Photographer's Note

This is probably one of those photos that you open when you see the thumbnail and you think “What on earth is that?” Well, I can only partly answer that question. One night when I was staying at a hotel on Haeundae Beach, just east of Busan, I looked out of the window at about midnight and there were these two men with a welding machine creating this ‘thing’ on the beach. That in itself wasn’t all that unusual because I had noted a lot of sculptures being erected on the beach during the day in preparation for an arts festival that was due to open the next day – and I guessed these guys were late in putting their sculpture up and were working through the night to get it done – but most of the sculptures were recognisable in terms of what they were supposed to represent, but this one puzzled me. So I took my camera down to the beach and I asked them what it was. They didn’t speak English, and I don’t speak Korean, so probably they couldn’t understand my question and I certainly couldn’t understand their reply, so all could do was take this photograph as they continued to work. Whatever it is, it is colourful and unusual, but I have no idea what it is supposed to represent.

I didn’t have an external flash with me, and I was surprised how well the in-camera flash illuminated the sculpture from the distance that I took this. I cropped some of the beach from the bottom of the frame (which was over-exposed from the flash), increased saturation +4 and applied an unsharp mask. I tried several attempts with the USM before I got it right – reducing the sharpening each time because it did strange things to the red uprights. In the end, the sharpening that I used was quite modest. I like the contrast of the red metal bars against the black sky over the ocean.

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Photo Information
  • Copyright: David Astley (banyanman) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 108 N: 2568] (7789)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2002-10-01
  • Categories: Festivals
  • Camera: Nikon E5000
  • Exposure: f/5.6, 1/280 seconds
  • Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2005-08-14 4:30
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Points: 12
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