Jen Rinaldi Photography

Capturing Life's Fleeting Moments…

Greener Pastures May 25, 2009

“…He makes me down to lie In pastures green: he leadeth me the quiet waters by. My soul he doth restore again: and me to walk doth make Within the paths of righteousness, ev’n for his own name’s sake….” -Scottish Metrical Psalms

This was taken on the roadside in Pollocksville, NC, close to where my father lived.  I was driving home one night and pulled over on the side of the road to capture it.  I left the telephone wires in intentionally, which may not be to everyone’s taste, but I really wanted to keep them in.   I can’t explain why exactly…but maybe it’s because I wanted to remember it how it really was:  Quiet Rural life with luxuries that we all seem to need in the times that we live in?

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Wish You Were Here… December 29, 2008

NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA

After Heather & I did portraits at the beach we enjoyed the sunset by the pier…wish I was still there…

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Santa Rosa Plateau – Panoramic December 26, 2008

On the day that Heather & I did our Strobist shoot (mentioned in the previous post) in the Santa Rose Plateau, I had a minute in between so I shot a few photos (with the intention of doing a panoramic) before the sun set completely.

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39400 CLINTON KEITH RD. MURRIETA CA.

The Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve is located at the southern end of the Santa Ana Mountains in southwest Riverside County, near the city of Murrieta.

The Reserve consists of 8,300 acres and protects unique ecosystems like Engelmann oak woodlands, riparian wetlands, coastal sage scrub, chaparral, bunchgrass prairie and vernal pools.

Visitors to the Reserve can enjoy the oldest standing structures in Riverside County that once served as bunkhouses for cowboys dating back to 1846. These two adobe structures remain shaded by a 400 year old tree and separated by a relaxing, one-of-a-kind, picnic area.

 

Drive-by Shootings With My Mother August 11, 2008

This is Part II of my Friday off from work and hanging out with my Mom and our day’s adventure.

On the way home from lunch in Princeton we stopped at the Rockingham Historic Site in Kingston, NJ

While the Continental Congress met in Princeton, Rockingham Historic Site served as General George Washington’s final Revolutionary War headquarters for almost three months in 1783. In November 1783 Washington received the long awaited news – the Treaty of Paris had been signed, and the thirteen colonies were indeed independent of Great Britain.

For eight years Washington had served his country in the American Revolution, and as one of his last official acts, at Rockingham wrote the Farewell Orders to the Armies of the United States, delivered to Newburgh, New York.

Also known as the Berrien Mansion, the original two rooms of the farmhouse were built between 1702 and1710. Enlarged into a grander home in the 1760’s by Judge John Berrien, the house and grounds are preserved and interpreted as the temporary residence of George and Martha Washington. Physically relocated three times since 1896, Rockingham Historic Site maintains a fine collection of 18th century furnishings, Children’s Museum and Colonial kitchen garden.

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Below is my Mom patiently waiting for me, holding my filters, while I snapped some photos of the Berrian Mansion fence line which you’ll see below.

This fence surrounds the whole property of Rockingham and I loved all the lines so I found the perfect spot to take this along the road side.

As we were driving home from Kingston I spotted the top of red barn out of the corner of my eye.  I think I have an eagle eye when it comes to old barns!  As soon as I spotted it I needed to stop and check it out…so I found somewhere to turn and got out of the car to shoot it while mom waiting in the car.

As I was photographing the red barn I caught Mom taking this photo of me with her cell phone camera through my dirty car window…(not my best angle. LOL!)

Then I spotted her in the car sending the photo (above) to my Aunt.  Guess she thinks driving by shootings are funny too! 🙂

I love barns and even though I couldn’t see much of it I liked that I could see the red peeking out with AMAZING clouds overhead.

I took the 2 photos below with the 18-200VR.  I wish I popped on the 12-24 but I was on the side of the road and hurrying!!

They came out even better than I imagined it would.  I love them!

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I also decided to try processing the photo above with a texture to give it a whole different feel.  What do you think?

Our last stop was at the Griggstown Native Grassland Preserve:

The Griggstown Native Grassland Preserve is in the Stonybrook-Millstone watershed.  The trail system in the Griggstown area covers 376 acres, but these trails connect to other trails that transverse the entire length of the  685 acre Ten Mile Run Greenway.  The northern border of much of the property is bounded by Simonson Brook, with Coppermine Road as the southern boundary.  The site contains both 102 acres of open fields and 583 acres of woodland.  Historically the fields were row crops but more recently the property was used as a horse farm.

My mom snapped this of me setting up my tripod through the open car window with my point & shoot camera:

The photos below are what I was shooting when my mom snapped the photo above.  I shot them with the 12-24 Tokina.  Can you BELIEVE the sky? I could not and I still can’t!

I love the little bench on the left…empty benches appeal to me for some reason.  I also love the pathway.  If I see a path I must photograph it! 🙂

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A minute or two after taking this photo the skies opened up and rain poured down like crazy.

I didn’t care if I got wet but I did care if “the gun” (my camera) did!

We ran to the car, I got the camera put away, and mom closed all the windows and the sunroof in the car and we headed home. What a mini adventure!

 

 

Tonights Editing Session November 20, 2007

I’ve been working on the fall foliage trip that my sister and I took for a couple days. I still have so much more to go on this series.
I also (finally) added some photos to my flickr account. I’ve had it for quite a while and I just never have enough time.

Their new uploader makes it really easy to add photos now so I went for it. I figure when I have time I’ll upload photos to it from time to time…maybe my favorite recent pieces.

This is the direct link to my Flickr page:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jenweaverphotography/

 

New Home for Family…and More November 19, 2007

Today we spent the day with my mother & father in law. They just moved into a retirement community and we were very excited for them. Yesterday was moving day so today we went over to help them where we could.

Before I left I went around the house taking photos of each room in various angles for to document everything before they decorate, etc.

Before we left I snapped a shot of the outside:

Spent the evening editing in Photoshop. This tool a long time to get the sky to look like this…I’m still trying to figure out layers…so this took me quite a while to get right:

I like these as well…before tonight I never thought of using actions like this on landscapes:

 

The Night Sky November 9, 2007

Haven’t been taking the Nikon to work because it’s been too dark when I leave but today when I left about 5:15 I looked up at the sky and noticed how beautiful it was!

Pulled over on the side of the road at my favorite place on the way home for skyscapes and took this with the Canon Powershot I carry with me for EMERGENCY PHOTO OPS!

More of my skyscapes can be found here: http://jenweaverphotography.smugmug.com/photos/219158339-L.jpg