Waking up for Sunrise
I don’t really like waking up for sunrise, but it generally is worth it. Did a sunrise walk today, we’ll see how it turned out!
Dueling Reflections in the Night
To head back to the hotel, or to wander the city late in to the evening. I generally chose option B, and since it had rained for most of the day, I knew that there would be some reflections to capture somewhere along the way. As I strolled around the magnificent plaza at the Chiang Kai-shek memorial, the lights glistened off the concrete.
I would say I develop maybe 10% of my photos or so thru Lightroom alone, and I often start with a preset. This one is based off an artist that I really enjoy for his model work, Jaime Ibarra.
An Evening Ride
I loved riding the train in Taiwan. It was quick to get from A to B, clean, and local. I always try to get local. As they say, when it Rome.
With finishing up the Stars tutorial, next on the list is the star trail tutorial. Keep an eye out, it should be done tomorrow.
Melons Oh My
When the night fell, I found that the most interesting things were happening at the night markets. This one, in Taipei, Taiwan, was one that I went to a couple of times since it was just down the street from where we were staying. You could really buy just about anything you needed, from groceries to clothes to pets, it was a one stop shop. As long as the stinky tofu doesn’t spoil your appetite, it’s a fun way to walk around and sample some of the different and more local food options.
I find a lot of comfort and knowledge in quotes. It seems there is one for just about any mood or emotion or thought, that seems to just read your mind. This one really seems to hit a fundamental point of photography, that really what we need to be thinking about and looking for is the light.
There is one fundamental fact about lighting. Where there is no light, there is no beauty. ~ Ruby Ross Wood
All Roads Lead to One 101
It seems like night city shots are always filled with interesting lights. Street lights, building lights, lights from cars and buses and scooters as they race down the streets. If you’re lucky enough to have some low lying clouds as well, it can nearly be as bright as day, late in to the evening. It’s really amazing to see the Taipei 101 from an angle like this, you get a perspective of how truly towering this structure is, and it’s presence is felt throughout the city.
I believe this is less than a week an a half out! Best guess, middle to late next week. As you can imagine, this is going to be a bit of a transition time and there will probably be a few days of down time between. I think it will be well worth it soon!
Nightfall at Chiang Kai-shek
This memorial was absolutely stunning. There are pieces of architecture that really can knock your socks off, and this is definitely one. The one thing I continue to tell people about this photo is the to get a judgement of the actual magnitude of the structure, is take a look at the posts along the top of the stairs. Those posts are about five feet tall! Think about that for a second. All in all it stands 249ft off ground level, and has beautiful marble walls. Fun fact for the numbers folks out there, the doors are 52.5 feet tall and weigh in at 75 tons. EACH.
Well, I think all in all, it was a very successful 4th of July. I’ll have some fireworks photos up soon!
Waterworks at the National Theater
Located at Liberty square, the memorial (consisting of the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, National Theater and National Concert Hall) was commissioned for construction after Chiang Kai-Shek’s death in 1975. Completed in 1987, the National Theater and it’s sister building, the National Concert Hall were the first major performing arts facilities to be established in Asia. Wandering around in the evening provides a whole new view of the theater, which can be a little overwhelmed with visitors. The fountains added even another element to the building’s traditional Chinese style of palace architecture, reflecting the lights and colors of the beautiful building.
Not all who wander are lost ~ Tolkien