I went up the alley road last with my Nikon D810 and a bagful of lenses but today took a path that goes along the tops of the hills that make the valley. And brought a lighter camera. This morning my hiking companion was the Fujifilm X-T3. I brought the camera for two reasons. One, I wanted to effortlessly get better greens than I can with the Nikon. Two, I wanted a light camera to make my life a bit easier.
I made my first photo while still in the valley. I like the Y-shaped branch lying in the path, which seems to confirm the white No Entry sign above it.
Sometimes posting a photo on this blog helps me decide whether or not I should include it in my portfolio. If I post the photo and later think, “I can’t believe I showed that to people,” then it doesn’t go into my portfolio and the printer in Seoul never sees it. I’m not sure if the photo above is a keeper or not. I guess I’ll know in a day or two . . . .
Here is the rock responsible for the valley’s name. The field it sits in has filled up with water and now it does indeed look like an island.
Here is the bridge I photographed some time ago in black and white. I managed to get the tripod set up properly today and keep a low ISO.
I photographed these trees a while ago but was unhappy with the results. The photo turned out well today. Maybe the square format fits the scene better than a rectangular format.
When I left this house this morning, I meant to leave the camera set to 1:1 format, but this scene obviously called for a wider canvas.
Another scene that called for a wide format. 16:9, in case you’re curious. The walking path has many of these tombs alongside. Some are right next to the path, as in this case. Others, like the photo above this one, are at the end of narrow trails.
The view from behind this sodless and sadly eroded tomb.
A front on view of the tomb. Was there grass on this tomb when those plastic flowers were placed there?
These carved stones are what I set out to photograph today. There are many of them cut into rectangular blocks but I don’t know what they might be for. They are just lying on either side of the path. And how were they brought there? There’s no road. Were they brought up on carts a hundred years ago? A bit of a mystery.
In some places the stones are in a jumble, but in other places they are laid out to follow the path.
A wider and lower view of the same scene above.
Another high angle.
This altar has lost its tomb mound.
I was going to walk down through the trees to make a photo of this tomb but thought it would look better through these trees. You should probably click to enlarge this photo so that it’s more obvious what the white spot in the lower left is.
I don’t know what these concrete slabs might be for.
I’m not sure these stelae show up well enough against the pine trees. This might be a photo you have to view at full size. I like the little band of bright green grass at the bottom.
Hillside path. This is another photo that needs to be seen on a proper monitor and not on a mobile screen. Then you get to see the details.
This photo is in my previous post, but I post it here because it was part of the day’s walk.
My apartment complex. Where the city meets the country.
I forgot to set the ISO to ‘elevator’ and the exposure took a couple of seconds. When I realised my mistake I started shaking the camera back and forth to get a proper shaky effect.
I’m pleased with the results of today’s photography, though the number of photos I’m happy with will diminish in the coming days. Once I’ve chosen the few best I’ll upload them to Flickr and then get them printed. Because a photo is not a photo until you can hold it in your hand.