Jeju Island, South Korea
March 1-7, 2012.
South Korea’s fabled Jeju Island is one of East Asia’s best kept secrets and the perfect location to flex your photographic muscles. Pack your camera and your hiking boots and join professional photojournalists Dylan Goldby and Flash Parker as they guide you across this kingdom of quiet majesty. Soak up the dawn of a new day from Sunrise Peak, the mighty remnant of a 100,000 year old volcanic eruption. Dip your toes into the East China Sea as you frame the legendary Haenyeo lady divers in your viewfinder and marvel as the masters of the sea harvest submerge themselves for minutes at a time. Refine your long exposure technique as the tiers of the Cheonjeyeon Waterfall fall away before you then steel yourself for the climb of a lifetime as you tackle the epic moonscapes of Halla Mountain. Race down the verdant hills flanking wild horses or stop to shoot the flowers – just don’t be late for your dinner date. Take on the role of consummate food photographer as you shoot abalone porridge, black pork ribs and the endless array of eclectic kimchi at the island’s greatest food haunt at Seogwipo, Jeju’s second city. Capture sublime slices of life at one of Korea’s oldest Five Day Markets and hone your street shooting skills in Jeju City. Finally, learn when and how to use off-camera flash to light up the night as you shoot star trails from the apex of one of the island’s 300 parasitic volcanic peaks. Between stratospheric adventures, culinary swashbuckling and capturing the decisive moment, your guides will provide critique sessions and seminars that will help you get the most from your equipment, day in and day out. When you finally pack your bags for that long voyage west you’ll be carrying with you a portfolio of remarkable images, the penultimate representation of all the mystery and splendor of the Land of the Morning Calm.
Day 1 – March 1
Guests arrive in Jeju City and are met at the airport by expedition leaders Dylan Goldby and Flash Parker. We will spend our first afternoon together exploring the city before our welcome dinner and formal program introduction. Day 1 ends with a night photography session and a focus on cityscapes.
Day 2 – March 2
We dive headlong into the hustle and bustle of the Jeju City Oiljang, or Five Day Market. The vendors are lively, the colors magnificent and the atmosphere uniquely Korean. While shooting slices of life we’ll sample some of it, too, from silk worm pupae and Halla Mountain oranges to the world’s freshest flower crab and all the kimchi in between. We’ll be interacting with locals in an effort to better our environment portrait photography.
After lunch we’re headed west to Hyeopjae Beach to take on the challenge of crafting spectacular images where none seem to exist before we work the setting sun during our first off-camera flash session. Day 2 wraps with our first seminar and critique session.
Day 3 – March 3
We begin today exploring the coastal landscape near Seogwipo before heading inland to climb our first parasitic cone and photograph the legendary Halla Mountain. We’ll practice long exposures in the shadow of the Cheonjeyeon’s tiered falls then roll inland once again as the sun begins to set. Day 3 is all about landscape photography with a twist; while epic scenery is the order of the day, we’ll show you how to use off-camera flash to add drama and dimension to static objects and living persons featured in your landscape scenes.
Day 4 – March 4
Today we’re talking chow. Our food seminar takes place at a popular restaurant in Seogwipo City and is hands on and intensive. Concentrate on preparation, dressing, arrangement, design, composition and creative lighting skills so that by the end of the day you’ll have a quixotic portfolio of food images and a special appreciation for South Korean victuals.
In the evening we’ll head east to shoot nighttime seascapes and the stars above. Our day ends with a stay in a minbak, the most sublime of traditional Korean guesthouses.
Day 5 – March 5
We’re out of bed bright and early to capture the sun as it rises seemingly out of the ocean and illuminates Sunrise Peak. We’ll climb to the crater’s rim to shoot the island as it sprawls out before us before wading into the warm waters of the East China Sea to photograph the legendary Hanyeo Lady Divers. After chasing wild horses into the Jeju countryside we’ll kick back and unwind at our hotel ahead of our climatic mountain ascension. Day 5 wraps with our second seminar.
Day 6 – March 6
Strap on your hiking boots, throw your camera over your shoulder and prepare yourself for the might and majesty of Halla Mountain, South Korea’s highest peak. We are set to tackle the Gwaneumsa Trail, seek out Jeju’s oldest Buddhist temple and use the great crater lake Baengnokdam as a backdrop for scintillating environmental portraits. Our optional evening itinerary includes a night shooting workshop.
Day 7 – March 7
Our final day wraps with a review session and the presentation of our participant portfolios.
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Badge designed by Matt Bosmier
1:43PM, 18 August 2011 PST