Few hours before I checked in my luggage in the airport for my flight to Taipei, I remembered myself doing some research on special landmarks which are convenient and easily accessible for me to get to without much difficulty and grab some quick shots before I spend the rest of my time indulging in their street food. As I do a quick check around the vicinity of my hotel, I saw a very big landmark none other than Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall and it is located very close to the hotel where I will be staying. I love walking so that sounds like a good plan for me to just walk across the streets and grab some shots!
I actually planned to go to the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall right after I checked in my hotel. But the moment I got into the premises, I was simply amused at how lively the place can be with people not only strolling in the park around the memorial hall, there were also many street vendors who sells toys or gadgets. One example is a tennis ball tied to a tennis racket by a few yards of stretchable string so that when you hit the ball away from yourself, the ball will just come back to you. Definitely a good solo tennis game.
After taking about half an hour of surveying the memorial hall, I decided to can my idea of setting up my tripod as I’m sure that even if I use my BIG Stopper for a long exposure shot, I will still get too much of movement in my picture. I shifted my plan to the early morning next day. One good lesson I learnt, be always prepared with a contingency plan in case of any unforeseen circumstances.
At around 7:30am the very next day, I was standing in front of the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall with a heavy overcast in the sky with imminent heavy rain. There were already crowds of visitors in front of the memorial hall which I was surprised to see early in the morning! But definitely lesser people than the day before. I set up my tripod right in the middle and took a shot using 16-35mm f2.8L on 5D II with BIG Stopper. The sky was overexposed but I adjusted the balance in the photoshop as I have captured the shot in RAW format.