• See notes - film degraded badly in the sky, which was a little dull, so I emphasised the bright mist in LR3. Maybe too much for the view on white - definitely better on black.
  • This hillside is in North Korea - there's a river in between, hidden by the buildings and distant trees.
  • Chuck
  • Brisket
  • Shank
  • Rib
  • Plate
  • Sirloin
  • Round
  • Short Loin
  • Flank
  • Shank
  • Not the best fed animal on earth, poor old beast.

The Future Is Orange, North Korean Border [Film Scan]

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Best on black!

Another one from my APS film archive, now scanned. I just see I forgot to correct the date in the EXIF - this one dates from spring 2001, about two thirds of the way through I year I spent teaching in Harbin, China.

We had a few days holiday, I think in April, and headed across to the North Korean border in the belief there was a Chinese train route that took you, in sealed carriages, through North Korea and back into China. If there was, the chaps at the station weren't for selling us tickets on it. Instead, we did manage to cross for 5 minutes at a bridge just down and right of this shot. There was a large arch with telescopes for peering across at the town across the river - steam trains, paintings of the Il Sung family, etc. Very interesting and 20RMB well spent.

The sky in this scan was severely degraded, so I added a +1 stop GND to better blend it, hence the overexposed effect. Maybe I've overdone it. It looks best when the image is viewed on black, even if the quality doesn't quite carry. Oh for 21MP back then! But there we go!

Lots of plastic bags in the dry grass - sadly a feature of Northern China.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!


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  1. russ david 38 months ago | reply

    wonderful photo!

  2. y2-hiro 38 months ago | reply

    Lovely and peaceful scene here !

  3. Levels Nature 38 months ago | reply

    Superb view and shot!

  4. jyotsnapathania [deleted] 37 months ago | reply

    wholesome scene

  5. a l e x a ♡ 37 months ago | reply

    ohh i love the tags:o
    and nice perspective!

  6. twoGiraffe 37 months ago | reply

    Beautiful scene. I like how the cow is observing the environment.
    Seen on your photo stream. (?)

  7. The Yellow Man (NL) 37 months ago | reply

    What a great shot. Great contrast between the cow and mountains and the industrialscenery! Nice colortoning as well!

  8. Theophilos 37 months ago | reply

    Great image!

  9. gbrummett 37 months ago | reply

    WOW very rare shot!!

    And very brave crossing over the border and taking the shot!

  10. JoGo... 37 months ago | reply


  11. Laureos 37 months ago | reply

    Excellent composition, the beast is perfectly placed with the lanscape. The tones are beautiful!

  12. DAVID TYAS 37 months ago | reply

    I like the blending of gold and silver here, usually a very tricky accomplishment, and almost missed the bull altogether. I also liked the interesting description.

  13. Pablo Suárez - Buenos Aires 37 months ago | reply

    Enticing and luminous, genuinely inspired ........

  14. Praveer Shukla 37 months ago | reply

    North Korea ...is that a free place to be :P

  15. k4♥wea 37 months ago | reply

    Lovely colour tones, a beautiful capture. I really must start going through my old film shots at some point, I have so many of my travels.

  16. Photo--Graphy [deleted] 37 months ago | reply

    So nice...

  17. blauepics 36 months ago | reply

    For sure this is an unusual view! ;-)

  18. t1nytr0n 31 months ago | reply

    Excellent composition... great contrast between urbanity and animal, beautiful atmosphere :-)

  19. ㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤ [deleted] 25 months ago | reply


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