101 Blowing Up

This is my favorite shot of the NYE at the Last Minute 2008. I’ve included this shot in the Taipei 101 On Fire 2008 Series.

I tried playing with it in Photoshop, but I didn’t get any good results. The shutter speed wasn’t long enough to capture any star details. Also, the fireworks washed them out.

Shutter: 1/30
Aperture: f/5.0
ISO 280
Focal Length: 55mm

Burnt Bridges And Sports Day Madness

A nice blurry view of the Sunworld Dynasty Taipei (王朝大酒店). Part of the Last Minute 2008 Series.

I’m in the final days of working at buxibans for the next few months.

I’m in the final leg. It’s funny how the schools have already put me aside. I don’t really care. Of course I’ll some kids, not all of them. But like my wife said, it’s your first students that you’ll miss and those ones are in Hsinchu.

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Taipei 101 On Fire 2008

This was one of the best shots of the night.

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Photos taken during the first few minutes of 2008 in Taipei, Taiwan, Asia. I was camped out at the top of the Sunworld Dynasty Hotel in Taipei. I only realized later that I could have gone up the ladder and gotten an even better and steadier view. These were taken with a tripod, but it was a little shaky since I was near the top of banana tree. I didn’t have enough time to setup, so most of the shots are taken on automatic. Ideally I would have taken continual shots with a custom ISO setting. Some of the shots had a higher ISO than I would have liked and have a significant amount of noise.

Taken with a Nikon D200 and a 18-200VR lens on the 1st of January 2008. You can see the shots taken at the party here.

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The Last Minute 2008 @ Sunworld Dynasty Taipei

The entrance to the Presidential suite was guarded by this fearsome dragon. I liked it a lot.

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