Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Burger Joint

Burger Joint (located near Sogo) is probably one of the best places to get a good burger in Taichung. It would be like the good burger restaurant that everyone takes you too in there home town. The burgers here taste better then a lot of American burger restaurants. 

My favorite Burger has to be the Bacon Cheese Burger loaded with pepper jack cheese.

The Pop Search...

I've been on a mission to find some Mountain Dew and Creme Soda. It has been a difficult journey. We found restaurants that served it, so I knew it had to be possible. (One restaurant puts Root Beer under the Beer section of the Menu). We finally found it! (in 一中 Night Market). 

This is the first time she has had Creme Soda and Mountain Dew. She really loved the Creme Soda. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

SYME Summer Term Recap

Friend Day -Chris Preaching to Many guest as Nikki translates
The Summer Term of SYME is now over. We had 40 students from mostly Taiwan, but also 3 from Korea, 1 from Brazil and another student from South Africa. We were able to see 6 of our students accept Christ. Some of our students struggle with making a decision because of the fear of the response from their parents or grandparents.

Friend Day went great. We had many people come out to see the show! A editor of a newspaper came out and was very impressed. He is allowing us to put a free advertising in his magazine worth $7500US.

Looking back I made a lot of mistakes in my teaching, also with other things, relationships and taiwanese culture that I hope to change in the future. I am continuing learning new things about the Taiwanese. And as I understand the language a little more and live hear, I understand a little more why things are the way they are.

This next week we have 3 days before the next term really starts beginning. We have many things to do to prep for the school and the new teachers that are arriving thursday. (Some things we need to do...things that are left over after cleaning for 8 hours...)

For the new term I had to move to a new apartment because our lease was up with the one I was living in.  This could possibly happen every couple months depending on the number of guy and girl students each term and the teachers that come in.

So far it looks like we will be having 7 male students and 10 girl students for the next term. Please pray for these students and my ministry among them.

How to make Skateboard Sequences with Photoshop

Please click the link to watch my tutorial on YouTube.

I have posted a earlier tutorial on how to make skateboard sequences, but decided to redo it because I have learned even easier and more effective ways of editing a skateboard sequence using photoshop since then. If you want to learn more about Camera specs and set up please read my other post (or just send me a message). This one is only going to focus on editing in Photoshop CS5.

Begin by selecting all your photos in the sequence that you want to use. 
With the photos selected go up to your Tools menu and scroll down to Photoshop. Then select the option Load Files into Photoshop Layers... This will load all your files automatically into one photoshop document.
Then with all your layers selected go up to the Edit menu, selecting Auto-Align Layers... This will automatically align the photos in the sequence for you. So you don't have to manually rotate the images trying to get for example the grind rail to line up perfectly while also having the stairs match up.
For organization select all your photos and press Command G to put all your photos in a group just to keep things from getting mixed with other layers you will create.
It is good to begin with your top photo or the photo with the skater behind the other images of himself. Begin by selecting the Layer Mask and press Command + Delete. This should fill the layer mask with black, making the image not visible. (If it doesn't press "x" and try again.) Then begin masking only the skater into the image using the brush tool making the white section on the layer mask the part that is the skater.
After painting in  the back skater work on unpainting the other skaters back in that you might have blocked out from painting too much white into your layer mask.
Eventually if you take your time and zoom in (paying attention to the little things) you will have a smooth transition between each skater. Continue to repeat this process until you have the whole sequence finished.

After you get the sequence finished you are all set to do any other edits you feel necessary! Good Luck! 

Monday, August 29, 2011

Taipei Weekend

For the weekend we went to Taipei to spend some time with some students and have fun. Friday night after we arrived we went to an shaved ice parlor, eating ice cream (some with strange things in them) and wrote our names on the wall.

The next morning while everyone else was still sleeping I spent my time taking pictures and walking around the neighborhood. (photos below)

Man fixing a roof standing on the very edge with no safety lines (photo above). Man playing with a bird on his scooter.

Pigeon racing is big in Taiwan. As I took photos from the roof I was able to capture some pigeons as they circled the building in training for there Million $$$ races.

After taking pictures all morning I met up with my friends, taking buses and trains to see this bridge (photo below). None of my friends understood why I wanted to come here, just to take a picture. The sign has lots of funny "prohibited things" click on the image to take a closer look.

Near the bridge was a castle that turned out to be under construction. Photo below - Man burning money to his ancestors.

Saturday night we hiked up Tiger Mountain in the middle of the night to see the amazing view of the city. I still haven't made it for the sun set, so I must go back a third time to get that shot I want. I also wasn't able to have my tripod to take a good photo this night.

On the way down we ran into a large temple. The architecture was beautiful, every inch of the inside and outside of the temple had dragons or other creatures cut into the walls and pillars. 

Sunday I spent the day skating with my Canadian friend Michael. He drove me all over on his scooter to different spots to skate. Monday morning we headed back to Taichung to get reading for the week at SYME.