Photographer's Note

With apologies to James Joyce.

One of my new favorite spots for photography is the Taipei Botanical Gardens. It is a park in the middle of the city and as the name suggests, there are many plants on view there. There are also some very nice walkways, lots of benches, it attracts great subjects for photos (people and birds) and the overhanging trees give a little relief from the sun. The main attraction at the gardens is a quite huge lotus pond, which is quite a lot larger than the word pond suggests. When you visit the gardens, you can be assured of seeing a few people with cameras set up (last year, I got to take a few shots with a Nikon D1X and Nikkor 600mm f/4), picnicers and what you see here, people with scetch books and/or paints and easels. Most are a little older than this guy. What really appeals to me about this shot is the warm, golden tone the late afternoon light has given me here. Because of pollution, we don't often get a true "golden hour" here in Taipei, but when one happens, you really appreciate it.

Handheld, ISO 200, focal length 88mm, uncropped, minor photoshop adjustments.

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