Welcome to my blog, my friends!!

After being abandoned for years, my blog is eventually set up. Thanks to the new templates, it is so much easier to arrange my blog the way I want to a much more acceptable degree. Well, now it may not be exactly the best, but I am sure it will definitely be better and I shall be more willing to spend more time and efforts here.

在荒廢了幾年後,我的部落格終於搞好了;幸好有新的範本設定功能,否則恐怕不曉還會再擱上幾年呢。目前這部落格的樣子或許還不算完美,但已經比原來的殘破樣子好太多了;相信假以時日,它會漸入佳境的。我呢,應該也會多花些時間在這個屬於我的空間,跟喜歡我攝影作品的朋友們分享心情、攝影觀念及新作品。

12/30/2012

Harbor Twilight 港口暮色

12/24/2012

Brass Band 管樂隊 (1) ...... MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Merry Christmas! 耶誕快樂!

I drove by the brass band playing on the sidewalk across from the train station today while not knowing where to go for a shoot because it was a faceless gloomy winter day. The shiny metallic golden instruments instantly caught my eye and then I knew I had something great to shoot, instead of a dull windy beach.

They played well by the way.

12/23/2012

Cosmos 波斯菊

Would never get tired of capturing cosmos!!

They are small and simple yet delicate and elegant. I especially like to shoot with proper back-lighting, which would make petals semitransparent.

One thing to share with you all, taking cosmos needs to be very careful with the saturation of colors, especially when shooting red or pink cosmos. De-saturation is often needed for cosmos to have a clean look and clear texture.

12/14/2012

Violet Anping 紫色安平

My first try of Lee's GND!!

I am hoping to enhance my image quality and thus Lee's filters seem perfect for my sunrise/sunset shooting. Black card can no longer satisfy my requirement of image quality.

This one here looks just perfect for starting. Give me more time and I believe I will master it as I did black card technique.

12/12/2012

Winter Night 冬の夜

This was taken in the park I often go jogging. Every time I jog there I always think to myself that there is got be something here worth shooting, especially the lighting.

One night after I finished jogging, I grabbed my camera and got back there to take the shots. I did not stop until it was midnight because it was just fantastic to have no one around.

12/09/2012

Crystal (4)

Crystal (4) by Sunrise@dawn 風傳影像
Crystal (4), a photo by Sunrise@dawn 風傳影像 on Flickr.

Crystal's portrait on a urban exploration. We started out in the afternoon that day and it was sunny so we had a wonderful harvest in Confucius Temple. Then we cam to this old temple to spent an hour or so trying to capture the light.

This was taken on the way out of the temple in a small alley. I was quite surprised to see the colorful bokeh background!! Amazing!!!

12/06/2012

午後の莊嚴

Another Carl Zeiss Planar T* 1.4/85 work!!

What else can I complain about this lens? No auto-focus? It really does not matter if you are not shooting for some specific purposes.

I had a pretty easy afternoon shooting trip around town with the lens that day!! Besides, bathing in sunshine is absolutely food for health!!

12/02/2012

Orange Alley 橘巷

This is one of the series of my night exploration of this old city and I personally like this setting very much! In fact, I did not stay there long because some guy came out from a house nearby to check what the dogs were barking at.

This setting was at he end of a small alley, which was my last target that night. So I was quite amazed to find what the lighting could offer - the shadow and colors - and how all the elements came together to display such a wonderful night scene.

12/01/2012

Timeless Anping 永恆安平 (1)

Not bad an evening for winter! I was kind of late leaving my place and therefore arriving there in a rush. Thank God I still got to capture something pleasing!!

11/26/2012

Forgotten Alley 遺忘の巷

Another exploration in the unknown alleys!

It is obvious that people are more interested in my landscapes. Really appreciate those who still drop by to fave or even leave a comment on images like this one, non-landscape!!

Well, I will continue to explore the dark, unknown parts of the city, and of course, to explore the new frontier of photography!!! I am sure I will come up with something that can be totally me, something that reflects the way I see the city or maybe something that depicts what the world should be like in my heart.

11/24/2012

Chigu at Dusk 向晚七股

Back to landscape.....

This spot has rarely caught too much attention of any photographers here, which is great because it keeps this area from artificial disturbances or even damage. I have always been fond of shooting alone if possible for shooting alone brings me the most pleasure and serenity.

This day, as you can see, is not at all gorgeous for most photographers but it is still attractive enough to me. I think one of the reasons is that it is very difficult to come across anything good whenever I visit it. I am content with the clouds, the orange band of setting sun and that lone sampan moored there in the lagoon.

11/19/2012

Classic Fangshan 經典枋山

This is one of the few trips to Fangshan that have really lingered in my mind ever since then.

