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Some times you just have to drop what you are doing and get out of your house to get some shots. This was one of those nights. My wife and I were sitting down for a nice dinner and the skies just lit up. I must admit it was hard to concentrate. I kept telling myself that” it wasn’t that good and it will fade away soon” However, the skies just got better and better.


The Palace

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One of the buildings in the area being built back in 2007

One of the tragedies of Ulsan’s housing boom was the numerous “busts” that came when the prices of apartments exceeded what people were willing to pay. One of those was the Palace D’Sante or whatever it is being called now. In 2007, it popped up along the street next to two other high-rise apartments. These were to be the future of living in Ulsan. However, due to the changing markets and no doubt some shifty backdoor deals, it stood completed but empty for many years.


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.


Just Get Out and Shoot!

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These days I have less and less time to shoot. I have so many things on the go that I pretty much don’t have time unless I shoot inside of classrooms or from the driver’s seat of my car. However, I have started taking my camera everywhere with me just in case something pops up and I can pull over and shoot. This is a different strategy than the weekends of shooting that I normally did. At any rate, last night was one of those “Screw it! I gotta get some shots” nights.


Rooftopping in Ulsan

Thanks to Peter DeMarco, I realized that I have missed a few buildings on my previous list and that I should update my rooftopping list for Ulsan. Now before I get into that let me first talk a little bit about how to do this, so that I don’t a get message saying that you are locked on a roof or you are locked in the back of a police car.

Precautions

First, remember that you are going to areas that the building security might not want you to be. So with that in mind, enter at your own risk. Second, be aware of locked doors and doors that only have an inside handle. The best thing to do is prop the door open when you enter the roof top area. That way you will always have an exit.


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.


Hurting the Integrity of Photography

Uh oh I sharpened, saturated, under and over exposed, added contrast and made this “pedestrian” photo… sorry


Out with the Guys

The other night I had a great night out with a couple of great photographers, James Pawlowski and Ben Hobson  At any rate, it was great to be standing on top of a building near the petro chemical complex with two great photographers.


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