Toured the Hyundai motor factory today in Ulsan - the largest single factory in the world - The single building we were in viewing the assembly of Hyundai i30's for Europe and the Elantra for North America produces 80 cars an hour for 20 hours a day. The plant is 80% manual 20% robot operated. Unfortunately we weren't allowed to take any photographs. We drove 4 hours along the east coast of Korea and stopped at a service area with what would be frankly disgusting toilets in the west, but what is fairly normal in the far east. There were steps down to a rocky beach and we were there close t sunset time. The weather has been glorious and there was some nice light. Here are a few shots all handheld with the D800 and Nikkor 24 - 70:
More from Korea. Today I went to a farm in the North East of South korea, and we were driven to the top of the range at 1500m. We met quite a few different characters on the way:
This is Jeff - an English sheepdog brought out to Korea to move sheep. Korea isn't big on sheep - it produces great Beef, although not as famous as the US or Japan, it is very succulent and well tended.
Nikon D800 Nikkor AFS 80 - 200 at 200mm f/6.3 1/1000 ISO 500
This is Mr Ha, the best shepherd in Korea and the only shearer in the country. He spends time in the UK and NZ keeping his skills up to date. It sounded slightly strange hearing "come- by" in a korean accent!
At the end day this little guy was running around the yard and not sitting still for very long. Unfortunately I went for a wander with just the camera with the 24 - 70 attached. My other lenses were packed in the car, so I've had to crop this down a fair bit I had sprayed and prayed a little and he stood and looked at me for 4 seconds about a foot or two away. Unfortunately as sod's law would have it, I was waiting for the buffer to empty and missed the shot:
At the very end of the day we went to an excellent beef restaurant where you buy your meat first in a supermarket that is part of the restaurant and then they put the charcoal BBQ in and you cook it. Delicious. The best restaurants in Korea often don't look much to look at, but the food is fresh and tasty:
I only had my iphone with me so processed the shot in CS5
The settings chosen by the iPhone 4s were: 1/30 35mm equiv 35mm f/2.4 ISO 50
Today we went further North, (our hotel is within 35 miles of the North Korean border) and took a cable car part way up seoraksan mountain. At about 1600mm there were a few fingers of rock around. The climbing isn't the hardest, even so there are people speaking words of encouragement from a megaphone on the summit to get people to climb to the top. Before I did, I found an interesting angle between some rocks:
One more before I go to bed - it's 01.30 am here - here's one from our drive to our hotel in Yang Yang which is famous for my favourite vegetable, the mushroom. We had crossed one river bridge and I saw a stunning view with the light getting better and better. However there was nowhere to stop and it was a busy road without a pavement. Thankfully there was another bridge with a similar view where there was a pavement.
Some more from my recent trip to Korea. We climbed part way up a 5000 ft mountain, and the going was quite steep in places, but the views were great. There were a lot of people climbing too and it was fortunate that it was dry as the rocks would have been like ice when wet.
Here are some of the people heading up:
Nikon D800 Nikkor 24 - 70 at 24mm f/11 1/250 ISO 100