10 January, 2012

Seoul – The Monkey Shrine

Daily Banana – The Monkey Shrine

Last year, there were many reasons why Seoul rapidly became one of my all-time favorite cities.

Was it the phenomenal culinary delights? …Sure.

How about the strong (and dirt cheap) Jinro Sake? …I don’t remember… ;p

What really stood out was the fact that nestled within this vast metropolis are these beautiful palaces and garden districts. This is The Gyeonghoeru Pavilion and it’s a part of The Gyeongbokgung Palace area, which is one of the largest (and most famous) palaces in Seoul. It’s really great because within a few short minutes from a Metro Station, you can find yourself in one of these peaceful places. They’re a very soothing escape from the noisy city.

And no… I can’t pronounce: Gyeongbokgung. 😉

The Monkey Shrine - Gyeongbokgung

Banana Breakdown – Before And After

The cool thing about this particular comparison is that it’s not too dramatic. The main task was removing the people from the shrine and also removing the foreground objects in the sky and water. Other than that, I just brought back some of the natural colors in the roof, sky, and reflection. The already beautiful sky and sunlight did most of the work.

As always, questions are more than welcome. 🙂

(move the slider to compare before and after)
About the Author

Elia Locardi is an internationally acclaimed professional travel photographer, writer, public speaker and highly skilled educator who spends his life seeking out and capturing some of the most beautiful and inspirational locations in the world. Recently featured by Professional Photographer Magazine, CNet Australia, and Wacom USA, Elia has cultivated a highly engaged social media following of nearly 3 million people across Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Instagram. On the road full-time, he teaches the Art of Photography here on www.BlameTheMonkey.com, collaborates with various brands, sponsors and tourism boards, and leads Photography Tours and Post-processing Workshops worldwide.

  • Terrance

    Hi Elia,
    I’ve been following you for quite some time in Google+ and your website.
    I have a question for you.
    Did you use different techniques to remove the people from the shrine and the foreground objects?
    If so, what are the techniques?


    • Hey Terrance,

      Thanks for the comment. 🙂

      Most of the time with object removal, I use the rubber stamp tool. In some cases I can duplicate part of the existing image to make a patch but there is always clean up work to be done after.

  • Jane

    I love this picture and I would love to visit this place. Seems so tranquil. Keep making these beautiful images. They’re so inspiring!

  • good work, the reflection came out nicely and the difference in the pavilion really pops. btw, the yellow metro station is most impressive, the hdr work really brings out that cold, steel and glass feel that is going on here. where’s my friggin kitten pic done up in the hdr glory? if you were really a pro you would have one by now

    • I’ve been saving my kitten pictures for 500px! ;p

  • Has it been 4 years already? At any rate, I am putting together an article about pro photographers and Korea. Any thoughts on what brought you here? Also is there a reason why South Korea is not really a destination for pro photographers?