Two streams that come from the mountains west of Gangneung empty into a bog which drains into a short stream that turns into a larger bog that then becomes Gyeongpo Lake which drains into a five hundred metre river/stream that ends up in the sea. The place where that stream enters the sea is called Gangmun. Gangmun means ‘River Gate’. Some years ago the city built an arched pedestrian bridge over the river mouth called Sotdae Bridge. Sotdae is a carved wooden bird on top of a pole used in Korean shamanism. Usually at the entrance to a village to ward off bad luck or wish for prosperity. But I meander . . . .
I only noticed while looking at this print today that there is a lovely little arch of light under the far end of the bridge.
I thought at first that this photo was too ‘left heavy’ because of the mass of the shadowed arch, but maybe the simplicity of the shadows section is balanced by the complexity of the right side of the photo. I’m still not sure about this one. Maybe it needs a little bit cropped off the left to make a vertical panorama? Let me know what you think.
And here is the Hyundai Hotel framed by the arch and the cables of the bridge. And the pine trees. I’ve tried this view several times in the past, but this is the first time that it came out well. So, happy days.
For those of you interested in such things, these were made with a Nikon F6 on Portra 400 film. I don’t remember which lenses I used. I used to send the film away to get 50MB scans, adjust those, and then send the files to the lab to get prints made, but I saved myself a bit of money and time by just sending the film to the lab to get prints of these three photos and then scanning the prints. Anyone unsatisfied with the scans my little Canon scanner made is welcome to visit my place to see the original prints. I’ll even give you a cup of tea and introduce you to my cat!