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Elephant mountain view

It was easy to locate the entrance to the hiking trail of elephant mountain. Just do a research using the internet and locate the entrance on the map, following my mobile phone and found the entrance without any difficulties. But the toughest part is climbing up the seemingly endless steps of stairs up the elephant mountain. I had all the fresh air around me that I needed and occasional cooling breeze cooled me down in a sunny day. I kept myself going up the steps without taking too many breaks as I know very clearly for myself, if I take too much breaks, it will be harder for me to start climbing again every single time.

Finally, when I reached the look out deck, I was treated with a million dollar view of the Taipei landscape with Taipei 101 standing gloriously. With the fast moving clouds, I made a long exposure shot of the landscape with BIG Stopper from LEE filter and made the image into a HDR. I love this picture!

Taipei 101 : HDR

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Posted by on September 21, 2016 in Destinations, Taiwan

 

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Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei

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.

Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei

 
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Posted by on June 1, 2015 in Destinations, Taiwan

 

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Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall in Taipei

It was a cooling day when I was making my way to Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall by using Taipei Metro which is more commonly known as MRT. Taking the subway was pretty straight forward as I just have to get off my train ride over at Chiang Kai-Shek station. I have been to Taipei before but not Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall before so this time, I am determined to grab the opportunity to capture some long exposure landscapes during the twilight. I got there at 5:30pm and there were big crowds of visitors there on a typical Sunday, at that point of time, it would be a test of my patience by waiting for the sun to start setting before I can set my tripod down right in front of the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall.

After finally waiting for half an hour, the main entrance door to Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall closed, I thought by then, the crowds of visitors will start dispersing and at the same time, the weather started to get a little chilly. The crowds of visitors were only cleared by 7:00pm and fortunately, the sky was still looking real nice. There were still few visitors around the area and I took my chances to press my shutter button when I see the opportunity to capture a “clean” long exposure landscape of the beautifully lighted memorial hall.

Setting my camera with 30 seconds’ exposure, I used my 16-35mm f2.8L on 5D II for capturing the image below. I like this picture for its natural pinkish sky and the structure. It was definitely worth the wait.

Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall in Taipei

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Destinations, Taiwan

 

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Aquarium in Ken Ting

When I first visited Ken Ting in Taiwan, I made a trip to the aquarium as well. It is a very large place showcasing various marine life. When I was there, I stayed indoor as much as possible, it was so windy out there that you would not like it at all, not even just a simple pose taking some self shots.

I was walking around the aquarium where lights were dimmed to protect the fishes. No flash allowed signs are everywhere and even if you tried using flash without any attendants around, the local visitors will gently remind you not to use the flash as it would cause harm to the fishes.

I want to show some of my shots that I did there. The aquarium is so big that it is around 10 meters in height! I took this shot from the second level of the building to emphasis on the size of the aquarium.

KenTing aquarium

 
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Posted by on August 6, 2011 in Destinations, Taiwan

 

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Ken Ting Panorama

Taking few pictures with panning ballhead on my tripod then stitching them up using photoshop is not an easy feat. Because some times, the stitching just fail due to lack of more photos to match one another. Fortunately, with advanced technology, digital memory card are literally free after I bought it. So I have the luxury to take repeated shots no matter if I need it or not.

At this scenic spot in Ken Ting, Taiwan, it was very tempting to do panoramic here as there are very few tourists around making the whole scenic spot mine, well, for few minutes perhaps. I normally took 3 photos on 3 different markings on my panning ball head of 50, 0 and 310. With these three photos, I could stitch them up in photoshop. Sometimes, I realized that I need more than 3 photos before I can successfully stitch them up otherwise it would just fail. I like this panoramic in particular for its balance of exposure and the details that the sky gives.

All the post processing were done after stitching, I do not want to end up having different contrast or exposure of 3 photos and trying to stitch them together.

KenTing

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2011 in Destinations, Taiwan

 

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Ken Ting

In the most southern side of Taiwan lies a beautiful county, Ken Ting. It has many scenic spots which you can visit and enjoy nice views from there. We engaged a private driver to drive us around to the designated scenic spots that we requested prior to suggestions that the driver cum guide would give you. You can get your hotel to arrange the tour for you catered to your own needs. The photo I’m going to share here is the very first scenic spot that we dropped by.

The beach is definitely a beautiful place to be at but not the one which you can enjoy sun baths or a swim as there are rocks all around. Moreover, swimming is prohibited as this area is protected. They do not want tourists to leave too much foot prints here. I grabbed this shot and again, I did process this under photoshop.

I love this place for its clear water and clean beach. It is windy at that time and waves were quite strong that crashes onto the rocks along the beach. It was sunny but not warm, really nice place to be at.

Ken Ting

 
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Posted by on July 21, 2011 in Destinations, Taiwan

 

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Wu Lai

If you are a fan of hot spring, then Wu Lai would be just the place for you. There are quite a number of well known hot spring baths here in Wu Lai for visitors to enjoy in! I asked one of the attendant about their hot spring. Apparently, they do not have the same baths as what we have in Singapore or normally what we enjoyed. They have only hot baths but do not have the cold ones.

I was told that in the past they used to have cold and hot baths but as the cases of people getting ill or some people physics cannot blend the cold and heat well and get some sickness. From then, they decided to stop the cold baths as most of the visitors are of the age of retirement and would like to protect the health of them. Well, hot spring baths are supposed to be good for health.

The bus ride from Taipei to Wu Lai took us around 45 mins. When we finally reached there, all was well! We did not try the hot spring baths but rather walked around and enjoying the scenery. There are also shops and stalls around of your choices for food and souvenirs.

Wu Lai

The waterfall is also a scenic view in Wu Lai. It is located at the top of the mountain which you can either hike up the road or take the small tram. Many chose to hike up as it would make a good exercise. The road is not steep and considered rather easy to walk, I have seen elderly people hiking up as well. I also grabbed a shot of the waterfall and processes it under photoshop.

Wu Lai waterfall

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2011 in Destinations, Taiwan

 

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