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Changhua, Taichung, Taiwan
I am a freelance photographer based in Taiwan, Asia. Photography is a passion as well as a job and Taiwan is a paradise for photographers. I am a product photgrapher, portrait photgrapher, wedding photgrapher, and commercial and editorial photographer. I also photograph a wide range of topics including travel and culture events here in Taiwan. As a sideline, I also teach scuba diving and run guided photography tours, photography courses and guided hikes in Taiwan.

Tuesday 28 February 2012

A quick preview of the Lantern Festival in Taiwan: the year of the dragon

Recently I have been so busy I haven't had time to post much on my blog or website. Though I have attended a few events including the lantern festival which is held every year, in a different city in Taiwan.

This year is the year of the dragon in the Chinese zodiac. A quick preview of some of the sights, I will put a full post later this week.

It was so crowded, I ended up climbing up the side of a building to the roofless top to get some reasonable photos! I was asked to come down at one point by the police who were desperately trying to clear the street so the parade could get through. I played the dumb foreigner card and asked them to smile for the camera.

Perched on this wall 3 stories up, I finally manged to get some good shots.

To see more click below

Sunday 5 February 2012

Sunset over Angkor Wat

Images from Cambodia.......

Unfortunately my trip to Cambodia was a bit unprepared. I travelled with minimum gear (camera only), a small backpack with two sets of clothes that I hand washed every day and a sunhat. At the sunset, trying to keep as steady as I could, I sat there with my cheap travel lense on the camera and captured this image. Guess I'll just have to go back!

Wednesday 1 February 2012

Chinese New Year 2012

Chinese New Year 2012 - Year of the Dragon

Gong Xi Fa Ca! The traditional Chinese New Year greeting which means "wishing you prosperity" in Mandarin.

The New Year is the longest and most important of the Chinese holidays, celebrated by millions of ethnic Chinese people all over the world. For many it is the biggest family reunion for which people endure hours of cramped travel on public transportation to get home. The festival, which last 15 days, begins on the first day of the month with the Chinese calendar known as "Zhen yue" and culminates on the date of the full moon with the lantern festival. Each of the 15 days has a particular role, often the first day is set aside for people to honour the elders within their family. Ceremonies are held to pay homage to deities and ancestors in which people pray for good harvest and good fortune. It is also known as Spring Festival as it is the start of spring in the Chinese calendar and marks the end of the winter season .

At Songbolin Temple, one of the most popular around Changhua County, situated at the bottom of the Ba Gua Shan mountain range, thousands of people gather on New Year's Day to receive blessings, worship and pray for their ancestors and prosperity. Below is a full article on the festival along with a series of photographs.

To read the full article click "read more" below