Cerebral Gibberish

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Korean Cultural Night

Posted by heymoe on 1st December 2007

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I found out there was a Korean Cultural Night being held at Korean Baptist Church up the road from my place so I decided to check it out since I survived my trip to Pullen Park earlier in the day. When I was walking up the walkway to the main building I saw a lady dressed in a traditional Korean outfit and from a distance I almost thought it was my mom (freaky). I was a little late so I not sure what I missed but when I got into the main building there was a lady up on the stage singing what sounded like opera in Korean. There were several examples of traditional Korean dances which were enjoyable to watch but the lighting was really bad so it was very difficult for me to take any pictures without any blurring. I don’t even think a fast lens would have helped me here. Next up was a Tae Kwon-Do demonstration which included board breaking and synchronized executions of different patterns / forms to music. I did find it funny that they used “It’s Raining Men” during one of these synchronized demonstrations. The part I enjoyed the most was the Korean Drumming or Poongmul using the Samul Nori style (meaning: four instruments) which consisted of two types of drums and two type of gongs. At the end of the event there was a lot of mingling and snacks in the form of several type of Tteok (Korean rice cake). I had a good time and was nice to learn more about my Korean half.

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Beating Drums

Posted by heymoe on 11th November 2007

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I was not planning on doing much today outside of the house but on the spur of the moment I headed down town to the NC Museum of History to listen to the Triangle Taiko in concert. I’ve seen / heard them perform at Animazement but only in passing. Not knowing what parking was going to be like downtown, since I tend not to go there, I decided to take the motorcycle since it easy to squeeze it between spaces. It was a chilly ride and of course I had to deal with the mine field of drivers doing everything they can but pay attention to the road. Any ways, I got to the concert a little late but still got to enjoy it.

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This was also my first experience at shooting indoor photos in a darkly lit room with my Nikon D80. This was yet another reminder that I need to buy some more glass. It would have been nice to have had a faster lens which would allowed for a faster shutter speed in this type of environment. Yes, I have a flash but I did not want to be “that guy” plus, being that I was seated towards the back of the room, the flash would have done no good at that distance. That did not seem to stop the guy at the very back of the room with his camera on a tripod that kept taking photos with the built in flash. It made me giggle. I think overall my pictures came out OK for what I had to work with plus a little post-processing work helped out a lot to. All in all I had a good time and really enjoyed the drumming.

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