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Photographer! Huh? Yadda yadda! Where? I see him! on Flickr.
This was either Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning in Busan. I’m fairly confident it was in the P.N.U. area but I could be wrong about that. (Given how same-same everywhere in Korea looks, it could actually be Seoul.) This was another Yashica Mat shot. Normally the frame is 6x6 but I cropped it down to get rid of some boring gray building. Remember: Cropping is your friend.

Photographer! Huh? Yadda yadda! Where? I see him! on Flickr.

This was either Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning in Busan. I’m fairly confident it was in the P.N.U. area but I could be wrong about that. (Given how same-same everywhere in Korea looks, it could actually be Seoul.)

This was another Yashica Mat shot. Normally the frame is 6x6 but I cropped it down to get rid of some boring gray building. Remember: Cropping is your friend.

mountains dark and dreary be on Flickr.
More of Nova Scotia in the spring, because I know that you’ve grown tired of looking at an attractive woman in a miniskirt. This was taken with the Pentax KX when it was in a less smashed up state. As you might be able to tell by a few recent shots, I started using the lenses I got with it on a digital Pentax. It’s a bit fiddly, but it works well enough. Weirdly, and I don’t know what’s causing this thought, I’ve been starting to think “Sharpness, sharpness, sharpness.” when using a digital. It probably has something to do with all of the pixels looking the same.

mountains dark and dreary be on Flickr.

More of Nova Scotia in the spring, because I know that you’ve grown tired of looking at an attractive woman in a miniskirt.

This was taken with the Pentax KX when it was in a less smashed up state. As you might be able to tell by a few recent shots, I started using the lenses I got with it on a digital Pentax. It’s a bit fiddly, but it works well enough.

Weirdly, and I don’t know what’s causing this thought, I’ve been starting to think “Sharpness, sharpness, sharpness.” when using a digital. It probably has something to do with all of the pixels looking the same.

That Pose on Flickr.
I tried to get them in the more candid moment I first saw them in, but being a big white guy in Korea means that it’s impossible to blend in. Using the kit lens also meant that my sneaky shot time was reduced. Not having the Korean language skills necessary to pose them more interestingly, I simply let them strike the default “Asian Pose”. At the risk of sounding like a dirty old man (Not to be confused with an O.D.B.) Korean youth seem to have allowed themselves the freedom to be attractive in their own bodies. Few seem to be starving themselves to fit into a certain size. Young women are allowing themselves to be curvier. Young men are pumping iron and becoming beefier. I’m not sure if plastic surgery rates are lessening, they’re better at hiding the scars, or if it’s always been more of a Seoul problem, but folks don’t seem as plastic as they did a decade ago.

That Pose on Flickr.

I tried to get them in the more candid moment I first saw them in, but being a big white guy in Korea means that it’s impossible to blend in. Using the kit lens also meant that my sneaky shot time was reduced.

Not having the Korean language skills necessary to pose them more interestingly, I simply let them strike the default “Asian Pose”.

At the risk of sounding like a dirty old man (Not to be confused with an O.D.B.) Korean youth seem to have allowed themselves the freedom to be attractive in their own bodies. Few seem to be starving themselves to fit into a certain size. Young women are allowing themselves to be curvier. Young men are pumping iron and becoming beefier.

I’m not sure if plastic surgery rates are lessening, they’re better at hiding the scars, or if it’s always been more of a Seoul problem, but folks don’t seem as plastic as they did a decade ago.

and they danced on Flickr.
An unofficial member of the band helps entertain the crowd at Haeundae Beach in Busan. The lighting was pretty tricky: Twilight on a cloudy day. I find everything taken that hour are dim and flat, and you can only do so much in Photoshop before an image gets stupid looking. This one was the most usable of the set.  I kept it for the unified dance moves more than any technical aspect. Besides, only assholes focus on the technical side of photography. From what I understand, the fellow on the right is always on the beach, joining the buskers as an unofficial backup dancer when he comes across them. He does have that air of “harmless kook” about him. Also, in the seven years since I’ve been to Busan, the Haeundae area seems to have become the local Expat Town. Which isn’t too surprising since they’ve made it possible to actually walk to the beach from the station now and there are always a lot of young women there.

and they danced on Flickr.

An unofficial member of the band helps entertain the crowd at Haeundae Beach in Busan.

The lighting was pretty tricky: Twilight on a cloudy day. I find everything taken that hour are dim and flat, and you can only do so much in Photoshop before an image gets stupid looking. This one was the most usable of the set.

I kept it for the unified dance moves more than any technical aspect. Besides, only assholes focus on the technical side of photography.

From what I understand, the fellow on the right is always on the beach, joining the buskers as an unofficial backup dancer when he comes across them. He does have that air of “harmless kook” about him.

Also, in the seven years since I’ve been to Busan, the Haeundae area seems to have become the local Expat Town. Which isn’t too surprising since they’ve made it possible to actually walk to the beach from the station now and there are always a lot of young women there.