Julianne and I headed to Cheonggye Stream to check out the 2009 Seoul Lantern Festival.  The stream runs through the center of Seoul . . . on the way there we ran into this guy.

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Arriving at Cheonggye Stream there was a stage set up for a concert and a really big crowd was already there….

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At the far right top corner of this pic there are stairs going down to the water way…there were NUTS with people…

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We took shots from up on the roadway looking down on the stream and lanterns…

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I’m going to go back tomorrow night. It was REALLY COLD and while I thought I’d dressed warmly enough I was still cold.

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Gotta love the mask on the grandfather here…

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The left side of the stream is packed with people because the lantern sculptures mostly face this side of the stream.

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More shots from up on the roadway…

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And here’s a beautiful, hot, sexy woman I took a picture of …hehehe.

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Then there’s this guy….yeah, it’s me.

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The ball of light on the right kept flying up and down and all over in the wind….

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This archway was REALLY popular with people doing portraits and self-portraits….

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I had my Speedlite 580 EXII flash with me and while I’ve used it some I’m still learning how to use it…

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This little guy wandered into my shot…I like the water blurring effect with his movement effect…

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Using a Canon 400D, Sigma 10-22mm wide angle lens, with my Speedlite 580 EXII flash I got some cool shots with the water because I set the ISO to 200….without a tripod. Tomorrow night I’m going to use my tripod and see what kind of shots I can get on 100 ISO …

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Nice dragons…

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There’s a nice surreal blurring in this shot that I like….

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Julianne again…this time using my Canon 50mm lens with flash…

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I wanted to go over by the waterfalls in the background here but I was starting to freeze….

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I like how my 50mm lens makes this look a bit like outer space….

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Without a tripod not bad for trying to get the water blurring….

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Using the 50mm made for interesting distances from subject….I still got some decent shots I think.

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I really like the color saturation here.

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Julianne got some really nice shots of the panda on her Nikon D50…this one is with my Canon…

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Kangaroos…

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Giraffes…and more. Like I said, I’m going to go back tomorrow night and take more pics….

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On the way home in the subway…..

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Tomorrow is Suneung (Korean SATs) and I have to get up early cause I’m going to take pics and cheer for my high school guys going to take the exam…..time to go to bed cause I’m getting up at 6am…

J

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