South Korea Holiday (Part 1) - A White Christmas

by Chweeleng December. 02, 2011 4658 views

I'm not an avid landscape photographer as it is quite a challenge to find interesting landscape opportunities in Singapore. But on a recent holiday to South Korea, I was blown away by the beautiful snow-covered scenery. Coming from tropical Singapore, the sub-zero cold posed some challenges to me though - icy cold fingers (can't handle the camera with gloves on), big clumsy clothing and a general fear of slipping on the ice-covered surface. Here are some of my first attempts in landscape photography on a snow-covered landscape. And may I take this opportunity to wish everyone a meaningful and merry Christmas!

#1 The almost frozen river provides interesting white “bubbles”.

#2 Without the warm lighting from the house on the left and the green fencing on the right, you might think this is a black and white photo.

#3 This is a ski resort in Dragon Valley. The 2 figures add some foreground interest to an already enchanting scene straight out of a book.

#4 I waited quite a while for the four figures to separate themselves sufficiently for a good shot.

#5 The trip up to the peak on a gondala is almost magical with the scenery all around us covered with pure white snow.

#6 Snow covered trees with hints of dark tree trunks makes this picture almost a black and white.

#7 Post-processing is minimal as the scene speaks for itself.

#8 The gentle slope leads to the clouds as you can hardly see the peak. We were in the clouds.

#9 Now we were really in the clouds as the whole scenery took on a surreal atmosphere. The color is not pure white as the cloud we were in was damp with rain.

#10 It was snowing at the peak, giving this picture an almost old black and white tv look.

#11 Still snowing. The only hint that this is a color picture is the clothing worn by the men.

#12 Everything seemed to be frozen in time. I had to get in out of the cold after just a couple of minutes outside.

#13 There was a huge structure in front here but the snow only give hints of it.

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Pooriya Delir 9 years, 6 months ago

I really like # 2 and 3 good job!

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Arie 9 years, 6 months ago

Amazing captures... the composition in picture #2 is beautiful.

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Aaron 9 years, 6 months ago

I feel cold just by going thru the pics! I like #7 the most, it looks like a beautiful painting.

9 years, 6 months ago Edited