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Mon Aug 31, 2020, 11:40 AM

Since retirement

I have been haphazardly scanning negatives and slides from my film days. This first photo I came across the negative and realized it had never been printed since it was taken in 1970. I was stationed on the DMZ in Korea and came across this scene looking south from the DMZ toward Bukhansan, or 'North Han Mountain' literal translation. I was elated by the photo but devastated it had been filed away for 50 years. It almost captures the beauty of that country. The second photo was taken while crossing Freedom Bridge, a rail bridge converted to one way Army traffic, now back in rail service. It is white because it is covered in snow with the solidly frozen Imjin River on either side. It was our only means of escape from the DMZ and counterintuitively, would have been blown up immediately upon hostilities, making us mere suicide speed bumps. In the last couple of years, The Booze Traveler visited a tourist center overlook at the bridge looking into the DMZ, #3 screenshot. Hope you enjoy!







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HAB911 Aug 31 OP
Ohiogal Aug 31 #1
Hoyt Aug 31 #2
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Adsos Letter Aug 31 #4
HAB911 Aug 31 #5
Callalily Sep 1 #6

Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Mon Aug 31, 2020, 11:42 AM

1. Beautiful photos.

I especially like the first one. So tranquil.

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Mon Aug 31, 2020, 11:55 AM

2. Nice shots, even if decades ago.

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Response to Hoyt (Reply #2)

Mon Aug 31, 2020, 12:47 PM

3. For me, the first photo

is to digital photography as vinyl is to a CD, it's just feels different.

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Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Mon Aug 31, 2020, 01:13 PM

4. Beautiful, and number one is stunning.

I wish I had more ways to express how good I think that first image is.

I was in one of two armored cav units that helped secure the old W. German/East German border Back in the day. I can fully relate to the whole speed bumps thing.

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Response to Adsos Letter (Reply #4)

Mon Aug 31, 2020, 02:57 PM

5. Thank you!

I'm not prone to overt signs of joy and sorrow, and I must admit to having been on my second margarita when I finished work on that photo, but I had tears in my eyes.

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Response to HAB911 (Original post)

Tue Sep 1, 2020, 06:33 AM

6. Your first shot is just spectacular.

Your second shot has a feeling of loneliness as does your last shot.

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