Wednesday, May 1, 2013

One eye smiling, the other firm upon the enemy

Here is another set of photographs from Meiko, taken on Tuesday while walking there. I'm still processing the photographs from Monday and Tuesday, and this time I started from the newest ones.

A part of the Meiko area used to belong to a Soviet military base: "The southern half of the municipality was leased to the Soviet Union between 1945 and 1956 for use as a naval base as part of the peace settlement that ended the hostilities between the Soviet Union and Finland during World War II. Signs of this time include concrete bunkers, other fortifications and the remains of an airbase."

Anyway, bunkers and trenches are to be found in Meiko, reminding of that time over 50 years ago. And I guess part of the reason why there is such wilderness in Meiko is due to it having been used for the military base, and not being used for other purposes such as forestry or agriculture.

I don't usually take photographs in the 16:9 aspect ratio, but the LX5 is acting up and changing the aspect ratio between 1:1 and 16:9 randomly by itself. Also, when starting up it sometimes takes a long time for the lens to extend, the camera making several tries before it succeeds. And the click wheel is not responding, preventing the change of exposure compensation and aperture.

I think the LX5 is nearing the end of its durability. It is less than two years old, but over 129.000 photographs may be enough for such a camera. However, the LX3 lasted for over 200.000 photographs taken.

(Posting title is from the poem Cozy Apologia by Rita Dove.)

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