Asphalt Butterfly

In front of a café

The flowers had some lovely colours, but I thought they would distract attraction from the butterfly. Thus, black and white.

Traffic Mirror

On a trip to Jeongdongjin a couple of months ago my Nikkor 50mm 1.8D lens stopped working properly. Which left me with 28mm and 85mm lenses. This was about the only decent photo I made during the trip, though I did make some video I liked on my phone. No tripod though, so there was quite a bit of bobbing up and down.

The yellow sign tells you to go to a primary school down the road in case of a tsunami.

Annyeong!

“Hello, Myeongju”

The nice thing about manual focus lenses is that once you set them you don’t have to worry about the autofocus hunting around while you’re trying to get the final framing. This photo came out reasonably well despite the awkward grip on the camera and the awkward wave.

Myeongju is an old neighbourhood in the downtown area of Gangneung. Until a year or so ago just about every wall and many houses were bare concrete or breeze block. A recently formed Myeongju Neighbourhood Association started putting paint on a few things in the alleyways, including this lettering which says, “Hello Myeongju-dong”. (The O in ‘dong’ is pronounced like the O in ‘Dover’ and means ‘neighbourhood’).

I don’t know why this mirror and the cracked one next to it are on the alley wall.

Barn

Barn, Hoesan.

The morning’s lovely soft light was the effect of very polluted and dusty spring air. Not a day for including the sky in landscape photos.

Apartments

I wonder how many of my posts have been called ‘Apartments’. They are such a large part of any scene in Korea that it’s difficult not to have a large collection of photos with apartments in them.
Korea’s birth rate keeps dropping and last year there were more deaths than births. But new apartment complexes keep popping up everywhere. Perhaps houses are falling down in other places.
You can see a mostly empty field in the foreground. In a couple of years there will probably be another greyish-white apartment complex and pine trees will be purchased from another part of the country to replace the persimmon trees that are there now.

Beautiful Morning

Tree and Utility Pole, Hoesan

I woke up uncharacteristically early one morning and noticed that there were some lovely clouds in the sky. I grabbed a camera and went out to make some photos of the neighbourhood. You may have seen this tree and pole on the site before. And you’ll see them again.

I think I need more practise with wide-angle lenses. The tree and pole look fine (the pole is actually tilted), but the background buildings on the right look like they are starting to roll up like in Inception.