The rocks had never been more attractive and yet formidable - thanks to the strong wind and waves brought by the typhoons this year. They were like mirages in deserts, like shooting stars in the dark night because they were buried by sand carried ashore by waves the next time I went there. The is what landscape photography appeals to me so much - you can neither predict nor repeat, but you can capture a moment and freeze it into eternalness.

I was led there by fate on that particular day and I believe that I was really picked by God to capture the scenes because there were no one else on the beach except me, and of course my kids.

11/18/2012

Alley

Alley by Sunrise@dawn 風傳影像
Alley, a photo by Sunrise@dawn 風傳影像 on Flickr.
I am slowing down on Facebook, or withdrawing from it at least for the present. As for the reasons, I think it is mainly because I am not a social type of man and hence updating my status seems to be pointless and aimless. Besides, I would never upload any of my images onto FB for it has no respects for and no intention to protect intellectual properties. In this case, there seems to have no space in any groups for a person like me.

I have been wondering what the main purpose for people to upload photos onto FB risking their works being illegitimately used or downloaded? Sharing? For some photographers who have contracts with image companies, it seems pretty unwise. Self-promoting? It is obvious that most "Likes" that people collect are usually from the people they have already known in some other photo or social websites. Fun from meeting people? Yeah, probably it is but I would like to seek friends in my real world, not in the cyberspace, though I did actually make a couple of great friends on the Internet.

11/15/2012

Bikeh

Bikeh by Sunrise@dawn 風傳影像
Bikeh, a photo by Sunrise@dawn 風傳影像 on Flickr.

This one is taken with my toy 24-70L II. It has very fast auto-focusing and color rendering. But I would still say that Carl Zeiss Planar T* 1.4/85 ZE performs better in almost every way except the auto-focusing part.

Once you have a taste of Zeiss lenses, you would feel there is something missing in or you may not feel just comfortable with Canon lenses, even L series.

11/11/2012

Night 夜色

Great bokeh image taken with Carl Zeiss Planar T* 1,4/85!!

Luv the manual focusing system - it just takes me back to the earlier times when I was still using Pextax and Minolta!! It tales more time and patience indeed but it also brings more enjoyment!!!

11/08/2012

Submarine Rock 枋山潛艇石

A Flickr friend describes it as a whale and I have to say I like his eye better; a submarine would not have such lively lines and shapes as the rock possesses. It looks more so when the waves hit, doesn't it?

Too bad that this scene is history now because the sand has covered most of the rocks on the beach. Guess I have to wait till next summer for another miraculous creation of God.

10/31/2012

Crystal (1)

Crystal (1) by Sunrise@dawn 風傳影像
Crystal (1), a photo by Sunrise@dawn 風傳影像 on Flickr.

Taken with my new toy - Carl Zeiss Planar T* 1,4/85 ZE.

I was amazed at how the lighting in the background turned out to be - unbelievable color tones and dreamy bokeh!!! It is always a greatest pleasure to come up with shots like this one at a setting you expect something otherwise.

10/28/2012

Night Lane 暗夜巷道

Another awesome night shot taken with my new Carl Zeiss Planar T* 1.4/ 85 ZE. 1.4 is certainly no match for 1.0 but manual focusing adds a lot of fun to shooting with this well-built lens.

10/26/2012

Chigu at Dusk 七股暮色

Another shot of my Light Chasing series, taken on a different position at a different sun-setting time!!

Everything seems to be just just perfect, right? The tide, the clouds, the sun, and the position! In fact, on that particular day, every position was OK! What a blessed day for me!!

This is not a popular setting for most Taiwanese photographers so there is basically no one around whenever I go there. Ain't that just awesome?

This reminds me of Erliao, where I used to visit a few times every year and take some fantastic sunrise shots; now it is always packed with hundreds of tripods every day. And the most unbearable thing of all is that people would have to arrive there at about 10 o'clock the previous night to put tripods or whatever thing they own to occupy a spot for yourself or else they would have no place to stand to shoot at all. Isn't it spoiling all the fun? Besides, with so many people there, Erliao is basically like a noisy night market in the mountain. I am not kidding -  there were actually vendors selling coffee, sandwiches and some other food up there!!!

10/22/2012

Romantic Wonliton 浪漫萬里桐

Waliton has never ceased to amaze me with its spectacular tidal pools and unique coral reef patterns, plus the most glorious sunset.

It takes another hour to get to Wanliton after passing Fangshan so compared with the total number of my visits to Fangshan, I seem to have been too tepid to it!!!

Wanliton is a rather difficult shooting location for its dark coral reefs. Rocks in Fangshan are easier to shoot because they reflect light but dark coral reefs in Wanliton are really a bitch because they don't reflect light but absorb it. So getting prefect exposure control is very difficult while shooting Wanliton, especially for black card shooting.

