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A therapist once told me that I’m basically a walking contradiction. I get annoyed by other people’s narcissism, yet I blog and put my dumb face on YouTube.
My work is on par with the pros, but it’s cancelled out by a bad attitude and plethora of self-destructive habits.
My life is like a whirlwind of negative energy, mixed with craving for something over the horizon. Photography is a an escape from the chaos. Writing is an attempt to convert the negative into positive. This is where I dump it all off.
In 10 years I’ll either be rich or in a mental hospital.
I can’t stick to one thing, so below you’ll find a variety of topics.
I really like the lanterns at this temple. It's about a 25 minute walk from Zhishan MRT station.
我真的很喜歡這座廟的燈籠，從芝山捷運站到這裡大約要步行 25 分。
There's this really cool apartment complex with a bridge between the two buildings just above ZhiShan Station. It's definitely worth checking out.
The last stop at the south end of Taipei's green line MRT is Xindian Station. Once you're here leave the MRT and head left. This whole area is full of cool spots to wander around.
Today I shot some photos around Longshan Temple. I don't really give a shit about the temple itself. What's more interesting is the area that the temple is in.
This trail is sort of a ‘choose your own adventure’ hike. Visitors can stick to the stairs for a fairly casual stroll or take the rope route for more adventure. Once at the peak, there are plenty of rocks to perch up on and enjoy million dollar views of the city. This place is a real favorite among the locals.
Taiwan may not have the epic skyscrapers of Hong Kong or China, but there’s no shortage of cool rooftops to explore here. I recently hit up a few near Main Station.
Danshui is the northernmost stop on the Taipei MRT. It's a great spot to wander around and shoot all sorts of stuff.
This is by far the most well-known night market in Taiwan. My only reason for posting about it is in order to post my photos from there and suggest that you also visit Land God Temple and Fuzheng Temple Underpass.
This popular hiking area has some pretty good views, most notably Land God Temple, which overlooks Shilin Night Market.
The last stop on Taipei's Green Line is Xindian Station. HeMei Mountain is only a short hike away from here and has plenty of great spots to shoot.
The name ‘Immortal Rock’ is in reference to the huge rock situated at the peak. The path begins at street level near Jing Mei Night Market. Then it winds up the hill and passes through a temple. The view from the temple is breathtaking. Once passing through the temple, hikers can head up another set of stairs that leads to the peak. This spot is special because it’s situated right in the middle of the city. Most hiking trails are too far or too high to get great views in every direction, but not this one.
It's a museum with some cool looking walls. This place is a real favorite among the Taiwanese Instagram community.
Even though it sits on the grounds of a major university, this mountain is a popular destination for more than just students. The unique erosion of the rocks and views of Northern Taipei are likely the biggest draws to this spot. The trail is mostly stairs and seemingly easy for elderly people to climb.
This is an awesome spot for shooting right in the heart of Taipei. There's a lot to work with here and it's right next to the MRT station.
This spot near Jiantan Station has been Instafamous for quite some time. I recently hit it up with a few friends.
The camera meter determines the brightness of an imaged based on the cameras current settings. Without it, taking a properly exposed image would be guesswork. The meter uses a plus and minus scale to let the user know just how dark or light an image might be.
No matter how good you think you are, you can always be better. Here's some resources to help you sharpen your skills and keep up with the latest trends.
At the end of the long process of taking and editing a nice photo, or a set of photos. What comes next? Here’s a few suggestions on what you can do (besides put it online).
The number of social networks that exist now is almost daunting. Here I’ll outline some of the most popular ones for photography and how to make good use of them.
Most of the time, photographers don’t have much control over the color of a scene (unless designing a set). However, it’s important to learn some color basics. Being conscious of the color wheel and how artists can lend good guidance.
There’s no use in learning great technique only to take blurry photos. A nice crisp image makes all the difference between a great photo and a piece of garbage. Here are few tips to help create sharp photos.
This is a topic that has been explained, illustrated, or diagrammed in every way possible to make it simple. A good explanation certainly helps, but full comprehension of shutter and aperture seems to only come through practice.
Our brains seem programmed to be extremely attracted to shapes. Just think of anything you find attractive or appealing: Square brownies, a triangular pizza, or a round cookie. Now think about some things that are unattractive: a drooping flower, a pile mashed potatoes, or a blob of stomach fat... All shapeless.
In painting or drawing, it’s up to the artist to dream up a scene. Photographers are simply capturing or arranging what already exists. Framing is essentially what makes the camera an artistic tool. Here are a few methods to get you started creating good composition.
Basically what that means is: bad light, bad photo. Good light, good photo. The following is an overview of some of the best types of light to look for.
When I first got into photography I had no idea which lenses to buy. The numbers confused the hell out of me and the prices left me speechless. Here's a quick rundown on what a beginning shooter should know about lenses.
Know Your Weapon, Love Your Weapon… Whether it’s a shotgun or a camera, take the time to get acquainted with the tools of the trade. Here's 5 things to do right after buying your first camera.
The answer is simple: People Skills
You can't get inspiration if you don't know where to find it. Sometimes all it takes is following the right person to change your creative path. Here I highlight a few people whose profiles exemplify urban exploration.
My friend David posted a status on FB a few weeks got me thinking. Here's what he said:
"If you want to be famous, draw famous people."
I recently interviewed YuJun about art and creativity. I was interested to know what made her into the artist she is today.
If a tree falls down in the forest, but nobody hears it, does it make a sound? I say maybe, but who cares. If you create a masterpiece in your basement that nobody sees, is it still a masterpiece? Maybe, but who cares?
A lot of people say they write better high. So I figured I'd give it a try. My plan was to get super high and just write whatever came into my head. I promised myself beforehand that I would post whatever I wrote, no matter how stupid or long it was. I regret that promise now, but I'm not going back on it.