Friday, April 24, 2015

Armenian Genocide March

Up to one-hundred thousand people marched through the streets of Los Angeles today to mark the 100 year anniversary of the Armenian genocide by the Turkish Ottoman Empire back in 1915.
The Turkish government still has not apologized or recognized the genocide to this day.
President Obama still has not recognized the event as a genocide as well.
The City of Los Angeles and Mayor Garcetti have fully recognized the genocide, and have name a square in Hollywood to commemorate the people of Armenia and the genocide of 1915.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2015
1915.

LA strong.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Bates Motel

The Sunset Pacific Motel, known as the Bates Motel to Silverlake locals due to it's location on Bates and Sunset Blvd, has undergone an transformation from eye-sore to art.
French artist Vincent Lamouroux white-washed the property with a special eco friendly paint made of lime and other inert substances. He painted everything he legally could including the property's palm trees. The white washing has given the motel an eerie almost church-like infrared look. Lamouroux named the project "Projection."
There will be a opening on April 26, then the motel will be demolished and replaced by an apartment building.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2015




Friday, April 17, 2015

FBF Hillary Clinton

Took this image back in 2008, when Hillary Clinton was running for the Democratic nomination for president. Saw this Marilyn Monroe impersonator standing out front of the then Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. She was hoping to meet Hillary Clinton, who was going to debate Barack Obama inside the theatre.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2008
Waiting for Hillary.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Clear Los Angeles

A day after a brief rain storm. Mt. Baldy has some snow on it for a few days too.

Downtown with snow capped Mt. Baldy.
Photo by Ted Soqui © 2015
Click image to see larger.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Night Fire on Olympic Blvd.

Only in Los Angeles do we get fire right after a rain storm.
A six-story commercial structure caught fire, it took 170 LAFD firefighters to extinguish the flames. One rescue was performed. Olympic at Union was shut down to all traffic.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2015
Arson on scene.

LAFD watching the ground floors.

Olympic Blvd. shut down.

LAFD fire fighters on the roof.

LAFD firecopter providing assistance.

Quick Rain in LA

A quick rain storm made it's way to Los Angeles this afternoon.
Gave us a quick soaking, maybe some May flowers?

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2015
Upside down palm trees inside rain drops.

Just enough...

...for the city.

Waiting For Rain

A water parched city waiting for some April showers.
Just light sprinkles so far on the Mulholland Drive overlook.


Photo by Ted Soqui © 2015
Click on image to see larger.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Blood Moon (Updated)

A lunar eclipse over the skies of Los Angeles this early morning.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2015
From rising full moon to full blood moon.

Blood moon with stars.

Moonset.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Crucifixion of Christ in Los Angeles

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles re-enacted the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on the street of downtown Los Angeles.
Today is good Good Friday, marking the day Jesus was crucified.
Hundred of onlookers watched the re-enactment which was held in Spanish.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2015
Jesus re-enacted.

Watching the trial of Jesus.

Pontius Pilate overseeing the trial of Jesus on the steps of LA City Hall.

Jesus carrying the cross to Calvary Hill up Main Street.

Jesus taking a break at Los Angeles St. and Temple St.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Gamelan Sekar Jaya and Burat Wangi at Pomona College

Gamelan Sekar Jaya and Gamelan Burat Wangi both performed at Pomona college this evening.
One of the evening's highlights was the Topeng Arsa Wijaya,  I Nyoman Wenten danced as Gamelan Sekar Jaya performed the music.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2015
Dewa Ayu Dewi Larassanti.

I Nyoman Wenten.

Dewa Ayu Dewi Larassanti and I Made Moja.

I Nyoman Wenten.

Weny Michelstein, Nancy Astuti Susatyo, Gek Arini, and Niken Sekar Dewani.

Sekar Jaya dancers.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Quarter Full

Quarter full moon over L.A.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2015

1/4 power.

Venice Beach Photo Workshop




Venice Beach Photo Workshop

New price $199.00

On Saturday April 18th, we are offering a daylong photo workshop in Venice Beach.

