Taiwan A Country Of Opposites Or The Ghost Series Part II

 

The Eastern Gate roundabout in downtown Hsinchu, Taiwan, seconds away from the train station and the Sogo building. This is one of the first good shots I got whilst varying shutter speeds on my Nikon D200. I like this shot because you can clearly see a Nissan Murano speeding away, with its distinctive tailights. 

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All photos taken on the 31st of December 2006 in Hsinchu Taiwan with a Nikon D200 DSLR and a Nikkor 18-35mm lens. Part of the Ghost City Series. These are the last few interesting shots of the series that I couldn’t post in the beginning of the week. They continue the eerie exploration of Hsinchu on New Year’s Eve 2007.

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Today, I woke up quite grumpy. Not death grumpy, just grumpy. Part of it was that I had gone to sleep a bit too late, but still woke up at 6:45 AM. It took me a few minutes before I got up and took a shower. My wife wakes up at 6AM to get ready, so my sleep is always interrupted, but I have gotten used to it over the years. There was a time when she would get up at 5:30AM in Canada to get to school on time in the mornings.

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A Night Off Of Sorts

I continue with my obsession of the Sogo building in Hsinchu Taiwan, taken on the 30th of December 2006, with a Nikon D200 and a 18-35mm Nikkor lens. It is so white and clean, in a town where mosts tall buildings are marked by pollution, it is almost immaculate. Part of the VT Art Salon Bonanza Series.

So yesterday was a great day for some writing. I actually wrote 1500 words on my story Galactic Rim. I was very happy with myself that I was able to get back into it. As mentioned yesterday, I plan on working on a few stories over the next few days and publish them.

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Things Just Keep Piling Up

The view from the top of a building on Ximen Str. in Hsinchu Taiwan, taken on the 31st of December with a Nikon D200 and a 18-35mm Nikkor lens. Part of The Ghost City Series.

I got some news from my friend Jean-Seb; he is coming back from Kuala-Lumpur in Malayasia to get his work visa sorted out. He just moved to Phuket from Sumai in Thailand and is working for a new company. I look forward to seeing him in February 2007.

The weekend was a bit exhausting, even though I slept a lot. I cooked some more fish on Monday night and I think our diets have improved dramatically; no more Family Mart for us!

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New Year’s Eve 2007: The Ghost City Series

The view from the top of Iutian and Liezel’s apartment.

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All photos were taken on the 31st of December 2006 and the first few minutes of 2007. All photos are part of the The Ghost City Series and were taken in Hsinchu Taiwan with a Nikon D200 and a Nikkor 18-35mm lens. Settings: Shooting mode P and S (Shutter speed 1.6 to 2.5 seconds), ISO 1600, Long Exp NR On, High ISO NR On.

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Well, these are the best shots of the 350 pictures I took on New Year’s Eve 2007. If you thought there would be some people in these shots, the closest you’ll get is my wife. I didn’t take any pictures inside since I had done so last time.

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The VT Art Salon Bonanza Series

The front of the Taipei Railway Station building which also houses the Taipei Main Station MRT stop. Strange lights illuminate it and I saw a lot of foreigners around.

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The VT Art Salon Bonanza Series was taken on the 30th of December 2006 on our way to the VT Art Salon, a minimal lounge off Nanjing Rd. in Taipei. All photos were taken with a Nikon D200 and a 18-35mm Nikkor lens.

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New Year’s Eve 2007 in Hsinchu, Taiwan

The Sogo building in Hsinchu Taiwan, taken on the 30th of December 2006, with a Nikon D200 and a 18-35mm Nikkor lens. Part of the VT Art Salon Bonanza Series. I took this picture through the reflexion on the driver’s side of a car window. In Taiwan, there are no apparent laws on tinting your windows and some people have them tinted completely. This one had a gold relfective material.

After having gotten a lot of sleep and spent the day relaxing, we met our friend Liezel and Iutian at the Spice Shop for dinner. But right before, we went into town and I took a few pictures while experimenting with the shutter speeds.

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