Rooftopping

The Castle Sunset: Making the Best of the Time that you Have

sunset over Ulsan South Korea with clouds and bright colours.

One of the best things about living in a “regular” apartment in Korea is that I actually get to see the sky. For the past many years I have the luxury of watching the man of the 2nd floor of the adjacent building smoke cigarettes and spit. Sadly, for a landscape photographer this makes judging the skies a little difficult.


The Palace

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One of the buildings in the area being built back in 2007

One of the tragedies of Ulsan’s housing boom was the numerous “busts” that came when the prices of apartments exceeded what people were willing to pay. One of those was the Palace D’Sante or whatever it is being called now. In 2007, it popped up along the street next to two other high-rise apartments. These were to be the future of living in Ulsan. However, due to the changing markets and no doubt some shifty backdoor deals, it stood completed but empty for many years.


Playing with Patterns

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When ever I look at a landscape often a pattern will pop up or a break in the pattern that I see before me. Recently, I started playing around with a lot of the cityscapes that I have been taking and then testing out this quest for patterns elsewhere in my photographic travels.

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Rooftopping in Ulsan

Thanks to Peter DeMarco, I realized that I have missed a few buildings on my previous list and that I should update my rooftopping list for Ulsan. Now before I get into that let me first talk a little bit about how to do this, so that I don’t a get message saying that you are locked on a roof or you are locked in the back of a police car.

Precautions

First, remember that you are going to areas that the building security might not want you to be. So with that in mind, enter at your own risk. Second, be aware of locked doors and doors that only have an inside handle. The best thing to do is prop the door open when you enter the roof top area. That way you will always have an exit.


Getting the Shot 17: Weltz Tower

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The Shot: This is your standard traffic shot from above with a few twists. The magic of this shot comes from the post processing. Dues to the fact that I got up to the roof late, I had to employ a few tricks to get the shot the way that I wanted. Other than that, it is a great example of a rooftop shot in Ulsan.


Getting the Shot 15: On the Roof

An HDR of the Taehwa River Grand Park

Back in the old days you could pretty much stroll into any new apartment and not encounter any sort of static. You may have gotten a few stares but that was mostly people thinking “I don’t remember any waygooks living here?” However, these days the ultra modern apartments now have modern coded-entry systems and guards that actually do more than sleep and watch TV.


Roof Topping in Korea

After reading about a recent rags-to-riches (in a manner of speaking) story courtesy of 500px, realized what many of us have been doing in Korea has become a “trend” Roof Topping seems to be the new thing in photography where people head to the roofs of buildings and take photos from it.


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