My Recent Taiwan Trip (photographing part 2) – 2017 Week 14

Environmentalists changed the word jungle to rain forest, because no one would give them money to save a jungle. Same with swamps and wetlands.
— George Carlin

I love George Carlin… I can’t help it. 😉

On our way to Gaomei wetlands, it rained. “Oh, no,” I said. Kuenhwa told me not to worry. “We have umbrellas,” he said.

We were lucky, the rain stopped when we arrived. However, the temperature had dropped significantly. It was windy and cold. I quickly added another sweater. Just as I was about running to see the wetlands, I heard Wei said, “Look at these houses! I want to take some photos of them.”

What houses? How come I didn’t see any?

I turned around. Sure enough… some interesting looking houses. I felt a little deflated, didn’t expect the first lesson I learned at Gaomei coming from Wei. Oh well… Lesson #1: Even having a pre-defined subject, I should still keep my eyes open, and not be limited by my original goal.

(While I was working on this post in my head, Otto posted an article: “See Beyond the Subject”. Great timing! 😉

After taking plenty of house photos, finally, we walked to the wetlands. Kuenhwa carried two tripods: one for me, and the other for himself. Wei said he wasn’t going to use one. (I know I should carry it myself, but he insisted 😉

The moment I saw the wetlands, I was amazed. Since this was the first time I saw wetlands, I was excited. I couldn’t wait for the tripod, quickly took a couple of photos using a fence to stabilize the camera.

A long narrowed boardwalk stretching far into the wetlands and it was packed with people.

At first we were going to walk to the end of the boardwalk, but it didn’t take long for us to realize that because of the strong wind, taking any photo on the boardwalk was impossible. To be honest, while walking on the boardwalk, I could only think of one thing: don’t fall off. Several hats were in the mud.

Kuenhwa said, “It’s all right. I know a spot that is not as windy. Let’s go there.”

He took us to a walk path, which was not as windy and a little warmer. So, we found a spot in the middle of the walking path, set up our tripods and took several photos.

Lesson #2: scouting is a good idea. If Kuenhwa had never been there before, we would probably go home without taking any decent photo.

After taking 10 to 15 photos, I said, “Thick clouds. I don’t think we will see a beautiful sunset. I am afraid this is it!”
“Let’s wait for a while,” Kuenhwa said.
“Wait for what? Nothing is going to change,” I said.
“You never know,” he said.

Kuenhwa and Wei then took a seat on a bench; they started chatting. They looked comfortable and relaxed as if they were in a nice café drinking the best coffee in the world.

I had no choice but taking more photos, wondering when we could leave.

Suddenly, the sun came out.

So… Lesson #3: don’t give up too early. I mean, never give up 😉

Lesson #4: tripod is very helpful.

When we were done, Kuenhwa commented that it was too bad that we didn’t see the sunset. I told him I was quite satisfied with what I saw. I really meant it… maybe I am more of a black and white person?

I can’t wait for our next photographing trip!

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About Helen C

A retired computer programmer who loves writing and photographing, and has managed to publish a YA novel "Jin-Ling’s Two Left".
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17 Responses to My Recent Taiwan Trip (photographing part 2) – 2017 Week 14

  1. loisajay says:

    Such good tips and great photos, Helen. That boardwalk looks wild–especially on a windy day. I love all the photos you have taken on your trip. These, especially, have so much detail!

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    • Helen C says:

      Good morning, Lois. After I retired, for a while, I no longer can tell Monday, Tuesday… Now I find myself looking forward to your “Happy Monday” post, even though Monday is just like any other day for me 😉
      Thanks for your kind comment. I wish the boardwalk had rails installed. Other than the strong wind, young kids walked toward me without paying attention to where they were going. I was afraid that they might bump me off the walk. I didn’t tell the other two guys how scared I was, but I definitely was in a trying to survive mode 😉
      Now I learned that I had to be patient, I really want to go back to take more photos.
      Have a wonderful day.

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  2. Mabel Kwong says:

    Those two guides with you sound very patient and very familiar with the area. They certainly knew the good locations for photos, and good to hear you kept your balance on the board walk. From afar, board walks out to sea look really calm and relaxing but in reality, the sea breeze is always around 😀 I’m also the kind who likes to focus on that shot I want to get and miss other things around me. These things I tell myself to take things slow, and when I do, I end up spending so much more time outside 😀 Very nice to hear more about your trip to Taiwan.

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    • Helen C says:

      Thanks, Mabel. Those two guys see each other once a year and know each other since the younger one (the nephew) was born, do they had a lot to talk about. 😉
      I, too, had told myself to go slowly, but so far it’s only a thought. Maybe it has something to do with trying to beat the deadline for so many years… you know, getting it done as fast as we could… I have to keep working on this.

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  3. neihtn2012 says:

    Waiting, I have learned from personal experience, is essential in photography. Sometimes, you wait and nothing happens. Other times, you wait and suddenly the most beautiful scenery is revealed. Maybe there is more of the former than the latter, but it is worth … waiting.

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    • Helen C says:

      Thanks, Hien. At that time, I thought I was being realistic. It was late and the clouds were thick. I didn’t see there was any chance for the situation to change. The sun came out for 30 seconds and then disappeared. Five minutes later, it came out again for another 30 seconds. And then again. I guess I won’t second guess Mother Nature from now on. 😉
      Have a wonderful day.

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  4. Amy says:

    Beautiful photos, Helen. I like the foreground and the clarity of these photos.
    A wonderful series of your trip! 🙂

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    • Helen C says:

      Good morning, Amy. Having a tripod really helped. You knew this already, I know. I did, too, but I still don’t have a habit of bring it. I have a mental thing that I need to overcome. I think tripod attracts people’s attention, and at this stage of my photographing, I don’t feel comfortable being looked at 😉 Well, that’s something I have to work on. Even though some people had showed curiosity, most of them could care less — I have to keep telling myself that.
      Have a great day.

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  5. Lignum Draco says:

    You have learnt some important lessons. Always be alert to photographic opportunities and the value of patience.

    This post was reading like an episode of that old show, Kung Fu with David Carradine. You have done well, Grasshopper. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • Helen C says:

      Good morning, LD. Thanks for your kind comment. I laughed when I read it. I love Kung Fu. David was so calm in the movie. I remember hoping I will be like that someday. (Still working on it 😉
      Have a wonderful day.

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  6. Every time I go out with my camera, I learn something new. Scouting is very important. We just got back from a vacation where everything seemed brand new and I hated most of my photos due to the wrong time of day or bad weather or what ever else I can blame it on. But one thing I have learned- and constantly forget- is don’t be satisfied with that first photo. Look around, move your feet. When you get to where you are going, turn around and look behind you. Say it’s the Grand Canyon and you are seeing it for the first time. Look beyond the obvious. Turn your back to the canyon and look for something, anything that strikes you as a worthy subject. And if you see nothing else, you still have that magnificent canyon in front of you. Oh, and the weather is always changing. Wait for it, especially a sunset! 🙂

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    • Helen C says:

      Good morning, Emilio. Thanks for your great advice. Practice. Practice. Practice… right? One of these days I will remember to look around.
      Like I told Mabel, I suspect that part of the reason for not being able to take time looking around is that we were in that pressure cooker for so long before we retire, we acquired a habit of getting it done and move on. I need to retrain myself and I will. Thanks.
      Have a great day.

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  7. Great pictures, Helen, and I like the lessons you’ve shared with us! They are so important in photography and maybe even more in life… Happy Easter! 😄🐇🐣🌸

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