Prior to 2020, snowscapes were something I hadn’t really photographed extensively. The primary reason is because I live on the southern coast of the Korean peninsula, where we don’t get much snow at all. Moreover, I’m typically home for a month in the Philippines every winter which has (delightfully) caused me to miss the peak cold in South Korea pretty much every year. However as we all know, 2020’s pandemic situation threw the whole world for a loop and international travel has become quite difficult.
There was no tropical island trip for me this winter, but at least that gave me the chance to photograph a bit of Korea in the snow. Keeping a close watch on the weather, I was able to make two trips to Korea’s winter wonderland. The first trip was to Jeolla province, which included Gwanghallu Pavilion (광한루) in Namwon, Baekyangsa (백양사) in Jangseong, and various areas around the town of Damyang. The second trip was up to the town of Danyang, which is most famous for the picturesque Dodam Sambong Peaks (도담삼봉). Aside from the peaks, we were also able to explore a bit of the surrounding farming villages.
My main images from these trips are in color. However, there were some shots that I felt were more/also suitable in black and white. I will share those images with you here.
At the time of writing, the weather has become much warmer in South Korea and these trips might be it for my winter adventures for the meantime. But who knows, we might get another chance before spring.
I’ll also be posting travelogues in color from each of these areas soon, so look out for those. Thanks for reading and catch you in the next post!
Gear used on these shoots:
Fujinon XF 16mm f/2.8 WR
Fujinon XF 27mm f/2.8
Fujinon XF 50mm f/2.0 WR
Asahi Pentax 135mm f/3.5 + M42 – FX Adapter
SIRUI Compact Traveler 5C Tripod
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