This workshop will be hosted and led by Jonathan Alcorn and
 
Ted Soqui with Nick Ut as our special guest.
Between the three of us, we have about 100 years (yep, over a hundred years) of combined photo taking experience. With our workshop, we will motivate and inspire you to improve your photographic vision.
Most of the class time will be spent in the field taking photos and learning. This is a hands-on in the field workshop where you we will show you how to use your camera as a powerful photographic story telling tool.
We will begin the day with a slideshow and instruction on what we will do throughout the day.
Nick Ut will also
 speak about his photography experiences with a moving slide show, it will inspire you.

We will also have some of Samsung's latest NX mirrorless cameras for you to try out for the day. LaRon Vincent of Samsung USA will be on hand to show you how to use these amazing cameras. 

This class is good for travelers or folks who want to learn to shoot in a photojournalistic style.
All abilities are welcome. We enjoy working with all levels of photographers.
Class size will be limited to 12 people maximum. We will start at 12pm and will shoot until dusk, that’s when we get the best photos of the day.
The techniques and approaches we will teach you are the exact same ones we use. You will explore some of Venice Beach’s most interesting people and locations with us.
We will cover lots of ground and see some amazing places including the Venice Beach Boardwalk, Venice Skate Park, canals, and the sandy beach by the breakwater. Hopefully by the end of the class, you will be more comfortable in meeting and photographing some of Venice’s most interesting sites and people. 

What to bring:

Try using one our mirrorless cameras from Samsung USA. 
A camera with fully charged batteries. Lots of battery power this is a daylong class.
I prefer using a DSLR type of camera. Digital cameras are good to help us evaluate your progress.
We will be chasing the decisive moment and DSLR style cameras are best for that. Overall, bring your most comfortable camera. Lenses I suggest bringing, a wide-angle 16mm up to 28mm, and a med-telephoto lens. If you have a zoom lens, make sure it covers a wide a semi-telephoto focal length (24-105mm range).
I like shooting with a longer zoom like a 70-200mm, but any medium zoom will be awesome for this
class. Leave your flash and tripod at home.
Lots of memory cards for your cameras. We do not delete images during the class.
Hat and sun block. Money for snacks.
Wear very comfortable shoes with rubber sole shoes. Sandals and flip-flops for the end of day, when we walk on the beach.
A small notepad with a pen. Always great to take notes and exchange email address with.

What we will provide:

A guided view of Venice and the environs with two world-class photojournalist as instructors with our special guest, Nick Ut.
Snacks and coffee, tea, or water at the beginning of class.
A delicious lunch meal in Venice Beach.
Entrance fees to any attractions we enter.
We can help with some phone and camera charging, but would prefer if you took care of that before the workshop.

Weather:

Spring weather is always unpredictable. We always make the most of what weather we get. That’s part of the class. We are hoping for sunny winter weather in Venice.
Be prepared with a selection of appropriate clothing for the day. A small jacket along with a hat would be very helpful. You probably won’t need gloves or scarves.
Sun block is always a good idea. Wear full-length pants or equivalent.
Venice Beach in December usually is a great time of year, it should be warm and mild through out the day.
The early evenings tend to chill down quickly.

How to register:

Send me an email at info@jtaphotoagency.com or check out the webpage at www.jtaphotoagency.com
The fee is $199.00.
Include your name and address. Will be able to sign you up over the phone and answer any questions you may have.
If you are flying in from out of town, we can pick you up from the airport.
Keep following us on Facebook, Twitter, and now on Instagram @JTA_PHOTO_AGENCY

Biographies:

Instructor Ted Soqui
Ted Soqui is a Los Angeles based photojournalist with over 35 years of experience. Most of Ted’s work is editorial based
and his clients range from Bloomberg Philanthropies, LA Weekly, Time Magazine, and television shows like “The Closer” and “Major Crimes.” Ted’s work is also in the permanent collection of the Autry Museum of the West. His work can also be found at the Robert Berman Gallery in Santa Monica. Ted’s photo interest range from US politics, political movements, and wild fires.
Ted's new book "Snap Cackle Pop" is now available on Amazon.com.

Instructor Jonathan Alcorn
Jonathan Alcorn is an editorial photographer with
images routinely published worldwide while working on assignment for Reuters, Getty Images, Bloomberg News, and The New York Times among others. A highlight for Jonathan was mentoring Alzheimer's patients in a photography
project that documented their daily lives, and then curated the images leading to a successful photo exhibition of their work benefiting the Alzheimer's Association.
In addition to his interest in portraiture and breaking news photography, Jonathan is currently working on a long-term photo project documenting his home base of Venice Beach. He is also a member of Samsung Camera USA's Imagelogger program.

