© Edward De la Torre

A Hole the Size of Your Laugh

I decided to add a few more photos to the "Headless" set I shot back in October for my "Art Dies in Comfort" post. I was in a very different place then but I found it cathartic to be able to express myself through my chosen medium.

Photography is often (for me) an observational experience whereupon I make decisions about the subject in front of me and how they reflect on myself. I don't enjoy making art about myself because it genuinely hurts. Looking inward can really suck sometimes but when I steer into my discomfort, share it, and see the response it really makes me happy.

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Timelapse Jan 03 2019

This is my latest attempt at learning how to shoot time-lapse videos. It's a technique I've not only wanted to learn for personal projects but something I'd like to offer some of my commercial clients. Maybe do a time-lapse of a wedding setup like I did last year, or the building and breaking down of an art installation, etc etc. So I'm taking to nature to go through the motions and hone my skill set and expectation for the workload a time-lapse requires.

On this particular trip I hiked up to Mt. Bliss in Duarte. It was a clear 68°F day and I began my trek up around 2:00pm. It's a 4 mile hike up then back down, and a steep one at that for the most part. I'd considered it moderate to difficult.

My trek up began comfortably, I was making great pace and figured I'd reach the top by 4:00pm to setup for a sunset of 4:55pm. I arrived 30 minutes early, setup, and began shooting.

The air was cool but peaceful. The city below my feet slowly began to wake up to the night. I bet you could see as far as San Diego on a clear day from there, though clear days are at a premium in Los Angeles. I meditated a bit in the eerie quiet that reminded me of a trip to Joshua Tree I took once.

Suddenly I heard voices and the crunch of truck tires on gravel approaching. It was a pair of powerline workers on their way down the mountain. They flashed a peace sign and were on their way. I thought for a moment to ask them for water, I was afraid I hadn't taken enough. Perhaps I need to watch a few more videos from Thomas Heaton in preparing for these treks.

I'm fairly happy with the result though I recognize the need for a wider lens and a longer lens if I really intend to do this more often. I can't wait to try this again.

2018 Looking to 2019

Made a quick little video reflecting on 2018 earlier this month. It was a roller coaster of a year but one that has lead me to narrow down my focus in my photography. It's often too easy to get busy, distracted, and live untidy in your mind and in your home. I'm looking to change that in 2019, being more organized and believing that I can excel at the photography I do and want to do.

First Entry

I didn't like the final timelapse I made using my main camera. Woke up at 3:30am to get into the hills well before sunrise only to fail. The composition was bad, settings were off and my sensor had dust on it (or something was on my lens). I'm starting my journey into doing more timelapse projects and I hope to have many more educational failures in 2019. To failing! (Here's a still that came out ok).

Captain's Log, star date something or other.

Hello and welcome to my first Journal entry!

While I understand that the purpose of my website is to display my portfolio and relevant pricing information for my services but beyond that I'd like to use it to tell stories of my experiences in this wild world of photography. There are so many in between moments, personal works, and just general thoughts about life I'd like to express via photo and word.

This is the umpteenth time I've tried to do this and dedicate more time to writing but I'm hoping and expecting to have a good run this time around. I'm in a place in my life where curiosity has grabbed me by the gills and it feels like I'm learning photography all over again. A fresh new view.

So this is the first entry in what I hope will be a stream of consciousness that will culminate in the telling of multiple books of stories. You'll be able to expect trips into the wilderness for landscape shots, rounds about the city for street photography and a variety of portrait experiments.

Thank you for reading and I hope to have more content to keep you content in the future.