Seonunsa is a temple in Gochang, South Korea. It is famous for camellias behind the temple and red lilies in the fall. I have hiked the mountains surrounding the temple since I was little. The reflections on the water always felt a little dull for me, but for some reason my eyes were attracted by that warm green colors of summer leaves.
While trying to get this shot, I almost had a mini heartattack when my tripod bag slipped over my shoulder and fell into the stream. Lucky for me, the water was pretty clean and nothing was damaged.
I have a "heavy duty" Korean made tripod TMK-244b . It is very hefty, cheap and sturdy. For 50 dollars, I am surprised at how reliable and well built it is. For mirrorless system, this tripod is probably little too big. But I chose sturdy and reliable over portability when it comes to tripods.
I used Hoya ND400 filter. The filter is very nice and of good quality.. only problem is cleaning it. It takes bit of time to try to wipe off any smudges.
My Sigma lens is 46mm filter thread but my ND filter is 49mm so I improvised and held the filter over the lens for 30 seconds. It took many tries to get the one with least amount of motion blur since my hand kept hitting the lens. This is probably the only time when i wished i had a gaffer tape.
That little round spot in the water is where people throw coins into. There weren't that many tourists and hikers around so luckily I didn't have to wait for people aiming their coins down.
With the sunlight at the perfect angle, the shadows and colors of the leaves just blew my mind away. I had one of those "ahhh" moments while shooting.