So Much Seoul

Posted by on February 28, 2012

On a cold bright night in Seoul, with a 16 hour layover between flights, I hit the streets. After hours of wandering through dark roads, warm coffeeshops, and busy market streets, I was giving up on finding anything truly cool.

Then, around 4 in the morning, Beng Eunsa. An old temple complex in the heart of Seoul’s district for bankers and financiers and businessmen and any other Suit you could imagine.

Somewhere shortly before dawn, the monks started beating drums and clanging cymbals as I was climbing up to the top of the temple to look out over the city as the sun came up. It was a ‘moment’ for sure, and one that I definitely wasn’t expecting.


Nighttime Devotional


City of Night





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4 Responses to So Much Seoul

  1. Fabio

    these HDR shots are AMAZING!!!! how did you do? can your camera take more pictures at once with different exposure levels?
    (ps: how do I subscribe to comments?)

    • Stephen

      Not HDR, actually. These are all single-exposure handheld shots! My new camera (Canon T3i) and lens (EFS 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS). If you look at the second and third shots there’s a bit of camera shake apparent, but overall I was pretty happy with the results!

      As far as comments, I hadn’t realized my widget didn’t come with a subscribe option! Hmmm… I’ll look into this today.

  2. Fitz

    Beautiful shots! What a find!

  3. thuyvi

    The third shot is sweet capture of the old and the new architecture!

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