Apartments

Apartment Complex and Power Line, Gangneung

I used to curse the power and utility lines that were always in the way of my compositions, but at some point I decided that I could use them to add interest to an empty sky. I made this photo from a dyke, which is why I could include the wire in the photo.

Photograph It While You Can

Gangil Transport, Gangneung

This taxi company office building is not beautiful or interesting, but I made the photo because it is probably only a matter of time before developers realise they can build apartments or coffee shops on this piece of land and this place will get flattened. I’m not against the tearing down of ugly buildings, but with a slowly shrinking population does Gangneung need more apartment complexes built for the sake of real estate investment?

National Assembly Patrol Car

National Assembly Patrol Car No. 1, Gangneung

This electric(?) car is parked behind a movable building in the same lot as the toilets. The National Assembly is in Seoul, not Gangneung, so why it would be growing roots out behind this yard is a bit of a mystery.

As for the building itself, I just noticed a sign in the background that says “Rest Area – Diaper Changing Station”. Insert joke about the maturity levels of national assembly members here.

Forkliftable Toilets

Storage Yard

All of these little ‘buildings’ are toilets that presumably get carried around to festivals and construction sites. The upturned skip (?) has the words “Gyeongpo Forklifts” spray-painted on it. Maybe that’s the name of the company that owns this yard.

And Now For Something Slightly Different

Fried Chicken Hawkers, Central Market

I recorded fried chicken shops trying to attract customers while I was waiting for my fried chicken to be cooked at the market today. The women in the yellow uniforms work for the shop I always go to. The young man in the pink uniform is from a competing shop next door. They call out things like, “Come here. We have delicious chicken. One serving twenty-thousand Won.” They are at this all day long.

It’s not that interesting a video, but I thought I would use it to figure out how to add video to my posts. The easiest way seems to be to upload it to YouTube and just link to WordPress. iMovie can upload directly to YouTube for you when you’ve finished editing. Very convenient.

This video was recorded on my iPhone and then Air Dropped to my iMac and edited in iMovie. Aye, aye, aye. . . .

Heo Estate

I mentioned in my last post that I was going to be using the Nikon D810 for the foreseeable future, but there is a queue of photos made by the X-T3 waiting to get posted here. I imagine Nikon photos will start getting posted in a few weeks. Of course, I have to get out with the camera and do some photography first . . . .

Wood and Paper Door, Heo Estate, Gangneung.

I’ve made photos of this door in the past, and here is another variation. Someday I’ll get around to choosing the best ones and putting them in a portfolio.

Papered Walls and Locked Window, Heo Estate, Gangneung.

Again, I have photos similar to this one in my archive somewhere.

These buildings are well cared for and maintained, but there is almost nothing in them except for a bit of calligraphy on the walls sometimes. Or maybe a copy of a portrait of the most famous person who lived here. It would be nice to have some furnishings to bring a bit of life to the place and provide a glimpse of historical ways of life.

Choices

I put all six of my usable cameras on my desk today to spend a few minutes using each one. I wanted to decide which one would be the best (and only?) one for me to use. I made notes about how each one felt in my hand, which one was the easiest to use, which one wouldn’t give me back pain after a day with out it, image quality (film or digital), and which camera gives me the best photos without having to spend any time at the computer adjusting sliders.
Although my four film cameras are all wonderful in their own way, I decided that I would be better off using a digital camera for reasons of economy and convenience. That left me with the Nikon D810 and the Fujifilm X-T3. The X-T3 has retro appeal and the simulations are similar to film. But it seems like I spend a lot of time making adjustments to get an excellent exposure. Always second guessing the camera. I don’t have to do that with the D810. The exposure is always dead on, except in those situations that will fool any camera meter. Sand or snow, for example. And the D810 isn’t any more complex to use than my F6 or F80. It’s a professional piece of kit that gets out of your way. And when I look at the images on computer later I don’t have to think much about changing contrast etc etc. Nikon’s picture controls do an excellent job of that. The only problem is . . . it’s quite a bit heavier than the X-T3. As I learned last year when I brought it to Canada with a large and heavy zoom lens (I think the zoom lens might have been the biggest part of the problem). What to choose for my main camera? The compact X-T3 with the disadvantage of its fussiness? Or the D810 with the inconvenience of its weight? I’d like to use only one for the sake of simplicity.
I was leaning towards the D810 by the time I finished looking over my notes, so I attached a light 50mm F1.8D lens and went downtown to make some photos.

Car Roof, Gangneung.

This was the only keeper from my downtown outing, but that was my fault, not the camera’s. I love the 5:4 frame and getting the proper exposure was a piece of cake by just adding 2/3 of a stop with the command dial. The camera took care of everything else.

Amice

What’s a photo outing without a picture of the cat at the end of it? I didn’t do anything to this one.

With a prime lens on the camera, I hardly felt the weight on my shoulder even after a couple of hours. I think I would have felt the weight if it was around my neck, though. Not so with the X-T3. Still, maybe I’ll start bringing the D810 and a prime or two with me from now on. We’ll see. I’m so wishy-washy about cameras that next week I might be using my iPhone for everything.

No, that’s not going to happen . . . .

More LPG Tanks

LPG Tanks, Hoesan.

Liquid Petroleum Gas is used for cooking when your house or apartment is not connected to the city gas network. These tanks contain a mix of propane and butane and the ratio might differ depending on the season. Newer houses have metal pipes that run from the outside of the house to the inside, but this place just has a hose shoved through a hole in the wall and it probably runs directly into the gas range. Or a gas boiler? The pipe in the upper left of the photo comes from a furnace. Most likely an oil furnace.
I rather like the attempt to protect the tank valves from the rain with a bit of wood and some bricks.

LPG Tank Behind House, Hoesan.

Just in case you’re craving more propane, here is another tank. The hose on this one takes quite a rollercoaster ride before disappearing into a hole in the wall.

I’m thinking about making a collection of LPG tank photos, but the results so far are a bit boring. But it’s early days. I might find some interesting perspectives after I practise a bit. One problem is that these tanks are all on private property and I usually can’t get very close. I’ll have to go telephoto . . . .

Alley Building

Downtown Buildings, Gangneung

This was made just after coming out of the pork cutlet restaurant I mentioned in my last post. Again, I only had the slightly wide pancake lens on the camera so I couldn’t get the composition I saw using my mind’s eye. Using the 8×10 crop overlay in Lightroom solved the problem. Along with the levelling tool – my head must be screwed on slightly unevenly.

I’m not sure what’s in these buildings. The ground floors are shops and restaurants. The upper floors might have apartments or offices that don’t need window displays.

I got the print version of this photo in the mail today. Everything looks better on matte paper.