Tuesday, October 30, 2012
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Monday, October 29, 2012
First, and I mention this a lot, is the safety. It's great to be able to walk outside at 2 am without any worries, holding my camera, wallet and phone.
Fall season is another. Though the mild tropical weather back home was only a few steps from perfect, the slightly cold, elusive season when trees range from golden yellow to deep red, placed in Seoul's various parks, is just pure eye-candy. I will certainly be taking full advantage of the foliage this year.
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Sunday, October 28, 2012
It was golden hour and the crew looked awesome in the light.
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Saturday, October 27, 2012
Friday, October 26, 2012
There was a man on that white building almost in the center (with the path on top, if you can tell) taking photos too and it was cool to know somebody else saw what I saw in the weather that day. I could tell early on it was going to be good, and knew exactly what hour to escape from class so I could catch it. I'm liking this rooftop. I've checked other ones, including that building on the right but they are all closed off, but I can't say I'm not happy with this one.
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Thursday, October 25, 2012
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Wednesday, October 24, 2012
So my cup of tea.
It was cold on that rooftop, but the wind (or classes) weren't going to bring me downstairs until this was over. The scene was changing very fast, and that hole in the upper left that is letting in light was only there for about 30 seconds and then disappeared, bit it gave me the best scene.
More to come, though, got pictures to edit still.
Posted by Wesley Chang at 8:55 PM
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
My school does boast of many great views, however, as it is up a hill and over the city. I admit it has given me many photos for this blog.
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Monday, October 22, 2012
Sunday, October 21, 2012
My day started with the work of Steve McCurry, an internationally recognized photographer but more known for his photo Afghan Girl. I'm sure you've seen it, but a 5-second google search will clear any doubts. I heard today was the last day of his exhibition in Seoul, and though I don't frequent museums, as a photographer I knew I had to see this one.
Photos ranged from portraits of people around the world, the ruins of the World Trade Center right after 9/11 and iconic images from beautiful countries. It was inspiring and hard to leave, I would've much rather moved into the gallery. The first photo is of Seoul Arts Center where the exhibition was held.
The next two are in Gangnam, where my day concluded. It's not an area I frequent but it was nearby and a nice day... plus there's a canon store there.
You could say Canon is like my "toy store", but in toy stores you buy toys. I just stare at them, try them out and dream about buying them, so maybe it's more like my church where I just go and dream and worship these toys I can't have. ):
Posted by Wesley Chang at 9:17 PM
Thursday, October 18, 2012
It's somewhat hidden, like somewhere only painting students know... like a secret storage hallway. Ha.
Posted by Wesley Chang at 9:52 PM
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Days are dark by 6pm now, and that means I will probably have a lot more night photography. I'm glad I came across this photo opportunity as I was going home (I always have 1 eye toward the sky) because it is hard to take photos at night with no tripod and my camera's puny low-light capabilities, but I did what I could. I've been carrying my zoom lens around now too, though it's more weight to carry, but worth the shoulder pains.
I hope you have a romantic Wednesday night!...
Is it just me or does this photo make you think of Manhattan too?
Posted by Wesley Chang at 8:38 PM
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Well it is polite, but in my case it was frustrating. I wanted as much light as possible so I had to wait a few lights on an intersection until I got enough cars with their lights on, though I am still a bit unsatisfied.
This is not unexpected of Korean behavior though, as people go lengths to avoid discomforting other people. Koreans are often shy and don't like creating a commotion in public, and if you are bothering them they will often bear with it rather than complain. I spilled a little coffee on a guy's back in the jammed subway once, but he never said anything to me. He just mumbled coffee and a few other angry words but didn't go beyond that. I apologized and wiped off what I could with a napkin... but it's coffee.
Honestly the only people who will approach you on the streets are either aggressive vendors, youth-hating, angry old men or annoying churchgoers trying to recruit you to their bible studies (my god they never leave). Other than that they pretty much keep to themselves.
Posted by Wesley Chang at 9:58 PM
Monday, October 15, 2012
This one doesn't seem to share that fate, though... or at least not yet.
Posted by Wesley Chang at 9:18 PM
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Friday, October 12, 2012
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
And yes, out there be monsters... monsters that smell like kimchi, garlic and soju at 11 pm on the subway!
Posted by Wesley Chang at 11:32 PM
For me, it's the most bizarre thought that this back road access is actually still safe, even in the late hours where sane people are all in bed sleeping. That is the glory of Seoul. Yet a haunting quality will still lurk between the rusting tubes and dirty cracks... it's hard to imagine that people live in here.
Posted by Wesley Chang at 1:17 AM
Monday, October 8, 2012
But there are those who have silently disappeared from the staircase, leading their same straight line life until it vanished with an absolute, clean-cut interruption. It was simply a slipping of the foot, a random loss in balance, but by tripping on these stairs, they say, you trip, and lose your sanity.
Posted by Wesley Chang at 10:02 PM
Sunday, October 7, 2012
If you've been to Seoul, could you imagine growing old in such a place?
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Thursday, October 4, 2012
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Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Monday, October 1, 2012
Took a hike up another mountain today, but for the sunset, and tried something more ambitious. This is an HDR panorama, made from 4 shots with 6 exposures each (total of 24 photos). It was a lot of post-processing work, and my computer wanted to just get up, flip me off and never come back. After a lot of combining and teaking, and A LOT of waiting for things to process, I have finished my first HDR panorama. I am quite proud and see myself doing this a lot in the future. The results are certainly superior, the details from light to dark and colors preserved. We had a great sky tonight, clear around the sun but full of textured clouds to be lit up when it fell low.
I opted to put this photo on flickr.com because facebook and blogger don't produce the best quality, a quality I could not pass up this time. Enjoy!
Posted by Wesley Chang at 1:12 AM
Cars are somewhat like this. Public transportation can be troublesome during traffic hours and after midnight (because it is closed), but it's fast and reaches almost every inch of Seoul. Cars, on the other hand, are always available and take you wherever, but there is no parking. Seoul has a general lack of space, and most people don't own cars anyway, so businesses much rather use any space they can for people than cars. Even if a car got you there quicker, then, you would spend more time looking for parking and save no time in the end.
Posted by Wesley Chang at 1:02 AM