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  • 은/는 이/가 grammar

    은 는 – Topic markers or topic marking particles

    이 가 – Subject markers or subject marking particles

  • The cat, kitten and the dog

    Its been an interesting few weeks at home, lockdown and all, but more so due to the pets at home. So, first of all, a fawn labrador retriever has become an important member of our family. He'll be 4 on April 10th. He's awesome- he understands every word we say or don't say. More about this sweet guy in a later post. But the hullabaloo a few days back was because we had an interesting guest at home. The stray cat who thinks she owns us and our home brought her little kitten who hadn't even opened her eyes! After an exciting photo session, she disappeared. Yet again.

  • My takeaway from The Book Thief

    The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

    Death is a great equalizer.

    And when Death decides to narrate a story, not about a jewel thief (which is exciting and which would feed Him well) or a bread thief (which is heartbreaking but which will undoubtedly satiate Him) but a Book Thief, you kind of wonder why.

  • Covid conversations

    Talking to a workaholic dad about the MOAB virus!
    The italicized words are the keywords that we've been hearing day in and day out ever since we've encountered the novel corona virus- covid 19.
  • How to learn Korean Numbers?

  • (Ep 72) COVID-19 and Friends PT. 2

    We’re back folks! Plans have changed and I’m sticking around in Korea for the undetermined future. I’ve decided to turn Covid-19 and Friends into a series. Chris Tharp, Sam Hazelton and I get together two weeks later to continue talking about the coronavirus and politics. Sam and Tharp tell me about Tiger King, and we review the new Bob Dylan song. We talk about the hilarity of male nudity, and discuss the stupidest things each one of us said in the last episode. We’re having fun. As always, if you enjoy the show, tell a friend about it, and please leave a review on iTunes or whatever app you listen to podcasts on. I’d really appreciate it!

  • FilmLog: Developing Film in Korea

    If you remember a little while ago, I wrote about how to buy a film camera in Korea. If you haven’t read that, please take the time to read that now, if you want. In that post I talked about a wonderful shop near the Dongdaemun Design Plaza called FilmLog.

  • Seascapes: Shooting and Workflow

    When you live in a place like Korea, you are surrounded by beautiful coastlines. Where I live, I can almost see the ocean from my apartment. So, shooting seascapes is something that is quite easy to do. However, it is not as simple as heading out and pressing a button. Here is how I shoot my seascapes.

    Planning and Prep

    Before I head out for any photo shoot I always have some sort of a plan of what I want to shoot. It is a little more involved than “shooting a pretty sunrise” or something like that. The first step is to check on the weather.

    This is one of the more important factors here as the weather will dictate what kind of image you are going to get and especially with seascapes. Keep in mind, that you don’t have to have perfect weather for a good seascape shot. Clear skies also don’t make for a very interesting seascape either.

  • Changes in the World.

    Some people lap on the daily routines, take sanctuary in regular habits, fall prey to the usual conventions. Not me, I thought. I like adventure. I crave change. I want different. Every day, every moment, no routine for me, no siree! Or so, I thought. 

    The change the world has brought to us isn't the change I wanted or craved or thirsted for, I guess.  But then, can you have changes that you approve of? Can you set standards or levels for the change you approve of? Changes just barge into our lives. Sometimes as a sweet surprise of a welcome guest or sometimes just as a shocking discovery of an unexpected infestation. Sometimes we let the change in and let it reshape us, our attitudes and ourselves. Sometimes we bang the door on it, resist it and try to alter it. Either way, it gets in. 

  • Nothing's Really Real Podcast: (Ep 71) COVID - 19 and Friends

    Chris Tharp and Sam Hazelton join me to rant about the Coronavirus and the democratic primaries as we practice a semi-quarantined life here in Busan, South Korea.

    This may be the last podcast I record while living in Korea – we talk a little bit about my plans to move back to America. We get very drunk. Tharp shares a Memory of Regret and I turn Sam’s mic off.
    I don’t regret anything!

  • Changing Skies in Luminar 4

    There are a lot of so-called “solutions for the modern photographer” that are simply crap. You can see them every time you search for anything related to photography. The biggest issue is that the harder people work on trying to make things easier for a photographer, the bigger the pile of crap gets.

    However, this is not the case with the sky replacement tool in Luminar 4.1. Initially, I wasn’t sure about it. I thought that maybe it was cheating or something. The examples seemed too good to be true or absolutely unrealistic. Suffice to say that I was sort of skeptical. Then I went to Japan and had crappy weather.

  • Chef Shin's Korean Home Cooking

    Sunday is my off-day! So it's his turn to prepare lunch today :)

  • A Quick 5-Point Summary of My Thinking on Corona in South Korea, Plus Links

    Image result for corona

    There has been way too much sensationalism about corona, so firstly, go wash your hands, drink a beer, and relax.

    I was traveling for the holidays for awhile, so this is my first blog-post in awhile. Sorry.

    My basic take on corona in South Korea is:

    a) It is not a national catastrophe, and the foreign media has been too sensationalistic (CNN particularly). Yes, it is uncomfortable and disruptive, but it is not bringing down the state, creating panic on the streets, an apocalypse scenario like you’ve seen in zombie movies, and so on.

  • A Morning in Gijang

    One of the last times that I got out before the major CORVID-19 virus broke out across Korea was to Gijang, South Korea. This is a smaller village out near Busan and it is quickly becoming a major tourism centre. With the addition of the new IKEA and the Hilton Hotel, it is a bustling place closer to lunch time. However, if you get there at the crack of dawn, it is still a quiet and peaceful place.

    On this particular morning, I met up with a good friend and fellow photographer Lee Kelly. He is creating a name for himself in the Busan photo scene and it was great to finally meet up again. Not to mention that he brought me a box of girl scout cookies!

    The morning started off fairly gloomy and I honestly didn’t think that I would get much more than a cup of coffee out of the day. However, mother nature was persistent and blue skies showed up just before lunch and that was a great thing.

  • U.S. Repatriating Blues: Dark Reflections after a Decade Away

    There isn’t any easy to put this, so I’m just gonna be blunt: being back stateside suuuuuuucks. From top to bottom, there doesn’t seem to be any light. It is a worse off cultural wasteland than when I left it, and considering I’ve been living amidst Asians for little over a decade, this recognition is felt doubly so. But fair warning, it could be me.

    So here are the observations of a healthy male, educated, married to a lovely woman, socialite, with probably an above average proclivity towards bi-polar disorder, whose traveled deeply into, if not lived in around thirty different countries.

    The U.S:

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