Taiwan Travel Report 2014

My X-Pro 1 accompanied me on this trip to Singapore and Taiwan.  My camera bag comprised the XF 14 f/2.8, the XF 35 f/1.4 and the XF 56 f/1.2 and four batteries. My wife was shooting with her X-E1 and 18-55 kit lens. It is certainly a nice change to be packing lighter as compared to my old kit (Canon 1Ds Mark II, 24-70 f/2.8, 70-200 f/2.8 IS, 180 macro and MP-E65).

Our first stop was in Singapore to visit my wife’s family and catch up with friends.  This is the first time we have had time to visit Gardens by the Bay since it was completed.  I highly recommend you visit during a time of the day before the tourist groups arrive!

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Singapore Flyer and Gardens By the Bay.

 

Our next stop was a six day guided tour of Taiwan.  We landed in Taipei and we were to travel South starting from the mountainous East coast, then to Kaohsiung, then up the West coast and eventually return to Taipei for our outbound flight.  Since this was a guided tour, I did not have any opportunity to sneak off to take any photos. I did not bring my large tripod because this was not the purpose of this trip.

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Grilled Corns

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Street vendor selling grilled corn. There are two main types of corn in Taiwan, the sweeter yellow variety that is more widely available in Australia and the more starchy white variety.

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The National Theatre at the Chung Kai Shek Memorial in Taipei.

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Chung Kai Shek Memorial in Taipei

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Chung Kai Shek Memorial in Taipei

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A guard at the Chung Kai Shek Memorial in Taipei. Since they are not allowed to move, there are assistants to help them straighten their jackets, maybe to scratch an itch too!

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Main gates at the Chung Kai Shek Memorial in Taipei.

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Cuttlefish and fish balls drying.

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Taipei 101.

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Interesting sculpture in front of Taipei 101. It was constructed from steel cables.

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View from atop Taipei 101.

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Taipei 101’s damper ball.

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Night market.

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Traditional farming techniques in rural Taiwan.

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長春祠 (Changchun Spring) at Taroko National Park. This spring is fed entirely by underground water as opposed to a surface stream.

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長春祠 Changchun Spring at Taroko National Park.

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長春祠 Changchun Spring at Taroko National Park.

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Sun Moon Lake Wenwu Temple.

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Prayers hanging from a tree at Wenwu Temple.

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Old gate in downtown Taipei.

 

Rays of sunshine

Sun rays at Rickett's Point, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Rays of sunshine peeking through the clouds at Rickett’s Point, Melbourne. In the distance, you can see some rain cells pouring down in Port Phillip Bay. The seagulls really have the best view in town. This part of Port Phillip Bay is particularly popular with gulls and even black swans. The slower current here allows the growth of a very healthy amount of sea grass and sea weeds, which in turn support these avian populations.

Sun Rays at Rickett’s Point

Sun rays at Rickett's Point
Rays of sunshine peeking through the clouds at Rickett’s Point, Melbourne. In the distance, you can see some rain cells pouring down in Port Phillip Bay. The seagulls really have the best view in town. This part of Port Phillip Bay is particularly popular with gulls and even black swans. The slower current here allows the growth of a very healthy amount of sea grass and sea weeds, which in turn support these avian populations.