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North Korea Coast

North Korea Coast
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Copyright: Chris Jules (chrisJ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10
Categories: Nature
Camera: Pentax Me Super, Pentax 28mm f:2,8, Polarizing Filter
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-11-07 6:19
Viewed: 4594
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Taken from the Goseong Unification Observatory, looking north, deep into North Korea along the east coast. The Diamond Mountains (Geumgang-san) can be seen in the distance.

Zoom lenses above 160mm are banned at this point. The promontory in the distance is the end of the DMZ. The taxi driver kept insisting all cameras were banned, but I went back & got my camera, when I saw South Koreans snapping away. The telescopes in the fg are eagerly grabbed by the South Koreans.

"Built by an army unit in 1983, Goseong Unification Observatory(height – 700m) was the closest place where you could view the Mt. Geumgangsan before it was opened to South Koreans. The nearest part of the Mt. Geumgangsan is 16km away and the farthest part is about 25km away. From the Observatory, you can see Haegeumgang, and the islands nearby, Manmulsang, and Hyeonjongam. On clear days, you can also various peaks of Mt. Geumgangsan such as Ilchulbong (1,552m), Chaehabong, Jipseonbong, Yukseonbong, Gwaneumbong, and even the greatest peak of Mt. Geumgangsan, the Birobong Peak. Goseong Unification Observatory is the closest spot to the north, and many people who visit are those who had to leave their home and were separated from their families during the Korean War. You can see monuments built in the hope of reunification here.
Tongilanbo Park, which can be considered the entrance of Tongil Jeonmangdae, was built in 1987 to be used as the nation’s security site. You must pass by here to get to Goseong Unification Observatory, making the entry process somewhat inconvenient."

Source: http://english.tour2korea.com

There is even a dispute over what the sea in this image is called. To Koreans, it's the East Sea, & to the Japanese it's the Sea of Japan.

lucbus, Werewolf, John_F_Kennedy, cunejo200, jan515, law, SkyF, MLINES, grzesiek, Hormon_Manyer, MiffyO has marked this note useful
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  • lucbus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1809 W: 92 N: 1864] (10358)
  • [2006-11-07 7:04]

Hi Chris,
This is a nice view on that deserted beach with beautiful turquoise water and with this line of telescope in diagonal. The only problem I see is the "fujifilm" which grab my eyes since it is a word and we are always attracted by written word.
Have a great day

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  • linus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1797 W: 13 N: 1442] (15482)
  • [2006-11-07 8:31]

Hi Chris,
The beach is beautiful. I suppose the beauty hides a lot of dangers here.

I've used Fujifilm since the beginning of the eighties, Chris!
AAch, to sit there and stare in that vast distance, what a lovely view you have captured here, thanx, M, (*_*)

An ad for Fujifilm lol! The parasol stay in good harmony with the colors of the scene! White for the sand, Aqua for the sea. Well seen!

Interesting the way the coastline leads our eyes to the rocks at the end. Great colurs and good sharpness

Hi Chris,
As we don't see much images from the DMZ, this is a welcome posting. The Fuji film banner creates nostalgia in the sense that digicam has taken over print phorography. Well composed beach scene with good colors and texture. Best wishes. Danilo

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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2006-11-07 11:30]

Hello Chris,
The details are very well visible. Very good composition. Fantastic perspective. Good work.

Hi Chris,

I've never seen this before (DMZ), what a shame to have it closed off and to be full of mines, as it's so beautiful!

Great POV & very informative notes.

Well done & TFS :)

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  • law Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 75 N: 80] (1764)
  • [2006-11-08 1:13]

Nice shot, Chris. This place looks beautiful. The colors, composition and perspective are fantastic. Tfs.


Hi Chris,

Beautiful visual, a beautiful coastal landscape, reminds me the beaches of Brazil. beautiful!
Beautiful composition, great shot!


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1666 W: 136 N: 1263] (6138)
  • [2006-11-09 13:08]

Hi Chris,
georgeous beach area as far the eye can see, and one can see very far in this shot. Nice landscape composition with excellent depth.

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  • MLINES Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1350 W: 102 N: 1081] (9125)
  • [2006-11-10 18:42]

Hi Chris. Very good composition showing us a new side of this part of the world. Without the inclusion of the lookout, we would be easily led to think it was a nice beach to visit. Your insight into Korea is most welcome. Murray.

I've never seen a privat picture from North Korea.

Thanks for sharing:)

Regards, Gregor

Hi Chris,
The only photo about North Korea on the site. It's great to look behind the iron curtain. I'm wondering how many more years need that regime to be overthrown...

Tfs the interesting image, best regards from Hungary, László

Hi Chris
wonderful forbitten capture and good pov
your shot here was a spy work
good to see the north Korea coast and mountains
well done

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