Title – Ulsan
Photographer – Jason Teale
This was shot from the roof of the namoon plaza in Ulsan, South Korea. This was the roof where I took my first winning photo back in 2004. This was also the roof of the building which I was married in.
The area in front is called Mugeo-dong which is the University district in Ulsan. It has changed a lot in my time here but one that remained the same is that star-trek shaped structure in the middle on sin-bok rotary.
This was shot at 250 iso due to the fact that I have on my tip-toes shooting over a ledge without a tripod. Normally, I shoot all my shots with a tripod, but this shot would have been impossible with one. The ledge was too high.
The shots were bracketed at -2/0/+2 at f/4. The trick that I used to make sure there was no shake from me pushing the shutter release or possible movement from my cable release is to use the timer function and shoot all the images consecutively.
I used photomatix to tone map the shots but the real magic took place after. I wasn’t impressed with the sky so I opened the tone mapped jpeg in camera raw and used a graduated filter to darken the sky. I used the other features of camera raw to add a bit more colour and contrast. Final sharpening and a bit of curves adjustment were done in photoshop.
I am a Canadian living in Ulsan, South Korea since about 2003. I really picked up photography after hanging out with a few close friends who were great photographers. The HDR passion came about when one of those photographers recognized my emerging style and told me about this “new technique” back in early 2007. Once I saw the results, I was hooked.
Since then I have continued to improve my site Jason Teale Photography and my blog The Sajin. HDR continues to be a passion of mine and I am continually looking for new places to shoot in my second hometown of Ulsan.