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Getting the Shot

Zenith Tower Almost

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Few buildings in Korea sparks so many photographers to descend upon a rooftop like the Zenith Towers in Busan. These are one of the tallest apartment buildings in Korea and are located next to the ocean overlooking haeundae and the Gwangali Bridge. Suffice to say that the roof has a pretty impressive view.

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What are you thinking?

I have been taking on the task of greatly trying to break my old habits  and really focus on what I am shooting. I have been a photographer for years and I enjoy it quite a bit. However, for the most part, my photo-brain was on cruise control. It wasn’t until a new photographer friend showed up on the scene that really made me think about photography in a new way.


KTO Cheorwon Tour PT. 2

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Day 2 started early with a trip to the Togyo reservoir to watch geese and other migratory birds do what they do best… migrate. Sadly the weather was not on our side that day and a thick fog rolled in, obscuring our view of pretty much everything. It still was great to see this mysterious fog and the sounds of the birds flying overhead. Soon it was breakfast time and a bowl of jook and fresh locally grown food hit the spot. Many of the vegetables were grown on site which is something you don’t find too often in the cities.


The Castle Sunset: Making the Best of the Time that you Have

sunset over Ulsan South Korea with clouds and bright colours.

One of the best things about living in a “regular” apartment in Korea is that I actually get to see the sky. For the past many years I have the luxury of watching the man of the 2nd floor of the adjacent building smoke cigarettes and spit. Sadly, for a landscape photographer this makes judging the skies a little difficult.


Watching the Skies

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Well it is the rainy season in Korea and the weather can be a bit “hit or miss” However, with the rain means dramatic skies and that is something that you must look for. I will further explain a bit of what to look for and maybe actually some of the information from that climatology course that I took in University.

Storms mean no shooting?

Not at all. Most dramatic skies occur before or after a rainstorm. So the best thing that you can do is to watch the skies and see how the storm is breaking up. It is a bit of a gamble as some shots don’t always pay off as much as I had hope. However, the theory is sound.


Getting the Shot 20: Taehwa River Bamboo Forest

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Walking along the Taehwa River Park the other morning I found myself enchanted by the bamboo forest that runs along side the river. Maybe it was the soft music or the first warm and bright day in Ulsan in a long time. At any rate I came out of this walk more relaxed and with a few nice shots as well.


Getting the Shot 19: Lotte Department Store

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For a while now I have wanted to get to the top of these distinctive twin towers on the skyline of Ulsan. I was definitely lucky as when I walked up to the doors of tower 101, a family was coming out. I was able to get in without a problem. Upon getting to the top there was a ton of great opportunity for shots. The best part was that the work men had left behind a ladder allowing me to climb up and shoot over top of the high walls.


Getting The Shot 18: Onsan Spaceship

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Setting out to shoot in Onsan is not an easy task for anyone. The key here is transportation and knowing where to go. You also must go in with the understand that they don’t necessarily want you photographing their facilities. This means the there are very few clear shots of the factories and takes a bit of driving to find which places have a clear line of sight.


Getting the Shot 17: Weltz Tower

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The Shot: This is your standard traffic shot from above with a few twists. The magic of this shot comes from the post processing. Dues to the fact that I got up to the roof late, I had to employ a few tricks to get the shot the way that I wanted. Other than that, it is a great example of a rooftop shot in Ulsan.


Getting the Shot 16: Fire in the Sky

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The Shot: This was a shot that I could just feel in my bones, even before the sky flared up. I just knew that it was going to be a great night for photography. Trouble was finding the right place to get a good shot from. The key to this shot is the reflection. Thus, I centred the horizon in the middle of the frame which can be a compositional “no-no” but I feel that anytime you shoot reflections like this it balances the fram a lot more.


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