In my last post I uploaded a few photos of my walk back to the bus stop. I had also visited the park a couple weeks before that, but had to retreat because it started snowing. I didn’t mind the snow, but it was a Sunday and I was worried there would be no buses and that no taxi would want to come up a mountain road in the snow. While I was waiting for the taxi I made this photo of the bus stop and the information sign. Most historical sites have this sort of sign under a tiled roof. It looks quite nice. If you smoosh your face up to the monitor you might be able to pick out my tripod on the bench in the bus shelter . . . .
I visited King Myeongju’s Tomb this morning with my Minolta X700 and a roll of HP5+. I brought a digital camera along in case the Minolta’s batteries died (Forgot to buy spares. Stunarse.) and to use as a light meter if I ran into some very tricky lighting. The digital camera stayed in the bag while I was using film because the Minolta’s meter is pretty good, there wasn’t too much contrast in the scenes I photographed, and I know a bit about when to use exposure compensation. (So I’ve probably buggered everything up).
I used up a whole roll and didn’t want to start a new roll just for the walk back to the bus stop, so I put Mr. Minolta in my backpack and took out Mr. Fuji. It’s convenient to use the digital camera, but making photos with a manual camera is a real pleasure by comparison. But I digress. I made a bunch of photos on the way back down the hill and I’m happy enough with three of them to share here.
The city’s bus system application said that no buses would arrive for another hour, so I decided I would have to call an expensive taxi to get home in time for lunch. But while I was having a swallow of tea a bus did show up. I’m not surprised. The schedule is often wrong. I sometimes think Gangneung’s bus schedule application uses the data from some other city.
It was a great morning up in the hills with old King Myeongju and I’m looking forward to going back there soon. Maybe after I buy a short telephoto for the Minolta. There were a few photos I couldn’t get this morning because I only had the 50mm. The Minolta photos will show up here in a couple of weeks, after I get the film developed and scanned. If I didn’t screw them all up . . . .