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.

 

 

Gyeongpo Wetland Park Ferry

One of my favourite places to cycle on weekdays is the Gyeongpo Wetland Park in Gangneung.  From Monday to Friday, especially in the morning, there are almost no people there.  The trails are uncluttered by meandering tourists and there are no cars in sight.  Today I took a path I didn’t notice before and came upon a small rope punt.  I had never used one before so it was a great opportunity to have a new experience.  I had my bicycle with me but no one else was around so I could but the bike on the punt and pull myself across.  It isn’t hard to do but the boat is a bit tippy so you need to be careful.

Rope-powered punt in Gyeongpo Wetlands Park
Rope-powered punt in Gyeongpo Wetlands Park
Rope-powered punt in Gyeongpo Wetlands Park
Rope-powered punt in Gyeongpo Wetlands Park

You can see the life preservers on each wharf (dock?) and one in the boat.  I don’t know how deep the water is but I suppose someone can drown even in shallow water.  Better safe than sorry.

For people who look at post categories, you can see I have added a new one called ‘Just Looking’.  This is for photos I take while out for walks or just interesting things I see.  I half-heartedly promise not to post pictures of my lunch or tea . . . .