Today was a day with no new photography, but rather I spent time reviewing some of my old photography. I recommend that every photographer occasionally take the time to review their past work.

As for myself, I have kept most of my past work and frequently review my old photographs. As for personal photography from years past, I enjoy the memories of seeing my son grow up from the time he was just a baby until now. I can also look back on happy memories with my family and friends. I have always been photographing my wife and son, and sometimes friends with my actual camera, not just my phone. I capture real images like I would if I were doing other photography work. I take both photography and videos of these happy moments, I’m so thankful that I have captured these moments to bring me joy today.

Settings: 50mm, 1/200sec, f/2.2, 1600ISO (Shot with Canon 600D + Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM Prime Lens) | January 2021

The above image is actually a photograph that I viewed just the other day and shared some thoughts about in another article. It’s one of such personal photographs I take much joy in.

Today, I started reviewing some of the work that I did in 2017, 5 years ago. I was documenting life on the streets of Seoul and surrounding areas in South Korea. I came across some images that I took in Goyang in 2017. I revisited the RAW files and am sharing a newly edited version of the image.

Settings: 50mm, 1/200sec, f/2, 800ISO (Shot with Canon 600D + Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM Prime Lens) | March 2017

As you can tell from a lot of my work, I often lean toward black-and-white photography. I love that high-contrast, b&w look. But when I come to such a scene with so many vibrant colors, I can’t help but work with colors! For this photograph, I found a scene that I thought was interesting. The lights, the signs, and the hangul (Korean writing). Everything looked great to me. The technique that I used for the image was a simple one, used by many street or documentary photographers.

I found the spot of interest, I got set up, and then I waited for the right subject to walk through the frame. This was not the only frame of the scene I took. I have 30+ other photographs of this same scene. But I’ve selected this image to share with you out of the lot. I find the students with the red sweaters to work well with the rest of the colors in the frame.

Another photograph from the same evening was outside a local market. I was fond of the image. Although the style is very different from the above photograph.

Settings: 50mm, 1/200sec, f/2, 800ISO (Shot with Canon 600D + Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM Prime Lens) | March 2017

Any thoughts or questions are warmly welcome! You can share a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as possible. I hope my photo journal here will be practical and informative to other creators and photographers. I hope it will inspire you in your journey in photography.

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