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Mt. Juwangsan National Park

Daejeonsa Temple, Mt. Juwangsan

On assignment for SEOUL in Cheongsong-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do.

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  • http://nathanbauman.com/odysseus NathanB

    That really is an awesome picture, Robert!

  • PineForest

    There is something about the clarity and crispness of the fall air that make Korea unique. Fall there might be the best in the world, once you get out into the mountains to really get in touch with nature. Thanks for a great pic!

  • funkoffan

    Stunning. As awlays.

  • kpmsprtd

    Maybe what they mean with the oft-repeated “Korea has four seasons.” is that they have four hyper-distinct seasons that, in contrast, make places like Northern California seem like we have only two seasons. I know there are other places on Earth with similar temperatures and humidity that should have similarly distinct seasons. And yet, I remember no other place where I so deeply felt the transition between seasons. This photo is a perfect example. You want autumn? Here it is, exactly as autumn should be–with mountains everywhere to boot.

  • keith

    Pretty good shot. Autumn is one of my favourite times to take pictures in Korea, the foliage can be quite spectacular with the right lighting. If I have time between birthday celebrations for my missus and band practice on Saturday I might head out to some mountains (or a park) and see how I do. I finish early on Fridays so I might go out for a late afternoon shooting session if the weather behaves itself.

    Robert, did you use a polarizing filter? Some of the high bright light tones look a little washed out. I’ve been told by my mate (who is a pro photographer) that I really need to get a polarizer after I showed him some of the pictures I took this summer in Turkey where I had issues with contrast, the light in Turkey can get very intense in the summer. Your picture looking a little overexposed may be down to my monitor, my other monitor is on the fritz and I’m using a crappy spare we have kicking around the house, and I haven’t got around to calibrating it properly yet.

    Maybe shooting earlier in the morning might be a good idea too. The light is often a lot softer-warmer and now we’re getting well into October so you don’t have to get up too early to catch that nice autumnal warm toned feel.

    Nice picture anyway.

  • dinkus maximus

    i agree with Keith, Robert. You take great photos, but I’d like to see a more natural approach to lighting and colors. I think you get a little carried away in post. Sometimes the pics look very artificial, and something out of an 80′s highschool textbook. Just me ten cents! Don’t get me wrong – you are the foreign communities greatest asset.

  • robert neff

    I always love your pictures and envy not only your camera but your eye (photographic – trust me, he has two of them) as well. So when does the coffee-table book come out?

  • http://rjkoehler.com Robert Koehler

    i agree with Keith, Robert. You take great photos, but I’d like to see a more natural approach to lighting and colors. I think you get a little carried away in post.

    Seriously, all I do is run an auto-white balance in Gimp or Photoshop. And resize the photo to 1,200px. That’s the extent of my post-processing. In fact, I know almost next to nothing about either GIMP or Photoshop, and wouldn’t know how to post-process even if I wanted to. It’s one of the reasons I’m nervous about shooting in RAW.

    What I do, however, is set my camera’s colors on vivid. Call me a philistine, but a just like bright colors.

  • http://www.san-shin.org sanshinseon

    Wow; well, then we’ll just say, your camera works alright. So does your eye…

    I love my job.

    Understandable. and we’re glad that it’s you who has it…

    Did you go up to Juwang-am, site of the sad lonely death of the “King of Ju” hisself, charming hermitage with stone-cave Sanshin shrine? I’ve never been able to photo that properly, due to lighting and forced-angles… would like to see what you got there.

  • keith

    Rk, that is why you need to shoot raw. The cool thing about RAW shooting (and digital shooting in general) is that you can ‘fix it in the mix’. Don’t take my criticism, the wrong way as you do take some great pictures.

    Shooting in RAW is good because you can always go back and fix the balance of flavours that make up the image. I only shoot Jpeg when I take too many pictures and start running out of cards, otherwise RAW is the way to go.

    Robert, you have an eye and a great gig that allows you to improve it. Some people think they’re photographers! Of course everyone who takes a picture is a photographer, you have a unique opportunity to get really good, don’t waste it.

    When it comes to photography, I’m a lone wolf! I don’t want anyone to get the shot I just captured. I only use a D50 Nikon (with some reasonable lenses), but my next camera will probably be a D300 or D700. It’s not the camera that makes the difference most of the time, it’s the photographer and his-her knowledge.

  • http://rjkoehler.com Robert Koehler

    I appreciate all the suggestions and help I get, Keith. I’m very much obliged.

  • http://www.xanga.com/wangkon936 WangKon936

    Shooting in RAW is always a good idea. The pictures are sharper and there is more detail in the shadows. Due to the increased image information, you can do more in Photoshop.

    Rob, I think a rotating polarizer would really help you as well. Polarizers take away glare, increase contrast and color corrects a little.

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