RLSFoto | My Daily Commute

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I have been photographing from a moving car since my college days where I commuted from Vallejo to San Francisco to work.

Starting January 2012, I started working for a new company that was requiring nearly 24/7 of my time. I was spending 3 hours a day commuting to and from my clients. At the end of 2012, I only had 7 studio shoots, a far cry from 100+ per year which is my expectation based on the past few years.

Starting with 2013, I decided that I have three hours a day of bumper to bumper traffic that was a total waste of my time (which is why I prefer clients to whom I must fly!). So, every day I began documenting my commute to Burbank from San Pedro and passing through downtown Los Angeles and then returning in the evening.

I split this series into 2 galleries. The first is my morning commute which is during the morning light. Setting the ISO around 1000ASA and a speed of 1/2000th of a second, I attempt to freeze life around the freeway. In the evening, the ISO is set to 100ASA and the time to 3-4 seconds and capture the flow of the lights from traffic and the surrounding buildings. The morning images are the genre of street photography. The evening are Jackson Pollack images but on a black canvas.

Day Time Commute

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Day Time Commute

Night Time Commute

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Night Time Commute