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Taiwan Adventures iPhone Travel Guidebook

Taiwan Adventures iPhone Guidebook is a brand new way to learn about Taiwan as you travel through it.  The “book” has over 900 entries featuring Taiwan’s best travel highlights.  Useful to tourists and expats alike, the APP has entries describing everything from renting a car or scooter to finding that western food that you’ve been craving.  A sample of the Guide is a downloadable from the iTunes Store for free.

Several of my colleagues and I have been working on this guide for nearly a year now.  We’ve traveled to nearly every corner of Taiwan to find you the most interesting places, both famous and unknown.  We’ve tried to push our favorite part of Taiwan – its amazing natural beauty, but have also scoured the cities for the best they have to offer.

You can get a small sample of the Guide for free from the iTunes Store, then the five divisions of Taiwan (Taipei City, Northern Taiwan, Eastern Taiwan, Central and the South) are a small additional fee.

All the entries have several photos (over 2,000 all together), many of which are exclusive to this APP.

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Taiwan Adventures Online Guide Book

Taiwan Adventures Online Guide Book is a project that my partners and I have been working on for the better part of the last year.  It is a free, online travel guide to Taiwan.  It has over 800 entries, is available in English and 中文, and will very soon be available as an iPhone App (Ready sometime before the end of September).

It has been A LOT of work to compile, visit, photograph and write about all of these places, but it has also been really rewarding.  Hopefully now I can get back on track and start writing some blog posts about the best of these wonderful places.

An online guidebook to Taiwan with lots of travel information and advice.

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Formosa Adventurers – 4 Day Trip!!!

Formosa Adventurers just got back from our 4 day trip to promote Taiwan.

We had an absolutely fantastic time and it will be one of those events in my life that I’ll always look back at and smile about.

In four days we went river tracing, white water rafting, 4-wheeling, paragliding, hot springing, local food eating, and we also learned a lot about the aboriginal culture here in Taiwan.

There’s nothing like a fun trip with your friends…  you should plan one now and make some videos like we did… seriously!

These are  the things we do on many weekends, but the fact that we were doing it to try to win a contest gave us a bit of extra “umpf” and made it really special.

You can learn a lot more by reading our official contest blog and watching the videos below.  (If you’re short on time, day 1 and 3 are my favorites!)

Day 1 – River Tracing and an Aboriginal Festival


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Hiking Taiwan – Jialou Hu 加羅湖

JiaLou Hu 加羅湖 is a mountain lake tucked high in one of Taiwan’s beautiful clouded forests.  If you can get to the trail head, it’s a moderate three hour hike to the lake.  On the way, you pass through some spectacular forests scattered with luscious green ferns, mossy vines, and a few 1,000 year old trees.

Three friends and I went there during the four day “Dragon Boat” holiday in late May.  We did it in two days, but there is plenty more to explore in the area, and most of the people we met there were staying for the whole weekend.

I took this opportunity to give my first shot at a multi-media presentation.  I would really, really like to get some critiques and feedback on what you think of it, so please feel free to comment below.

The multi-media presentation is above, but there are some still photographs and more information after the jump…

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Lighting Lecture at the Taiwan Photo Club

The Taiwan Photo Club will be having its monthly meeting this Sunday, Feb 22 at noon at Yuma Southwestern Grill in Taipei.

These meetings are a lot of fun and if you live in Taiwan and would like to meet some other photographers stop-on-by!

The presentation this month will be on portrait lighting and given by yours truly.

Here’s a quick run-down of what I’m going to talk about:

The basic concept is how to get good lighting for portraits but I’ll also show you a few other ways that this stuff can be used for non-portraits. I want to be sure that everyone has the opportunity to learn something, whether you just have a point-and-shoot camera or a DSLR.

We’ll start talking about how to get good, natural lighting for portraits. I blogged about this a few weeks ago, and I’ll basically just review and elaborate on that.

