Tokyo & Taipei Trip 10.13

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  1. MingTyhMaa

    MingTyhMaa Mu-43 Regular

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    Taipei 101. Chinese symbol of the evolution of technology and Asian tradition.


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    Taipei 101


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    One of the more famous Buddhist and Taoist temples in Taipei.


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    LongShan Temple. Wood cedar beads foretelling your wishes and aspirations


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    Burning candles at Long Shan Temple


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    Long Shan Temple, Taipei


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    National Palace Museum, Taipei


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    Chinese Guarding Lion, National Palace Museum, Taipei


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    Zhishan Garden, National Palace Museum, Taipei


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    Zhishan Garden, National Palace Museum, Taipei


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    Zhishan Garden, National Palace Museum, Taipei


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    Zhishan Garden, National Palace Museum, Taipei


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    Zhishan Garden, National Palace Museum, Taipei


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    Confucius Temple, Taipei


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    Confucius Temple, Taipei


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    Confucius Temple, Taipei


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    Tunnel connecting main roads in Jiufen, Taipei


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    Tunnel connecting main roads in Jiufen, Taipei

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    Making a Chinese calligraphy brush, Jiufen, Taipei


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    Shaving a block of peanuts and sugar, combined with ice cream, and wrapped in a light crepe-like pancake. Delicious!


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    Steamed pork wrapped with a clear potato skin topped with a parsley garnish.


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    Dinner in Tokyo


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    Tokyo Sky Tree during the Holiday Season
     

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  2. hodad66

    hodad66 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    a truly stunning set!!
     
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  3. Mix

    Mix Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Wonderful set of images! :smile:
     
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  4. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    Northumberland
    I have never in my life seen a plane for shaving peanut brittle.
    Thanks MingTyhMaa, I now know knowledge.

    My favourite is the first temple facade and the two road-connecting-tunnel ones, whatever they where ...
     
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  5. xdayv

    xdayv Color Blind

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    Dave
    Ming, amazing...
     
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  6. hazwing

    hazwing Mu-43 All-Pro

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    great set!
     
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  7. caimi

    caimi Mu-43 All-Pro

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    Very, very nice perspective in each and the colors are brilliant. My favorites are the night city shots.
     
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  8. metalmania

    metalmania Mu-43 Veteran

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    I hope I will take my vacation in Taipei in a few years!
     
  9. pcnyc

    pcnyc Mu-43 Regular

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    Sep 15, 2010
    Nice pics, I was just at Jiufen last month and that peanut ice cream wrap was pretty awesome. As was the rice cake thing at a shop near the top of the area, which also came with a spectacular view! Truly a marvelous place to visit.
     
  10. MingTyhMaa

    MingTyhMaa Mu-43 Regular

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    Taipei subway was million times easier than Tokyo. Plus taxis are much cheaper as well. And Taipei is geographically small enough that the entire city was automatically downloaded by Google maps for offline usage on a smartphone with GPS which was an unexpected surprise.

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  11. MingTyhMaa

    MingTyhMaa Mu-43 Regular

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    I do wish that I got a better landscape shot in Jiufen however, but way too many people around tomake a good photo.
    Next time I'll go at night.

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  12. sriracha

    sriracha ballistic photons

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    Jan 22, 2011
    i just got back from Taipei about a week ago, so two quick questions:

    - where did you take the Taipei 101 shot? from another nearby skyscraper? i'd love to be able to check it out when i go back in Dec
    - how did you get a such a clear shot of the museum courtyard? when i was there it was crawling with people

    fantastic pics
     
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  13. spatulaboy

    spatulaboy I'm not really here

    Jul 13, 2011
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    Vin
    Nice set, they look very HDR but well done. I love the candle shot!
     
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  14. MingTyhMaa

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    - where did you take the Taipei 101 shot? from another nearby skyscraper? i'd love to be able to check it out when i go back in Dec
    GPS locations 25.027352, 121.57078 will take you to the entrance of the Elephant Mountain trail. Pretty much every cab driver knows where this trail is is what I was told, though I took the bus. You will have to walk up a trail for about 45 minutes. The angle of climb is fairly brisk, so bring water and lots of energy. I was pretty much drenched in sweat after 30 minutes, so be ready for that. The initial spot you will find includes a big tall rock. The sense I get is that there is always somebody staked out on that big rock. There are a few spots around that rock, but they didn't seem that good to me. If you go up another 30 seconds, there is a wooden platform/patio which is where I got my shot. It is well lighted. I was advised NOT to go on a weekend as it is always suppose to be crowded. I went on a Monday 30 minutes before sunset expecting it to be wide open, only to find the initial spot with the rock completely taken, and the patio 30 seconds higher like 95% taken.
    It was only that my tripod was really small footprint that I had space to setup. Alternatively, you could set up a super tall tripod behind the initial row of photographers and shoot over their heads. The landscape shot was taken at 17mm (micro 4/3).

    - how did you get a such a clear shot of the museum courtyard? when i was there it was crawling with people
    I believe the National Palace Museum opens at 8:30 am. I showed up at 7:50 am on a Tuesday. The courtyard was my first shot. There were 3 people in the shot. I had to take multiple frames, overlap them as layers in photoshop, and mask away the people. This seemed to work out well as you can have options for the flags, as sometimes the wind blows in a way that the flags don't look good. About 15 minutes later, there were entire groups of people posing for photos. So make sure you get there early. After that, I decided to go the the adjacent garden, as I assumed everyone would go straight into the museum and save the garden for later. Indeed there was nobody in the garden. This gave me about 1 hr-1.5 hrs until the 10am English tour to mess around in the garden.
     
  15. Web-Betty

    Web-Betty Mu-43 Veteran

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    These images are stunning.