I don’t make many photographs in the summer because most days are just a glare from sunrise to sunset. From a photographer’s point of view the contrast is harsh and the light is ugly. The pounding light wants to reduce all colour to white. But a while ago there was a day when the sky was overcast and there was a bit of rain. Cool enough for me to venture out with my digital camera and practise exposure and composition. I used a spot meter and manual exposure for all or very nearly all of the photographs. What I learned is that the Fuji X-Pro 1 underexposes a bit so I need to compensate when making my photographs. I didn’t make many photographs. About twenty-two, I think. And after printing them I narrowed my final selection down even further. It’s very likely that after making this blog post public I will think that a few more perhaps aren’t quite as interesting as I thought they were.
Some of you are thinking, “Right, this is the first one you need to cull.” Maybe, but when this photo is finally displayed (if it makes the selection process) it will be with similar photos that show the changing textures in exterior walls.
I did a bit of cheating with this photo. The wall was too high for me to shoot straight on so I adjusted the angle is Lightroom. Maybe I should strap a ladder to my back the next time I go out so I can stay Photoshop-Free.
I guess these tiles will be moved to the roof in the background sometime in the future.
View from a pedestrian bridge across the Namdae River.
The No Parking sign is for cars, but I thought it was a little bit funny to see a bicycle locked to a light pole in front of it.
I have a similar photo on film. In my last blog post, if I remember correctly. I like the composition of this one better.
A door and window separated by a drain.
Another photo where I try to show the changing textures and materials in walls.I think the little patch of tin on the top left makes the photograph.
Bottles stacked outside a shop that presses sesame seeds for oil.
Another No Parking sign. I think these signs should be made in more pleasing colours since they are mostly decoration anyway.
Again, a similar photo appeared in my last blog post. It’s the same location but different garbage. When I went out to make photos this day I deliberately chose some of the same scenes so I could compare my results on film and digital. I like the film better but cost is a problem. Maybe I’ll eat less so I can afford film.
Most alley walls in Korea are bare and depressing concrete. I think it discourages thieves by crushing their spirits before they can steal anything. The owner of this house put some effort into making the neighbourhood look a little nicer.
Good things come to those who wait. I knelt down and composed this scene hoping that someone would come around the corner. A cyclist passed me a few minutes later and I made this photo. At first I regretted that a little bit of his hand and the front tyre got around the wall before I pressed the shutter release button but now I think that it reveals the continuation of the alley to the left.
I am still torn between film and digital. Digital is convenient and doesn’t look that bad if you are careful. But it isn’t film. Maybe I should learn to draw and avoid the whole conflict.