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Deep Thoughts

By on Mar 17, 2015 in Photography | 1 comment

Ever since I left Seoul I have been thinking more and more about myself and my photography. I saw John Steele’s great post about his turning point with photography and it really gave me a lot to think about. I have gone over what I do and and how I do it more than at any other point in my photographic life. Was there a turning point for me? Are my best photos behind me? These past few months have worn me out. A year ago, I had what I called the perfect job for a photographer. I worked at a university with some amazing photographers and I had the time to get out and take some photos whenever I wanted. However, just a few months ago the same person who hired me basically laughed me out of his office when I went to check my schedule for this term. So I that got me thinking  a lot about if I am at a crossroads in life right now. The biggest choice that I think that anyone has with...

Quote of the Week

By on Mar 14, 2015 in Quotes | 0 comments

You don’t take a photograph, you make it

Ansel Adams

Myeongseondo

By on Mar 8, 2015 in Photography | 0 comments

Jeongwol Daeboreum 2015

By on Mar 8, 2015 in Korea | 0 comments

The Jeolwol Daeboreum festivities date back hundreds of years and it is still amazing to see just how many people come out to these celebrations. This festival is held on the first full moon of the lunar year. The typical celebrations will start in the afternoon with singing and dancing until the final main event. Here in Ulsan, the main event is the burning of the Daljib. The Daljib is the large pile of straw and branches that gets burned to ward off evil spirits and misfortune in the new year. I have visited the festival for almost my entire time here in Korea and I must say that it is one of my favorite festivals. There is a sense of hope in the air and people burn messages hoping for good luck in the coming year. There is also the build up to the burning of the Daljib that really gets people “fired up”  (sorry had to). I am not sure what it is about fire but it really...

Put 6 Photographers in a Room for 6 Hours and this is What Happens

By on Feb 7, 2015 in Korea, Photography | 0 comments

  What does creativity mean to you? That is a HUGE question for photographers. Dylan Goldby reached out to a number of photographers in South Korea to put together a presentation on that topic. I spent a weekend in Seoul seeking out exactly what creativity means to me. It started with a conference and then ended with a trip inside my own motivations. I walked around Olympic Park and then unexpectedly stumbled into an exhibition of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s work. I left Seoul with a clearer vision of my own creative motivation. On January 31st, 6 awesome photographers met up near Topgol Park to spend the next 6 hours talking about what drives them forward, what makes them keep going and the challenges they face. It was an eye-opening experience. Sharing what motivates you towards a creative moment is not something that we all share. For some it is a deeply personal experience...

Timelapse Cinemagraph Tutorial

By on Jan 29, 2015 in Photography, Tutorials | 2 comments

Intro One of the ways that you can make your cinemagraphs pop is by adding light trails to your cityscape cinemagraphs. However, the process isn’t exactly the same as making a basic cinemagraph. You have to use a bit of timelapse photography to get the look just right. When I started to get into cinemagraphs I immediately wanted to combine my love for cityscapes with the movement that I found in a cinemagraph. However, my first attempt didn’t turn out the way that I expected. It was because I used the same method for taking regular cinemagraphs which  does not allow you to keep the shutter open in order to create the light trails. Choosing a Subject These is a difference between shooting something using the basic video-based cinemagraph and a timelapse style. The one that I am going to focus on here is the the fact that by using timelapse you get to keep your shutter open...

Flixel Cinemagraph Pro Tutorial

By on Jan 25, 2015 in Tutorials | 0 comments

Intro For this tutorial, I am going to take you through the steps to make a very basic cinemagraph using Flixel’s Cinemagraph Pro for Mac. I am using the mac version because when you combine it with the power of a DSLR, it achieve a high quality cinemagraph. Of course, you can use their mobile apps but I find that this way produces a better result. Choosing a subject Cinemagraphs are all about movement and creating an illusion. You want to find subjects that have a consistent or repetitive movement. Water is always a great source to start with as it is relatively consistent and repetitive. Traffic and other subjects with a bit of flow can also be great subjects for cinemagraphs. The trick is to also find something that is stationary to anchor the frame. You’ve seen the shots where you have a person frozen with just their hair blowing in the wind. That is the essence of a...

What Happened to Nampodong?

By on Dec 30, 2014 in Korea, Photography, Where to Shoot | 0 comments

When I first arrived I was in the company of some extremely talented photographers. They gave me a start into a world that would drain my wallet and fill my heart with joy, almost simultaneously. One of the best areas in Busan that a photographer could go to drain his wallet and walk away with some nice gear was Nampodong. It’s streets were lined with camera shops and underground was full of retro gear. It was a place where you’d give a friendly nod when you saw a camera bag or tripod. As the years past, the camera shops either moved or got smaller. Coffee shops popped up (no problem with that!) as well as fashion outlets, makeup shops and everything else cashed in on the new traffic to the area. One of the busiest times of the year is their annual “Christmas Tree Festival” which basically is when they cover the street with lights and put up a christmas tree...