Taipei – Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
I had the chance to spend the weekend in Taipei last month; so I made sure that I packed my Benro tripod with me. I chose CKS memorial since it was relatively close to my hotel, and easily accessible from the MRT.
I got there early so I can scout the location and frame my shots before sunset. I stood there waiting for the memorial hall to light up; but it never happened. The best I could do is bracket the memorial hall right around sunset. The picture above is a blend of HDR frame with a frame exposed for sky. The trick was to carefully paint in (unmask) the area that needed more exposure so it looks natural.
After I figured out that they were not going to light up the memorial hall, I rushed back out front to get a shot of the gate at Liberty Square.
Again, same bracketing trip was applied. I made an HDR image with 5 frame brackets. Layered it on top of a frame which had the exposure I liked. Then I carefully unmask the HDR layer to get the exposure of the gate.
The parting shot is a photograph of the National Theater. By this time, the sun is completely set, so I really needed all 5 brackets to get a good HDR photograph. But again the process is the same. I picked a frame which had the exposure I like for the wall at the lower right hand side and the sky. Then carefully blended in the HDR overlay of the theater.
If you have suggestions of where I should shoot in Taipei, please let me know.