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South Korea Revisited

In Asia,Korea,Photography,Travel on May 29, 2012 by eongxien Tagged: , ,

Mt.Halla, Jeju-do

I’ve recently got interested in the idea of making photobooks. After all, what better way to enjoy your own photos other than to see them in flesh? I made a canvas print for my girlfriend last month and having physically touch the photos, you realize that it’s miles better than viewing them on the LCD monitor. Thus, I bought a good deal from Photobook for a 60-page 8×8 Imagewrap book.

I needed a large photo collection for the book, so I revisited my South Korea photos. The post-processing I did then didn’t live up to its potential, so I had to start with the RAW files and apply new edits. Some of the shots that were discarded found new lives and me naturally being excited about it, would like to share the new edits here.

I can’t stress enough the importance of post-processing in photography – digital AND analogue. It’s true that you need to get the shot right in-camera, aspects such as the composition and exposure are hard to be corrected once you’re home. However, post-processing is the one that lifts it to a whole level. To illustrate this point, here’s a cake analogy courtesy of yours truly.

To make the perfect cake you need good ingredients & equipment (Good camera & lenses). In addition, you need to perfect your technique (Composition, exposure, timing etc.) to bake the tastiest cake. Yes, you could stop there and still serve it, however if you choose to go on and focus on the icing, decoration & presentation (Post-processing), the cake will be guaranteed to drop jaws. The reverse is also true. No matter how beautiful the icing or decoration is, if your basic cake taste like shit, it’s still a shitty cake.

Alright, enough talk and more photos. Enjoy!

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Korea Trip 2011 Day 8 – Final Day

In Asia,Korea,Personal,Travel on April 25, 2011 by eongxien

Our final day at Korea was spent on last-minute shoppings and strolling about Dongdaemun &  Namdaemun Markets. Our flight was scheduled at 11.30pm night and even though we had an entire day to explore, we decided to stay around town.

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Korea Trip 2011 Day 7 – Back to Seoul

In Asia,Korea,Personal,Travel on April 18, 2011 by eongxien


On the  morning before we left for our west tour in Jeju, we heard from a Philippine traveler that the weather forecast predicted that Seoul would be snowing at night. They were disappointed as they just got to Jeju and knowing that they would miss it. Lucky for us though when we arrived at Gimpo airport late in the evening, the forecast was spot on – it really was snowing!
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Korea Trip 2011 Day 6 – Jeju West Tour

In Asia,Korea,Personal,Travel on April 13, 2011 by eongxien

Our last day at Jeju was the most fun we had. Sylvia booked us a taxi tour that took us to the West side of the island. There are actually more attractions to cover in the west, as compared to the east. As our flight back to Seoul was scheduled at 6pm, we only picked the ones that were interesting.

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Korea Trip 2011 Day 5 – Jeju Olle Route 7

In Asia,Korea,Personal,Travel on April 7, 2011 by eongxien

The Jeju Olle is a series of hiking trails that have been opened to tourist who seek an alternative way to explore Jeju. As of today, there are more than 15 routes opened, starting from the north east of island and going around it. Each of the routes are interconnected and offer hikers a unique sight of Jeju – whether it’s the open fields on the east, the rocky coast of the south or the lovely beaches in the west. We chose Route 7 (You could find more information on the Jeju Olle and Visit Korea websites) as it’s one of the more popular ones.

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Korea Trip 2011 Day 4 – Yeha East Tour

In Asia,Korea,Personal,Travel on April 3, 2011 by eongxien

We took the Yeha East Tour on Tuesday, which although rather pricey, is a no-nonsense tour that brings you to the majortourist spots on the island. The tour started in the morning at 9am and unsurprisingly, most of the participants were from Malaysia and Singapore

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Korea Trip 2011 Day 3 – Jeju, Tae Gong Gak, Jeongbang

In Asia,Korea,Personal,Travel on April 1, 2011 by eongxien

We checked out in the morning and took a flight to Jeju Island through Eastar Jet. The weather forecast predicted that weather would be warmer than Seoul but we soon find out that might not be the case. Not only it rained on the first day, it was very windy on the next. If you’re unfamiliar with winter, it’s the wind that really gets into you. More on that in the next post.

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