The Changing of the Guard at Gyeongbokgung Palace by TonyCrehan

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Featured in Hat Heads Group on 01/07/13

The changing of the guard at the Gwanghwamun gate of the Gyeonbokgung Palace in Seoul, South Korea. the guards are dressed in the colourful costumes of the Joseon Dynasty in the 14th century. Also a very welcome sight as they were the first Koreans I saw that were not clean shaven (I was beginning to feel conspicuous in my goatee).

Gyeonbokgung (Palace Greatly Blessed by Heaven) is surrounded by five-metre high walls that extend over its 2,404 metre perimeter. The names of the four gates originate from the yin and yang connect and the theory of the five elements. Gwanghwamun, the main gate symbolises summer and fire. the gate has three entrances and a broad, two-storey pavilion.

This shot was taken with my Pentax k-r on 29 October 2012.

Lens Pentax-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6
ISO 200
0 EV
1/320 sec
Hand held

Cloning out of shadows in PSE 10.
Lighting adjustments and vignette in Simply HDR for Mac.

Currently working with independent schools in Tasmania

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  • Dean Cunningham
    Dean Cunninghamalmost 2 years ago

    haha i remember these guys – its a great pic tony !

  • Thanks for your comment and fave Dean. Glad to bring back nice travel memories for you.

    – TonyCrehan

  • RobynLee
    RobynLeealmost 2 years ago

  • Thank you for the feature Robyn….always a delight to have my work featured in the group.

    – TonyCrehan

  • Maree Cardinale
    Maree Cardinalealmost 2 years ago

    ha very good, looks surreal. What gorgeous colours.

  • Thanks for your fave and comment Maree. It was a very colourful display.

    – TonyCrehan

  • Peter Doré
    Peter Doréalmost 2 years ago

  • Thanks Peter.

    – TonyCrehan

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyover 1 year ago

    did you had digitally the person in the front?

  • No Manon..he was there in front of his guardsmen. In post processing I created the depth of field effect by adding gaussian blur to the background.

    – TonyCrehan

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