Busy busy busy x_x Wedding photography takes forever

Temple

Holy cow, what a week. I was planning to prepare a third phlog (for new readers: a photo-video-blog), but some weird weather and a busier-than-expected day made me change my plans.

Then last week I was hired to shoot a wedding backstage. I usually shoot architecture, interiors and public events so a wedding backstage was a new experience for me. Holy cow, it took forever.

Meet in the early morning and start taking pictures during the makeup/dressing process, then move around the whole region to shoot in different locations at various time of the day… When I got back home it was night time.

Sakura on the hills

Luckily that couple picked THE ONLY DAY of good weather in weeks. Everything was very smooth, just took much longer than what i’m used to. When I shoot apartyments/homes for sale or rent I need 2 hours, 3 at the most. Nearly 9 hours fooling around under the sun turned out to be fairly painful.

I may post some pics from the wedding backstage, but only after providing them to the couple of course. They’re not 100% ready yet.

The two images in this post are a detail from a local temple and some happy Sakura trees on the nearby hills.

 

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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.