Photo Fun

This is one of those rare evenings when I don’t have all that much to do.  So I’ve been browsing through my vast photo collection and adding tags and descriptions to make things easier to find later on.  I found a couple of interesting photos.  I think I’ll upload a few here for now and some on another day.  I had forgotten until recently just how many panoramas I have done in the past.

Speaking of organizing photo collections – wouldn’t it be great if you could have a program that would allow you to tag photos with keywords, add descriptions, support geolocalization, and easily searchable among those parameters?  Basically like a local  Well, you can, but the down side is, you have to be running linux.  This photo program is called Digikam, and for those of you who don’t really require windows for anything special you may consider installing linux just so you can check Digikam out.

Here is a panoram shot that I took back in 2004 in the Taoyuan area from the 10th floor of a building where I used to live:

Taoyuan Panorama

I highly recommend that you click on this photo and then view it in one of the large formats.  The sun was just right that evening.

FWIW, I am running Kubuntu Feisty Fawn.

Now, to me, Taiwan has always been a place where you can find interesting and perhaps paranormal phenomenon (if you know where to look).  On this same afternoon, right after the sun set, I saw some strange lights coming over the mountain range.  I took these shots out of the window with the window glass removed.  They are not reflections in front of the camera, I assure you.

Strange Lights over Taoyuan

Strange Lights over Taoyuan

The effect was absolutely stunning when viewed with your own eyes.  The person with me just said “Its Taiwan.  Strange things happen in Taiwan.”  I couldn’t have put it better myself.

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  1. thank you very much Andres. i had forgotten how fun those pans can be to make. recently i was reminded about the panoramas because Michael Turton’s new Canon camera has a pan function that makes making them a breeze. i went back through my photo archive and found quite a few that i had forgotten about. i’ll get around to u/l them to flickr sometime.

  2. i’ve been thinking about upgrading my camera and getting a DSLR. been deciding between the Canon 400D and the Nikon D80. been looking on the net for info and reviews and have been asking a few photographers and it seems to be 50/50 as to what everyone likes. it’s like asking coke or pepsi. one thing i hear a lot tho’ is that canons are better for portraits and since the main reason i wanna get a DSLR is to shoot our upcoming baby, i’m leaning towards getting the 400D. plus, 400D is a bit less expensive than the D80.

  3. Andres, your comments on this subject warrant an in-depth answer. i will respond in a separate blog post shortly.


  4. Hey MJ. Great picture again. I really have a good look at flickr.

    Mj I have finally got the domain name I have wanted for a long time and have changed from

    The new name is now

    This will be it now until I stop blogging which will hopefully be a long time down the road.


  5. Wow those look like noctilucent clouds!! You are extremely lucky to see them.

    What is the day and time of the photos of the night shots taken?

  6. Brunty, change noted and updated.

    Anon, those clouds are pretty common during our summer storm season.

    as for the night shots, the EXIF data should tell the date/time of the shots. click on the photos to go to the hosting site and then you can check out the details.

    thanks for the comments.

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