A Volcanic Landscape

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    The surreal, volcanic landscape of Jeju Island, South Korea.

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    Published in the July 8th, 2011 edition of the Jeju Weekly.


    *Winner of the "Fine Arts" prize at the 2011 Jeju UN International Photo Contest.

    Currently on display at the Jeju UN Heritage Culture Center. (10/12)


    It was a perfect summer day four years ago. The sun was already high above me as I parked my car in the shade of a small grove of trees near the northern end of Gwakji Beach on the western side of the island. I excitedly hopped out of the car and grabbed my camera bag from the backseat. As I made my way through the trees, rays of sunshine and a light breeze swept over me.This was going to be a great day.

    Just a short distance away, the trees began to thin out and I found myself standing on a bluff with a incredible view spread out in front of me: sparkling bluish-green water, a deep blue sky, and a brilliant, white sand beach. It looked like something you'd see on a postcard.

    I had only snapped a couple of photos when I heard loud, animated laughter below me. It was a family picnic. I watched them for awhile. The father setting up the barbecue grill, the mother taking out the food from the cooler and setting up the umbrella, and the kids dancing across the sand and into the sea. It brought back lots of childhood memories of times spent at the beach with my own family and friends back home. There's something magical about beaches and the way they bring the natural landscape and people together.

    I decided to put my camera down and spend the rest of the day doing what everybody loves doing at the beach: swimming, eating, and playing in the sand. But, an idea had begun to form in my mind and what had started out as a simple trip to the sea turned into a four year odyssey photographing the beaches of Jeju Island.

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    1. Lee Saborío 33 months ago | reply

      Beautiful colors!

    2. ISO__100 33 months ago | reply

      You are redefining Korean landscape: I never knew this kind of beauty existed in Korea. The horizon, clouds & sky, fusion of colours and depth is just fantastic. Its almost like a painting.

    3. DMac 5D Mark II 33 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the comment. I always see the same type of landscape shots of Jeju so I'm trying to capture the island in different ways to show off the natural beauty that's here if you look hard enough.

    4. ioneanu.com 33 months ago | reply

      Superb landscape, composition and colours! Excellent depth and clarity!

    5. feradz 33 months ago | reply

      Beautiful panorama!

    6. DMac 5D Mark II 33 months ago | reply

      Thank you both for the kind words.

    7. kanuck3 33 months ago | reply

      Very nice Doug I like the moss and the light blue of the water at the very top. Cool rock shapes in the foreground eh?

    8. DMac 5D Mark II 33 months ago | reply

      Thanks! Yes, the tide was out a little, revealing these great pieces of lava rock. I thought it looked really cool and much different than the standard "sea and sand" compositions.

    9. DMac 5D Mark II 33 months ago | reply

      Hi! Welcome back. Nice to see a comment from you.

    10. H.S. ラム 32 months ago | reply

      This is powerful!

    11. Young Jung 32 months ago | reply

      awesome view
      nice picture~~

    12. DMac 5D Mark II 32 months ago | reply

      Thank you both for the comments.

    13. RomainjohnGY 32 months ago | reply

      One more time an great picture ;-)

    14. kanuck3 32 months ago | reply

      This is wonderful! haha

      Excellent Capture!!
      Admired in

      My Gallery Photo

    15. Photo--Graphy [deleted] 32 months ago | reply

      Nice catch

    16. faris-budak-besar 31 months ago | reply

      Shock my head seeing this one, almost had tear drops on my eyes! Outrageous!

    17. DMac 5D Mark II 31 months ago | reply

      Happy you like it!

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