Guest Post: Nomadic Samuel Photo Essay of South Korea

| March 9, 2012 | 24 Comments

Nomadic Samuel is one talented and amazing photographer and we LOVE all of his stuff. We have actually been waiting ages to get a guest post and photo essay from him and are really stoked to be sharing it with you now! We hope you love his portrait photos as much as we do.

A smiling Korean performer delights the onlooking crowd with his spectacular acrobatics in a traditional performance at the Korean Folk Village in Yongin - South Korea.

(A smiling Korean performer delights the onlooking crowd with his spectacular acrobatics in a traditional performance at the Korean Folk Village in Yongin – South Korea.)

South Korea is a destination that offers visitors a stark contrast between old and new & traditional and modern with a cultural that is quickly embracing values of the West while firmly grasping onto traditional customs. Although it is not necessarily a ‘backpacker’ friendly destination due to a higher standard of living and inflation when compared to other nations in Asia, it still is a county that offers plenty of value for those diligent enough to visit.

The following photo essay is a series of photos taken in Seoul, Incheon and Yongin that capture candid moments from the streets, performances at the Korean Folk Village and traditional culture at the Gyeongokgung National Palace. The shots are exclusively shots of individuals as candid portraits. My hope is that these photos will inspire others to visit Korea and create their own adventures in a land once referred to as the Hermit Kingdom.

A traditional Korean performer wearing a folk mask performs slow, deliberate movements just outside of Gyeongbokgung Palace - Seoul, South Korea.

(A traditional Korean performer wearing a folk mask performs slow, deliberate movements just outside of Gyeongbokgung Palace – Seoul, South Korea.)

Two Korean students enjoy a street side snack along the bustling Insadong district area - one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of Seoul, South Korea.

(Two Korean students enjoy a street side snack along the bustling Insadong district area – one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of Seoul, South Korea.)

A boy blissfully chases after the horse he was riding moments before while flashing an authentic smile.  The equestrian performance at the Korean Folk Village was the most popular and entertaining show of the day.

(A boy blissfully chases after the horse he was riding moments before while flashing an authentic smile. The equestrian performance at the Korean Folk Village was the most popular and entertaining show of the day.)

As a travel photography tip, one should consider carrying a lens that has telephoto capabilities and setting their camera for a fast shutter speed in order to capture motion shots like this without the photo looking blurry and out of focus.

A girl enjoys a bite out of an ice cream cone offered by Dad as they wander along the hectic Insadong avenue located in Seoul, South Korea.

(A girl enjoys a bite out of an ice cream cone offered by Dad as they wander along the hectic Insadong avenue located in Seoul, South Korea.)

This Korean man stands tall and stoic as he prepares to conduct a changing of the Guard ceremony in front of a large audience at Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul, South Korea.

(This Korean man stands tall and stoic as he prepares to conduct a changing of the Guard ceremony in front of a large audience at Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul, South Korea.)

A cute Korean girl grasps ahold of her mother's arm at a subway station stop in Seoul, South Korea.

(A cute Korean girl grasps ahold of her mother’s arm at a subway station stop in Seoul, South Korea.)

An elderly lady crouches down on quiet street located in Incheon, South Korea.

(An elderly lady crouches down on quiet street located in Incheon, South Korea.)

A Korean begger scrapes along the pavement wearing a special outfit that appears to be made out of rubber as he plays music from his system and collects donations in the red basket along Insadong Avenue located in Seoul, South Korea.

(A Korean begger scrapes along the pavement wearing a special outfit that appears to be made out of rubber as he plays music from his system and collects donations in the red basket along Insadong Avenue located in Seoul, South Korea.)

As a travel photography tutorial, it’s best to take candid shots like these (which can be considered delicate situations) using live view which allows one to capture the moment without being intrusive in a situation that is clearly sensitive.

A Korean traffic attendant motions with her left arm for vehicles to stop in order for a group of students to cross this busy intersection located in Incheon, South Korea.

A Korean traffic attendant motions with her left arm for vehicles to stop in order for a group of students to cross this busy intersection located in Incheon, South Korea.

Samuel Jeffery is the wizard behind the curtain pulling the strings of Nomadic Samuel – Travel Blog – a travel site featuring photos, videos & quirky travel stories along with photography tips, interviews, esl tips, reviews and general travel advice.

Additionally aside from Samuel’s travel blog, he also runs other travel related sites: Smiling Faces Travel Photos, Travel Photography Tips, Teach English Abroad Travel Overseas & How To Make Money Travel Blogging. Get in touch with Samuel by following him on his Facebook Fan Page, Twitter, Stumble Upon, Youtube & Google +.

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  1. Thanks Cole & Adela for such a great opportunity! As mentioned in the intro, I’m a bit tardy sharing this around. I’m looking forward to doing that just now. I hope your mountain adventures went well.

  2. Great stuff…always love Samuel’s pics!

  3. Abby says:

    Love the pics, Samuel!! As always, your photos make me want to book the next flight to Asia.

  4. Abi says:

    Yep, I love the photos! Especially that top one…What a great glimpse into South Korea!

  5. These are such great photos! I love Samuel’s shots … they really tell stories! Glad you grabbed him for this post!

  6. Maria says:

    A picture says a thousand words… Samuel has the knack. Poked around the Jandals site and liking what’s here. Thanks guys!

  7. Beautiful photos! I love how they capture such emotion.

  8. Ayngelina says:

    Samuel is a really great photographer, he manages to really capture the joy in a culture.

  9. Pete says:

    Well done Samuel! I love that photo with the father holding the ice cream for his daughter on his shoulders.

  10. Another great collection of portrait shots.

  11. Federico says:

    Great shots, clean and sharp!

  12. Samuel is master of the candid shot! Great job once again… :)

  13. Amazing photos! I’d love to visit S Korea if only to visit one of my favorite bloggers, Runaway Juno :)

  14. Samuels pictures are always great!! Nice post!!

  15. cheryl says:

    Great photos from Samuel as always! :)

    I love all of them and love to see the happiness of the people shining through.

  16. Samuel, these were fantastic photos. I’m a big fan of your blog as well. Awesome stuff. And I’ve always envied people who can take a nice shot with a camera.

    I’ve still not made it to South Korea, and it’s never been very high on my hit list. I passed on it when I moved to Taiwan to teach English. The desire is slowly kindling, though. The food is definitely awesome, at least the examples we have here in Taipei.

    So best of luck with your continued travels! And thank you to the gracious Cole and Adela for getting you to write this lovely little photo essay.
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