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Padlocks of Love

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Love Love Love — Me You Me You



Make a wish, and lock it there.


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There’s a lot of love there…



Side Story #1:

The photo was taken at Yongdusan Park in Busan, South Korea.

Right before I took these photos, there’s a couple — bride & bridegroom — followed by photographers and a videographer standing under the tent (it was raining).

They lock the padlock, and then throw the key to the trees behind the fence, while shouting something — don’t ask me, I don’t speak Korean.


I once saw a similar thing in Enoshima, Kanagawa, Japan — although the custom or ritual seems a bit different (photo)



Side Story #2:

This lens, although quite fast with f/2.8, is definitely not for (very) low light.

It was dark, and I can only get 1/15″ with ISO 2000.

I don’t think my 35mm f/1.8 would be better, though. Although it’s about 1-stop faster, but I would also need faster shutter speed to avoid camera shake due to longer focal length — and not to mention smaller DoF.

BTW, the grainy look is not entirely the camera’s fault. I think it gets grainier due to post-processing. But, I kinda like it :D.



*Busan, South Korea


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18 responses

  1. Love the DOF on the first one. Never seen these padlock shrine things before…It’s very interesting!

    November 4, 2011 at 20:52

    • Thanks, Mike. Yes, it’s interesting indeed :D…

      November 4, 2011 at 22:53

  2. Interesting, in Italy is the same.. in Portugal we don’t have anything like this. :)

    November 5, 2011 at 03:06

    • Ah, interesting. Do you happen to know how the ritual in Italy is, Helder?

      November 5, 2011 at 07:11

      • Have no idea.. I only know that the couples put locks to symbolize their love being together forever…

        November 7, 2011 at 18:04

        • Thanks for the responses, Helder.
          More questions :D… do the couples put anything on the padlocks? Name, or a wish, or anything?

          November 8, 2011 at 07:54

          • Usually their names. :)

            November 22, 2011 at 19:18

            • Ah, okay… thanks for the info, Helder.

              November 22, 2011 at 21:41

  3. Kiyoshi

    wow,,,there’s still an empty spaces.. when i visited NTower,, there’s no space left..

    November 5, 2011 at 16:58

    • Yep, still empty in the “first floor”. Perhaps the higher the better? :D

      November 5, 2011 at 19:08

  4. Chloe

    looks beautiful

    November 6, 2011 at 09:21

    • It is somewhat beautiful. I guess something related to love is often beautiful :-)…

      November 6, 2011 at 09:52

  5. :).. reminds me of Yanidel’s images on the similar subject in Paris .. http://blog.yanidel.com/2010/08/30/unlocked-love-pledges/

    November 6, 2011 at 21:31

    • Ah, thanks for the information, Georgie.
      So, there’s this similar ritual at least in Japan, South Korea, Italy and France. Perhaps this is a worldwide thing? :D…

      November 8, 2011 at 07:55

  6. Beautiful shot. I think it’s so romantic to do this :).

    November 8, 2011 at 03:00

    • Thanks, Jenn :-)…
      Yes, I agree it’s romantic. I guess the right saying is “from padlock to wedlock” :D….

      November 8, 2011 at 07:56

  7. Nah I like the “Padlocks of Love” caption better!

    November 9, 2011 at 06:57

    • “Padlocks of Love” it is then …

      November 9, 2011 at 15:23

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