Longshan Temple 龍山寺 (aka Lungshan and Mengjia 艋舺龍山寺) is the oldest and most well-known temple in all of Taiwan. What’s truly wonderful about it, is that despite being a major tourist destination, Longshan Temple retains it’s charm and genuineness by remaining a place of daily worship. The area around Longshan can be quite interesting as well, and features traditional markets, calligraphers, traditional medicine shops, fortune tellers, and a place called Snake Alley. All these reasons and more are why Longshan Temple is on my list of must see places in Taipei.
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From Litang, I caught a bus (again, through some stunning scenery) to Xinduxiao where I had to transfer to a share cab going towards Tagong.
Tagong is known mostly for its beautiful grasslands.
It’s a town that has become very popular with both foreign and Chinese tourists because of it’s relative proximity to Kanding, a small city that’s a day’s drive to the southeast. One can easily arrive in town and set up a tour and home-stay with some of the nomads that live in the nearby grasslands.
Taiwan really has some great photography possibilities just sitting around, waiting to be shot.
I recently bought a new, smaller DSLR and have been happily carrying it around with me a lot more often then my old, heavy one.
Because of that, I have quite a few new blog ideas lined up in my head, but I’m currently working on a couple of actual paying projects and just don’t have the time to write them.
So I’ll submit a few random pictures that I’ve shot since buying that new camera. Some of these will be in blogs in the future, and some are truly just random, walk around pictures. I’ll let you guess which are which.
More photography from Taiwan after the jump…
Tainan, Taiwan (台南台灣) is a beautiful city in southern Taiwan. It one of Taiwan’s favorites as it has a nice climate and warm people. It’s also full of historical sites.
It’s the only one of Taiwan’s big cities that I’ve never visited so I thought I make a visit during the Chinese New Year break. I only spent about a day there but got to see most of the major sites and thought I’d share a few of the pictures:
More from Tainan photography after the jump…
There’s nothing more important to photography that patience. Whether you’re working with a nervous model or waiting for that perfect moment, you need to be patient. I’m going to talk about patients in regards to travel photography.
I can say for certain that 90% of my photographs are well planned out. Often they’re planned out days or months before I get to where I’m going. And yes, I’m even talking about travel destinations that I’ve never been to. Go online. Do a google image search for the place you’re going. Check stock agencies like Magnum, Corbis, Getty, and PhotoShelter to see what the place looks like. Try Flickr, TrekEarth, and National Geographic. If you do some research on the place you’re going, you’ll be more ready for it when you get there. You’ll know that sunrise is the time to be at Angkor Wat… sunset is a great time to be at India’s Golden Temple…
Learn more about patience after the jump…