Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Pic(k) of the week 4: TAIPEI 101 FROM ELEPHANT MOUNTAIN - FUJIFLM GFX 50R

Earlier in the month I ticked of another country in the list of "Countries I visited", Taiwan. Formerly known as Formosa, Taiwan is also known as the Republic of China (ROC) and depending who you speak to, is considered to be part of China or an independent country.

Especially the capital Taipei, does however feel very modern and different to mainland China. To me it really feels as a mix of China, Korea and Japan; an interesting place!

I had heard good things about Taipei with regards to Street Photography and was not disappointed! Some of the Street Photography images I shot during my visit can be found here and expect a post about using the GFX 50R somewhere over the coming days.

For the best view on the city, one can climb "Elephant mountain"; officially called Xiangshan, this is a 183m mountain which one climbs through a series of steps; count on about a 20min hike to reach the top. Definitively worth it. 

The tower in the middle of the frame was once the worlds tallest building till the Burj Khalifa in Dubai took over; appropriately called Taipei 101 as it has the same number of floors. It was the first building to break the 500m height point.

I was shooting the Fujifilm GFX 50R I borrowed from Fujifilm Middle East at the time and it turned out to be great tool to capture the detail of the vista from the top of the mountain! The image below is a 9 shot panorama stitched together to an image that is more than 16000 pixels wide. The medium format GFX 50R is a high megapixel camera to start with, but when one starts merging images together, the amount of detail when zooming in, is jaw dropping! Please make sure to check out a full screen view of the image by clicking on it below!


Image details:

  • Fujifilm GFX 50R with the GF 45mm f2.8 lens
  • 9 images shot at ISO 400, f10, 1/170s
  • Lightroom CC to merge to panorama
  • DxO Nik ColorEfex pro for optimal contrast
Remember, "We shape our buildings, thereafter they shape us" - Winston Churchill.


BJORN




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