Digital Photography Portfolio

-Continued from last blog post-

Here are some photographs I took during my digital photography class. ๐Ÿ™‚ Under each picture, there is the title, techniques used, the shutter speed and the f/stop.

Pink Flowers

Techniques: Shallow Depth of Field & Macro

Shutter Speed: 1/60

F/Stop: f/5.5

King of the World

Technique: Deep Depth of Field

Shutter Speed: 1/5

F/Stop: f/36.0

Ball of Light

Technique: Slow Shutter Speed

Shutter Speed:1.3

F/Stop: f/9.0

Run For Your Life!

Technique: Panning

Shutter Speed: 1/30

F/Stop: f/1.40

In the Air

Technique: Fast Shutter Speed

Shutter Speed: 1/500

F/Stop: f/4.8

True Digital Art: Digital Photography

This semester, I took a digital photography class. I always liked taking pictures wherever I went and saving memories of family trips, school events, and more. To be honest, before I took the class, I thought that a digital camera and a DSLR were the same. The only differences I knew were the sizes, the costs of the two, and that a DSLR was used by professional photographers. I mean, you set the setting to auto, maybe change the flash setting to off, zoom in or out, and press the biggest circle on top of the camera to take a photo.

However, of course, this was not the case. There is so much more to a DSLR: from apertures and shutter speeds to macro pictures. Now, I know what all the little drawings and alphabets mean on the wheel of a DSLR, well most of them. I learned a lot of techniques too, such as the rule of thirds, sky and land dominant, action photography, panning, and painting with light.

Photography is not just about taking pictures with your friends or of the beautiful tourist sights on a vacation, but truly a digital art.

Here are some terms used in photography:

Depth of field is used the most in photography. It is the focus or the sharpness in a photograph. You can use a small aperture (the hole in the lens of a camera for light to travel through), a big f/stop number, to have everything in the photograph to be in focus. Or you can use a big aperture, a small f/stop number, to have certain parts in focus.

Shutter Speed is the length of time the shutter stays open during exposure. Whenever you see a photograph with a person or a ball in the air, then the photographer has used a fast shutter speed. Slow shutter speed is used when you take photos of painting with light or any abstract pictures.

Zen Hideaway: Exotic Fusion Restaurant

Zen Hideaway covers everything from the taste of the food to the beauty of the interior design.

The interior design of Zen Hideaway is very exotic. It feels like you are at a foreign country, by the sea side. The glass rooftop allows full bright sunlight that lightens the place. The water streams and the plants also give a pleasant and peaceful feeling.

Soup, salad, steak, rice, noodle, name it, it’s all there. You literally stare at the menu because there are just hundreds to choose from. You seriously need some time when ordering. All the dishes have their unique taste- some can be even new to you.

Pad Thai Goong

Pumpkin Cream Soup

Spicy Seafood & Rice cake

Asian Fusion Roll

Musicals: Charming Entertainment

I never knew musicals could be such amusing entertainment.

I saw my third musical in Daehangno (๋Œ€ํ•™๋กœ), and I didn’t know the true attraction behind musicals until now.

My first ever musical was “Beauty and the Beast” in New York, when I was nine. We had originally wanted to watch the “Lion King,” but there were no more available tickets, so we had to watch the “Beauty and the Beast.” All I remember is liking Belle’s voice and Chip, the little tea-cup.

My second musical was “Mamma Mia” in Stockholm. My dad had received free tickets so we went to watch it even if I couldn’t understand Swedish much. I just remember singing the songs in English by myself, over the Swedish version. “~Mamma Mia, here I go again. My my, how can I resist you?~”.

Then my third was “Grease” in Seoul. Although the finale was longer than the actual show- well, at least it felt like it- it was entertaining seeing the bright and colorful stage, the actors singing and dancing passionately and clapping along with the crowd.

It was very different from watching the movie. You might rather just watch the movie because it is cheaper, and you know that the story and the songs are the same. But, it’s different. It’s hard to explain in words, but you feel yourself falling into that attraction, charm, fascination of musicals.

Slumdog Millionaire: Crucial Lesson

I watched the famous ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ last week, and since, I seem to be thankful for everything I have.

I didn’t understand why the movie had high ratings and had won numerous awards. Frankly, I thought the story was pathetic. Come on, it is about a boy who wins money by answering questions that he randomly guesses to based on his life. However, of course, there is more to it than that.

Based on Malik’s life in Mumbai, India, one cannot imagine a worse life than his. He suffers from child abuse to poverty to human rights. This movie gives message of the world’s problems effectively. We hear about children dying from starvation, diseases, etc, and we see pictures of them too. However, those images stay with us for that one pitiful moment and disappear. Whereas, a visual journey of a boy portrays a bigger meaning.

