While I am not yet in Taiwan, I have taken many chances to visit the ethnic communities of Houston and see what this city has to offer. Over the weekend, I brought my newly acquired Nikon D5000 for the ride, and here are the results. Click on each image for a Flickr.com page and larger view. I always label these Creative Commons – not like I’m a real photographer or anything. I would like any comments and constructive criticism preferably here… or if it’s detailed, on the Flickr page itself – please let me know what you think. I’m just now learning about aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and the other (seriously) fun things that go into a DSLR photograph – although many of these were taken with minimal customization and “post processed” through iPhoto.
The visit itself was nothing short of amazing. The scent of incense filled the air as I fumbled around people – trying not to get in the way of their conversations with the divine. People were walking around gods with incense giving offerings of food (I saw some Asian-style pound cakes), incense, and money. My girlfriend thankfully is a native Mandarin speaker – she was able to ask permission for me to take these photos… I responded with a brutal “谢谢” (Xie Xie… thank you) and smiled.
NOTE: Some of these were compressed for size, so the iPhoto/Flickr conversion ruined some sharpness on the stark blue backgrounds. Let me know if you want to see the real thing.
I should also mention the flickr photostream of kinjotx. His photos of the temple are wonderful – especially some of the portraits.
I’ll be getting more photos of Houston before I leave. Please give some feedback if you know more about photography than I do!