China Korea Photos Projects Shanghai Yunnan

My Lo-fi Summer

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I finally uploaded photos taken on my Shanghainese Seagull and my new Lomo LC-A+. I found a good little photography shop on my bicycle route to school that scans my negatives for me.

I’m so slow at taking analog photos that I discovered shots from Shanghai, Seoul, Busan, Kunming (here), and other mysterious locations!

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Other than the window seat, the spiral staircase is probably my favorite thing about my new apartment here.

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A view of Busan from my hotel room.

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A 21+ RMB taxi ride in Shanghai

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Taurin took this photo of me by the Green Lake.

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Kunming is actually a quite (or very) large city of 6+ million people.

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*If you’re curious, click the photos individually for information about the camera and location.


P.S.


Happy (Belated) Moon Festival!

It’s a holiday everyone gathers to eat mooncakes (full-moon shaped snacks) and gazes up at the moon (we’re all under the same moon). The local mooncakes from the Yunnan Province are perfectly round with buttery flaky skin!

(After a second glance, I’m giggling to myself because this photo is so obviously different from the rest in the entry. I’m still the most comfortable lugging around my DSLR.)

23 Comments

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    vicky
    September 14, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    moon cake iz good.

    i never got the hang of film cameras. i guess i’m too lazy to develop/scan the film, and the unpredictable quality always surprised me in a bad way. btw i love that shot of you by green lake!

    x

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      Sewon
      September 15, 2011 at 12:15 am

      I’m lazy with film (a.k.a. why I had photos of Shanghai on this roll) and I’m too used to the predictability of my DSLR (and what it does for the perfectionist side of me). But I think it’s good for me to think about image-making from a different perspective. The light-leaks, exposure flaws, and the graininess becomes part of the fun.

      P.S. You should grab a disposable camera from the store, and see what you come up with! xx

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    catarina
    September 14, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    ahaha thank you, sewon! you made me laugh!
    and that’s a good find, you lucky girl 🙂

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      Sewon
      September 15, 2011 at 12:19 am

      Haha, thanks! 🙂

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    vicky
    September 14, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    p.s. i thought a bit about the pictures and i changed them bw…they look way better 🙂 thanks

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      Sewon
      September 15, 2011 at 1:07 am

      Ohh yeah, I think they look much better that way! xx

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    Omar
    September 14, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    your capitions are awesome! also, that photo of the temple looks like a dragon’s head!

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      Sewon
      September 15, 2011 at 1:09 am

      Ohh I never saw the dragon’s head until you mentioned it. You’re such an artist. P.S. Did you scan your drawings yet? 😛

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    anne
    September 14, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    really nice pictures

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      Sewon
      September 15, 2011 at 8:47 am

      Thanks, Anne!

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    Eileen
    September 15, 2011 at 12:37 am

    Oh my gosh, you are so adorable! You have beautiful skin tone. 🙂

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      Sewon
      September 16, 2011 at 2:35 am

      Haha, I didn’t know how to pose for the camera because all these people were staring! Thanks.

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        Eileen
        September 16, 2011 at 7:37 pm

        Um, story of my life when people take pictures of me. You’re welcome.

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    Isobelle
    September 15, 2011 at 1:37 am

    I love these photographs! They are beautiful

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      Sewon
      September 16, 2011 at 2:50 am

      Thank you! I still think I need to let loose, and “shoot from the hip” or whatever! 🙂

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    Ashley
    September 15, 2011 at 2:08 am

    What!! You have a spiral staircase in your apartment!?! No fair, that is too awesome! Also, ive always wanted to try a mooncake. I remember watching a show when I was little where one of the characters eats one–they look really good 🙂

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      Sewon
      September 16, 2011 at 2:52 am

      I was really excited about it when we were apartment-shopping! Mooncake can be a hit or a miss, actually. I think it’s usually a bit too rich for me, but you can cut them up into small pieces and share. Besides, California is loaded with well-stocked Asian grocery stores, insn’t it? I bet you can find some really good ice cream mooncakes. 🙂

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    Celsy
    September 16, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Awwh wow beautiful photos! I’m a huge fan of the moon cake, it’s so deliciously good. i the one with the umm rose and red bean i think. What dslr do you use??

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      Sewon
      September 17, 2011 at 2:56 am

      Thank you! Ohh I had a rose mooncake a few weeks ago, and I was so surprised by the pink petals in my snack! I have a Nikon D90. 🙂

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    Crystal
    September 16, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    The moon cakes look great. And that spiral staircase is pretty awesome! I have always loved those.

    I’ve been looking at lomo cameras but I’m thinking if/when I get one I’d still be more comfortable with my DSLR too.

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      Sewon
      September 17, 2011 at 3:00 am

      Lomo cameras are really fun, but I feel like such a rookie at having fun. I’m still more comfortable with manual focusing and ISO settings than letting loose! 🙂

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    Anabella
    September 16, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    what lofi loveliness! the first pic is great i always forget about the double/multi exposure function of the lomo and it is always fun to see the results. i also love the plant picture by the window the light and shadow is great, one of my favorite things to photograph, though not as often as i realize id like to. oh, and i am totally jealous of your spiral staircase. wish i had a second floor. btw we might check out a moon festival in staten island tomorrow!

    <3

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      Sewon
      September 17, 2011 at 3:07 am

      I actually wish I used the double exposure function more with this roll. I’m definitely making a note to self for my second roll. Ohh let me know how the moon festival event goes! 🙂

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