Autumn in South Korea is one of the best times to visit. It’s not too hot or cold, and you’re treated to the most amazing display of colours. Over the past month I’ve visited two temples in the local region in order to shoot the autumn leaves. That’s fall for those of you who don’t speak proper English! It’s difficult to get a clear shot in Korea because of the high rise developments. There are apartment complexes even in the countryside. But temples provide a beautiful park space combined with oriental architecture.
This year I was involved with the Ulsan Photo Walk, as part of the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk. It was organised by Jason Teale, a wonderful local photographer. We met at the Taewha Grand Park in Ulsan, just as a helicopter was coming in to practice an emergency rescue. Very dramatic.
It was great to meet up with some of the amateur and professional photographers in the area.While Jason took the beginner photographers on a guided walk, Jason’s challenge to the more experienced photographers was to look at detail. I started by taking photos of the beautiful autumn leaves near the bridge.
I finally got out my graduated neutral density filters. I’ve carried them halfway across the world and only used them a couple of times. But the patient process of landscape photography gave me a great opportunity to use them, particularly as the sun went down. I’m really happy with the results, as you can see in the landscape at the start of the article. Unfortunately my new tripod hadn’t arrived yet, so I was stuck using my gorillapod on a rickety bridge, which shook every time someone walked across it.
As I explored the wheat fields, these joyful children running through the fields reminded me of Eva Cassidy’s classic song, Among the Fields of Barley.
Many years have passed since those summer days among the fields of barley.
See the children run as the sun goes down among the fields of gold.
You’ll remember me when the west wind moves upon the fields of barley.
You can tell the sun in his jealous sky when we walked in fields of gold.
I was entranced by the feather like aspects of the barley fields as I walked around the Taewha Grand Park. It gave me a good opportunity to play with the delicious bokeh of the Nikon 24-70. As the evening went on my photography became more experimental, until it devolved into bokeh photography and I decided that it was time to stop!
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