A few weeks ago now, I was lucky enough to coordinate an evening of portraits with my friend Belle and Kenny at Kenny’s studio. Both are really fun people and it was nice to spend the evening talking and taking photos. Here are some of my favorites from the time.
I don’t think I have ever published a specific “How to” post before, but after shooting some Christmas cards again this year, using a simple and fun technique, I thought, “Why not?”
Taiwan has an odd National Day holiday; one quite different from the rest of the world I think. First of all, it celebrates something that most certainly did not happen on the island of Taiwan and one which had no impact on the island when it happened. October 10th (10/10) celebrates the beginning of an uprising in China that led to the overthrow of the Qing Dynasty, the last of dynastic China and which led to the creation of the Republic of China (ROC). At the time though, Taiwan was under Japanese Imperial rule and in no way could you really count October 10th as being any sort of “birthday” for the Island the Chinese Nationalists came to control. Nonetheless, 10/10 is the de facto National Day in Taiwan and it is not at all uncommon to hear some variant of “Happy Birthday Taiwan” being spoken that day.
Typhoon Soudelor, the biggest tropical storm of 2015 so far smashed into Taiwan on Friday. Though at sea, it was classified as a category five storm, by the time it made landfall in Taiwan it was “downgraded” to category three. In the 12+ years I have been in Taiwan, this has been the hardest hit I can remember: I am very happy not to have experienced an actual category five storm.
There was a time when I used to quite regularly take macro photos of insects and other creepy crawly things. For whatever reason, I haven’t done that much in the past few years. On Thursday, I went back to it though, at an old spot near my home. Why I chose to revive the tradition when Taipei’s temperatures and humidity are nearing their most intense is an awfully good question. Even though I went relatively early in the morning, I was pouring sweat before I took my first shot and by the time I finished, a little more than an hour later, not only was I covered in sweat, but my clothes were totally saturated.