Jongno (Seoul, Korea) Night Photo Walk

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by tyrphoto, Jun 19, 2015.

  1. tyrphoto

    tyrphoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2014
    Seoul | NYC
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    Last night, I took a walk thru the Jongno district starting at around 7:30pm. Jongno is one of the oldest business districts in Seoul. A real take me back in time kind of place with thousands of mom and pop stores, wholesale and retail outlets, a jewelry district, a lighting district as well as electronics. Since it was night time, many shops had already closed up and it was pretty quiet which is the polar opposite of the lively action during the daytime.

    All the photos were taken with either my Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mk.II with an O45/1.8 or Fuji X100T with the WCL-X100 28mm wide conversion lens. As usual, I have my Fuji around my neck and the Olympus wrapped around my wrist. With a 28mm and 90mm, I can go back and forth between the two focal lengths very quickly.

    A man waiting for his glasses to be done. This was shot at ISO 800 although shortly after, I needed to bump up ISO to 1600 and by the end of the night I was at ISO 3200.

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    A Yellow Cap delivery guy is basically one of many local versions of FedEx/UPS.

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    A man taking delivery.

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    An outdoor street food eatery. These are quite common in parts of Seoul, but usually they are located on back streets and not on a main road like this.

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    One of many alleyways with most shops closed up for the night. However, a Chinese restaurant was still open for business.

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    And a billiard parlor was open for business as well.

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    Another back alley with shops closed up for the day.

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    A man walking down the street about to have a cigarette.

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    An old fashioned garbage cart that is still used quite often in the older districts around Seoul.

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    Guys on motorbikes and mopeds are quite common also. Most of the time, they are used for food delivery or small goods.

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    Stairs leading to a rooftop area.

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    A rooftop view of the area. The weather was forecasted as rain and thunderstorm but aside from a few drops, thankfully the weather held up for me to get a few hours of photography in although the clouds looked pretty ominous.

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    And a more closeup shot with the O45/1.8.

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    At the end of the night, another rooftop view.

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  2. Crdome

    Crdome Mu-43 Hall of Famer

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    West Central Indiana
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    ㅇtㅈyㅅr -Thank you for the fun suite of photos! I always look forward to your posts.

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  3. tyrphoto

    tyrphoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2014
    Seoul | NYC
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    Thank you!

     
  4. tyrphoto

    tyrphoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2014
    Seoul | NYC
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    Two more that I just finished processing.

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  5. exakta

    exakta Mu-43 Regular

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    Jun 2, 2015
    Boy, that takes me back to when I was living in Seoul forty years ago. Great shots, thx for posting.
     
  6. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    These are fantastic! I'll definitely be back to peruse these some more, I can't get enough of these kinds of photos. Well done!
     
  7. 少林chris

    少林chris Mu-43 Regular

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    Chris
    These pics makes me very excited for my Seoul trip next week. Fantastic contrast, how much post processing did these go through?
     
  8. tyrphoto

    tyrphoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2014
    Seoul | NYC
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    For my street and urban images, I tend to do less in post compared to something like landscapes, but my workflow consists of Lightroom and Alien Skin Exposure.

    Typical adjustments include exposure panel adjustments, clarity and vibrance adjustments (sometimes saturation), curves, sharpening and noise reduction and vignetting in Lightroom. In Alien Skin Exposure, I choose from a few different film stocks and tweak them slightly along with a slight amount of vignetting.

     
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  9. 少林chris

    少林chris Mu-43 Regular

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    Chris
    Very informative, thanks! Just out of curiosity, do you find a difference of IQ between the x100 and x100t? I'm not getting nearly as punchy results as yours from my x100, but that could be my lack of post processing.
     
  10. tyrphoto

    tyrphoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2014
    Seoul | NYC
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    I use both the X100 and X100T and there is a very slight difference between the IQ of the two cameras, but only if you really sit down and compare the images side by side with each camera. On an individual image, I'm pretty positive nobody would be able to identify one from the other without guessing. The biggest difference between the two cameras isn't the IQ, but rather the UI and overall responsiveness of the X100T compared to the X100.

    A lot of people say they say shoot JPEG with the X100 series cameras, especially with the X100T and it's Classic Chrome simulation. However, for me, I wouldn't be 100% happy with the images without post processing the RAW files. While the JPEGs look good, the RAW files can be manipulated much more and are so much better after processing it.

    I'm used to post processing all my images only because I spent so many years shooting Canon and Canon's RAW and JPEG files are kind of muddy to begin with and don't really shine until worked on.