Hui-chen went looking on the internet for something to do, and she found this local festival in Xinpu, a township close to where we live. It coincided with the Lantern Festival, and at first I thought it was just a local Lantern Festival, but as I looked around, it seemed a little different. This festival apparently is a Lantern Festival that celebrates the Hakka People, and this area has many Hakka Taiwanese. Hakka people came from China to Taiwan a very long time ago. We have a friend who is a 9th generation Taiwanese Hakka. There was absolutely no information about the festival anywhere, so we walked around and enjoyed the carnival atmosphere.
I’ve done high ISO exposures with the D7000 and there are many artifacts and strange colors, noise, etc., as a result. So, I decided to take some photos at ISO 100, with a long duration to see what happened. I alternated between noise reduction on and off, and it’s hard for me to tell the difference. Here are 4 photos that I processed in Lightroom:
Taken from my roof, this is what the factories across the street look like.
Over Chinese New Year, I took about 1,400 photos. I was determined to get some good shots of Phoenix and Mommy doing various things. Here we see Phoenix and Mommy waiting for a bus to take us to the Dream Mall (we were in Kaohsiung).
The family and I went down to Miaoli at the start of the Strawberry Festival. We found that most of the strawberry picking places weren’t really ready for customers, so after driving around and not finding one, we went to the cultural center where strawberry products were on sale.
Photos by MJ Klein, including geotagged and FOOD photos!
We went back to the first place we camped in Taiwan: Guoxing. On this trip we were using our new tent and I got shots of the setup and features of the tent. The brand name of the tent is Adisi and is a Taiwanese home grown brand.
I can’t believe I’m so far behind in my blogging! I’m going to try to catch up over the next few weeks.
In early fall, we went to the beach with our longtime blog reader/commentator Stefan, and his family.
At Stefan’s suggestion, we went to Baishawan Beach, which is Pinyin for “white sand beach” in the Guanyin Mountain Scenic Area of Taiwan’s North Coast. You can click on the photo and go to the Flickr page and view a larger size if you want to read the map. Also, the photos are geotagged so you can see where they were taken. This article is also geotagged so you can view the location on our Geotagged Articles Map.
Our longtime friend, Peter Lo, is closing the Wild West. We had some great times there, and many musical shows. We want to personally thank Peter for his support of our music and events. The Wild West will be missed!
December 19, 2014By: thenhbushman Category: Personal
Our long time friend, Mr. Chris Case (shown on the left, above) lost his battle with leukemia this morning. Chris hosted our blog since it’s inception in 2005 , and our commercial site since the beginning in 2003. Chris was a longtime supporter of our blog, music and our commercial enterprises. He will be missed very much.
I spoke with Chris on the phone a few days ago. Typical of him, he played down his situation and told me that he was going to make it – he had the spirit to fight the disease that was trying to kill him. Chris wasn’t the kind of man who would complain or whine about his situation; no he would just get on with life and look forward. I must say that he certainly faced his adversary like a man.
Goodbye Chris. Thanks for always being there for us.