TEPC Top Five Preliminary Selection for My Island Exhibition

Here is my selection of five (shh! I can’t count!) for the exhibition next year. I’ve worked on a twist of some images to add a visual element.

Keelung: Wangyogou Bay is a long exposure that challenged me in LR/PS a great deal and went through numerous iterations.

The same lessons I applied to the 2nd image of Fisherman’s Wharf in Tamsui, except this was a vertical panorama that weighs in at nearly 280MBs of data. There was one major element that I removed because of how ugly it looked… won’t tell you where.

The third image, Barrel of Orange, is also an HDR image composite. An orange and black oil barrel found abandoned on one of the beaches, it stretched my imagination trying to bring out the colors. With Patrice’s encouragement, I stripped away the other beach refuse and focused on two colors only: black and orange, which is a great combination.

The fourth image is a window, painted on a yellow wall. Alas, it was taken with a higher ISO of 2000 in daylight shade in a cafe in Taipei. The wall is attractively colored with a rough texture. The window challenges the viewer because no line is straight, no corner exactly 90 degrees. The texture inside wall is illuminated by the lamp. Notice also the little purple hand pointing a gesture (in the UK, a rude one!).

I’m still debating the wisdom of the fifth image’s choice of Black & White. WordPress is making a slight hash of the compression/display of this image. It looks much better on my screen. Still debating.

The last image is taken from a 2nd floor passageway overlooking some of the financial buildings in the East District of Taipei. Obviously at night, the image itself is a composite Panorama, with a central element added from one of the original images. Shot in color, it has been converted to Black & White for better effect.

Comments on TEPC group, please!


Panorama of two shots: TNUA Courtyard in Beitou

Always seems challenging to do a panorama. This one is a composite of several shots, but I wasn’t happe with the lack of symmetry in the end result. I took the image because I liked the courtyard, and warm brick on the left/right.

Somehow I wanted to capture a moment of reflection in the pool. I stitched this in Lightroom. I don’t think I managed to do much with the cloud on the left, except turn it into a murky gray. The reflection in the pool is much more nuanced. To me, it seemed like a moment of serenity between the rains and the return of students.

It was shot on an HTC M8x model from about three years ago, and stitched in camera. But as my camera friend says, “I can’t see anything!” Do you see anything? As always with mobile phone shots,  you have to ask yourself if spending hours working on a shot that is taken at less than impressive quality on a mobile phone is really going to be worth it in the end?

Panorama Sapporo: Climbing Mt. Moiwa

Of course, we didn’t climb up! We did climb down! That was a long 2.5km down but fun! My legs ached! Thanks to Kenny, I’m now trying out making a pano by WB each single photo rather than WB the entire one. Can you see any difference?

I think the #1 is slightly warmer, #2 is slightly bluer. Considering it was early afternoon on a clear day and bright sunshine… I think #2 looks better. Do you agree?