Taiwan Photo Club – February Meeting Rundown


The Taiwan Photo Club.

The Taiwan Photo Club.

Tacos.    

Definitely better than the nachos.

This past Sunday was the February meeting of the Taiwan Photo Club. Once again, Yuma was incredibly accomodating in letting is use their downstairs dining area as our meeting place. This time a couple friendly faces were absent, like David and Gulio, but this was offset by a few new, friendly faces like Chris. Most of the regulars, like TC, Craig, and organizer Darren were there.

 

Magda's little girl, the youngest photographer in the house.

Magda's little girl, the youngest photographer in the house.

This time I brought some actual, physical prints to share. They were passed around without much comment or criticism. I was hoping for a bit more, but maybe no one knew what to say since street photographers are a minority in the group? Of course, I appreciate comments based on feelings more then those based on technical details and anyone can give those. Magda was the real bright spot, offering her thoughts and feelings on what I brought to share. 

Thanks, Magda!

The only other reason for the silence, and a much worse reason, is that they all know my mother and were practicing her mantra “If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all.

Sucker...err...I mean "Subject" number 1
Sucker…err…I mean “Subject” number 1

Neil’s presentation on lighting was great (his blog on it), even with all the glitches. Much of what he went over I knew, but there were some things that were new to me. What I found exceedingly useful was being able to see the effect of different types of flash diffusion real-time.  Neil, thanks so much for the time and effort you put into this. I really appreciate it.

 

Even though the projection failed, Neil got his point across well.

Even though the projection failed, Neil got his point across well.

I did have one slight disagreement with him, though. Just one of perceptions. From my point of view as a street photographer… someone who looks for candid moments and compositions in random, daily life… the photo by Steve McCurry was an excellent one even without the warm lighting.  But I understand your perception of it coming from more “staged” forms of photography. ;) 

 

Sucker...*darn*! "SUBJECT" Numero Dos with real-time results.

Sucker...*darn*! "SUBJECT" Numero Dos with real-time results.

The real-time discussion of lighting differences was very, very helpful.

The real-time discussion of lighting differences was very, very helpful.

That’s it. I’m hoping that I can make it to the next meeting, but it depends on the time as I’m flying out to LA for a couple of weeks in March.

The Tacos. Better then the Nachos. Definately. Tacos.

The Tacos. Better then the Nachos. Definately. Tacos.

 


About Brian Webb

Brian Q. Webb is a photography enthusiast from Los Angeles, California who spends most of his time in Taipei, Taiwan. He is especially interested in street photography as well as large format portraiture and pinhole photography. He also likes to shoot lifestyle portraiture and occasionally acts as an agent for foreign newspapers wanting event coverage in Taipei. He was also on the staff of deviantArt and is co-founder of PhotoMalaysia, the largest photography community in that country.

  • Magda

    You’re welcome :)
    once again thank you so much for showing me your camera .. It’s unforgettable and new experience for me.

  • http://www.craigfergusonimages.com Craig Ferguson

    You brought prints? They didn’t make it down to my end of the table – I’d have liked to have seen them.

  • http://blog.taiwan-guide.org David on Formosa

    I didn’t make it this time as you noted, but thanks for your report. Now I know that next time I should order the tacos.

    I will bring some prints next time too. I still make a lot even though I am entirely digital.

  • Brian

    @Magda: Next time I’ll take you through how to shoot with it and let you shoot a couple of sheets. It’s a completely different experience. It really slows you down and forces you to think about every single step.

    @Craig: You arrived after they went around, I think.

    @David: The restaurant manager told me that he had tried a new menu on you us, kind of a lunch specials menu. I hope they keep it…NT$250 for 3 tacos, soup, and a drink is a great deal. There were good reviews on the quesedillas, too.

    I’m not sure I can make it next time as I’ll be in LA for a couple of weeks in March…need to visit mom and family. Plus an old family friend runs a halfway house and I want to put some time in and help him out. I didn’t have the chance to visit last time I was there.

  • http://poagao.org Poagao

    I liked the prints you brought. I still haven’t had a good meal at Yuma, though. The quesadillas were terrible, I thought. The tacos gringos were ok, though.

  • night

    hi,

    try to contact you but the ‘contact’ form seems not working :)

    need your help :) do you know where i can get cheap films in taipei?

    thanks :)

  • Brian

    I haven’t configured the contact page yet… :lol:

    There are a couple of shops on Han Kou Rd., near the corner of Poi Ai Rd. Both sell mainstream film brands (Kodak, Fuji, Ilford), but their prices are a little lower then buying from, say, Jazz.

    If you are looking for Chinese-made cheap films like ERA100 (good), Shanghai (okay), or Lucky (crap) I don’t know. You can contact this ebay seller…he imports them and lives in Tainan. I’ve bought some 4×5 sheets of ERA100 from him a few times before and he’s reliable.

  • night

    thanks a lot :)

    any luck that you know where i can have a look at the cheap used camera shop around taipei? currently, looking for a cheap used rangefinder :)

    thanks :)