Mengjia Longshan Temple

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by Tdp, Apr 8, 2013.

  1. Tdp

    Tdp Guest

    Did a solo photowalk this past weekend, stopped by Longshan (Dragon Mountain) Temple in western Taipei. Took the X-E1, XF18, XF35 and Samyang Fisheye. The temple was built in the 1700s and rebuilt over the years after various incidents.

    On the weekends the temple is always busy with locals and a few tourist.
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    All of the roof surfaces are adorned with dragons.
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    Side corridor. This was shot with the fisheye:
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    A bunch of guys taking a break:
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  2. Tdp

    Tdp Guest

    Part of the front entrance
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    Fortune box
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    This is the exit where you can buy various items. I like all the roof work.
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    There is a large waterfall at the main courtyard
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  3. Gary

    Gary FujiXspot Top Veteran

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    Gary
    Good stuff. I enjoyed my tour. Are you finding the Samyang very useful, or more of a one trick pony? It is nice to find this amazing island in the middle of a big city with all that crazy dragon motif. Thanks for the tour.

    G
     
  4. Tdp

    Tdp Guest

    I think a fisheye is a 3 trick pony (if you know of any more please let me know):

    1. All fish eye like photo
    2. Keep the horizon in the center, take a really cool wide photo
    3. Take a fish and post process it into something else

    I will say this about the Samyang - my Canon 15mm fisheye cost over 2x as much and the two lenses are equal in build and image quality, but the Canon is autofocus. The Samyang has a distance scale so you can set it to 5.6 or 8.0 and set the distance to visible light infinity and rock on.
     
  5. Gary

    Gary FujiXspot Top Veteran

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    I've used a Samyang on an OM-D, and the lens was solidly built, wider than my P7-14 and sharper in the corners than my P7-14. I am very impressed with Samyang ... just keep wondering about how useful it would be.

    G
     
  6. cherrywood

    cherrywood FujiXspot Regular

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    Waterfall/Ferns, just wonderful.
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  7. Mitch

    Mitch FujiXspot Regular

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    Some stunning images, I have an affinity for blue dragons. (Check out my profile pic).