them, looking down, is quite an experience!

For an overcast day I’m pleased with the final results (after a little Photoshop post processing and some cloning to remove the garbage that shamefully littered the falls…yes, I’m serious).

This is the closest I’ve come to a mini-Niagra falls!

*Please click to view larger to see the details*

Taken with the 12-24 Tokina

Taken with the 18-200 VR


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.

Be sure to click on each photo below to view it larger…you need to get the full effect!

The above shot in B&W

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


Saturday Funnies December 27, 2008

Due to the popularity of Emmy’s rendition of “Low” by Flo-rida…

The following performance was scheduled during my Indiana visit with Julie (photographed by Brianna):


Sweet Soul Shining Through September 28, 2008

Those true eyes… Too pure and too honest in aught to disguise the sweet soul shining through them

Edward Robert Bulwer-Lytton. British diplomat, viceroy of India and poet, 1831-1891


Workin the EYES August 2, 2008

Soon I hope to have more models.  I have a couple people who “said” the would be willing to model for me soon but until then I will continue to practice on myself.

Any day now there will be so many photos of me on my blog that I will have to change the name of the blog to Jen Rinaldi’s Photos versus Jen Rinaldi Photography.

With that being said…the reason I post myself again blow is because I’ve been working hard practicing my “eye magic” techniques and I’m very pleased with the progress I’ve been making.  I don’t think I’ve been as happy with my eye processing for the past year until just recently.

EYES are the most important part of a portrait to me.  They should be SHARP as knife, slightly glassy, and I like them to look as if they are piercing right through the viewers own eyes if I can manage that!

This was taken with my beloved 50mm 1.4 in my family room with natural light shining through a gauzy curtain facing me (no flash) @ ISO 100.

Even with this bronzed conversion the eyes still achieve the same brightness and intensity I was going for with the processing.


Trying New Ways To Process Images July 30, 2008

Do you ever find yourself doing something mundane when all of a sudden a photography technique idea pops into your head?  I love when that happens.  My photographer friend has been talking a lot recently about finding NEW ways to process images that is totally different.  I think he has a unique style all to his own already but sometimes you just want to reinvent yourself, I guess.

I like the idea of finding something NEW or finding YOUR OWN STYLE but that’s a really tough thing to invent something out of the blue.

It seems we end up using techniques that are the latest & greatest or we take ideas from other photographers and see if we are able emulate them and put our own spin on them.  Sometimes it can be a challenge to find your niche…your own perfect style.  With that all being said I find myself trying to think of a new way to process a photo with the available techniques that are out there but change it up a little.

Tonight I used my friend as inspiration.  I wanted a darker “darker” & “grittier” way of processing “just because that’s what I was I was in the mood for.”

I couldn’t tell you if this is how others create a darker/grittier style for their photos but the idea of how I wanted to re-process this came to me so I went with it.  I tried something similar before but never liked the look of it and with tonight’s idea added to the process I was able to come up with something I really do like.

The style may not be for everyone but it was really what I was hoping to achieve today!



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Radial Blur June 18, 2008

2 Fun edits of Erin’s wedding from tonight…using the radial blur tool in photoshop.

I thought this effect worked wonders with the original of these 2 photos: