Wolhwa Park

A train track used to run through Gangneung, but it was removed when the new high speed train rail that takes a different route was put in. The city created a new market and a park in the downtown area where the rail line used to run. The rail bridge is now a pedestrian bridge to the other side of Namdae River. I went there earlier this month to make some photos, especially of the view from the bridge.

This statue is called “Sisters” and stands at the base of the stairs and ramp that goes up to the bridge. I always thought this was a statue of a mother and a boy, but I happened to read the plaque on the day I made this photo.

The view from the side of the bridge closest to downtown. An island of rocks in the river and an island of apartments among smaller buildings.

The same rocks from a spot a little further along the bridge.

The long view from the bridge. The closest bridge is also a pedestrian bridge called “underwater bridge” because in times of bad flooding it gets submerged.

“Sisters” is at the bottom of the stairs and this statue called “Free Time” is at the top. The woman is holding an empty coffee cup and in the background there are coffee shops. Gangneung tourism seems to revolve around beaches and coffee. Both things I don’t like very much. Nice statue, though. Lots of people come to take their photos with the statue.

And there you are. I want to visit this bridge and park a few more times to see if there are any other interesting views. The park is very crowded at weekends and during the vacation season, so I might give it a pass until the weather cools off and the tourists stop coming.

For those of you interested in such things, these photos were made with a Fujifilm X-T3 and the 18-55mm kit lens. They were made by the camera, but not Straight Out Of the Camera. The camera recorded raw files which I then transferred to my computer. Once I deleted the mistakes, et cetera, I connected the camera to the computer and opened Fujifilm X Raw Studio. That program uses the camera to process the raw files into jpg files. I used the Acros film simulation for the black and white photos with +1 warming. The colour photo comes from the classic chrome simulation. So, I chose my ‘film’ after I made the photos. Very convenient. I did a bit of burning in Lightroom on the distant bridge photo but the others are untouched.

From the Archive: 20151007-001 Contax N1 Portra 400

20151007-001-013 Anmok. Snack Truck Dog

I don’t feel like going out so this weekend I am continuing my archive organisation. It’s mostly awful stuff and a lot of photos are getting deleted, but I’m finding a few that I like. This cute dog tied to a snack truck at Anmok Harbour makes me smile.

20151007-001-020 Gangneung. Apartments and Wires

Tourists don’t visit this neighbourhood so it hasn’t been prettied up with nice sidewalks and buried power lines.

20151007-001-028 Gangneung, Namdae River. Self-Portrait and Cyclist

Who’s the handsome fellow in the shadow?

The scans are what the local lab-guy gave me after printing at 4×6. The scans tend to come out a bit bright (do lab scanners expose to the right?), but Auto Contrast in Capture NX-D did a decent job of making the photos look good. It does contrast for Red, Green, and Blue channels separately, so white balance gets fixed at the same time. One-click photo editing makes me happy.

River(bed) and Apartments

Gangneung, Namdae River. Riverbed and Buildings. 2019

I made the long walk to university today and brought my X-T3 in case I saw something interesting. When I transferred today’s photos to my computer, I noticed that there was a photo from last week on the SD card. I made this on the way downtown and I like it enough to share.
¬† ¬†There is very little precipitation in Korea during the winter, and most small rivers look like this one. There’s only a little stream running down the riverbed, which you can see as a thin dark line in this photo.