10/17/2012

Stormy Fangshan 風雨枋山

I never get disappointed with gloomy weather because I can always find something worth shooting. Sometimes it is the light that is veiled behind the thick clouds; sometimes it is the awesome stormy clouds that roll in the gray sky; sometimes it is the waves that interact with the rocks ashore.

On this day, everything I need for shooting was present at the setting so yes, I had fun alright!!!

10/14/2012

Wapan in Early Winter 初冬瓦盤

Wapan seems to have been well developed by the government because there were just too many tourists on the site today!!! I don't really think it is something worth cheering for man-made development usually means destruction of the eco-system!!

10/11/2012

Classic Fangshan 經典枋山

Fangshan is changeable and unpredictable!! This was taken about one month ago and the last time I visited there again, only to find that the landscape was totally different!!

After having shooting Fangshan for these years, I think Fangshan with this terrain is the most gorgeous. Too bad it is gone now because I was hoping to have a great harvest this year shooting Fangshan!!!

10/08/2012

Waves & Rocks in Fangshan

Fansghan on a not-so-grorgeous evening looks no less attractive though. The pebbles brought onto the beach by strong currents and waves after typhoons in summer embellish the beach a great deal with their glittering in the white wave streaks.

Though winter is around the corner, I am still hoping that I can be blessed with some great moments and spectacular scenes. In fact, after checking my previous shooting records, I find there were quite a few great trips on which I made a lot of gorgeous captures. Who says winter is not the right season for landscape shooting?!

10/05/2012

Overcast Chigu (1)

Muddy bottom of Chigu lagoon is way beyond my expectation; it is just gorgeous, especially with those rocks half buries in the mud.

As for the clouds, what else could you ask for? They are just simple awesome. I had never expected to come across them this way before I reached the spot; somehow, God sent me there to witness His creation and capture it for the world to see.

10/03/2012

Anping under Clouds

How lucky I was to be there at that pint to witness the most spectacular clouds, especially from that spot!!

I don't usually shoot to hat direction but for the clouds, I did it and I have say it was just awesome!! Of course, I have to say thank you to the own of the first boat for he moored it at just the right position!!!

As a photographer, I always consider it a privilege to be chosen to witness some great moments of nature.

10/02/2012

Murky Waves in Stormy Fangshan

My latest visit to Fangshan!!! Gloomy so the sky was overwhelmed with dark clouds, plus the sea water was murky enough!!!

Not exactly a satisfying trip but I still enjoyed it a lot as long as I could stand on the beach and press the shutter!!!

9/30/2012

Fangshan Rocks 1

This spot on Fangshan is gorgeous yet since every rock there is awfully slippery, I could not actually move around easily for too many different angles. As you can see, the rocks are simply out-of-the-world and it is absolutely frustrating when I got stuck most of the time trying hard not to fall.

Maybe I should try to find some kind of anti-slippery gear so I can actually function there to make some good shots!!!

9/27/2012

Long Exposure of Chigu

Still feel ecstatic about this new spot...
Serene and gorgeous!! I am not being selfish but it is really annoying with a lot of others around!! I can move about to any positions I like without worrying I might be in someone's way to offend him. Most of all, this spot is just SUPERB!!!

Oh, one more thing, I had never expected the rocks to be so beautiful until I came this close to them.

9/24/2012

Crystal (7)

Crystal (7) by Sunrise@dawn 風傳影像
Crystal (7), a photo by Sunrise@dawn 風傳影像 on Flickr.

Light is the most wonderful element when making not only landscapes but portraits too. Crystal always looks gorgeous with natural light in the bokeh background!!!

As you may not know, I have no flashes up to now and have no intention to buy one in the nearest future because I like natural lighting better than artificial lighting.

9/23/2012

Anping in Fall Dusk 秋暮安平

I have been away from this spot for quite a while because I had come here for so many times that I could not even remember the exact number. Well, I have to admit I was a little bored with it.

Anyway, since I don't have enough time to drive around shooting I think I may just revisit spots like Anping harbor. It is not all because I am forced to make do with it but because I also think that, after years of shooting, I believe I can, at least I should, come up images that can better interpret and depict these far too familiar spots.

9/20/2012

華燈伴舢板

A spot I have been away for quite a while yet I found it still appealing this evening. The tide was just right to elevate the boats to the perfect position for me to take shots with lower the angle too much.

The street lights came on at just the right time before I had to leave; then I got this shot with warm golden light in the left background.

9/17/2012

Fangshan Reloaded (2)

Looks like another setting, right? Nope, it IS Fangshan still.

I am really amazed at how powerful the waves are; a lot of the rocks were thrown upto the beach by the sea devil.

Passing Touth 逝去的年輕


It to a certain extent reflects part of what has been recently haunting my mind deeply. I am seriously considering to retire or at least partly retire so that I can concentrate more on photography. Life is unpredictable and changeable. Life begins, life ends; mortals like us can never know why, how, where and when life is to cease forever. What is the purpose that one exists for? What does one should have before one dies, regret for having not fulfilled one's dreams or satisfaction for having all one's dreams come true? What is to be left behind after one dies?

