on the adequacy of landscape

i find landscape pictures difficult: the lighting must be absolutely spot on, which is determined by a number of factors you have no control over but must anticipate. your pretty much onto a winner for light early morning or evening, but the afternoon can be a nuisance.

the variegation of the layers of cloud must be bold for me, this will mean they are moving, shifting the light, if they break & coagulate constantly, giving the sun opportunity to break out. if a blue sky isn’t solid enough but washed with a milky patina mingled with light it makes for an ugliness i can’t abide & is difficult to work with. so i don’t always end up with what i feel is an aesthetically stimulating photo, regardless of whether the landscape has implicate beauty. unfortunately Korea gets a lot of humidity & on those days i pretty much throw my hands up in defeat. there just isn’t a good atmosphere to muggy, humid days. the most photogenic days for me are those days when the wind is swift & urges the cloud with its swiftness, the cloud tends to layer on these days & sometimes their tones will vary too & it just begs for being photographed.  

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behind my place are farmer’s field that revolve through the seasons & can be very photogenic
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view of Seogwipo from Donnaeko trail
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the last stretch of Donnaeko, a treat after a steep descent through claustrophobic forest, to open into airy field of grass sloping into Oreum
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that last stretch of Donnaeko offers some expansive views all the way out to sea
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one of the lesser viewed sides of Hallasan, i don’t know whether north, south, east or west
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hansupul
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autumn timothy on the east side of the island
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Yeongsil trail 
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Biyangdo island seen from hansupul, again behind my place

13 thoughts on “on the adequacy of landscape

      1. I suppose there may be good reasons not do, for instance, I suspect that the thatched roof (despite being beautiful) might be more burdensome to maintain compared with a modern one.

      2. i suppose. though my guess is that the roof is solid & the thatching merely decorative these days. my wife likes modern & i don’t really have an opinion, so she makes all architectural calls, i just don’t like heavy, tungsten lighting, or neon lights, that is where i draw a line as i find it aesthetically unpleasant.

      3. Good point, I agree about the lighting, to me, warm yellow lamp light or wall lights are the only light I’ll accept. I too feel that neon lights are horrible and I don’t like office light either.

      4. Yeah those are atrocious, sometimes I just want to light candles like those 18th century country houses, have you seen Barry Lyndon? The following scene was shot only in candle light with special camera:

        Its amazing, like an oil painting.

      5. i haven’t, but i read a lot about it. i don’t watch movies much these days as i don’t find the time. i am content with a lamp as i don’t have very good eye sight. but candle light has a warm aesthetic, i agree.

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