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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.
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.
Wapan Salt Field is so close and yet the total number of my visits there does not even hit a dozen.
Two reasons for that:
1. My visits before were mostly unpleasant.
2. I personally think the setting is too static, in lack of dynamics and unpredictability.
I would say it is very much like Gaomei; the only thing you can expect to get a decent shot with is the sky and clouds.
Well, I felt a great sense of satisfaction today because I found a brand new angle to appreciate this setting even when the tide is high.
Not exactly glamorous if you wanted me to say how I felt about today's shooting conditions. Yet, I did feel content enough to have a nice seafood dinner happily.
The trips to Taidong have been so amazing. You can say that it brought me even more pleasure and memories than Taidong.
I know it is not very possible but I really look forward to another trip for me to be again on the road along the Pacific Ocean.
Even though I am adjusting myself to the fact that there would always be people around whenever and wherever I go out shooting, I am still not comfortable with it.
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After I almost decided to leave this spot to move to a different one, I felt it was a better idea to stick around and this was what I got awarded by the Creator - a spectacular sky with unbelievably dramatic clouds.
Yes, I was more than satisfied yesterday. What made me even happier was that there were no other guys like me with cameras and tripods around. What a peaceful and blessed moment it was to be at one alone with the universe.
Light chasing is all landscape photography about, isn't it? I am glad I bought her instead of all the other SLUVs. Over the years, she has taken me to places afar to chase the light I desire and never let me down, rain or shine, day and night.
Yet, you would never be disappointed with The Pacific Ocean.
Fangshan coast has drastically changed so that I can hardly recognize any of those previously familiar rocks. Where on earth did these mammoth rocks come from anyway? They seem to have crawled ashore from the bottom of the sea.
And of course this also increases the difficulty but this is exactly the other incentive that keeps me shooting cosmos year after year and never getting tired.
This shot was taken on an cloudy evening when I thought there were basically nothing to be captured. This spot was on the way to another place where I thought I might have some luck. I was driving out of a curved road and all of sudden there it was - a fish-farming pond with yellow algae along the green grassy bank and clouds reflected in the glossy water surface.
Of course, compared with real grandeur, this may look somewhat mundane, yet I was content then. To me, the real pleasure comes not from capturing grand scenes but from coming across the often neglected spots and recording the hidden beauty in it.
Another of this year's lotus series!! I am quite satisfied with this shot for the golden sunlight beaming down from the left side and the bokeh of the woods in the background. Another blessed moment for me!!
It sure is getting harder and harder to see Fangshan beach covered with sand now. This was taken before Typhoon Saola so there was still enough sand on the beach; yet, compared with the same period last year, this is really nothing. But I was satisfied then and I feel even more content now because there are just pebbles and rocks of all sizes left after the typhoons.
Frankly speaking, I was quite repelled by the new sight of the coast during my prior visits, yet today I realized that this is the true meaning of "nature has its own course." Fangshan, like all the other coasts around the world, revitalize itself or is reinvigorated by Mother Nature; either way, Fangshan is no longer the original Fangshan.
I am happy that I have found a brand new way to communicate with it, to appreciate it and to interpret it.
Fangshan Coast on a glorious golden evening with white foaming waves crashing on the lovely rocks on the beach.
As is clearly shown in the image, the rocks were in perfect positions then but now they are in total chaos. I wonder how long it is to take to restore the beach to its original beauty.
And of course, I seriously doubt if I could ever again shoot freely and totally without disruption on the beach again.
One of the two new cats adopted by my daughter Crystal. The cats are bother and sister and originally strays. This is the brother Audi, which is more active, just like a typical boy. As for the sister Bella, she is quiet and shy most of the time.
Another shot of the murky Fangshan series. On that day, I was not alone on the beach because there were some other photographers too. Can't say I was not distracted at all but I guess I really have to get used to this situation soon or else I am not to find suitable places for shooting comfortably.