Looking Back at 2016 Photos

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I thought it might be fun to spend one of the last hours of 2016 taking a quick look back through this years photos and picking out a few of my favourites by month.

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I took 6390 photos this year, that’s almost double what I took in 2015 and 2014. And I was a bit surprised to see that 2420 of them were taken in Thailand. It really is one of my favourite places to be.

There is a direct correlation between how I feel and how many photos I take. I was feeling pretty awesome in Thailand at the start of the year, but as the year moved forward I struggled to eat healthy and get into better shape; two big ongoing goals. And that coupled with difficult work meant my mood wasn’t great for the second half of the year.

I travelled quite widely, but didn’t really take full advantage of it. I’m glad I am thinking this through now as it’s now my main goal to improve eating, fitness and mood in 2017.

Without further ado, let’s take a look month by month through my pics of the year.

January

Only 55 photos taken in January and all in London. However there are a couple of nice ones including the Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park and the New Crossrail Station at Canary Wharf. I was back to using my old D3100 and 50mm lens.

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February

February and more London shots. I went around Soho / Chinatown / Shoreditch with a new ‘used’ camera. A D610 with the kit lens. I used this and my 50mm for the rest of the year.

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I also went to Thailand for a bit of rest and relaxation. Highlights were a great flight on Eva air with the nicest air stewardesses, the sunset at Bang Sare and the cocktail VW buses popular in Thailand.

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I also started a collection of photographs to capture ‘motorbike’ life in Thailand, they are such an integral part of Thai culture.

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March

1152 photos in March. A lot of motorbike and beach shots. I also discovered the awesome Baa Hop Fang festival / market in Pattaya. At the end of the month I went to Bangkok and started working my way through a book of Bangkok walks.

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Bangkok

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April

April was another Bangkok month. I had a great time walking around the city. I think my best pictures of the year are from April; especially one shot of the Maha Nakhorn building. I also enjoyed Songkran; the Thai new year festival. That’s an unmissable experience!

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May

May was back to London for work. I got some nice spring shots in Shoreditch. I also went to Scotland to see family but got a chance to take some pictures in Edinburgh, Crail and my mum’s garden.

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June

No photos! – My work project was managing the half year report for Standard Chartered so I can only guess I had no time at all to even think about the camera!

July

I think I was quite busy in July too, only a handful of shots from city walks in London and another Scotland trip.

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August

With work coming to an end I went of to Tokyo with an unexpected layover in Frankfurt due to a Typhoon.

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September

More Tokyo where I enjoyed some of the best Karaoke nights out and a few visits to my local Maid Cafe. I then went onto Taipei.

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OCToBER

This was another good photo month. Some more shots in Taipei and then off to Hong Kong and Shenzhen before heading to Seoul.

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Hong Kong

(I need to revisit the processing on these HK shots it’s not great)

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Shenzhen

The highlight was OCT Loft

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Seoul

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November

Last few photos in Seoul. Korea really has the most beautiful a palaces.

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December

Back to the UK, and I had a lovely chance to finish the year with some pictures in Scotland and London.

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That’s it, 2016 in photos. I do need to take some time to go through all the photos, there are some picks in their that haven’t been processed yet, but it takes a load of time to review photos.

I’m really grateful for the chance to see the places and people I have this year. On the other hand I know that I didn’t push myself with a positive attitude to get the most out of it. That’s my big goal for 2017.

So, watch this space, hopefully there will be a lot more interesting sights to come in the year ahead.

In Awe at The Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA)

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Today; while recovering from sunburn, I headed out to the small but well organised Museum of Contemporary Art in Taipei.

Free from the crowds of the national palace museum and other ‘rainy day’ locations it was a short, but enjoyable visit.

There were three major artist exhibits. I loved one of them. From the other two I strongly disliked one and for the other I liked the ‘synopsis’ describing the work, but I didn’t like or ‘get’ the work itself.

Dànshuǐ / Tamsui, Taiwan; Blue Skies And Fishing Boats

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I took a trip to Dànshuǐ just north of Taipei on Wednesday. The weather was beautiful.

Let’s take a look starting with the view back towards the north of Taipei. This is from a waterside park / promenade just next to the MTR station (Taipai Subway/Overground).

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Taipei Street Food

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(all photos taken in a rush with ‘shakey hand’ mobile phone)

I’ve been making the rounds of the Taipei street food scene. Main observations; very cheap, some things are delicious, a lot of it is unhealthy.

1st stop Shilin night market. Where I tried the famous ‘stinky tofu’; shown on the left below. The tofu is fermented and has a very strong ‘stinky’ smell, but the taste is not that strong. I’m think fermented foods are good for the stomach so I was excited to eat it.

Drum Boy is Tired and Showing Your Emotions

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On Saturdays visit to Confucius and Baoan Temples, I saw some Taiwanese people practising drumming in a park.

During the warm up:


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I was quite amused by the total lack of self consciousness the boy displayed. He was clearly impatient / bored / hot / tired.
I guess parents are all too well familiar with this.
In comparison, at the same moment, the man was carefully practising and closely checking the sound with his ear.
I was wondering about the difference between the boy and the man.

  • As we get older do we naturally take practice and preparation more seriously?
  • Does the school and work system teach us to ‘work’ even when tired?
  • Does experience of life in society teach us to take more care of how we present ourselves?

When they started to play I noticed the boy was a little out of time compared to the others. But despite that he played loudly and confidently.

So I was thinking should we be more expressive; as children are?

Can you imagine those long business meetings, everyone is tired, not much is getting done. Instead of sitting politely, people start to climb the walls, swing on the chairs etc.
What do you think?

Happy Birthday Confucius

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September 28th marks the anniversary of Confucius’ birthday.

I think Confucius must be one of the most recognisable historical names.

Do you know a lot about him? My knowledge was limited to some sayings of the form, “Confucous says……”

On Sunday I went along to take a look at the Confucius temple in Taipei.

A philosopher sage and teacher, it’s impossible to distill all his teachings down into a few words. But we can get a simple grasp of his beliefs. He is considered a great teacher in China. He was a huge proponent of education, believing strongly in free education for the masses.

Hello Taipei

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I’ve had three days in Taipei. I’m feeling good about this city; it has positive vibe. Today I went for a walk along Dihau Street. It’s a fairly traditional area with a lot of shops selling things like tea and herbal medicine.

There are some vibrant, busy scenes. But even in amongst those you can catch people taking a rest from the hot afternoon sun. Check out the guy in the truck cab.

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