Mengjia Longshan Temple

Tdp

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Feb 15, 2019
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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.

Mengjia Longshan Temple by Photos By 夏天, on Flickr

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Mengjia Longshan Temple by Photos By 夏天, on Flickr

All of the roof surfaces are adorned with dragons.

Mengjia Longshan Temple by Photos By 夏天, on Flickr

Side corridor. This was shot with the fisheye:

Mengjia Longshan Temple by Photos By 夏天, on Flickr

A bunch of guys taking a break:
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Tdp

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Feb 15, 2019
36
Part of the front entrance
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Fortune box

Mengjia Longshan Temple by Photos By 夏天, on Flickr


Mengjia Longshan Temple by Photos By 夏天, on Flickr

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Mengjia Longshan Temple by Photos By 夏天, on Flickr

This is the exit where you can buy various items. I like all the roof work.

Mengjia Longshan Temple by Photos By 夏天, on Flickr

There is a large waterfall at the main courtyard
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Gary

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Aug 19, 2012
123
Southern California
Gary Ayala
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
 

Tdp

All-Pro
Feb 15, 2019
36
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.
 

Gary

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Aug 19, 2012
123
Southern California
Gary Ayala
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
 

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