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.


A Forest Hymn May 28, 2009

The groves were God’s first temples.
–  William Cullen Bryant, A Forest Hymn

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Standing Out in a Crowd May 27, 2009

Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.

~Rabindranath Tagore, Fireflies, 1928

In contrast to yesterday’s post regarding being alone in a crowd….

This is another in a series of photos that I took after the passing of my father during the 2 longest weeks of my life weeks in North Carolina. This photo was on the roadside in Pollocksville, NC close to where I photographed the horse pasture 2 posts back.

This area is known for the logging industry and this forest was a logging forest.  I love how perfectly the trees are planted in rows.  Sometimes I think that logging is sad but I know that it’s definitely necessary.  It just hurts to see the trees cut down…a forest cleared…but the positive is that they are replantedI guess that is the the cycle of life.

I wanted something positive to come from the lost of my father.  I tried with volunteering organ or tissue donation but unfortunately he wasn’t a good candidate we were told…which broke my heart.  I’m glad we tried metaphorically to “replant” even if it didn’t work out.

I’m a registered organ donor…I thought I’d include the link in case anyone else is interested in considering it:

On another note:  I noticed that sometimes, the way I process photos, depends on how I’m feeling at the time.  Rather then describe how I felt in my heart (in words) during the moment I took this photo – I processed it this way to convey a specific mood.  Do you feel it?

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The Seasons Come Full Turn and Pass November 16, 2008

“Leaves drift softly earthward toward the grass
Spring and summer blend from green to gold
And so the seasons come full turn and pass
Day follows day and each of us grows old.

Somewhere there is a bright new shining day
And as these seasons pace and turn
We will live in joy complete and never say
That for younger days our hearts still yearn.”
–   Corby Magnuson, The Measure of Leaves

I have such a fond appreciation for nature ever since I became very serious about my photography passion and I see things with such open eyes now.  I don’t know how I was viewing the world before but I know I wasn’t seeing it the way I do now.

During my lunch break on this beautiful day in October I laid on the grass under the trees and stared up at the most gorgeous colors against the bluest sky.

I stared up at the trees thinking about my life; soaking in all of the colors of fall in peace without a care in the world.

I kept the camera pointed towards the sky praying the wind would shake the leaves loose so that I could capture them floating down above me in mid flight…but my attempts were futile.  They’d blow the wrong way or they’d fall so fast that I wasn’t ready with the camera.

Despite not fully achieving the vision I had hoped for I still got to enjoy the beautiful view and lay there contemplating life for a while before heading back to work.

Taken with the Tokina 12-24 (wide angle is awesome):

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One Fall Day August 16, 2008

October 21, 2007

I’ve been trying to go through folders and folders of photos I never had a chance to finish editing (some go back to early 2007 believe it or not).  As I look through them I saw my taste and skill level significantly changed and some photos that appealed to me back longer do.

I opened up a folder from October 21, 2007 that I had mostly edited a majority of the photos, within, and decided that I would go through it one more time.  I wanted to see if anything else was worthy of being worked on and then consider that folder “case closed.”

As I was quickly flipping through the photos in the folder I came across the photo below (and almost passed it right by) and something made me go back to it.  If you saw the original you’d probably have passed it right by too because it really looked kind of bad.

Something told me that I might be able to make something out of the photo that I would really love.  I think it was the way the trees lined up in the composition that caught my eye and the fence line in the distance to the right.

I spent about 30 minutes editing the photo, experimenting the whole time and in the end this is what I came up with. I’m happy I didn’t pass this photo by as junk because I’m so pleased with how I was able to transform it from the *original.

*I was going to show the original but it’s VERY VERY bad…so I squashed that idea quickly.  Instead I leave you with just the finished project:

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Captivating January 31, 2008

The other night when I did my self portraits I asked my husband to sit in the seat so I could focus on him and then once it was focused I would be okay to sit there and shoot away.

It worked for a lot of the shots but then eventually became unfocused….so the process had to be repeated.

Trees seem to have been my thing lately…these were taken the same day that I took the tree I wrote about a couple weeks ago in my blog post called The Story of the Tree. I found 4-5 great trees that day on my way home but with the lack of light I had to bump up the ISO and try to hold the camera very steady.

When I edited the photos tonight I saw a lot of noise in the photos so I decided to embrace it and add more texture to the shots. Not sure if it works….need opinions (be sure to click on the photo to view larger):

For this one, the noise in the sky really bothered me so I decided to burn the entire sky! Normally we would scoff at what we call “blown out skies” but I purposely make the sky look like this and I like it. Who’s to say we can’t have a bright white looking sky like this in a Black & White? Why do these perfect photography rules need to always be followed? Who’s to say what the rules are? Isn’t photography and artform? Aren’t our photos our own personal artistic creations? I think so!

Sorry for the rant…I just really feel this way sometimes. I sometimes see photos critiqued in a negative way that don’t follow the “rules” that I think are beautiful so I just make sure speak up with my own opinion when this happens…

Just food for thought….

To view more of my landscape shots click here:


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: