Flashback to the Dongdaemun Design Plaza

Currently, I’ve been reviewing all of my old photographs in order, something I strongly recommend every photographer to do regularly! Today I’m taken back to the beginning of 2016. At this time, I was using my old amateur/beginner-level entry DSLR. It was a Canon 600D, known in the west as the Rebel t3i. I used that along with an 18-55mm Canon kit lens which I used to photograph the beautiful architecture at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza, in mid-Seoul, South Korea.

The building is absolutely gorgeous. I will plan a trip again soon to present a fresh look at the plaza an upgrade in equipment, and additional years of experience with photography! Until that time, I’d love to share with you this photograph that I picked out of the lot, to share with you today.

Dongdaemun Design Plaza, (DDP) Seoul, South Korea photographed at Night | Don MacDonell, The Photo Memoirs
Settings: 18mm, 1/80sec, f/5.6, 3200ISO (shot with Canon 600D / 18-55mm Canon kit lens.) | January 2016

I look back at this photograph fondly. I managed to step back away from the building and architecture to capture more of a broad view of its location and the atmosphere of the surrounding area. I think sometimes that can be neglected. As photographers, we may get fixated on what our main subject is and miss the greater feeling of the neighborhood. There’s nothing wrong with that of course. But at times, it’s very intriguing to view a new story from a new vantage point.

In the case of this photograph, the Dongdaemun Design Plaza takes a back seat, while the surrounding market stands get the attention. I think I really captured a special image at that time. My skill level was not the greatest, and neither was my gear. I left the image in its original state, as I edited it in 2016. Although editing it now may result in a bit nicer final image, I’m happy to share it as is.

I planned to share only one image from the DDP. But I will share a second black and white image from the same evening without a comment. I’d love to hear what you think about it.

Dongdaemun Design Plaza, (DDP) Seoul, South Korea photographed black and white at Night | Don MacDonell, The Photo Memoirs
Settings: 10mm, 1/13sec, f/4.5, 1600ISO (shot with Canon 600D / Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6) | January 2016

That’s a wrap for today! I’ll be back with more photography tips, inspiration, and stories along with more exploring in Seoul over the next few days. Feel free to check back in, or even sign up for my newsletter:

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