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Taipei Universiade Volleyball: Taiwan vs Tzech Republic

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Taipei Universiade 2017 - 台灣排球 - Volleyball - Taiwan vs Tzech Republic

Taipei Universiade 2017 - 台灣排球 - Volleyball - Taiwan vs Tzech Republic

Taipei Universiade 2017 - 台灣排球 - Volleyball - Taiwan vs Tzech Republic

Taipei Universiade 2017 - 台灣排球 - Volleyball - Taiwan vs Tzech Republic

Taipei Universiade 2017 - 台灣排球 - Volleyball - Taiwan vs Tzech Republic

Taipei Universiade 2017 - 台灣排球 - Volleyball - Taiwan vs Tzech Republic

Taipei Universiade 2017 - 台灣排球 - Volleyball - Taiwan vs Tzech Republic

Taipei Universiade 2017 - 台灣排球 - Volleyball - Taiwan vs Tzech Republic

Taipei Universiade 2017 - 台灣排球 - Volleyball - Taiwan vs Tzech Republic

Our girls did a great job winning 3-1. I was pleasantly surprised by the arena, the transparent roof allowed a lot of light and I was able to keep a very fast shutter speed on both of my cameras, resulting in fairly sharp images.

Rest of the images here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsm3cdmU3

I’ll be a bit late on the coverage of the Universiade here on my blog, as taking pics, sending then to the media ASAP, then going home for some better processing takes a lot of time, especially considering that the closest venue is two hours away from my home.

Tomorrow will be track & fields day, then on Friday volleyball semifinals.

Go Taiwan!

All images shot with Canon 6D + 200mm f2.8 L and Canon 80D + 85mm f1.8

Also: bonus points if after viewing the pics on Flickr you can guess who’s my favorite player ^_^

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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台北世界大學運動會官方網站 – Taipei Universiade 2017 – Athletes’ Village Media Day & Opening Ceremony

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台北世界大學運動會官方網站 - Taipei Universiade 2017 - Athletes’ Village Media Day & Opening Ceremony

台北世界大學運動會官方網站 - Taipei Universiade 2017 - Athletes’ Village Media Day & Opening Ceremony

台北世界大學運動會官方網站 - Taipei Universiade 2017 - Athletes’ Village Media Day & Opening Ceremony

The first event for the Universiade 2017 in Taipei was the opening ceremony for the athlete’s village. (if some pictures show unavailable in the preview, click them to see the image on Flickr….no idea what’s going on)

台北世界大學運動會官方網站 - Taipei Universiade 2017 - Athletes’ Village Media Day & Opening Ceremony

台北世界大學運動會官方網站 - Taipei Universiade 2017 - Athletes’ Village Media Day & Opening Ceremony

While nothing sport-related was on the list, all the media outlets from Taiwan (and some from abroad as well) were present, ready to cover Mr Ko’s visit of the facility and opening speech. (Mr Ko is Taipei mayor)

台北世界大學運動會官方網站 - Taipei Universiade 2017 - Athletes’ Village Media Day & Opening Ceremony

台北世界大學運動會官方網站 - Taipei Universiade 2017 - Athletes’ Village Media Day & Opening Ceremony

台北世界大學運動會官方網站 - Taipei Universiade 2017 - Athletes’ Village Media Day & Opening Ceremony

It was hot af. The event started at 12. Luckily part of the tour went through the athletes’ rooms and the dining hall, but the ceremony itself was quite painful. Some areas of the yard were covered by the shade of neighboring buildings, and most people eventually moved there.

台北世界大學運動會官方網站 - Taipei Universiade 2017 - Athletes’ Village Media Day & Opening Ceremony

台北世界大學運動會官方網站 - Taipei Universiade 2017 - Athletes’ Village Media Day & Opening Ceremony

台北世界大學運動會官方網站 - Taipei Universiade 2017 - Athletes’ Village Media Day & Opening Ceremony

台北世界大學運動會官方網站 - Taipei Universiade 2017 - Athletes’ Village Media Day & Opening Ceremony

台北世界大學運動會官方網站 - Taipei Universiade 2017 - Athletes’ Village Media Day & Opening Ceremony

台北世界大學運動會官方網站 - Taipei Universiade 2017 - Athletes’ Village Media Day & Opening Ceremony

台北世界大學運動會官方網站 - Taipei Universiade 2017 - Athletes’ Village Media Day & Opening Ceremony

台北世界大學運動會官方網站 - Taipei Universiade 2017 - Athletes’ Village Media Day & Opening Ceremony

台北世界大學運動會官方網站 - Taipei Universiade 2017 - Athletes’ Village Media Day & Opening Ceremony

台北世界大學運動會官方網站 - Taipei Universiade 2017 - Athletes’ Village Media Day & Opening Ceremony

台北世界大學運動會官方網站 - Taipei Universiade 2017 - Athletes’ Village Media Day & Opening Ceremony

I think that all people who work there deserve some recognition, so while the bulk of the media was chasing Mr Ko everywhere, I spent some time taking pics of the employees and volunteers of the dining hall, who’ll spend two weeks working extremely long hours to provide food and accomodation to the thousands of people involved in the event.

