January Photos

In my last post I mentioned how few photos I make during January. I made a trip to the wetlands park with my medium format camera and tripod but I think I tore something in my groin from that trip. It hurt for a couple of weeks. Later I went back with my Fuji X-Pro 1 and no tripod. Much better, though I wish I had brought the tripod. Luckily, the sun was bright enough to get high shutter speeds and small apertures at the same time.

Hyundai Hotel between branches of tree at Gyeongpo Lake
Hyundai Hotel between branches of tree at Gyeongpo Lake

The new Hyundai Hotel is either a beautiful piece of architecture or a blight on the landscape, depending on your point of view. Gangneung’s coastline is already built up too much and mostly with ugly buildings so the new hotel is a relief, really. And it’s large enough to be distinctive in landscape photos.

Reeds, Gyeongpo Lake, and Hyundai Hotel
Reeds, Gyeongpo Lake, and Hyundai Hotel

A view of the hotel from across the lake. I used a longish lens to compress the distance between the far shore and the near shore.

Hyundai Hotel in background of wetlands reeds
Hyundai Hotel in background of wetlands reeds

I might try some of these scenes in black and white the next time I visit the park.

Ferry on Gyeongpo Lake
Ferry on Gyeongpo Lake

This ferry doesn’t float. It’s supported on concrete and it’s more or less just a place for tourists to take photos.

Ferry on Gyeongpo Lake across from Hyundai Hotel
Ferry on Gyeongpo Lake across from Hyundai Hotel

I’ve seen that building somewhere before . . . .

Ferry on Gyeongpo Lake
Ferry on Gyeongpo Lake

Almost the same photograph but without the far shore. I like this one a bit more because of its simplicity.

Ferry pulled up for the winter
Ferry pulled up for the winter

This is a working ferry that you can use by pulling on a rope when you are in the boat. The wetlands freeze up during the winter so this ferry is pulled up. I like making photos in this part of the park because there are few people. Especially on weekdays.

Ferry pulled up for the winter
Ferry pulled up for the winter

I wish I had brought my tripod because it was a little difficult to hold still and keep the composition I wanted while standing on rocks.

Children's hanbok for sale in Gangneung Central Market
Children’s hanbok for sale in Gangneung Central Market

I took nearly the same photo with a film camera last year. I leave my digital camera’s white balance on 5300K so that indoor lights look like indoor lights. Auto White Balance shifts the ligth to a neutral colour, which is not always what I want. The nice thing about using a digital camera is that I can increase the ISO setting at any time instead of having to leave it at ISO 400 on film and use a shallow depth of field.

Person walking down a ramp at Gangneung Central Market
Person walking down a ramp at Gangneung Central Market

I’m not sure if I like this photo very much or not. The lower left is too empty so it might not get printed. I should have squat down and made the photo. Too late now.

As the weather warms up I hope to get out more and make more photographs. It depends, I suppose on how busy I am at work.

 

 

2 thoughts on “January Photos”

  1. Hi there.
    I like the ‘ferry pulled up in winter’ photos; however i think I would have taken the photos at a different angle if the light would have permitted me . Meaning that I would have taken the photo with the top end of the right side of the ferry in my foreground with the top right end of the ferry as my background . This way I would have taken the entire right side . It would have created a nice depth of field I think – in focus at the foreground and a gradual fade to the end. I love photos that can do that transition . It would have excluded the your background – the water but it’s easy to take a similar shot with the water as well .
    I love the photo also because of the similarity of the golden – brown – yellow colours . Great harmony

    1. Thanks for the comments. Travelling for photography is inspiring and can get me out of a rut but the good thing about visiting places near home is that I can visit many times during all the seasons and really get to know the subject. It’s very possible that sometime this year the photo you describe will appear. Share copyright? 🙂

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