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Hongryongsa: Rainbow Dragon Temple

Hongryongsa: Rainbow Dragon Temple

I first saw this place posted on the Busan Lightstalkers page and I was interested. Where else can you find a temple next to a flowing waterfall near Ulsan or Busan? I had to investigate further. I searched Dale’s Korean Temple Adventures site, which is my go-to site for temples. It has the most comprehensive listing and detailed descriptions of Korean Temples and it always has what I am looking for. Getting to this temple is really...

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Tongdosa: Pine Trees Dancing in The Wind

Tongdosa: Pine Trees Dancing in The Wind

Few places get to me as much as Tongdosa. I have always been a big fan of this place even before I came to Korea. I remember reading about it in a Lonely Planet although I can’t find it on their site. At any rate, I have been visiting here for over 10 years. When my parents came here they really wanted to see this place too and it is a great memory that I have of their trip here. Tongdosa was first established in 646 CE according to...

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Ganjeolgot Cape Beauty

Ganjeolgot Cape Beauty

The Jinha area around Ulsan is an area of stark contrasts. First, it is a beautiful beach area that sits next to a huge petrochemical complex. It is also an area that has been updated the slowest out of the beach/tourist areas in Ulsan. So you have a mix of new coffee shops and old seafood shops. However, the Ganjeolgot area is a different story altogether. If you are not familiar with this area, Ganjeolgot Cape is known for two things...

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Selling Photos in Korea

Selling Photos in Korea

One of the hardest things that I struggle with is setting a price for my work. Recently, I have looked into how to properly price my work and the numbers were staggering compared to what I normally charge. Now, this is not a “one size fits all” sort of thing but it should give you something to think about. In Korea, one of the things that we sometimes forget is that we are offering a service as photographers and that is the...

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Photo Clubs around Korea

Photo Clubs around Korea

One of best things about photography is the community that can be built from hanging out with people with a similar passion. The benefit of this is that you can learn from each other but as well as just be more in the moment. These clubs exist online and off-line as well and this can be a good thing. For myself I like shoot with people but I feel that I am more effective on my own. However, the online discussions can really give you some...

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The Busan MiRun 2014

The Busan MiRun 2014

A few times a year, Busan city does something amazing. It closes down it’s famous Gwangali Bridge to cars and allows people to walk across it or in this case “run” across it. The ADIDAS MiRun is a yearly race that is open to all (if you pay the entrance fee) and allows competitors to run around the Gwangali area. The main star of the show is of course the bridge but what most people forget is that when you get to the...

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Busan Harbour Bridge

Busan Harbour Bridge

A while ago I went out to see the new Busan Harbour Bridge that is in the final stages of completion. It was a walking event that was supposed to finish at 5 pm but on the day that I arrived they decided to closed early. Not a smart move for what could be a once in a lifetime event for some. At anyrate, I stayed around the gate to see if a riot would break out as there were many angry people arguing to get on the bridge. The security...

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NIK Analog Efex Pro 2

NIK Analog Efex Pro 2

The recent big news in the photo world is that google just updated their analog efex plugin. I must admit that I was a little surprised as the first version came out not too long ago. If you are unfamiliar  with what I am talking about then check out google’s NIK Software package or the post that I wrote about it before reading on. If you don’t know already, I am a huge fan of the NIK Collection and HDR Efex Pro 2 and Color...

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Haedong Younggunsa Temple 2014

Haedong Younggunsa Temple 2014

In the last Buddha’s birthday spot that I went to this year, I bring you Haedong Younggunsa! One of my favourite temples and a beauty of a temple to shoot at during this decorative time. The sad part is that you will be fighting for “the spot” with a few hundred other photographers. At any rate, I was happy to be there as I met up with the great photographer Macbeth Omega. Like most photographers who are waiting for the...

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Beomosa Temple

Beomosa Temple

As you probably know, I now work at Busan University of Foreign Studies which sits right next to Beomosa Temple. I visited there a few weeks ago when the cherry blossoms were blooming. I returned there last night to check on the lanterns for Buddha’s birthday and was really impressed.   As I noted in my last post, I was not really feeling the lanterns this year but Beomosa really impressed me. It was not an...

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