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Just Yilan Things

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We’ve had grey skies for over a week in Yilan, which is not very surprising. In Winter the sky looks like a grey blob for the vast majority of time.

What was actually surprising was today’s weather. As soon as I opened the windows I decided to throw my camera in the balcony and set it up to capture a timelapse in order to show the differences in just 12/16 hours. The temperature went up by a few degrees, to the point that riding the bicycle I had to take off my jacket because I was starting to sweat. During the last few days we dropped below 10 degrees Celsius, so such a warm sunny day was definitely welcome, though unexpected.

In related news, tomorrow I’ll have a shopping trip to Taipei. The weather is supposed to be sunny for the whole day, which would be amazing for me as I expect to visit a new area of the city and plan to carry the camera with me. My last trip to Taipei turned out to be rather boring due to some really bad eather.

Fingers crossed!

Ps: my camera doesn’t have an automatic timelapse mode, so this video (as well as my other timelapses) is made with hundreds of pictures combined in Windows Movie Maker.

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A trip to the Luo Dong Art Workshop

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Luodong Art Workshop

Luodong Art Workshop

The Art Workshop in Luo Dong is a very weird-looking building. I’m really hoping to get the chance to stay there after closing hours to take a picture of the sunset, there’s a really cool view of the mountains from there.

Regardless of that, it’s always possible to find interesting pieces of art or design in oen of the showrooms.

Luodong Art Workshop

One of the rooms was filled with house decorations and furnitures, reimagined as animals.

One room was displaying handmade papercraft works.

Luodong Art Workshop

Luodong Art Workshop

Luodong Art Workshop

Luodong Art Workshop

On the last floor of the building there were many painting and installations. Some of them were traditional Taiwanese/Chinese paintings, other had more modern styles and there there was also space for some abstract modern art.

Luodong Art Workshop

Luodong Art Workshop

Luodong Art Workshop

This trip to the art show was just an occasion to have a look at something interesting right after doing my weekly shopping at the traditional market, so no “Phlog” was prepared.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I messed up a timelapse

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I got tired of trying to make timelapse videos with my GoPro. I cannot zoom, cannot review the image, cannot change any settings, cannot check framing…too much hit or miss involved.

So I decided to try with my 6D. I’ve been using the custom firmware Magic Lantern for a long time but I’ve never tried the intervalometer before. It worked perfectly, but I had a couple of issues:

a) I thought the first battery was full but it wasnt, so I missed a good 30 minutes of shooting before I noticed that and went outside to change it

b) I forgot to switch the shooting format to jpg. I took all images as RAW files.

The second mistake was the worst because the SD card filled itself HOURS before I expected. As a result I missed the later part of the afternoon. Not a huge deal as the sky looked quite boring at that time, but annoying nonetheless.

It was a good way to test the camera in its unofficial timelapse mode. Next time I’ll just have to remember the basics: charge the battery and check the memory card.

 

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A failed attempt at Phlog #3

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I had some shopping to do in Taipei. I was looking for a new pair of headphones to replace my broken Denon, as well as a new LED light for my home studio. Unortunately, the “mostly sunny” forecast from Weather Underground turned out to be a complete fail.

Daahn Park, Taipei city

I had a walk in Daan park, the local equivalent of the more famous Central Park. It’s a really massive green area surrounded by skyscrapers. It feels nice to have a walk in such a park, enjoying some shade and being surrounded by flowers and people bringing their dogs around.

Daahn Park, Taipei city

In the center of the park there was a group of 10+ people with extremely expensive photography gear that was waiting for something. I have no idea what they were doing. I could easily recognize some long telezoom lenses, usually required for birds in flight. I had a look around and was unable to find any special variety of birds, they all looked like regular city birds. I guess I’ll never know.

Yin-Yang tree

I quite liked this Yin Yang tree.

For most of the day I kept the camera in my bag, though. There were some interesting buildings, but having a completely grey sky as a background is really awful. Even black and white can’t always save a picture.

The shopping was great. I got a pair of Superlux 669 that sound amazing for their price. I’m still in the process of adjusting them because out of the box the headclamp is way too tight. I then bought an Aputure AL-H198C that will serve me as a powerful LED light at home. I previously bought their pocketable Amaran model and loved it. The AL-H198C is still easy to carry around but not as pocket-friendly.

Next will be the struggle for my next lens. I’m currently debating between:

a) Canon 70-200 f4 L : would be great for events and it’s reasonably light

b) Canon 70-300 f4/5.6 L : a bit heavier and with a darker aperture, but an extra 100mm can be great for surfers, wildlife and sports

c) Canon 70-300 mkII: lighter and cheaper than the previous two and with an extra 100mm compared to the first one, but much inferior optically

The struggle is real.