Sunday, December 23, 2012
Due to traveling I won't post a photo tomorrow, the day after and perhaps even after that. Actually posting will now be irregular because I will likely have little access to my computer, but I promise I will have great photos of Guatemala.
Also I screenshot a before-and-after of this photo just to show the magic and importance of post-processing.
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Saturday, December 22, 2012
And they did not worry. Why? Not because they had nothing to lose.
It was because they knew that the world will not end in a flash and a bang, in glory and with a show. The world will end very slowly as we slowly creep our way there, but we are not there yet.
Friday, December 21, 2012
Well I walked by a greasy blacksmith's cave and the metal was calling me. I would've liked to get the man's photo too but he didn't really look approachable, and he might have seen it as a chance to test out his tools. Either way I felt like I was walking by a diamond in the rough, a place with character so I couldn't miss out.
Posted by Wesley Chang at 10:23 PM
It's all about dedication and repetition. They weren't afraid of falling, they were focused on succeeding.
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Wednesday, December 19, 2012
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Tuesday, December 18, 2012
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Monday, December 17, 2012
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Posted by Wesley Chang at 7:58 PM
This is a sculpture at an old printing press in Korea, the kind where you individually pick out letters and line them up to make a stamp. There was lots of interesting things to photograph there but this piece was very intriguing and the rust added a great touch. I'll let the rest speak for itself.
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Monday, November 19, 2012
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Sunday, November 18, 2012
Of course not all graffiti is good, like those idiots who will simply badly sign their nicknames or write profanities on walls, but you can tell when the effort is there and when behind that effort lies a meaning. Graffiti is an urban art of expression, thus is often portrays urban themes. Many people who live in the city could not imagine living outside of it, they fear the outside, without their luxuries, comfort, technology... and that will sometimes stop them from thinking critically about the city they live in. Sometimes graffiti reminds us to think critically, and not just be mindless monkeys.
Posted by Wesley Chang at 12:22 AM
Friday, November 16, 2012
Thursday, November 15, 2012
"The best camera is the one in your hand." -Chase Jarvis
Many phones have better cameras than point-and-shoot cameras were a few years ago, and although they don't have most manual controls, if you compose your pictures well you can still have something worth someone else's time. In the end, a phone is a handy, portable device and you're more likely to be carrying it around than your camera, be it a DSLR or point-and-shoot, thus more photo opportunities are likely presenting themselves to you when you have only your phone at hand.
Now, I still took the photo above with my camera, I mean if I have it around there's no reason to use my phone, but I very well could have taken it with my phone, or a much more expensive camera and the differences would be minimal. You shouldn't judge a photo by the camera it was taken with, nor a photographer by his camera. I know a couple people with a good eye and they turn out good pictures even if it's just with their phones, and I've seen photographers here with giant lenses and expensive cameras taking bad graduation pictures when their money would've been better invested in some lights than pretentious gear.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
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Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Monday, November 12, 2012
For the supposed superiority of the elderly in Korea, we regularly see them working low end jobs in the streets, selling magazines, passing out flyers and pushing extremely heavy garbage and recycling carts around, sometimes so large you cannot see them behind it. These are jobs you will never see young people doing, so they are shunned on those who have no choice as nobody else will give them a job and they have no money.
It makes you wonder about their families, if they have any, and how they wound up where they are. Was it poor life decisions, or an inevitable ending to their situation from early on?
Posted by Wesley Chang at 8:23 PM
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Saturday, November 10, 2012
We had to get some rock music going but once she was into it we got tons of great shots. It was really hard to choose so Yvonne had to give me a hand. There's really not much more to say so play your rock music and enjoy!
It was quite a shoot and we really brought out her rock demons. Though the lights didn't really go as planned we got a lot of good shots, so instead of only posting one photo from this shoot I will post two more this weekend to give myself a break as I have lots of things to catch up with. I hope you like it!
Posted by Wesley Chang at 3:04 AM
Friday, November 9, 2012
A funny story: As we were shooting, two drunk men come loudly down to the water, swearing and holding each other by the collar. To everyone's surprise they walk straight into the water (it was about 6 degrees out) and look like they were about to drown each other. Seems one was trying to force the other to swim across, but later was saying "lets cross together!" smiling but also swearing. After a while they finally sat down on the edge, wet, talking and occasionally going up in anger flares, yet you could oddly still tell they were friends. We left before them.
Posted by Wesley Chang at 12:56 AM
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Trees grow slowly, change at rates we don't notice, and become sturdy and reliable. The rest goes down and is placed in the trash. We should learn to grow like trees.
Posted by Wesley Chang at 9:19 PM
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
I think this fall brought disappointment to a lot of us. Like spring, it's the perfect weather topped with the beautiful scene of trees changing color, when you can comfortably go out with a light sweater and enjoy the great outdoors. Yet most of us have already pulled out the winter clothing supply.