After watching this movie, I wasn’t only thankful for having my three meals every day, a home, a bathroom, a family, a computer, a phone, an ipod, and shoes (yes, even shoes), but life in general. Malik does not win million dollars because he took 10 AP’s in high school, or had perfect scores on the SAT’s, or graduated from Harvard. He is awarded because he had a full and enriching life. Life can be so much more than getting pressured from all the studies, competing with your friends, and worrying about getting into Ivy League colleges.

Quarter to 11

Quarter to 11- only a quarter left until the ‘great’ junior year.

Time is running away faster and faster. It seems like yesterday when I was an 8th grader in Sweden, always going to bed at 11pm (the latest), having two homework assignment per day, not knowing any clue of what AP’s, SAT’s and how much your grades mattered. Those were the times when I went to school for ‘fun,’ yes fun. I was excited about my science classes, and my English classes. I never thought that school was a stressful place. I was away from the real world, the reality, for too long I guess.

When I came back to Korea, it was a mad house. Other people were so much… ahead of me. I remember the time I first heard the word SAT. My mom was panicking, saying that it was too late for me. Other people have been preparing for 10 billion tests since middle school, and I am here, having the faintest idea of college.

Even now, I see so many people going to hagwons for AP’s and SAT’s. Some people have already taken some of the tests. Yet, I seem too calm about everything. I don’t know why, but I don’t feel stressed like other people do. Maybe the tranquility from Sweden is still inside me. But, I know the pressure is going to come one day, and I know I have to deal with it. Starting from this August, when I take two AP classes and the SAT’s, I will realize what an idot I was, not knowing and preparing for anything earlier.

School Festival: KISTIVAL

The very first KIS festival- KISTIVAL– is held on Saturday April 11th!

Starting from 12pm, there will be many fun game booths to hang around, delicious food to eat and fun shows to watch such as the ONSTYLE fashion show and the talent show!

A great way to take a break from everything that you have been stressed about. Everyone is welcome!

When: Saturday, April 11th. 12pm~4pm

Where: KIS Main Gym

What: To show school spirit! You must wear blue!

Georg Jensen: Luxurious Craftsmanship

I first came across Georg Jensen in Sweden when my mom was shopping for kitchenware. Unlike other brands, there was a special section for Georg Jensen- a glass cabinet with lighting, in the middle of the store. As I walked towards the glass cabinet with curiosity, I saw very simple, yet extraordinarily looking silverware. There were knives, forks, spoons, dishes, cups, pitchers- all made out of stainless steel or silver.

We all see and use knives, forks, spoons, dishes, and cups everyday. We all know what they are and how they look like. But, when I was looking at Georg Jensen, all the items seemed new and original. They are simply made out of stainless steel and silver, yet Georg Jensen is known as a luxury brand in Europe. I could understand why. I never knew that simplicity can be this attractive and striking.

Georg Jensen (1866-1935) was a Danish silversmith and sculptor. He started his workshop in Copenhagen in 1904. His jewelery, cutlery, and hollowware designs were instant success in Denmark, and also throughout the world in later years. When Jensen died, his small workshop developed into a world-wide company with shops in numerous cities.

Other works of Georg Jensen:




INNO: Shining the Culture

Many of us know ‘iriver,’ the very famous Korean mp3 brand. But, do we know who Kim Young-Se is? As a person who has great interest in industrial design, I would like to introduce him and his works.

Kim Young-Se is an industrial designer, mostly well known for iriver mp3’s and SamSung Anycall mobile phones. He is also the founder of Innodesign, Inc. He expresses design as: ‘loving others.’ He says that his ability to design products for a variety of consumers is by understanding others’ needs and having the desire to help them.

He focuses on creativity, yet simplicity. He is an innovator and likes to start on new trends. For instance, he first started the trend of ‘prism’ mp3, the ‘necklace’ headphones, the vertical mobile phone screens, and many more.

What I like the most about him is that he brings out Korean culture to his products. The ‘taeguk’ designs areย  renowned world wide. His inspiration was the national flag of Korea. This shows not only Kim Young-Se’s unbelievable skills, but also the love for his country. He proudly and naturally shines the culture and the tradition of Korea to a broader audience- the world.

‘The rigid lines of the emblem sport a sense of integrity and the curves, a softness. The taeguk symbol defines South Korea and its peoples all so well. My taeguk-inspired pieces show how modern day beauty can be found in something from an age old traditional emblem and how something so local can be reborn as something very global’ -Young-Se Kim.