A Whole Lot of Newness

There have been a long list of real life situations that have prevented me from adding to the blog or updating the website since my last post. If you know me personally, then you know the story, and if you don’t, I’m not going to bore you with the details.

The biggest change, for those who don’t know already, is that I am no longer based out of Seoul, South Korea. I have returned to my native Canada. Now you may be asking, “how is that a part of the newness?” Well, it has been over 17 years since I last lived in Canada, so coming back is very much like moving to a new country again. But, I’ve also moved to an entirely different part of the country, Nova Scotia. Which for those of you at home keeping score is roughly 2,000 km away from the town I grew up in.

The last time I stepped foot inside Nova Scotia was for a weekend, for a friend’s wedding. Before that, I think I was about 7 years old … That’s nearly 40 years ago. So locations, weather, and sun/moon rising and setting times are a whole lot new.

New Shop

As a part of the new, I am going all in on trying to make this photography my life’s work. You will have noticed that a “Shop” section of the website has appeared, which for now is really a menu of what I will offer.

As a part of the new shop, I’m also adding something that I’ve never offered before, but figured it is time to do so, and that is to offer my editing services to the public.

Editing for the Masses

Editing, especially for those who are just starting out can be a scary thing. Trust me, I know. Editing scared me for the better part of the first 16 years of photography. That is one of the reasons why I tried to get as much right in camera, on site, in one frame … editing (or “Photoshop”) was just too intimidating. Editing has come a long way, especially now that a lot of smartphone apps offer filters and some other bells and whistles. But now that there are so many people using those apps and filters, one of the best ways to stand out is to develop your own editing style. I have one friend who is an amazing photographer, Marco Devon, based in Seoul, South Korea, that once you see one of his photos, you know it’s one of his photos. He has developed his unique editing style that is on full display on his secondary Instagram account.

Not only setting up your personal style, you are able to work some magic with a full powered edit. In this example, the original was taken at about 2 pm in the afternoon on a cloudy winter’s day. After a little editing magic, it’s a summer’s night.

Maybe you’re not looking for a full blown digital image. Just milking out some fabulous colours that you didn’t know were there when you took the photo is what you want or need.

No sky replacement was done for this one, unlike the first example. In this one, it was a matter of adjusting the white balance, and saturation. So either way, a solid edit can do wonders to your photos and feeds. So if the idea of editing is overwhelming, or you just simply don’t have enough time to go through all of your photos from your most recent excursion, allow me to free up some of your time and get the most out of your images.

Contact me for more details and prices, which start off at around the same price as a fancy cup of coffee.

Welcome to Asia

Last summer, a tourism board for Asia had a photo contest hosted on Instagram. They were to choose one winner and 4 runner-ups for each of the major cities in the region: Bangkok, Thailand; Delhi, India; Jakarta, Indonesia; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Taipei, Taiwan; Tokyo, Japan; Tomsk, Russia; and Seoul, South Korea. The theme of the contest was “My Favourite Sunset Scenes of Asian Cities”.

They announced the winner for Seoul today, and I’m pleased, proud, and honoured to say that it was yours truly with this shot:

That’s not all. If you follow the link back to their main website, they also list the runner-ups…

Link to the page here.

As you can see in this screen shot, or if you visited the page and scrolled down, not only was I fortunate enough to win “Best Photo”, but I also managed to snag one of the “Excellence Awards”. Looking through the other cities, it appears that I am lucky enough to be the only one to have placed 2 photos.

In all I had tagged 11 photos of mine for entry into the contest. The one they chose to be the runner-up was a surprise. I had thought that the Gyeongbok Palace gate, aka Gwanghwan Gate would be my best chance. Here is a gallery of the entries:

Which one is your favourite? Let me know in the comment section below.