I don't often go to the nearby Cultural Folk Park for getting photos. I have always liked it. A little less now after recent major renovation(stripping away a lot of good old structure to add a lot of not so nice modern structure. Mainly to facilitate huge underground parking. They also added a couple of restaurants inside which means that certain areas formerly open to walk through are now under lock and key. That being said-there are still some very attractive structures and grounds. Here in the photo you can see some folks practicing a form of taichi using swords. It is nice to see traditional martial arts being practiced with classic buildings in the background. Here in Taiwanese cities these kinds of structures are far fewer than what you'd imagine. I am a big lover of traditional Chinese architecture.
Brian Eno-The True Wheel
I know I've mentioned before here how much I love chiaroscuro in photographs. The technique originated in painting which is no big surprise because photography for the most part started out as a way for people that can't paint to emulate painting. It's hard for me to describe why I love it so much, but it just does something for me. I guess the images I like best are the ones that have at least an air of mystery to them. All well exposed with a very clear subject is fine. However, most eyes if they get it it in a glance get bored and quickly forget. Chiaroscuro is one method for adding a "hook" to those eyeballs-How's that for a mixed metaphor? It's true though. Just like those songs that stick with you-if they have a decent hook then you can't easily forget them. Anyway, I'm starting the Chiaroscuro theme on G+ at this page with me as curator. If you are on G+ and would like to play along just tag your post with #chiaroscuro hashtag. This theme runs on Tuesdays(whenever Tuesday is for you in your part of the world). If you don't want to post but want to see these images from different people just search on the page. I will also post some of my favorites from the theme over here from time to time.
The whole blogging scene is so different than when I started this as audio podcast blog back in the last decade. Social media activity has taken over much of the energy and impact of blogging. It's still nice to have a dedicated site and curated space to call my own though. Still very pleased on the results I'm getting from the Pentax K 30 and in this case old M42 Pentax Super Takumar 55 1.8 lens. I've also made some adjustments to my BW processing in NIK Silver EFEX II which I'm very pleased with. To be honest I'm enjoying photography more and more. Hope the resulting work is enjoyable for you too.
Diana Ross: I'm Coming Out