Street Photography: Rainy Nights in Seoul

There was light rain for our first few days in Seoul, which made for beautiful shiny streets and umbrellas everywhere. The ubiquitous neon signs and lantern festival provide perfect cinematic lighting everywhere we go. Street photography has never really been my thing, but this trip has brought it out of me. I've been snapping hundreds of photos every day and loving it.

We have spent a lot of our time in Myeong-dong where the shops are open late and the streets are busy with stylish people. I've also been looking around for used film cameras, but I expect it's more likely that Tokyo will have what I'm looking for.

For this trip we packed two Canon 5DmkIII's, an Canon Elan 7n and a Canon G16. For the most part I've been using the 85mm f/1.8 and 40mm f/2.8 pancake lenses, as well as the 50mm f/1.8 on a couple of these night shots. The 85mm and 40mm really make a great travel kit, very light weight and versatile. That 50mm came along because it's so small, but it's focus is often too slow to catch quick moments on the street.