Friday, September 28, 2012
Thursday, September 27, 2012
I love shooting toward the sun. It creates great drama, but it pushes the camera to its limits, and facebook too. The subtle detail in the darks always gets crushed but its really hard to get people off facebook!
Posted by Wesley Chang at 11:22 PM
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
I find the shadows of the people in sunset lighting as a metaphor for our ego. They are large, stretched and distorted beyond our real figure like the images we have of ourselves in this world...
Posted by Wesley Chang at 9:44 PM
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Yet when I go to bed it's so hard to fall asleep!
Posted by Wesley Chang at 10:52 PM
Monday, September 24, 2012
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Saturday, September 22, 2012
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Thursday, September 20, 2012
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
I glanced out the window to enjoy the view on a great day, and saw this mountain range off to the right. I found it interesting how it contrasted with the rising apartment buildings, as if humans were trying to mighty the mountains. I'm sure you could see those mountains from anywhere below many years ago, until these buildings were put up. Maybe, one day, the buildings will be so tall people will forget the mountains are there, and only those who lived long ago will remember.
Posted by Wesley Chang at 8:44 PM
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
My only regret about this photo is that most screens will probably be unable to show all of the detail in the shadows, especially on the internet.
Posted by Wesley Chang at 11:45 PM
Monday, September 17, 2012
You can't tell it's raining in the photo because I set the camera on my tripod and used a slow exposure because it was a bit dark due to the weather, so all of the raindrops are blurred out.
Posted by Wesley Chang at 7:03 PM
Sunday, September 16, 2012
I am picking on something controversial here, something another photographer got me thinking about, and it would be the other side of Korea. This country isn't all about giant, futuristic buildings, touch-screen technology and beautiful temples from ancient times. There are places where it's all nice and clean comfortable... and there are places that aren't. Enter my neighborhood.
I certainly live in a stinky corner of Seoul, literally. It smells like rotting trash all day (more severely in summer) and houses are claustrophobic, dirty and falling apart. Yet it seems the government is more concerned in hiding these issues than actually solving them. They much rather wait until the day they can knock these ugly, defaming homes down and put up their tall, soulless apartment buildings that look like they all came off the same blueprint. Yet the people who live here do so because they cannot afford anything better, so where will they go?
Posted by Wesley Chang at 10:29 PM
Anyway I've just been obsessed with how the sky looks lately, and how dramatic scenes can look if you shoot into the sun. Some children playing in what was left of the sun had me turning around while passing HUFFS (Hankuk University of Foreign Studies) near my house. It reminded me of playing in the sunset as a child, which meant it would be time to go inside soon... but just after one last game.
Posted by Wesley Chang at 12:55 AM
Friday, September 14, 2012
Yes I know it's ANOTHER sky photo (I was asked if my blog was about sky photos) but today was house cleaning day. When I was done and relaxing in my chair, something caught my attention outside the window. The whole sky was going down red as the sun's dying rays lit the bottom of sparse clouds while the evening's remaining blue fought to get through.
I need to buy a ladder so next time I can be on the roof!
Posted by Wesley Chang at 8:04 PM
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Stuck again in my 6pm anti-creativity class, I needed to come up with a solution to the problem of lacking a photo today. I was a bit busy, and the weather was once again grim. At one point my mind just drifted away to potential photo opportunities I may run into on my way home. I haven't done night photography in a while, which appeared often in the first month of my blog, so the darkness didn't really present a threat to me this evening. Well this image of the last stop home came to mind, so instead of boarding at the very end of the train for my usual quick exit upon arrival, I went to the other end so I could capture people disembarking down this long, lit corridor. I was glad to get very close to what I had in mind.
It is inevitable that I have various subway photos here, since I ride it every day, but this is actually my first nighttime subway photo!
Posted by Wesley Chang at 11:00 PM
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Just kidding, but it certainly looks like it! I have no idea who that was, sitting by herself in the quiet, empty hallways. I was going to the bathroom while waiting for my next class, but had to run straight back for my camera before the eerie hallway moment was over. It's a bit off-center but I think it works because the photo itself wasn't taken in the middle of the hallway and the crookedness kind of adds to the mentally unstable feeling. It was the only photo today and the only moment I even felt the urge to pull out my camera, but at least it wasn't "another sky photo"!
Posted by Wesley Chang at 8:55 PM
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Lots of people tend to think that a good photographer with a good camera will always take a good photo. That's not exactly true. They will certainly take the better photo as compared to someone who is inexperienced but there is way more that goes into the equation. It takes perseverance. You have to go back to the same locations for the day in which conditions are best. It's in part luck, but if you aren't aware and ready then the best photos will quickly slip by.
Anyway, here's for those who didn't look at the sky today (or don't live in Seoul).
Posted by Wesley Chang at 10:03 PM
Monday, September 10, 2012
post-apocalyptic look. It was difficult to get such a bright sky and still find details in the foreground due to the overpowering background light but my camera proved it could handle the challenge. It did take a little extra work in post though...
Posted by Wesley Chang at 6:00 PM
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Though my original idea was to find a high place on Mt. Bukhan and catch the sunset, we didn't end up finding a good location due to the trees covering up the view, so on the way down I turned my attention elsewhere. Among ill-equipped, attempted macro photos, and tree-covered views of the city and mountains, we crossed this stream on the way back down which I didn't notice on the way up from having something else in mind. First shots weren't convincing so I crawled in closer and even had one of my tripod legs in the water. These extremely-clear water streams run all the way down the mountain and are incredibly tempting to dunk your head in. Such a refreshing experience.
Thank you to Dong for hiking out with me all afternoon and putting up with my frequent stops.
And for those of you who dabble in the techie stuff the metadata is: 18mm ISO 100 f/9.5 for 6 seconds. Filter: ND 8
Posted by Wesley Chang at 9:13 PM
Saturday, September 8, 2012
I just started another semester and it's gonna be busier than before. Doing 20 credits this time, spread out 9 classes. Thus I will guarantee a photo a day, but I won't guarantee that it be taken with my camera, and I can't guarantee it will have anything written with it except minimal information. I will write when I can, but I have days classes end at 8pm and my studies come first. I understand I lose a large part of my blog like that but it's a sacrifice I'm making to be able to continue. I figured it was better than doing something like going weekly instead of daily because the point is to simply have my camera at my side at all times.
Anyway I'm pulling out my camera like you'd pull out an old bike (though I have been using my camera at times, like travel and portrait shoots with my girlfriend Yvonne) but it still sort of feels like that.
So get ready and remember to tune in every day for a little bit of inspiration!
Posted by Wesley Chang at 8:03 PM