Jen Rinaldi Photography

Capturing Life's Fleeting Moments…

Barnapalooza Indiana (and more) December 30, 2008

I’ve been dying to work on these since I got home from Indiana since I’m a proud lover of barns and rural scenes.  Below you will find more from the “drive by shootings” series with Julie Lawson in Parke County, Indiana.

The first photo is a new spin on an earlier Pano that I posted –  that I felt fit well with the series.  The rest are all new; processed with the same texture with about the same opacity.  I normally wouldn’t do an entire series textured but for these I felt it fit so well.

I hope you love them as much as I do!

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More of Rural New Jersey and LJ Herman February 22, 2008

The Agway Silos below were photographed in Flemington, New Jersey back on September 2nd on one of my Sunday photo trips with my sister. We stopped at a few churches, at some at some farms where I got a few great barns and some horses.

On the way home we stopped at a couple cemeteries and a 2nd hand shop that will make you laugh when you see some of the details. 🙂

I finally had a chance to start editing the photos that I took that day tonight.

I love rural feeling photos so when I saw these silos I made sure my sister and I pulled over to photograph them. I love the conversions on some of these. The brownish tinted one is definitely my favorite action lately.

The next place featured below from our stops along the way home is LJ Herman’s Second Hand Shop in East Windsor, NJ. “Second hand” prominently displayed with a giant painted hand on the front of the mossy green colored building.

I had to photograph this place…I passed it so many times throughout my childhood while traveling down Route 130. I don’t know why…maybe it’s my love of old places with peeling paint that look abandoned but once I really got into photography last year I promised myself that I would stop and photograph it one day. This was the perfect day with the most perfect blue sky all day (the circular poloarizer made it even more of a perfect blue sky that day).

My favorite part of LJ Herman’s 2nd Hand Shop isn’t that it’s FOR SALE – it’s the sign on the door where you would normally find someone’s shop hours. Looks like the hours used to be there on the poster board with an additional note that says “and whenever my truck is here.” Now how great is that!? It just had me giggling!

The other door on the shop has what looks like the owner’s phone number along with another great sign that only says “Open when my truck is here.” I guess if you were interested in visiting the shop you had to swing by to look for the truck. 🙂

Not sure if you find it funny but some reason it cracked me up.

There’s just something about this green old second hand shop that I love.

I better start capturing all the places I’ve always loved around New Jersey before they are all gone!

To view more of my rural feel shots (barns & abandoned buildongs galore) click here:


Homemade Air Conditioning January 19, 2008

These photos area also from my photo excursion from 10/28/07 from out trip to the Mulica River and the Pine Barrens.

On our way home we stopped to take the barn and silo from yesterday’s post and I noticed this house on the farmland across the street. I might not have given it a 2nd glance until I notice the roof was completely missing on one side. I took this from across the street:

Then I decided I wanted to get closer we drove up the long driveway and I took some shots from my car (I always get worried about trespassing…how do I explain… “Oh sorry, I just like to photograph old abandoned things” LOL!)

I love this conversion!!

Some details on the house:

I love the fall leaves reflected in the window:

I always find it a shame when you see houses like this….so sad to see homes go to waste like this…


Experimenting Photographing Snow at Night January 18, 2008

It started snowing late in the day while I was at work today and by the time I got got close to my town it had actually started to stick to the road.

Normally my commute is about 40 mins the MOST in traffic but today it took well over and hour. It gave me a lot of time to think and one thing that popped in my head was the idea to photograph the snow coming down tonight on the bulb setting to see if I could capture the snow with a streaky look as it streamed down.

I put the light on by my back door and set my camera on the tripod under the awning (to keep it dry) and I captured this:

ISO 100, f5.6, Shutter 15.2 on BULB setting

After the exeriment was completed I couldn’t resist getting a photo of Lucas enjoying “sniffing” the snowflakes:

I tried multiple shots…this one I liked the best. If anything it was a neat experiment. 🙂

Tonight I worked on these 3 images of a “side of the road” barn & silo that my sister and I loved so much we had to pull over to photograph on our trip to the Mulica River & the Pine Barrens on October 28th (I’m still trying to catch up on 2007!!):

The same photo (above) converted:

And just to show you how funny the two of us are on these photo trips…. Here is my sister taking her version of the shot and my shadow as I take the shot from behind her to the right. We must look hysterical on the side of the road and that’s why I like to document us while we’re out…my sister tries to do the same for me and those are many of the photos you’ll see running along the right side of my blog.

The other thing I tried tonight was a “gritty” Photoshop technique I found while googling. I tried it on a “Lee” photograph and this is what I got as a result. Kinda neat if you’re going for this kind of effect:

Found this photo from November.

My Dad moved away and we went to clean out the attic and I found a box of my old stuffed animals…my sister was there with her dog and we had some fun. Can you tell which is a stuffed animal and which is not? LOL. The Jack Russell is hers. LOL!

In other news….

I’m flattered with a phone call I just received while I was writing this blog post. A local Photography club found my website through a web search and asked me if I would be interesting in judging their bi-monthly photography contest. The did a search on local photographers in the area and came across my site.

