Dogs on Beach – 1

Dogs on Beach – 1, Carmel Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

Photographing outside after a long long time. Gone are my Canon equipment. Now shooting with Olympus Micro-thirds exclusively. And this is with my favourite 25mm lens! This was also shot in JPG – with \’art\’ filter – Diorama.

The little white dog looked like it was lost – and kept bothering all the dogs in a 5m radius. Later on, we saw the the owner – a stout old lady was sitting around, smoking and enjoying people\’s confusion and concern over her \’lost\’ dog. Crazy how some people entertain themselves!

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus E-P5
Exposure: 1/250s at f/2.5
Focal Length: 25mm (35mm conversion – 50mm)
Lens: Panasonic Lumix G Micro 4/3 LEICA DG SUMMILUX 25mm f/1.4 Leica Aspherical Lens
ISO: 200

Window and Mural – Baoan temple

Window and Mural - Baoan temple
Window and Mural – Baoan temple, by Suprada on Flickr

Window and Mural, Bao-an temple, Taipei, Taiwan.

I went to the Bao-an temple because of my travel guide book\’s recommendation of \”the most beautiful temple in Taipei\”. I had to go back again, because i agreed with the book, because I was enchanted, entranced by this amazing temple and its arresting murals and architecture.

More about the temple architecture from this link (pdf):

\”The fabulous Baoan Temple, in the old and proudDalongtong community, was erected in its original form in 1805. It has since come a long way, today a large andrich complex. It was not only declared a national historicalrelic of the second grade in 1998 but also received animmensely prestigious UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awardfor Culture Heritage Conservation (聯合國教科文組織亞太文化資產保存獎) in 2003. The layout of the complex is majestic and stately, and the artwork of the great masters in place deservedly renowned, including the architecture, the wallpaintings, the stone, wood and clay sculptures, the koji ceramic art (交趾陶), and the cut-tile mosaic work (剪黏).Each individual part is exceedingly beautiful, but the wholeis magnificent, a feast for eye and soul that is the\”

Technical Details:

Camera: Canon Rebel XT
Exposure: 1/4sec at f/3.5
Focal Length: 10mm
ISO: 800
WB: Daylight
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Date: Feb 1, 2009
GPS Co-ordinates: Latitude: 25.073093, Longitude: 121.516101

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Bao-an Temple Window

Bao-an Temple Window
Bao-an Temple Window, by Suprada on Flickr

Bao-an Temple Window, Bao-an temple, Taipei, Taiwan.

The prayer wheels through the window in the Bao-an temple, all shining like stars. About the temple windows from this link (pdf):

\”Temple chairman Liao Wu-zhi (廖武治) points out that the complex is divided into three major sections, with three halls lined up front to back. On either side of thefront hall stand the traditional sculptures as the saying“green dragon on the left, white tiger on the right” (左青龍、右白虎). Look closely and you’ll learn that the walls onthe temple’s left and right have windows in the shape of book scrolls. Nodded bamboo stalks made of stone standwithin the frames. Count how many stalks in each—stalksin odd numbers signify the yang (陽) element, stalks ineven numbers the yin (é™°) element. You’ll find the yin/yang total in harmonious balance, as are yin/yang forces in the universe.\”

Technical Details:

Camera: Canon Rebel XT
Exposure: 1/60sec at f/2.5
Focal Length: 50mm
ISO: 800
WB: Daylight
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f1.8 II
Date: Feb 1, 2009
GPS Co-ordinates: Latitude: 25.073093, Longitude: 121.516101

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Dragon Pillar – Bao-an temple

Dragon Pillar - Bao-an temple
Dragon Pillar – Bao-an temple, by Suprada on Flickr

Closeup of the Dragon Pillar – Bao-an temple, Taipei, Taiwan.

