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Getting the Shot

Photography and the Growth Mindset

Here is the result of moving my tripod while the shutter was still open

Here is the result of moving my tripod while the shutter was still open


Don’t Be THAT Guy

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So the amazing 5 Day Deal is almost over and there is just a few more hours to get in on this deal. Actually by the time that I finish this post there will probably be only an hour left. It finishes at 1 am here in Korea or 12 pm EST for the western world. That means that your time is running to get your hands on one of the most amazing bundles of photography resources that you can buy.


I Got Published and Look What Happened!!

There have been many examples of photos that have changed the lives of the photographers that have taken them. We all know Nick Ut’s photo of the “Napalm Girl” and how it changed his life. There are many examples of these kinds of life changing photos. However, there are many more people trying trying to catch their big break and hoping that at least one photo will catapult them into stardom. That is why you see people sharing photos to every site imaginable. They (me) pepper facebook and Google Plus  with what they think is award-winning photo. Only to have our friends cheer us on and our mother’s tell us that we should be published in National Geographic.


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.


Getting the Shot 15: On the Roof

An HDR of the Taehwa River Grand Park

Back in the old days you could pretty much stroll into any new apartment and not encounter any sort of static. You may have gotten a few stares but that was mostly people thinking “I don’t remember any waygooks living here?” However, these days the ultra modern apartments now have modern coded-entry systems and guards that actually do more than sleep and watch TV.


Getting the Shot 14: Food in Korean Restaurants

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Getting the Shot 13: Walking Man

This shot sort of popped out at me while shooting some waterfowl along the Taehwa River in Ulsan. Some times you just have to turn around and look the other way to find a decent show. for this one, the aspects of what I wanted came to me instantly. I wanted the lines to reach someone walking or on a bike and I wanted it gritty and with a lot of contrast.


Getting the Shot 12: Fish with a Vignette Sauce

The Shot: This kind of shot that takes a common street (at least around the coastal areas of Korea) and draw attention to the subject by adding a slight vignette to the image. Some may say that this style is over-done but I think that with the right usage it is a nice effect to what would otherwise be  a boring shot.


Getting the Shot 11: Jangsan Panorama

 

I had the opportunity to hike Jangsan Mountain in Busan with members of the (Busan) Hobby Photographers group. I have always enjoyed getting out with new people because no matter if you have all the same gear or not, there will be different shots take. I love seeing the shots after and thinking about what made them take that shot. Of course there will always be the same shots, especially where we were because of the view dominating the sky line.


Getting the Shot 10: Garuda

The Shot - I bet you are wondering where in Korea this giant bird is…. well it is not really in Korea. I know but my justification for putting on the blog is that a) enough Koreans head to here (Bali) that it does feel like you haven’t left Korea at times and b) I wanted to show a quick lesson on HDR and black and white conversion within Photmatix as well as some sharpening styles.


Getting the Shot 9: Sinbok Rotary


Time Lapse in Korea: The Easy-ish Way

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For the past few weeks I have been experimenting with time lapse photography. You have known that I was working on something from the different posts about intervalometers and whatnot. However, the biggest challenge that I found was trying to cut-through the technical jargon and create a beautiful product for an entry into this years 10 magazine Korea Awaits video contest.


Getting the Shot 8: On Top of the Tempo

The Shot: This is what a traffic shot should look like… but maybe with a bit more light trails. It is shot from above and at a wide angle as to include not just the but the buildings and the last bit of light fading out into the night.


Getting the Shot 7: Locks of Love

 

The Shot: This is your typical still life shot using a wide aperture to create a shallow depth of field and effectively isolate the subject. Out of all the locks I chose the one that seemed to pop out the most and that has that “heart-shaped love feel” What I also did was use the fence as a source of leading lines to show that the locks continue off into infinity.


Getting the Shot 6: Kimchi

The Shot: This is your basic stock shot of Kimchi on a white background. This shot can be used in many ways because of the neutral background with emphasis on the subject. The kimchi and the bowl are sharp all around and in even lighting.


Getting The Shot 5: Ulsan Museum

 

The Shot: This is an HDR shot of a new building in Ulsan. The main focus if this shot is not the main building itself but one of the more interesting feature of the building. The time is during the last part of the blue hour. I chose this composure to not only show off the building’s features but also to add the colour of the sky as well.


Getting the Shot 4: HDR Panorama

 

Recently, I have been fascinated by the shots of the Marine City next to Dongbaek Island in Busan. Ever since I saw Ju Seok Oh’s shot I was captivated by the colours and reflections. His shot is simply wonderful and I feel that mine doesn’t live up to the crystal clear and sharp photo that Ju Seok did, but I thought that I would at least shot you how I made it since the process can be a little tricky.

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Getting The Shot 3: Lanterns

 

Lanterns are everywhere during this time of year and the biggest challenge is getting an image that stands out. Here is one of my favorites because of the angle and color. There are a few elements that make this style of shot work and I will try and be as detailed as possible.

First of all this is an HDR shot but, it is a very controlled on at that. I will explain later after I explain the set up and whatnot, I just wanted to prepare you for that as some might not have noticed that it was.


Food Photography Part 1

 

 

Before I begin, take some time to read Joe McPherson’s article on the most recent attempt at the globalization of  Korean food. Now you can see the connection to all the hamburgers, being that this is a blog on photography in Korea.

In order to make decent food photography you  must first figure out what types of shots you are looking to get. For me there are usually about two types (from my perspective anyway). The first type is the commercial grade/ magazine style food photography and the second is the “food I have eaten” style food photography.


Getting The Shot 2: Bulls

 

This was taken last weekend at the Cheongdo Bull Fights and I sort of like the “300″ look to it. I did this same treatment the last time that I was out there a few years ago and stuck with it for the updated shots.

Why: I wanted to portray a “Gladiator” or “300″ feel to these shots and I love the mood of those movies and I think that it goes well here. Also, when I looked at my shots, I wanted to make something that stood out and was a little more on the dramatic side. Also, I found when I corrected the levels, the photos were a little flat and cold.


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