Korea: Part 3 - S3 Edition

Still cleaning out/editing photos from Korea. I can't believe it's been more than a month! Here are some of the photos from my phone.

Our first real meal in Korea! We ordered using finger pointing, Mandarin, broken English and random Korean vocabulary. The owner managed everything by herself and eating there felt more like eating an home cooked meal.


Victoria Dragonboat Festival

Here are some of the photos from my weekend trip to Victoria for the Dragonboat Festival. It was my first time competing and I really enjoyed racing! It felt amazing to feel the power of the boat when everyone was in sync and it felt even more amazing to know we were improving. I will miss having weekly practices but at the same time I'm also happy to have my lazy Sundays back.


Birthday Self Portraits

Lessons learned during my 21st year: "Sometimes we need to stop analyzing the past, stop planning the future, stop figuring out precisely how we feel, stop deciding exactly what we want, and just see what happens."

On to being 22! My birthday was on Monday and this year it fell on the date of a holiday. I decided to go on a bike ride in the city (gosh, was my bike DUSTY), eat my favorite foods and enjoy the company of my loved ones. Pretty great day. ❤

My birthday portraits mean more to me each year I do them. As embarrassing it is too look back at photos capturing my teenage years (gah!), the portraits give me perspective at where I was and where I am now and the direction I want to head in the coming year. They are subtle reminders of my style, my preferences and how I wanted to present myself at that age. One day I hope to be old and grey and have a box of these portraits to share with any kid who doesn't believe I was once young too.

Do you have any birthday traditions?


Korea: Part 2

Continuing from Nami Island to Empress MyeongSeong Memorial, Everland and the trip to the DMZ! There were 3 major challenges while photographing in Korea. 

1. There are people everywhere! Taking shots without tourists in the background takes patience and some preparation. I like to mentally frame multiple shots in the area so when I see an opening between crowds I can quickly run in and snap away. 
2. Low light/fog. Autofocus is usually the best especially since time is so limited but when there is heavy fog autofocus can be tricky. 
3. Humidity. I usually use a UV filter on but in Korea I had to remove it because moisture began to build up between the lens and the filter. I was shocked at how bad it was, even my viewfinder was blurry after I stepped out of the extremely air conditioned tour bus.



The name "sojoo" roots from "this is so Joany". Somehow in my convoluted thoughts, the name makes sense. On this blog you will find a collection of photos from my every day life. Hope you enjoy and stay for a little while.