Moore about the Bao-an temple from travelguide.com: \”Located across the street from the Confucius Temple, this Taoist temple is dedicated to the god of medicine. Built in 1830, it has quite a fascinating history. Early immigrants from Fujien Province brought the statue of the god to Taiwan in the late 18th century. During the Japanese occupation of Taiwan, the temple was used as a language school and factory. After the Japanese discontinued their use of the site, it was neglected until it was finally refurbished in the early 1900s.\”

Technical Details:

Camera: Canon Rebel XT
Exposure: 1/90sec at f/2.5
Focal Length: 50mm
ISO: 800
WB: Daylight
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f1.8 II
Date: Feb 1, 2009
GPS Co-ordinates: Latitude: 25.073093, Longitude: 121.516101

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Bao-an Temple Lanterns

Bao-an Temple Lanterns
Bao-an Temple Lanterns, by Suprada on Flickr

Lanterns at the Baoan temple, Taipei, Taiwan.

From a previous post: \”The Baoan temple is a Daoist temple built in 1805 A.D (10th year Jiaqing rein, Qing dynasty). The deity is Wudao, the God of Sustenance, God of Justice . This deity is also known as Master Wu, who is a master of medicine. More info from the plaque in front of the temple: The temple is a branch of the mother temple in mainland China built by pious devotees from Tongan Prefecture in Fujian province. Dating back to 1805, the temple features an architectural style of much grandeur and embellishment, with a laoyout consisting of three courts – front, main and rear. An extensive renovation project was completed in 1967, fully restoring the grandeur and the opulence os the classical Qing three-courtyard temple. The intensity of the competitive artistic spirit that existed between master craftsmen Chen Yingbin and Guo Ta of Dadaocheng, who carried out earlier renovation in 1917 is clearly manifested in the distinctive woodwork flanking the two wings, preserving unique and original exquisite woodcarvings not seen anywhere else\”.

Technical Details:
Exposure: 1/90sec at f/2.5
Focal Length: 50mm
ISO: 800
WB: Daylight
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f1.8 II
Date: Feb 1, 2009
GPS Co-ordinates: Latitude: 25.073093, Longitude: 121.516101

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MRT – Taipei\’s Subway system

Descending into City Hall MRT station

Descending into City Hall MRT station, Taipei, Taiwan.

Taipei\’s MRT or subway system networks some of the most visited parts of the city. The above photograph was made while riding the escalator down into the City Hall Station, on the \’Bannan\’ (Blue) Line.

I am amazed at the efficiency, the cleanliness and the sparkle of these stations. Yes, they actually shine. Not to mention how convenient and safe. They are also very English friendly – announcements of stops, signs, everything you would need to use the MRT.

Arriving train

Arriving train, Taipei, Taiwan.

On another note, I\’m officially in love. My little Canon G9 is now my buddy. I can take this camera and tripod and leave my SLR in my hotel room comfortably and not worry anymore. My first couple of days in Taiwan, I had a sore back carrying my Rebel XT, its lenses, G9 and various paraphernalia around on my city walks. At some point, I decided to make a leap of faith and started wandering around with just my G9…Very good decision. My back thanks me and I do not really feel the need for the DSLR for cityscapes, except at night where I wish it had better low light performance..oh well..maybe my next P&S in 4 years will be better…..

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon Powershot G9
Date: Feb 06, 2009

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Seafood at Shilin Night Market

Seafood at Shilin Night Market

Seafood stall at Shilin Night Marketr, Taipei, Taiwan.

Shilin night market is the biggest night market in Taipei..That means it is the most crowded, with the most narrow lanes crammed with the most people in all night markets in Taipei – And that\’s something!
Been very busy with work and haven\’t had any time to update. I\’m hoping I can find time this week…

Lots of stalls and stores with games, shops selling clothes and shoes and accessories and knick knacks, not to mention food. Oh, the number of food stalls is just amazing, and the variety even more so. I don\’t try anything other than fruits here because I don\’t know what is vegetarian and what is not…

I wobble between regret that I\’m a vegetarian, and relief that I\’m a vegetarian..Take a look at this stall for example..I don\’t even know what animals / seafood those are? Can anyone help me out? I think he has some sea cucumbers, squid…But what\’s the flat leaf shaped thing on the left?

Technical Details:
Camera: Canon Powershot G9
Date: Feb 06, 2009

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