South Korea's Green Tea Fields by Ryan Bentley

A beautiful sunrise overlooks the green tea fields in Boseong, South Korea.


Green Tea and Photos

Normally I'm a coffee sort of guy, but earlier this month I had the pleasure of visiting the Green Tea fields in Boseong, South Korea with my wife.  This was my second time visiting and I've always thought this would be the perfect spot for a photo shoot. The tea fields are a beautiful area that I recommend anyone in South Korea go check out. Since it was so far away, we decided it would be worth our time to go overnight.  

A trip to the tea fields wouldn't be complete without trying the green tea ice cream.

Well it didn't take much to convince my wife to let me take take her picture. So after deciding on a couple of outfits that would match and we set off. The first set was in the afternoon when we arrived and the other was in the morning the next day.  The second day was a bit more challenging because when we woke up it was drizzling out and just overcast.  But a little rain didn't stop us from going out there and in fact turned out to be some of my favorite photos.  They have more of a moody vibe to them while the other ones are more warm and bright. To get these photos I did a combination of posing and directing to get the movement or look I wanted. It was fun to work with the lines of the tea fields and some of the walking paths to create some different photos.  If you are looking for a photographer in South Korea for an engagement or family session feel free to reach out to me. I'd love to be able to capture your special occasion. 





The South Korea Pine Grove by Ryan Bentley


Photography in South Korea

Last month was rather busy, but I am happy to announce that Hye Jung and I tied the knot on April 21st, 2018.  It's taken some time to get back into the swing of things, but I'm able to finish May off with a post from a beautiful pine grove in South Korea.  

Over the last few years, I've gone to this particular pine grove about 4 or 5 times. The key to this place (like a lot of places in Korea) is to go on a foggy morning to get the best atmosphere and also to block any buildings in the background. One of the reasons I keep coming back here is because of the unique shapes that the pine trees make.  It creates for some interesting compositions.  Every time I've come here the conditions are never the same, so even though I've been here before the light or the fog is going to make different effects.  

These are some of my favorite images from here.  A few of these I took some liberties with when I was editing them, but then again those aren't supposed to look realistic anyway.  Thank you for following my adventures, and I hope that you enjoy my photos.


P.S. There is one film shot thrown in the mix here. Post a comment if you can spot the grain.


Visiting the East Sea of South Korea by Ryan Bentley


Samcheok, South Korea 

This month is dedicated to the East Sea of South Korea.  This place I've captured once before last year and I was happy to return under different conditions. The rocks here and ocean waves can make for some interesting compositions while playing with the shutter speed can create some dynamic movement and painterly effects.  I hope you enjoy these more abstract photos from this trip. 


Gear used: Camera - Fujifilm X-T2; Lens - 50-140mm 2.8; Filter - Kase N64, and Kase circular polarizer; Tripod - Sirui carbon fiber T-1204XL. 

The Mountain - Daedunsan, South Korea by Ryan Bentley


Which came first the hiker or the photographer? This one is an easy one, for me, it has always been the mountains. As early as I can remember I’ve always been outside. Long before I had a camera in hand, I’ve been hiking, camping or out exploring.  It only seemed natural to add a camera to the mix.  Since moving to Korea in 2014, it didn’t take long for me to fall in love with the beautiful mountains here and to start capturing what I saw. 

One mountain, in particular, has caught my attention not only for its beauty and variety but also for the proximity to where I live. Daedunsan is a beautiful mountain no matter what season, whether it is a Saturday morning sunrise hike, an overnight camping trip, or a scenic day hike. I've enjoyed this mountain so-much-so that I find myself here over and over again. 

The first time I went to Daedunsan was back in the fall of 2015. Over the years I have filled up several memory cards of photos (and a few rolls of film) from this mountain. For me it's fun to see familiar areas and explore new ones throughout the different seasons.  I thought I’d share some of my favorite photos, and a few new ones, from this mountain.