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