Taiwan Travels: Taroko National Park

Around the end of 2016, I did sort of a mini-tour of Asia. The stops being: Taiwan, Tokyo, and Thailand. I'll call it my Triple T(ea) Trip cause who doesn't like alterations! Anywho, the next few travel photo post will be from this trip.

My first batch of photos was taken at Taroko National Park. The Park is located on the east side of Taiwan and is named after the massive gorge that runs through. It was kind of rainy when we arrived, but there are some beautiful sights to be seen. You get forests, cliffs, waterfalls, and even shrines. Looking back at the photos, it reminded me a bit of the Faron region from Breath of the Wild... man I'm a nerd.

Photography wise, the biggest frustration I remember was when we reached Taroko Gorge. Now the landscape was incredible. The trails/road where carves right into the cliffside, water was rushing below. I just couldn't find a way to capture the full scale of the landscape.

One of the many crappy attempts at trying to capture the full scale of the landscape

One of the many crappy attempts at trying to capture the full scale of the landscape

We got these nifty hardhats to protect our tiny heads from rock slides

We got these nifty hardhats to protect our tiny heads from rock slides

I didn't have a wide enough lens and I don't think the weather helped much either, as everything seemed flat. So I decided to focus on smaller points of interests. And that’s how I got this image that I kinda like:

Tired to capture the water motion by setting the shutter to 1/8 second

Tired to capture the water motion by setting the shutter to 1/8 second

Well, that’s it. What's the moral of the story? Umm... get closer if you can't make a wide shot work... I think? Hope this post wasn't too much of a mess. I'll leave you with my favorite shot from this trip. It's not much, but for some reason, I just find it interesting. It kinda looks like half the image is in color and the other half is in black and white.

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What? A Blog!?!

Yep, that’s right; I’m starting a blog.

As you may or may not know, I’m a big fan of taking pictures and I end up taking a lot of pictures. I just don't post them anywhere. Why? Probably because I can be overly critical about my work and end up hating all the images I capture, so I just leave all the files in my hard-drive collection virtual dust.

Golly gee John, that’s a lot of unedited pictures!

Golly gee John, that’s a lot of unedited pictures!

… or I’m just lazy.

This is where this blog comes in. It's time for me to just deal with it and force myself to go through the backlog of images. I'm not too into just posting single images, so picture stories feel like the proper way of doing these blog post. That way, I can revisit my thought processes and experiences. I'll probably end up posting other projects and behind the scenes stuff here too.

So, my goal here is to start being constant and just start posting things (hey maybe I'll get more better with writing English too). In the words of the famous American actor, performance artist, and filmmaker, Shia Labeouf: I'm going to:

Uhh… thanks for reading my weird ramble… so uhhh… here’s a picture of a kitten

Just a baby @olaflovesscience

Just a baby @olaflovesscience