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Buddha’s Birthday 2015

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 However, the one major thing that no one answered for me was “Would this new program work on my outdated computer?”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...

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...

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