Dear fall: I want my excitement back.
Monday, November 5, 2012
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Actually today's photo was going to be of the lantern festival but there were way too many people, and it was a very large line to get in so I figured I'd go back on a later day when there's hopefully less people. So for today enjoy more of the falling leaves!
Friday, November 2, 2012
Locations I had scouted at the park on Monday had already lost a lot of leaves due to the windy weather which made the photoshoot a little more difficult. This was our first real shoot with a location and the lack of assistance made it tricky. The snippy cold weather wasn't helping either but we managed to get shots I'm pleased with.
Posted by Wesley Chang at 8:14 PM
Thursday, November 1, 2012
I'm not about to pay 5$ per session for that though.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
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Monday, October 29, 2012
First, and I mention this a lot, is the safety. It's great to be able to walk outside at 2 am without any worries, holding my camera, wallet and phone.
Fall season is another. Though the mild tropical weather back home was only a few steps from perfect, the slightly cold, elusive season when trees range from golden yellow to deep red, placed in Seoul's various parks, is just pure eye-candy. I will certainly be taking full advantage of the foliage this year.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
It was golden hour and the crew looked awesome in the light.
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Friday, October 26, 2012
There was a man on that white building almost in the center (with the path on top, if you can tell) taking photos too and it was cool to know somebody else saw what I saw in the weather that day. I could tell early on it was going to be good, and knew exactly what hour to escape from class so I could catch it. I'm liking this rooftop. I've checked other ones, including that building on the right but they are all closed off, but I can't say I'm not happy with this one.
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Thursday, October 25, 2012
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Wednesday, October 24, 2012
So my cup of tea.
It was cold on that rooftop, but the wind (or classes) weren't going to bring me downstairs until this was over. The scene was changing very fast, and that hole in the upper left that is letting in light was only there for about 30 seconds and then disappeared, bit it gave me the best scene.
More to come, though, got pictures to edit still.
Posted by Wesley Chang at 8:55 PM
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
My school does boast of many great views, however, as it is up a hill and over the city. I admit it has given me many photos for this blog.
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Monday, October 22, 2012
Sunday, October 21, 2012
My day started with the work of Steve McCurry, an internationally recognized photographer but more known for his photo Afghan Girl. I'm sure you've seen it, but a 5-second google search will clear any doubts. I heard today was the last day of his exhibition in Seoul, and though I don't frequent museums, as a photographer I knew I had to see this one.
Photos ranged from portraits of people around the world, the ruins of the World Trade Center right after 9/11 and iconic images from beautiful countries. It was inspiring and hard to leave, I would've much rather moved into the gallery. The first photo is of Seoul Arts Center where the exhibition was held.
The next two are in Gangnam, where my day concluded. It's not an area I frequent but it was nearby and a nice day... plus there's a canon store there.
You could say Canon is like my "toy store", but in toy stores you buy toys. I just stare at them, try them out and dream about buying them, so maybe it's more like my church where I just go and dream and worship these toys I can't have. ):
Posted by Wesley Chang at 9:17 PM
Thursday, October 18, 2012
It's somewhat hidden, like somewhere only painting students know... like a secret storage hallway. Ha.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Days are dark by 6pm now, and that means I will probably have a lot more night photography. I'm glad I came across this photo opportunity as I was going home (I always have 1 eye toward the sky) because it is hard to take photos at night with no tripod and my camera's puny low-light capabilities, but I did what I could. I've been carrying my zoom lens around now too, though it's more weight to carry, but worth the shoulder pains.
I hope you have a romantic Wednesday night!...
Is it just me or does this photo make you think of Manhattan too?
Posted by Wesley Chang at 8:38 PM
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Well it is polite, but in my case it was frustrating. I wanted as much light as possible so I had to wait a few lights on an intersection until I got enough cars with their lights on, though I am still a bit unsatisfied.
This is not unexpected of Korean behavior though, as people go lengths to avoid discomforting other people. Koreans are often shy and don't like creating a commotion in public, and if you are bothering them they will often bear with it rather than complain. I spilled a little coffee on a guy's back in the jammed subway once, but he never said anything to me. He just mumbled coffee and a few other angry words but didn't go beyond that. I apologized and wiped off what I could with a napkin... but it's coffee.
Honestly the only people who will approach you on the streets are either aggressive vendors, youth-hating, angry old men or annoying churchgoers trying to recruit you to their bible studies (my god they never leave). Other than that they pretty much keep to themselves.
Posted by Wesley Chang at 9:58 PM
Monday, October 15, 2012
This one doesn't seem to share that fate, though... or at least not yet.
Posted by Wesley Chang at 9:18 PM