9/13/2012

Fangshan Misty Sea

A long exposure shot of Fangshan coast with waves turmed into mist and rocks reflecting the golden light of the setting sun.

I know it is fall now and it is not easy to come across a glamorous sunset like this in this season, but may the Almighty grant me a few more chances to witness His majestic and magical power.

For most photographers in Taiwan, summer is the perfect season to capture spectacular sunrise/sunset images but for me, I enjoy more when I come across a awesome scene in autumn or winter. Besides, during the two seasons, I can solely and easily enjoy my shooting trips without disturbance. After all, most people would not stand in the howling chilly wind for hours on the seaside.

9/11/2012

我一直相信這個時代終將會一種新思維、新價值,一如馬克思主義般地改變世界。

美國貧富不均的現象已到了慘不忍睹的地步,而台灣卻亦步亦趨跟隨其後,這塊美麗的島嶼何時才會出現一個真正得政治家來領導我們度過眼前的困境呢?

2005年,諾貝爾經學獎得主Paul Krugman 曾撰文 Inequality in America 對美國貧富不均的現象提出針貶:

"This week's census reports showed that income inequality was near all-time highs in 2004, with 50.1 percent of income going to the top 20 percent of households. And additional census data obtained by the Economic Policy Institute show that only the top 5 percent of households experienced average real income gains in 2004. Incomes for the other 95 percent of households were flat or falling."

七年過了,一切只有更糟,毫無起色。今年,Bob Herbert 在 Losing Our Ways 寫到:

"There is plenty of economic activity in the U.S., and plenty of wealth. But like greedy children, the folks at the top are seizing virtually all the marbles. Income and wealth inequality in the U.S. have reached stages that would make the third world blush. As the Economic Policy Institute has reported, the richest 10 percent of Americans received an unconscionable 100 percent of the average income growth in the years 2000 to 2007, the most recent extended period of economic expansion."

如 Paul Krugman 在 Inequality in America 文末寫的:”They should be ashamed of themselves.“

Nanliao Harhor

Just as my Flickr friend commented on this image, "... the stones under the water are the cherry on the cake!" I am so fascinated with the mossy rocks, which are rare to see on western Taiwan, where seashores are mostly sandy.

The boats on this side of Nanliao harbor seem to more attractive than those on the other sides or elsewhere I have visited.

9/02/2012

Overcast Lagoon at Dusk 向晚潟湖

Overcast Lagoon at Dusk 向晚潟湖 by Sunrise@dawn 風傳影像
Overcast Lagoon at Dusk 向晚潟湖, a photo by Sunrise@dawn 風傳影像 on Flickr.

Another blessed day for me!! 

I wasn't expecting something this dramatic when I left home.I left home later than usual and by the time I arrived in Chigu, there were basically no clouds in the sky. What was worse was that there was a high wall of thick clouds right above the horizon, which I anticipated to be blocking the setting sun before it hit the sea surface.  I first checked this spot just to find it not that appealing so I tried the most frequented spot, where there is a giant zig-zag eel-trapping net. Sadly, I discovered that it was partly damaged by the typhoons previously that hit Taiwan. 

Anyway, I decided to returned here to try my luck and see what assignment the Creator would give me today. When I hit the spot, the huge wall of clouds actually hid the sun before it reached the horizon. Therefore, when I set foot on the wetland, I was not expecting to shoot anything glamorous on the west since there was basically nothing and then I turned to south and found the gigantic clouds moving like an aircraft carrier. 

Nature is never predictable.

8/30/2012

Tainan Railway Station 台南驛頭

Tainan Railway Station 台南驛頭 is a place that comes in to out of many stages of my life. Before I had my first car, I came here to get on a train to take me afar or arrived on a weary train from afar. Now it is a place I would come once in a while to pick up my kids from afar.

I has not changed a lot, in fact. This trip there was quite pleasant because nobody bothered me even though there were passengers around. I just kept shooting as a tourist; I bet most of the passengers would think I was a tourist from out of town because no local people would spent hours walking about, searching and shooting pictures.

I may go there again in the morning or at night; then I may get to see her in different appearance.

Gorgeous Four Weeds 旖麗四草 (1)

Four Weeds this evening!!! The patterns of the burning clouds were very attractive and to be honest, I was satisfied with this kind of scene. Can't ask for more, right? I am not a greedy man.

Somehow, I have this discomfort every time I shoot at this spot of Four Weeds. Four Weeds without a glamorous sky would be only a dull beach littered with all kinds of debris, broken bottles, bamboos of stray oyster-fishing racks, drifting wood, bricks, and things you cannot even imagine.