The results of the panoramic photography contest Kolor Panobook 2014 has been announced two weeks ago. Jorge De La Torriente won the second place of the contest. We would be glad to get to know him a little more.
Jorge, you won the second place of the contest, congratulation! Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I am an architect by training and a self-taught photographer. My work is a reflection of the tropical themes I have been surrounded by all my life. I am a native Floridian, raised in Miami. I tend to gravitate towards water and nature themes because it’s what I’ve been surrounded by all my life. My love of travel however continues to provide me the opportunities to experiment with scenery, mood, and methods.
I took up photography as a way to further explore my interests in art and design. While studying architecture at Cornell University, I developed an understanding and appreciation for work that makes you explore the idea of what you are seeing and experiencing. I try to bring this same element to my photography, always exploring new methods and improving existing ones.
What drew you to panoramic photography versus other forms of photography?
My main focus is to translate my vision into a large detailed print that allows the viewer to question the nature of what it is they are seeing; to wonder how it was created. Essentially I would like people to feel as if they are almost there with me during that moment in time. Panoramic’s are an incredible tool for accomplishing this.
What motivated you to take part in the Panobook 2014 contest?
To get published in the Panobook 2014! What photographer doesn’t want to be published!
What does this victory mean to you?
Getting 2nd place means allot to me. My goal in any competition is to place in the top 10%, but getting 2nd place is an incredible honor especially in a contest with so many amazing entries. In addition, this gives me more confidence and belief in my visions and pushes me to follow through with my ideas regardless of what others my say.
What inspired you when you took the shot?
My inspiration came while driving through the Florida Keys. This dead mangrove can be briefly seen while driving past Anne’s Beach where it is located. I had seen it several times before but the conditions were never right. One weekend I timed my drive to be there just before sunset in order to hopefully get the perfect shot. The tide had to be high with calm waters and a beautiful sunset, thankfully the conditions were perfect; the stars had aligned! I was able to wade out into the ocean, set-up my tripod and capture the perfect image.
Do you use any specific hardware and software to shoot panoramas?
My current hardware is a Nikon D800e, Nikon 24-70mm F2.8, Acratech GP Ballhead, Really Right Stuff TVC-34L tripod, and a nodal rail. I mostly shoot single row panoramic’s these days because I’m really into long exposures. I like to keep things as simple as possible. As for software, I process all my RAW files in DxO Optics Pro then jump into Autopano Giga 3, and finally Photoshop for the finishing touches.
Do you have other projects you would like to share with us? What are your future plans in panoramic photography?
Currently I am working on a series of multi-image panoramic’s that will feature the use of an infrared modified D800. In the future, I will continue to explore combining my two favorite techniques long exposure and multi-image panoramic’s to see how far I can push the limits of my creativity and the technology available.
If you were asked to give a new photographer some advice about the world of landscape photography and shooting panoramas, what would that be?
I would say be as creative as possible. Make sure that you create your own vision out of what you and see and experience. For me taking the picture is just 50% of the process. The other 50% happens during processing. The sooner you understand that amazing images are created with intention and not just taken, the sooner you’ll be on your way to making them.
Many thanks Jorge. Once again, congratulations for “Annes Beach”.