Special guest Nick Ut will be going us. 

Nick Ut is a photographer with the AP. He is best known for photographing a young girl, Kim Phuc, running down a street in Vietnam after a napalm drop on her and her village. The photo was credited with ending the war in Vietnam and it won him the Pulitzer Prize in photography. Nick still works as a photographer in the Los Angeles bureau of the AP and continues to take great and amazing photos. Join us, you will have a great day taking photos and learning new things and making new friends.

Sign up via our site or contact us via email.

www.jtaphotoagency.com

info@jtaphotoagency.com

Cancellation policy.

Full refund up to 3 weeks before workshop date.
Refund for credit towards a future workshop if canceled anytime afterwards.


TS

JTa © 2015


Monday, March 23, 2015

Crescent Moon

A crescent moon leads Los Angeles in to night.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2015
Tangled in trees.

LAPD air support.

In to the night.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Tonight's Moon Slice

A slice of a golden moon over the city of angels this evening.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2015
Gold slice.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Los Angeles Spring Bloom

The flora and fauna on the grounds of Los Angeles City Hall show off their lovely bountiful blooms, on this first day of spring.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2015
Glorious LA City Hall.

Lavender blooms.

Little flowers.

Bird of Paradise.

Busy bee.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Venice Beach Photo Workshop April 18th

V is for Venice!
Venice Beach Photo Workshop


On Saturday April 18th, we are offering a daylong photo workshop in Venice Beach.

This workshop will be hosted and led by Jonathan Alcorn and
 
Ted Soqui with Nick Ut as our special guest.
Between the three of us, we have about 100 years (yep, over a hundred years) of combined photo taking experience. With our workshop, we will motivate and inspire you to improve your photographic vision.
Most of the class time will be spent in the field taking photos and learning. This is a hands-on in the field workshop where you we will show you how to use your camera as a powerful photographic story telling tool.
We will begin the day with a slideshow and instruction on what we will do throughout the day.
Nick Ut will also
 speak about his photography experiences with a moving slide show, it will inspire you.

We will also have some of Samsung's latest NX mirrorless cameras for you to try out for the day. LaRon Vincent of Samsung USA will be on hand to show you how to use these amazing cameras. 

This class is good for travelers or folks who want to learn to shoot in a photojournalistic style.
All abilities are welcome. We enjoy working with all levels of photographers.
Class size will be limited to 12 people maximum. We will start at 12pm and will shoot until dusk, that’s when we get the best photos of the day.
The techniques and approaches we will teach you are the exact same ones we use. You will explore some of Venice Beach’s most interesting people and locations with us.
We will cover lots of ground and see some amazing places including the Venice Beach Boardwalk, Venice Skate Park, canals, and the sandy beach by the breakwater. Hopefully by the end of the class, you will be more comfortable in meeting and photographing some of Venice’s most interesting sites and people. 

What to bring:

Try using one our mirrorless cameras from Samsung USA. 
A camera with fully charged batteries. Lots of battery power this is a daylong class.
I prefer using a DSLR type of camera. Digital cameras are good to help us evaluate your progress.
We will be chasing the decisive moment and DSLR style cameras are best for that. Overall, bring your most comfortable camera. Lenses I suggest bringing, a wide-angle 16mm up to 28mm, and a med-telephoto lens. If you have a zoom lens, make sure it covers a wide a semi-telephoto focal length (24-105mm range).
I like shooting with a longer zoom like a 70-200mm, but any medium zoom will be awesome for this
class. Leave your flash and tripod at home.
Lots of memory cards for your cameras. We do not delete images during the class.
Hat and sun block. Money for snacks.
Wear very comfortable shoes with rubber sole shoes. Sandals and flip-flops for the end of day, when we walk on the beach.
A small notepad with a pen. Always great to take notes and exchange email address with.

What we will provide:

A guided view of Venice and the environs with two world-class photojournalist as instructors with our special guest, Nick Ut.
Snacks and coffee, tea, or water at the beginning of class.
A delicious lunch meal in Venice Beach.
Entrance fees to any attractions we enter.
We can help with some phone and camera charging, but would prefer if you took care of that before the workshop.

