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Posing at the Chikan Towers

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I suppose I should be saying something about the 10th anniversary of 9/11 but I think there will be plenty said about it today(too much maybe?) and I would have little to add to the conversation. So instead, I offer you a break from it. I’m back at the Chikan Towers in Tainan, Taiwan again for this one, where we find a family posing for a photo: something most everyone does while on vacation. I, however, typically try to avoid placing myself in front of a camera. Most of the time I’m more comfortable looking through the lens rather than standing in front of it.

Posing at Chikan Towers

Posing at Chikan Towers - Tainan, Taiwan

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Ximending

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The Ximending district is Taipei’s answer to Tokyo’s Shibuya, a busy shopping and entertainment area popular with the young and fashionable. Small shops and restaurants line the narrow streets and alleyways, teeming with trendy youth. Typical of many shopping districts the world over anymore, local food and fashion is interspersed with the usual Western chain outlets. Have no fear, a Starbucks is near. The bright lights and mass of people can be entertaining for a while but if you are not into shopping and crowds, it can also quickly become a bit overwhelming.

Although it doesn’t compare with Shibuya in size, this is certainly an area you’ll want to check out if you’re visiting Taipei. And if you tire of the bright lights and noise, you can step into the small Tin Hau temple for a quiet respite.

Ximending

Ximending - Taipei, Taiwan

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Bamboo and Ferns – an HDR Comparison

One of the misconceptions many people have about digital photography versus film is that with film you could generally be sure that you were seeing what was captured. That’s not necessarily true. There have always been methods for manipulating film images in the darkroom. Ansel Adams was known to make liberal use of darkroom photo manipulation. The difference today is that digital processing has greatly expanded the ways in which we can manipulate our photos and the creative options available, as well as opening the door for the average person with access to a computer to make use of these creative tools.

On top of the ‘regular’ photo processing tools like Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, and Aperture, HDR (high dynamic range) adds another layer of creative options and, one could say, complexity to the way we can manipulate photos these days. Below I have three versions of an HDR-processed photo of ferns and bamboo Taroko Gorge National Park in Taiwan. All were processed using the latest version of Photomatix Pro. The first was done using a method called Tone Mapping and the second used a method called Exposure Fusion. I forgot to note how I did the third one but I think it was also done using Tone Mapping but with different processing options than the first one. Regardless, the point is to simply illustrate the many options that are available for ‘developing’ our photos, in this case using HDR processing. (In a future post, I’ll give an example just using some of the tools in Lightroom.)

There’s no right or wrong image below. They are just different interpretations using different processing methods, although I do have a preference. Which one do you prefer, and why?

Bamboo and Ferns - HDR Tone-Mapped

Bamboo and Ferns - HDR Tone-Mapped

Bamboo and Ferns - Exposure Fusion

Bamboo and Ferns - Exposure Fusion

Bamboo and Ferns - HDR

Bamboo and Ferns - HDR

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Reflection in the Pond

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Located in a park near the Sun Yat-sen Memorial in Taipei, this pond created a wonderful reflection of the Taipei 101 tower at sunset. It was difficult to get a good composition which included the whole tower in the reflection, in part because the tower is so tall. In general, Taipei is not a ‘tall’ city – one of the first things I noticed about the place. As such, the Taipei 101 tower – until recently the tallest building in the world – really stands out from everything around it.

Taipei Evening

Taipei Evening - Taiwan

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Yuen-Fong

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Taipei has probably one of the highest percentage of scooter ownership anywhere. I’ve got no numbers to back that up but there are a LOT of them. It’s crazy how many of them there are in the city. The streets – and the sidewalks – are clogged with them. Most of the scooters are black, nondescript cookie-cutter models that typically had a rather rundown look about them. Some of the hipster had wicked tricked out models, and occasionally you would see these really cool old Taiwanese motorcycles. The old motorcycles often had a lot of character but I wonder what the maintenance would be like for them.

Yuen-Fong

Yuen-Fong - Taipei

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