I caught a taxi to the Confucian School on Obong Mountain to make a few photos but came back with very little. And even less survived my editing process. And that’s a good thing because organising a lot of photos on the computer is a royal pain in the arse.

School Wall and Tree, Obong Seowon

I only thought one photo of the school was worth publishing here. I’ve made similar photos of this tree and wall before, but I think this one is a slight improvement. Better micro-composition, etc. This is from the camera with no adjustments made on the computer. Just how I like it. It was an overcast morning, so I think I may have adjusted the highlight setting on the X-T3 to +1 for a little extra contrast.

No Burials, Obong Mountain

The sign on the left says it is illegal to do burials and set up graves within 500 metres because the water off the hill feeds into the water supply for the town. The sign on the right says you can’t dump garbage there. These signs are next to the Confucian school and I made the photo as I was leaving.

House Gate and Shadow, Obong.

Like the other photos above, this photo is straight from the camera. I think I spot-metred off the pavement underneath the gate and compensated by +1 or +1.3. I keep forgetting to change settings, so although the sun was out, the highlight setting on the camera was still probably at +1. This gate is just down the road from the Confucian school.

Although I dislike making adjustments to photos in Lightroom, I wonder if it might not be a good idea to darken the lower righthand section of the first photo for a bit of balance. Any suggestions?

5 thoughts on “A Few From Obong

  1. So does that mean you can just pitch up and bury a loved one on any council land without such a sign? Are we talking ashes here or the remains?

    I think I would be inclined to darken that right corner. As it stands, the eye does tend to wander out along that nice stonework, away from the centre.


    1. The tombs have remains in them. Ashes are usually put in a small space in a building built for that purpose. Apartments when you’re alive, and apartments when you’re dead . . . .
      That sign does make me wonder about where you can bury the dead. Maybe there is a problem with people digging graves without permission.
      Thanks for the comment about the corner. I think I’ll leave it for a while and have a look again later.


  2. Now this has some very interesting aspects I must say, and yes I am talking about the two signs… One would actually think that none of these signs had to be put up at all, at least when you look at it from where I come from. But then again, there are obvious differences in culture and how things have been done up through the years. Throwing rubbish in the nature is no good… and also just digging a grave and put someone inside you would actually automatically think was not OK at all. But that’s here. Other parts of the world is different, but we rarely think about it. We tend to think about others doing things exactly like we do. They usually don’t, of course.


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