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.
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.
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.
I might try some of these scenes in black and white the next time I visit the park.
This ferry doesn’t float. It’s supported on concrete and it’s more or less just a place for tourists to take photos.
I’ve seen that building somewhere before . . . .
Almost the same photograph but without the far shore. I like this one a bit more because of its simplicity.
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.
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.
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.
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.