So Sad to Leave Happy Heather

Today was a bitter sweet day…I left Heather & California behind for cold & rainy New Jersey.  It was hard to leave such a great person and a beautiful place behind but Christmas was here and I must head home back to my family and my buddy Lucas the Lab (oh how I miss him!)

Tonight I’ll leave you with a few shots of our trek into the reserve where we did a shoot yesterday.  As soon as Heather and I have time to edit our photos from this shoot we’re going to post them at the same time (we hope).  So we’ll leave you with these fun “in action” shots…

On our way to the trail we met James who was also at the Plateau doing photography (he shoots wildlife and sports action photography…and that would be good reason for the 400mm lens and 40D he’s sporting!!).  Heather thought it’d be nice to take a photo with him so we could remember all of the photographers we met this week:

Of course I couldn’t leave with out something eventful happening…I realized this morning that I left my point & shoot Canon in the middle of the grassy plateau we did a photo shoot at yesterday.  The good (and bad) news was that my flight was delayed almost 2 hours so we had time to stop and I retraced our steps down into the canyon and found it right where I thought I must have left it.

You can imagine my happiness once I found the camera and it still worked (thank goodness for a dry night!!).  I took this test shot with it and to my delight it seemed perfectly okay!

The Jen Rinaldi Photography cross-country tour of 2008 had ended and it’s hard to leave friends like Heather and amazing mountainous views like this behind!

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December 26, 2008 - 3:48 pm

oscarstavern - Glad you had a great time – and glad ur back!

December 26, 2008 - 3:31 pm

Mike Palmer - Looking forward to seeing your strobist shots!!

December 26, 2008 - 7:41 am

Julie McLeod - I cannot wait to see the results of this shoot. It looks very intriguing. And a beautiful spot too.

Had I known you two were going to go from Temecula to SD, I would have asked you to take a couple shots of my old neighborhood. You must have driven right by!

December 26, 2008 - 12:28 am

dinesh - Lovely shots.. Loved them.. :)
Best Regards

December 25, 2008 - 1:58 pm

suehenryphotography - I can’t believe you guys would carry ALL that lighting gear out in the field. I’m barely willing to carry a tripod. ;)

And, lucky you to have found your point and shoot.

Glad you made it home safely. Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2008 - 1:32 pm

meleah rebeccah - Im super glad you had such an awesome time. xoxoxox

December 25, 2008 - 1:07 pm

oneshotbeyond - What a fun post full of candids Jen! I guess I didn’t wear you out too much if you had time & energy to post this so fast!!!

You know your suitcase is as big as you! How cute that the in and out yummy coke is sitting right on top of your bag. I hope you got a good overview of California. It was hard to squeeze in all the highlights of this gorgeous state in just a few days, but I think we managed well. From Los Angeles to Orange County and then San Diego County…

The outdoor lighting had to be one of the highlights of our photo sessions for me…thanks for sharing your set up and helping me purchase just the right set up for myself. I can’t wait to start using my new gear!!! You are an excellent teacher and so adventurous with experimenting as a photographer.

The kids and I just had our Christmas breakfast of pancakes with boysenberry syrup…like I made for you on day 2 of your visit here. :-)

Hope your holiday is peaceful and full of smiles…come back lots!!!

December 25, 2008 - 8:52 am

mom - Jen I am glad you are home, that mountainous terrrain is beautiful. One question, how come there is no one at that airport curb??? Looks like a movie set! Just kidding I guess there is no place like Newark for a crowded drop off!!!

Thanks Heather for taking care of my girl.
Merry Christmas.

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