I leave Seoul on Monday for a bit of time ‘down the country’. I’ll have my camera with me but unfortunately I don’t expect to put it to much use between now & the end of August, when I leave South Korea for Sri Lanka. So with that forthcoming photography drought firmly in mind I took to the streets of the South Korean capital this evening for a bit of after dark photography, my last chance on this particular trip to photograph my favourite Asian city & second home.

Crossing the road in light rain in Jongno, Seoul, South Korea. July 12th 2012.

Crossing the road in light rain in Jongno, Seoul, South Korea (map-pointer-icon). July 12th 2012.

Normal Korean summers are hot & muggy, very hot & very muggy, but this particular summer just happens to be the hottest & muggiest on record.

Tonight wasn’t a particularly attractive night in the capital; there was a typical summer haze hanging over the city & it was raining on & off, although more off than on (the rain is welcomed as it clears the air, if only for a brief period). I took my newly acquired 40 mm f/2.8 pancake lens out & about on the streets with me (& put it to use too) but as it turns out all of the pictures shown here were captured with my trusty wide-angle lens.

Skyscrapers towering over the Cheonggyecheon Stream in Seoul, South Korea. July 12th 2012.

Skyscrapers towering over the Cheonggyecheon Stream in Seoul, South Korea. July 12th 2012.

Waiting in the light rain at a traffic junction in Jongno, Seoul, South Korea. July 12th 2012.

Waiting in the light rain at a traffic junction in Jongno, Seoul, South Korea. July 12th 2012.

Light Show by the Cheonggyecheon Stream in Seoul, South Korea. July 12th 2012.

Light Show by the Cheonggyecheon Stream in Seoul, South Korea. July 12th 2012.

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