SmartPhone Landscape Photography from Shihtiping


I took a (very) short trip to Shitiping (石梯坪), a scenic spot along Taiwan’s eastern Coastal Highway a couple of days ago. It reminds me of the short stretches of California’s Route 1 I’ve seen in SoCal. Relatively narrow road constrained by rocky cliffs and the thundering Pacific Ocean.

I ended up arriving 30 minutes prior to the next bus leaving back to Hualien. The one after that wasn’t for 2 more hours. And since the spot basically consisted of the rocks and a convenience store, I opted to do some quick exploring.

As I mentioned earlier, my camera’s in the shop, which was a bit of a bummer. I was hoping to see if I have a taste for landscape photography and even bought a shiny new lens to take on a test drive, the XC 15-45mm. Which was fortunately, very cheap, since it won’t get used this time around, haha.

Still, I did enjoy snapping a few quick pics! I don’t have a serious phone or serious camera, just my Google Pixel 1. And as someone supposedly once said, “the best camera is the one you have with you,” so I embraced it. Sort of; don’t mind the skewed horizons, I was kind of in a hurry…

While it doesn’t quite come across in these images, the color of the water was surreal. An azure blue that looked like a flowing gemstone. I need to go back just to capture that, let alone the contours of the rocks and the fisherman and their long poles questing for prey.

I think the second image of this twisting rock formation would look incredible backlit by dawn on the eastern horizon (and people-less), don’t you?

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2 comments

  1. You got an XC lens? Post more shots please

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