Then we can start to talk about flashes and some good techniques that you can use to make your flash pictures look better. We’ll briefly talk about pop-up flashes and move to bigger on-camera flashes. Then we can get a bit more advanced and play around with off-camera lighting.

The cool thing about doing all this flash lighting is that we’ll be able to do it in real time. I’ll shoot all the flash pictures tethered to my laptop and we’ll be able to see the results instantly on the big screen at the restaurant. We can’t really use the natural lighting techniques because we’ll be in a basement, but I think all of that is easy enough to understand by just looking at some pictures and diagrams.

There’s a lot that we could talk about with these subjects, but I’ll try to move fast. At any point, I welcome questions and comments and other opinions, so let’s try to make this more of a discussion rather than a lecture!

I’ll write on my blog about it after we’re finished and I’ll include all the pictures and stuff. In the mean time, have a look at the blog on natural lighting for portraits to get a preview of the first part.

I hope to see you all there, and please don’t heckle me!  ;O)

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Inspirational Photography Links #2

I hope everyone is having a nice holiday season! I hope you have a great new year!!!

The first link is a hard hitting one. Media Storm is a website dedicated to multimedia projects.  It has short presentations with photography, video and audio.

Flak Photo is a blogzine that takes submissions of “distinctive work”.  They seem to like a contemporary style, and have some inspiring stuff.

Another online magazine is Burn. It’s brand new and only has a post or two, but promises to inspire.  It’s curated by
Magnum photographer David Alan Harvey.

Last weekend, we had a meet up of the Flickr “Taiwan Photo Club“.  About 30 people showed up in a great space provided to us by Yuma Grill in Taipei.  We ate some good food, looked at a lot of good pictures and had some fun.  Darren Melrose led the discussion and organized everything.  I met a lot of great photographers that live in Taiwan and I’m going to try to post all their links (If I miss you or give the wrong link, Email me and I’ll fix it!):

Craig Ferguson is a great photographer with a website and an active blog.

Michael Geier has a website called “Discover Formosa” and a blog with some fantastic photography.

David Reid is a blogger with some great information and in-site to Taiwan.  One of his websites is called David on Formosa.

Ashish Ashlin has a blog called “Tumbling in Taiwan” (love the name) with information and photography from Taiwan.  I haven’t had a lot of time to look around it yet, but it looks good!

I’ve added all of the above Taiwan-type links to my side bar… Nice to meet you all!

The club is currently running a scavenger hunt with 26 (!!!) things to find.  You need to shoot a photo for each letter of the alphabet.  All the information can be found here.  I don’t know if I’ll be getting anywhere near 26, but I’ll give it a shot.  We’re meeting again after Chinese New Year (Early February) *correction- the new meeting will be 11 January at Yuma Grill again* so if you’re interested, join!

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Inspirational Photography Links #1

Being sick today has led me to lots of internet surfing.  I almost wrote a rant about how you should all be putting titles, captions, and keywords on all your pictures over at Flickr, but that might be the virus talking (but just in case I get angry about it again, I saved the draft).  So I cooled off and started to look around at properly captioned photographs on other sites.

I’m starting to get more and more amazed with this so-called “internet” thing and have found myself using it more and more.  It can be quite inspiring, can’t it?

Here are my inspiring photogrpahy links for the day:

From Magnum, a whole bunch of amazing multimedia essays…  Not to be missed.

A new blog on my blog rounds called APhotoEditor that’s not necessarily inspiring, but damn informative.

An interview with Trevor Graves on Too Much Chocolate, a new website that “specifically aims to serve and connect young emerging editorial/fine art based photographers all over the internet.”  Trevor has been an inspiration to me since way back in my skateboarding/snowboarding photography days.  He runs a studio called Nemo in Portland Oregon.  Nemo Photogrpahy’s blog and website.

And one more:

Hitler rants on the new Nikon D3x.

Cheers, don’t forget to drink some orange juice.

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