Gear: Canon 60D
Lens: Tamron 16-300 F/3.5-6.3
I am excited to do a guest post for JQ on Photo Journal Guide and share a hyper-lapse video I made as well as share a great spot in Seoul. There is nothing like the juxtaposition of old and new in Seoul that always reminds me that I am not home anymore. The great thing about Seoul is that it is easy to get around from great locations like Bukchon, Gyeongbokgung, the Han, or even Namsan Tower. It’s either a short walk away or a convenient subway ride
I tend to shoot my hyper-lapse videos for two reasons. I love how I felt walking through an area and I want to be able to transport myself back into those moments. Since I know I won’t be living in Seoul forever, these memories will be fun and unique ways to relive my experiences and share them with my family and future kids.
Even if you don’t like time-lapse or hyper-lapse photography, there are so many nooks and crannies that make for some fun portraits or street shots.
I began and ended the video on top of the Ibis hotel in Ikseon-dong (Map below.) Getting to this spot was rather easy. There is a roof-terrace bar on top of the Ibis hotel. It was never in use the two times I went up there so I had it all to myself. Follow the map below to get there. The trick is getting up to the top. You will have to walk up 10 flights of stairs to get there.
The nice thing about this spot is there are dozens of chairs and tables to sit at making the location very comfortable. If you plan on shooting for a while there is a delicious fried chicken spot just across from the Ibis :)
If after you shoot around the area you want to enter full tourist mode head towards Namsan Tower. We hoofed it on foot this hot and humid day and it was fun. But you can also take the subway, taxi or even walk to the cable car for less of a workout.
When I lived in Seoul one of the things I really love is how close most things are from each other. So in this video I really wanted to show how close these three things are. The next shot was Namsangol, which is another hanok village. It’s probably my least favorite but there are a few fun photo spots there.
From namsangol we were able to zoom into the tower and show around the tower a bit. The tower is great for getting a birds eye view of the city. There are also a couple fun shots up there but be sure to bring a pretty wide angle lens to get the full shot. I used a 16-300mm on a cropped sensor and it wasn’t quite wide enough for a horizontal shot. Should be fine if shooting vertically though.
Be sure to visit Ikseon-Dong if you are looking for a different take on hanok villages in Seoul besides its more famous brother Bukchon Hanok village. It’s conveniently located, hassle free, with a relaxed vibe that will make a stroll through the streets fun for any photographer.
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About the Author.
Scott Herder is passionate about photography and travel. When he isn’t taking photos or writing for his travel blog with his partner in crime he is obsessed with creating hyper-lapse videos of his travels and teaching others how to do it on his site dedicated to helping photographers learn hyperlapse photography.