604019_563277213683897_973174683_nIt has been a good year here at the Sajin Photo Blog. Over the past year I have worked to increase my presence on the web and work to gain a better grip on my photography career.

The past few years have always started with the Burns Night Charity Event. This is a huge event that does a lot of good in the Ulsan area. The 2013 event had the honour of the British Ambassador to Korea in attendance. Suffice to say that it was a successful event and the photos came out great. It is a big job handling all of the photos from the night but year by year, my workflow gets more streamlined to handle clients like this.

I also took over the Ulsan Photo Club this past year and tried to really make it into something great. It was tricky trying to get people out and take photos. I posted weekly challenges but received lackluster responses. However, what did result was a far greater reaching network thanks to the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk.

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This past year I once again hosted the Worldwide Photo Walk and it was a great success. By that I mean people actually showed up. What struck me as interesting was that only a few people from Ulsan showed up but we pulled in people from Pohang, Daegu, and Busan. It was a great chance to show people around Daewangam Park which is an area in Ulsan most people rarely go to if they are visiting or have nothing to do with Hyundai.

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I later lead the combined groups through Gyeongju for a really great photo walk. Again people from Daegu, Busan and even as far as Indonesia showed up. It was a great time and the conditions at Anapji were second to none. We later finished the event off with dinner in the newly restored hannock village and that was great.

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I was also invited to head up to Cheorwon with the Korean Tourism Organization recently. It was a great trip and it was so amazing to get to hang out with many of the great photographers that I talk to online but rarely get a chance to shoot with. It was a fun time in an interesting place and something that I hope will continue again in some other locations.

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Finally, I managed to get printed in a National Geographic book called “Dawn to Dark Photographs” It was a pretty big honour and one that I am still shocked about. This is one of those life time accomplishment boxes that has now been check off and I am already thinking about how to do it again.

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As this year ends, I am left in a bit of a jam. Just before Christmas my Canon 7D along with my 12-24mm lens and tripod blew off from the top of a building that I was shooting from. They feel 34 floors and basically exploded on the pavement below. NO ONE WAS HURT let alone even around. However, I still feel like an idiot and with a few major jobs on the way, I am out a lot of gear. This I hope that this year ends with a miracle or something because I am not sure what else to do besides dump a lot of cash into replacing the gear and moving on.

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At any rate, I want  to wish you all the best in 2014. Happy New Year! I am looking forward to 2014. I want to push my photography to the next level… well that is if I can replace the gear that I lost in a timely manner. With that being said, what are your plans for the new year?

7 Responses to “The Sajin 2013: Year in Review”

  1. ?! So sorry to hear about your camera! I have a 7D too and I literally have nightmares about losing my camera. Good luck on settling on a new kit!

    • Thank you! Yeah I always feared that this would happen. However, the positive spin is that I can upgrade my gear and it will force me to work on improving my work to get the jobs that will pay for the new equipment.

      • I shouldn’t have said anything, my 7D and 24-105mm were stolen last night. Have you decided what to do yet?

        • Oh that is too bad! I am so sorry! What happened? As for me I am biting the bullet and investing in a complete new package. I put together a chunk of money and I am picking up the Canon 5D mkiii with a decent wide angle. I figure it should push me to get better shots not by having a better camera but having the need to pay it of! ha ha.

          At any rate, that really is too bad about the camera. I hope that you get lucky and find it on craigslist or something. Let me know how it all turns out.

          • I was naive/stupid and put it on the rack above me on the subway…looks like somebody just helped themselves. The police aren’t optimistic about finding it, and I haven’t seen anything on Craigslist yet. I was able to replace the 24-105 already (got reallllly lucky on Craigslist, and no, it wasn’t my stolen one!) and I’ll be picking up the 6D on Friday. What kills me is that I was on the way home from two different photo shoots-gotta reshoot those now :(

            I’d love the Mark III, but I just can’t quite justify it yet! But I’m with you, the 6D will be an extra push for me to get out there and start doing more. Looking forward to seeing what you do with that beast, it’s an amazing camera!

  2. Zach Thomas says:

    Wow, congrats on a great year and on the new camera. I’d love to get in on another photo walk, the one in Ulsan was great.

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