I took in the full-scale rehearsal this past Saturday along with about 100,000 other awestruck visitors. My quick reaction: the Yeosu 2012 Expo is amazing. It met and exceeded all my expectations. If you’re in the area, you should definitely attend. I arrived at 10:30 in the morning and stayed until closing time at 11 p.m., a pretty tiring day, but well worth it.

Most of the pavilions were open, but a few were still being worked on; I imagine they’ll all be up and running in time for next Saturday’s official opening, which I’ll try to attend if I can get a ticket. As a matter of fact, I’ll probably buy a season pass, which costs 200,000 Korean won, about $175.

I took close to 500 photos throughout the day and night, and I’m still going through them, culling, deleting the obviously bad shots and deciding which of the others are worthwhile. It’s going to take a while before I process the good ones, but I’ll get them up as soon as possible.

One of the highlights was the beautiful experience of the centerpiece of the Expo, the Big O. After the night time stage performance, the Big O took over, showing off with a 3-D laser show incorporating bursts of flame and colorful fountains, mist and fog. It was very difficult to photograph properly, with the lighting changing constantly. About all I could do was fire off a burst of shots, adjust my settings and fire off some more. I didn’t have a tripod, although that probably wouldn’t have helped, but the lens I used does have an image stabilizer feature, so some of the shots didn’t turn out too bad. Here’s one of them.

Yeosu Expo Big O

The Big O Shows Off

I was able to process a few more photos before going to work this morning, so here are a couple of views of the Theme Pavilion, the first one taken from the International Pavilions building, and the second taken from behind the Theme Pavilion, looking toward the Sky Tower and the Corporate Pavilions on the right.

The Theme Pavilion

Theme Pavilion

The Theme Pavilion

Theme Pavilion

Here’s a shot from behind the Samsung Pavilion looking toward the Sky Tower.

Sky Tower and Samsung Pavilion at Night

The Samsung Pavilion with Sky Tower in the Background

And here’s the Samsung Pavilion from the front.

Yeosu Expo 2012 Samsung Pavilion at Night

The Samsung Pavilion

Finally, another one of the Sky Tower.

Yeosu Expo 2012 Sky Tower at Night

The Sky Tower

I’ll have many more photos to post and some other impressions of the Expo. I’ll try to get some more up later today. Enjoy.