Winter vacations in February at Seoul with a friend to immerse in Korean culture. So a friend and I decided to go somewhere for this past winter vacation. Instead of staying in Taiwan, which is where we live at the moment, and doing local tourism we decided to venture out and experience winter as it should be! COLD! We had never seen snow, nor ever experienced temperatures below zero degrees Celcius.
Aside from taking thick and warm clothes with us, we knew what else we were taking…our LC-Wides and bags filled with film of all types! Every single time we had the chance, we just busted out our cameras and became trigger happy with our new environment. We found our LC-Wides very essential during our trip, they allowed us to take clear pictures of landscapes.
Seoul is filled with temples! These temples are rich in history and have been restored almost to perfection. While our trip to the first temple in Seoul, it suddenly started snowing. It snowed gently and gradually but then it didn’t really stop until hours later, and the city was covered in inches of snow.
Bodies of water like small rivers, creeks, ponds, and lakes were all starting to freeze. We reached a point at our trip that the temperature has dropped all the way to -20 degrees Celcius. Nevertheless, the frost and the cold had a magical feel to it. All our surroundings dressed in white with a quiet yet calming absence of sound in the temples.
An interesting thing that I found out was that upon using my Colorsplash flash while it was snowing would create an imagery similar to those of small colored fireflies or shining little balls of light floating around!
Sunsets were beautiful, and every single day, the sky was perfectly clear with a blue I haven’t seen for years!
All in all, I’m glad I took the risk of going and facing sheer cold instead of staying on the safe side. If not for that, I wouldn’t have discovered how wonderful a place Korea is, and gotten all these wonderful images.
So I ask you, would you go out of your comfort zone even if that means going to the extremes?