台北世界大學運動會官方網站 - Taipei Universiade 2017 - Athletes’ Village Media Day & Opening Ceremony

台北世界大學運動會官方網站 - Taipei Universiade 2017 - Athletes’ Village Media Day & Opening Ceremony

台北世界大學運動會官方網站 - Taipei Universiade 2017 - Athletes’ Village Media Day & Opening Ceremony

台北世界大學運動會官方網站 - Taipei Universiade 2017 - Athletes’ Village Media Day & Opening Ceremony

台北世界大學運動會官方網站 - Taipei Universiade 2017 - Athletes’ Village Media Day & Opening Ceremony

台北世界大學運動會官方網站 - Taipei Universiade 2017 - Athletes’ Village Media Day & Opening Ceremony

台北世界大學運動會官方網站 - Taipei Universiade 2017 - Athletes’ Village Media Day & Opening Ceremony

We weren’t allowed to have any of that food. FEELSBADMAN.

I’ll be looking forward to the official opening ceremony in the arena, but that one has limited spaces so I can only keep my fingers crossed for that. Then in the following week I’ll attend most of the venues to take pics of several disciplines, starting from water polo. Some of the venues are really far from me so I’ll have to skip them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making up for the lost pics (Longtan Lake)

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Nomzilla

In one of my previous posts I mentioned the fact that I lost a day of shooting in Longtan Lake due to a corrupted memory card. Well, I got the change to go back there and spend some time taking pics. The lost images are still gone, but at least I still got some nice shots.

Nomzilla

I often see squirrels strolling around, but this was the first time seeing one having a wax apple snack. I never noticed that all around Longtan Lake it’s full of wax apple trees, so there must be plenty of squirrels having a party around there.

Longtan Lake - 龍潭大池 - Yilan county - 宜蘭縣

Longtan Lake - 龍潭大池 - Yilan county - 宜蘭縣

Longtan Lake - 龍潭大池 - Yilan county - 宜蘭縣

Plenty of birds flying on the lake.  I had the chance to see a Kingfisher hunting, it was INSANE. I could barely keep my eyes on it, let alone the camera. Now I know why people who are into that kind of photography spend a lot of cash in top-of-the-line cameras and lenses. Some birds are really tough to photograph, so I’m veryglad that a few months back I got the chance to take the pic of a Kingfisher resting on a tree.

Kingfisher

 

Longtan Lake - 龍潭大池 - Yilan county - 宜蘭縣

Giant spiders the size of a hand are everywhere during summer. I’d never dare to approach them for a close up macro shot, so a 300mm lens that can focus reasonably close is pretty much necessary.

Longtan Lake - 龍潭大池 - Yilan county - 宜蘭縣

Longtan Lake - 龍潭大池 - Yilan county - 宜蘭縣

Longtan Lake - 龍潭大池 - Yilan county - 宜蘭縣

No idea what they feed on, and I’m not even sure I want to know…

Anyway, this was a quick trip to one of my favorite lakes in the region. I was very upset about all the lost images from my previous ride there, so I really wanted to make up for that. The hungry squirrel was a bonus, as I didn’t notice any previously.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Typhoon Nesat – A Timelapse

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Well, just when I had a free weekend and I was ready to process more pics from Okinawa, typhoon Nesat decided to pay me a visit here in Yilan county. Under normal circumstances it would have been the perfect time to stay at home and process some photos, but unfortunately the strong winds cut off the electricity for roughly 36 hours.

The typhoon reached its peak on Saturday after sunset, which made it impossible for me to record. This kind of typhoon brings a layer of complete darkness, with all the road lights getting smashed and absolutely no light coming through from the moon.

No damage in my place, though all the young trees that were planted in 2015 after typhoon Saudelor wouldn’t agree with me. The amount of fallen/broken trees in the countryside was quite the view.

Anyway, this coming weekend it looks like there won’t be any typhoon, so I may get the chance to head to the seaside, take pics of surfers and then upload some images here.