Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Episode 9 - Waterfalls, Buddha and Beaches

I have sort of a "thing" for maps. I am fascinated by them and can just peruse a map for long periods of time. Sometimes this curiosity for maps leads me to cool discoveries, such is the case with Hey Don't Shoot Episode 9.

I had ventured out to a Republic of Korea Army base for official duties and was looking over a map of the area and noticed a point of interest called Sambuyeon Falls. A quick Google search produced images of a stunning waterfall! Naturally, I informed Turner of this great find and we set about scheduling a reconnaissance.

Turner already had plans to spend the day at the beach with his family so it all kind of fell into place that we would photograph the waterfall at sunrise and then I'd join him and his family for a day at the beach for fun, sun and perhaps some sunset photography. Turner had already photographed Eurwangni Beach in Incheon several times and wanted to see if we could find a new spot. Again, I turned to my map and began searching.

Yeongheungdo Island sits just South West of Incheon and is accessible by car. It's the third island on a string of Islands that jets out from the Korean mainland. It has three beaches with good photographic potential but I chose Janggyeong-ri Beach as our final destination because it faces West, which would be good for the sunset of course.

It took more than 3 hours to get from Dongducheon to Yeongheungdo Island and as you will see in the video, we thought that because of the heavy rain that day, it might end up being a total waste of time. But fortunately, the weather cleared and we enjoy a fun day in the sun and some pretty good photography at sunset.

Episode 9 offered our first real opportunity to fly the drone. With only 20 minutes of flying time, the battery drains quickly, so we had to make sure we got good shots from it and not just fly it around without purpose. I saved a little battery life post-waterfall shoot and was able to fly it at the Buddha statue for a few minutes, then recharged it during our mid-morning break and refit.

We shot with a variety of cameras, here is a list:


Primary camera - Sony A6000
POV Cam - Sony Action Cam AS30
Drone - DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus


Sony A99 (Felix)
Sony A6000 (Felix)
Pentax 67 (Turner)
Nikon D800 (Turner)

Additional images not yet published - Leica M6.

We sincerely hope you enjoy the footage. And thanks for watching!

Watch Episode 9 -

Nikon D800

Pentax 67

Pentax 67

Sony A99 with Zeiss 24-70mm lens

Felix pilots the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus

Here you can see an un-cropped image from the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus.
Notice the slight vignetting in the upper corners from the props,

Here is the same picture cropped.

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