Friday, October 8, 2010

Foreign photographers share tips on shooting Taiwan (Taiwan Today)

In terms of natural and man-made landscapes, Taiwan is fantastically diverse. No wonder, then, that professional photographers from overseas say the country is a truly exceptional place for shutterbugs.

In addition to streets packed with people and vendors, there are quaint courtyard houses a stone’s throw from ultramodern skyscrapers, strange and wonderful foods, plus steep mountains wrapped in forests and wreathed in clouds.

Not much of this is obvious to first-time visitors leaving Taiwan’s main international airport and heading for downtown Taipei, however. Rich Matheson, a Canadian who specializes in cultural photography, admits to being visually underwhelmed when he first arrived in 1991. He says his initial impressions were of drab buildings, heavy traffic and small factories.

“But the longer you’re here, and the more you understand the culture, the better your pictures get,” he asserts...

Go here to see the rest of the article. The photo here was taken by Rich Matheson.

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