Weather:

Spring weather is always unpredictable. We always make the most of what weather we get. That’s part of the class. We are hoping for sunny winter weather in Venice.
Be prepared with a selection of appropriate clothing for the day. A small jacket along with a hat would be very helpful. You probably won’t need gloves or scarves.
Sun block is always a good idea. Wear full-length pants or equivalent.
Venice Beach in December usually is a great time of year, it should be warm and mild through out the day.
The early evenings tend to chill down quickly.

How to register:

Send me an email at info@jtaphotoagency.com or check out the webpage at www.jtaphotoagency.com
The fee is $249.00
Special early sign-up fee is 229.00 before April 2, 2015
Include your name and address. Will be able to sign you up over the phone and answer any questions you may have.
If you are flying in from out of town, we can pick you up from the airport.
Keep following us on Facebook, Twitter, and now on Instagram @JTA_PHOTO_AGENCY

Biographies:

Instructor Ted Soqui
Ted Soqui is a Los Angeles based photojournalist with over 35 years of experience. Most of Ted’s work is editorial based
and his clients range from Bloomberg Philanthropies, LA Weekly, Time Magazine, and television shows like “The Closer” and “Major Crimes.” Ted’s work is also in the permanent collection of the Autry Museum of the West. His work can also be found at the Robert Berman Gallery in Santa Monica. Ted’s photo interest range from US politics, political movements, and wild fires.
Ted's new book "Snap Cackle Pop" is now available on Amazon.com.

Instructor Jonathan Alcorn
Jonathan Alcorn is an editorial photographer with
images routinely published worldwide while working on assignment for Reuters, Getty Images, Bloomberg News, and The New York Times among others. A highlight for Jonathan was mentoring Alzheimer's patients in a photography
project that documented their daily lives, and then curated the images leading to a successful photo exhibition of their work benefiting the Alzheimer's Association.
In addition to his interest in portraiture and breaking news photography, Jonathan is currently working on a long-term photo project documenting his home base of Venice Beach. He is also a member of Samsung Camera USA's Imagelogger program.

Special guest Nick Ut will be going us. 

Nick Ut is a photographer with the AP. He is best known for photographing a young girl, Kim Phuc, running down a street in Vietnam after a napalm drop on her and her village. The photo was credited with ending the war in Vietnam and it won him the Pulitzer Prize in photography. Nick still works as a photographer in the Los Angeles bureau of the AP and continues to take great and amazing photos. Join us, you will have a great day taking photos and learning new things and making new friends.

Sign up via our site or contact us via email.

www.jtaphotoagency.com

info@jtaphotoagency.com

Cancellation policy.

Full refund up to 3 weeks before workshop date.

Refund for credit towards a future workshop if canceled anytime afterwards.


TS

JTa © 2015

Saturday, March 14, 2015

City of Lights

Los Angeles turned in to the city of lights earlier this evening.
Twenty-six rays of light marked the route of this year's marathon to be held this Sunday.


Ted Soqui/LA weekly © 2015
Click on image to see full size.

Friday, March 13, 2015

The Crapi Apartments

The Crapi Apartments building in Culver City today.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2015
Crapi.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Skid Row Marches Against LAPD Shooting of Homeless Man

Hundreds of people marched to LAPD headquarters from the site where a LAPD shot a homeless man on March 1, 2015.
The unarmed homeless man was shot and killed by a LAPD officer during an arrest struggle.
The incident was captured on video from bystanders, the video went viral.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2015
#Homelesslivesmatter

Monday, March 2, 2015

Today's View of Los Angeles

Captured this view of downtown Los Angeles today. You can see a Southwest 737 in the clouds, and a moon rising over our fair city.
Click image to see larger.
Click image to see larger.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2015

Sunday, March 1, 2015

A Touch of Venice

The Venice lights over Pacific and Windward Ave at night.
Drawing inspiration from the film "A Touch of Evil," a noir thriller movie starring Orson Wells, Charleston Heston, and Janet Leigh.
Much of the film was shot at night in the Venice area.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2015
Venice noir.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Hollywood Remembers Leonard Nimoy

Flowers were placed at Leonard Nimoy's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today.
Leonard Nimoy passed away earlier today from complications due to COPD.
He tweeted his fans a last message last night that read "A life is like a garden, Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP"

LLAP, Leonard Nimoy, always.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2015
LLAP