I declined the offer because I didn’t feel comfortable judging, critiquing, and providing detailed feedback on technique to others while I’m still learning myself.

Even though I wasn’t comfortable with judging their bi-monthly contest the phone call at least provided me with information about a very local club that I didn’t know existed. The person I spoke with shared information regarding the club along with their website so I could review it. Thanks to Cranbury Digital Photography Club for the offer! 🙂

On another topic:

A few photoshop tutorial site links that were shared on my forum tonight:


On The Farm with the Horses and Other Treasures January 1, 2008

Yesterday the rain broke and it wasn’t too cold (until I was outdoors for hours) so my sister and I visited her brother & sister-in-law’s pony farm which is only about 15 minutes from my house. We’ve made a few visits to the farm in 2007 but I’ve never been back since I got the DSLR.

(a couple favorite photos from my first visit to the farm from 2007)

This time I brought my tripod with hopes of doing some HDR style photos. I was successful in getting quite a few that I’m very happy with.

I started the visit with the HDR photos since I had to lug the tripod around the farm (with lots of extra care because you really need to watch where you walk on a horse farm LOL!)

There was a slight mishap when I set the tripod up to take a photo and got distracted by a horse approaching behind me. The wind blew and my tripod with the camera attached fell over. I was VERY lucky. It tipped over onto a soft patch of grass and the roller ball handle of the tripod protected the camera by taking most of the impact (thank goodness!!). There was a little but of mud on the back part of the camera but I was able to take my glove and wipe it off. I didn’t let myself get upset because everthing seemed to be working out okay. Time will tell if something happened to the camera but I used it the rest of the day and the images seemed ok. I’ve always had fears of the tripod tipping over and it happened to me. Last night I learned that the little hooks on the tripod where to attach a weight of some kind to the tripod to keep it from tipping (I guess I need to read the manuals that come wiht things instead of opening and using everything without doing so!) Anyway, I was lucky…that’s all I can say. Literally 5 feet in front of me was a concrete slap….if I was close the camera may have smasjed right on the slab…but it didn’t so I’m thankful! From now on I will be very careful!

I enjoyed taking scenic pics on the farm because they have such great things lying around the farm that are great finds for a photographer but the best part of the day was when we hung out with the horses. For such large and intimidating creatures they are so gentle, playful and loving. They were following us everywhere we walked, getting right in our lenses, nibbling our jackets, and nudging us with their noses. 🙂

Unfortunately we didn’t have too long until the sun was going down on us. I spent so much time with the HDR photos that I had little time to capture all that I wanted
to of the horses. What I did get of them I loved!

Each of the 4 photos below were single RAW images “tonemapped” in Photomatrix. I didn’t think this process would work for animals but I love the results!

As you can tell I seem to be drawn to the eyes:

These were tonemapped in Photomatrix and then I applied Rob’s Bleach Action over them:

Who could resist these two nuzzling their noses!!

There are so many others I want to share…and I seem to have a hard time narrowing down the ones I like most…

For this photo of the turn out shed I did an HDR in color and then I converted it to B&W as well. I couldn’t decide between them because I felt they each had unique qualities so I featured both on my website (I figured “why the heck not?”.

The old buses on this farm that are used for storage are from a bus company that my brother in law’s grandfather had. They have been featured in many of my photos from previous visits to the farm. Here I was able to capture them in a new way – in HDR!

This old Panel truck is another favorite subject of mine on the farm. It belongs to my sister and her husband. They purchased it a long time ago with the intention of restoring it so that she can use it drive around for her graphics business (Cranbury Custom Vehicle Lettering & Graphics). When she goes on installs she wants this old panel truck to be her vehicle. I think it will be so cool when they get it done.

I love this photo and how it came out becaues of the way the sun was shining on the truck as it was going down and you just can’t beat the trees on this farm!

I liked the reflection in the pond here:

I can’t resist showing the next two of the same turn out shed I showed earlier. The first one is an HDR in color that I desaturated until I liked the colors and then I boosted the black side of the levels tool in Photoshop to give it a darker look (I love the levels tool!). On the 2nd photo, shot vertically from the same vantage point, I did in HDR and then converted from color to Black & White and did some burning and dodging to bring out the brights and the darks. The desaturated might be one of my favorite shots of the day:

On another note…today I ordered some blank greeting cards to place my own photos in from Photographer’s Edge (THANKS FOR THE SUGGESTION ON WHERE TO BUY THEM SUE!). I bought them so that I can create my own photo greeting cards rather than spending countless dollars on store bought greeting cards for special occasions! I think they will be a lot more meaningful if they are my own work with a personal message inside. I started out by purchasing 50 blank cards with a bright white border and a think black stipe around where the photo goes shown HERE. 50 should last me quite a while! I decided not to go with colored border (as much as I wanted a variety). My thinking was the black will go with most photos and if I ordered colors I may find that they are not matching perfetly with the photos. At this point with this project going simple will work best for me.

To view more of my HDR photography click here:

To view more photos I’ve captured of the horses here: