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To Canada and Back Again: A Photographer’s Story pt. 2

By on Aug 26, 2015 in Photography | 1 comment

  After having a great time catching up with friends and family, I headed off into parts unknown. I had never ventured past Toronto’s Pearson Airport before (while staying in Canada) and I knew very little about the maritimes. With a layover Ottawa, I landed in Halifax and immediately realized that I was not in Korea anymore. I was stuck at the airport. Where were the hoards of taxis and buses just lined up waiting for people? With classes starting at 8:30 am the next day in a town that I could barely pronounce properly, I had no other choice but to rent a car at the outrageously expensive “airport rate” and drive to Antigonish and then later drive back and then take the bus back… I don’t even want to mention how much this little excursion cost but it was not cheap. However, I quickly received a gift and that gift came in the form of the open road and...

To Canada and Back Again: A Photographer’s Story Pt. 1

By on Aug 24, 2015 in Photography | 2 comments

  People often ask me why I have so few pictures from my hometown of Brandon or even Canada for that matter. While I have a few photos from years past, I never really got in the mood to shooting when I have been home recently. I could never figure out why. It wasn’t until I went back to Canada for the month of July that I realized that photography and your current mood are intertwined. It is like that scene from “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” where Sean Penn let’s the snow leopard go without taking it’s picture. He talks about just enjoying the moment and not letting the camera get in the way. I think that for myself coming home is a lot about being in the moment with friends and family and not being a photographer. I am in a different headspace when I am out taking photos. However, this time around I decided to capture a few shots from around my...

Photography and the Growth Mindset

By on Jun 9, 2015 in Getting the Shot, Korea | 0 comments

For the past 10 weeks I have been studying the “Principles of Learning” as a part of my masters degree in education. This course was particularly interesting as it talked about a lot of interesting issues on how students learn and how the brain acquires new information. While reading a number of extremely interesting books for this course, Carol Dweck’s “Mindset” book stood out to me. Particularly with regards to photography. In the book, Dweck theorizes that there are 2 mindsets a “fixed mindset” and a  “growth mindset” and that the growth mindset usually leads to greater achievement. When I looked at these two mindsets while focussing on photography, it gave me some useful insight into what may be a sticking point for some people. Certainly for myself it brought up a number of issues. The Fixed Mindset The fixed mindset for a...

A Cinemagraph Tour of Buddha’s Birthday in Korea

By on Jun 2, 2015 in Korea, Photography | 0 comments

Lanterns Blowing in the Wind from Jason Teale on Vimeo. If you haven’t noticed recently I have been putting a lot of time and effort into cinemagraphs, which are pictures that have a small area that moves. Many people think that these images remind them of the newspapers in Harry Potter. I personally think that they are a great wait to really draw a person into the frame. Cinemagraphs can be either in-your-face, where you can see right away what is moving or more subtle where just a tiny part is moving. I feel each has their place and I really try hard to find that point of interest. Over the last few weeks, I have visited a lot of temples to get footage for a video idea that I had. I first saw this style of video when world-renowned street photographer Chia Aik Beng from Singapore created a video from an old-style coffee shop called “Heap Seng Leong” I was moved by...

Top Tips for Photographing Temples in Korea

By on May 25, 2015 in Korea, Photography | 0 comments

One of my favorite times of the year in South Korea is during the Buddha’s Birthday celebrations. It is a time where you get to see people celebrating something that is not commercialized or tacky. Everything is decorated with a sort of quiet charm and for the most part everything is sort of quiet. Over the past few weeks I have visited several temples in the area to get footage for an upcoming cinemagraph video project. I must admit that I really did enjoy getting out and shooting at these great temples. I learned a lot from these past few week and I hope that you can get something out of what I learned as well. Don’t Be Afraid to Return Often when we are shooting for a particular project we get in the habit of thinking that this is the last time that you will ever get to this place. If you are on a trip, perhaps it maybe true but for most of us living here, you just have...

Lightroom CC on an OLD Macbook Pro

By on Apr 24, 2015 in Photography, Reviews | 0 comments

Lightroom CC was just released and is getting a lot of hype. Kelby Training did a special webinar on it and posts from photographers have flooded the internet. However, the one major thing that no one answered for me was “Would this new program work on my outdated computer?” This new release of Lightroom is much like Photoshop where it is a separate install. That had me worried a little bit as I knew that at least Lightroom 5 ran on my current system. It is slow but reliable. I had no idea what was going to happen when I installed Lightroom CC. Embarrassingly, I am working on a late 2008 Macbook Pro with 4 gb of ram. Thus, this new version hammers the crap out of the ram. Overall, the installation we smoothly and there were no real snags. I updated the library and everything trudged along, slowly but surely. In the end, it loaded up fine and I was able to see the new...

Gamcheon: Rain or Shine

By on Apr 11, 2015 in Photography | 0 comments

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...

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