Shanghai Skyline

View from Shanghai Tower, 2019

There are long queues at the foot of the Shanghai Tower. I believe it holds the record for the World’s highest observation deck. But I didn’t take this picture from there. A little further down, there is a bookshop where for the price of an (expensive) cup of coffee you can have almost the same view.

Landscapes always look a bit small on a phone screen (panoramas even worse), but the Shanghai skyline has lots of impressive looking buildings, my favourite is the flying saucer on top of the Radisson Bleu (which is by People’s Square.

Leaves, Shanghai

Leaves, People’s Park, Shanghai 2011

Another leaf photo!

I’m not sure the species of tree this is – perhaps maple (it has a 5 finger leaf), but I remember thinking how beautiful it looked. On anything but the calmest of days, closeups are hard to photograph because of subject movement.

I took this photo in People’s Park which is one of the most famous attractions in Shanghai (it was built on the former Shanghai Racecourse – the idea of a racecourse in a downtown area of a city seems extraordinary to me).

On The Bund, Shanghai

The Bund, Shanghai, China 2018

The title really should be “View from the Bund” because all the tall buildings you can see are on the other side of the Huangpu River. As you can see, there is a wide path for people to walk by the river, which is pleasant when there is a gentle breeze (perhaps with an ice cream in hand). On this day, although it was overcast and cloudy, you could feel yourself being burned by the UV!

Lynx, Shanghai

Lynx, Shanghai Zoo, China 2020

I went to Shanghai Zoo to see the red pandas, but on the way, I looked in on the big cats. The leopards had their backs turned, as they often do, but here as you see, the lynx was quietly cleaning itself oblivious to passers by (including me).

On this occasion, I was testing out a Canon Powershot S100, which is a premium compact camera from a few years ago. Although it has a fairly small sensor, here it has produced detailed image.

Tyrannosaurus Rex, Shanghai

Animatronic Tyrannosaurus Rex, Shanghai Natural History Museum, Shanghai 2019

The Shanghai Natural History Museum, is probably my favourite public building in Shanghai. It has an atrium, which brings a little natural light into what would otherwise be a rather large, dark museum.

Visitors start their visit at the top of the building, learning about the origin of the universe and slowly work their way down. They have lots of large scale models of large animals, some of which are reconstructed, stuffed animals. Sometimes the taxidermist got the expression the animals’ faces just right, on others, they have a slightly wide-eyed, surprised expression which doesn’t look quite right.

A few of the models, such as this one, are animatronic, which quite often draw large crowds of children as they roar and gesture menacingly.

Twilight, Shanghai

Florist, Shanghai November 2019

I like twilight, the time of day, not the overwrought movie. photographically, it mutes colours, but the deeper shadows help to subdue annoying street clutter. The snag of twilight, is that there is less sunlight to work with. As you can see in this picture, here I was mostly working with light coming from the shop itself. On this occasion, I was using film, so another concern was colour temperature. But here, because of the white outside, I was able to correct it fairly easily. In days of yore, photographers had to use filters to correct for this sort of thing.

How do you feel about twilight?

Long Shadow, Shanghai

Shadow, West Nanjing Road, Shanghai November 2019

Although I have been there quite a few times, I always enjoy walking around Shanghai – there is always something to see.

The camera I was using was made in 1975 and as usual, I found myself wondering what the place I was visiting was like in 1975.

West Nanjing Road is probably the most famous street in Shanghai, running from by Jing An Temple all the way to the Bund. This particular part is being redeveloped as you can see in the photograph.

Open-air Medicine, Shanghai

Shanghai, August 2018

When I visit Shanghai, I tend to stay in the “local” neighbourhoods. The hotels are a bit more basic, but they are definitely cheaper and you can see the street life going on around you.

In this case people would have a consultation on the street, which is different to the “behind closed doors” approach we have where I’m from.

Technical Details. I took this picture on Fuji 400 colour negative film using a Nikon F2 with a 50mm lens. I really like how the colours have come out, the green of the table the black and chrome of the stethoscope.

Resting on Jianguo Road

Jianguo Road, Shanghai 2011

One of the things I like about Shanghai, is how it has 4 distinct seasons. When I took this photo, it was Summer. And it gets hot and humid. So hot and humid, the walls seem to sweat. Time to find some shade and have a rest.

The other thing I like about Shanghai, is the contrast between the modern and the traditional. In this case, surrounded by electric vehicles, the trader pushes a handcart laden with traditional chairs.

Jianguo Road, Shanghai 2011

Another view/take on the same subject. If I could only see thumbnail pictures, I would prefer the first version, in a larger picture, I think I would prefer this version.

This is a jpeg from a much bigger file. I think if I was reprocessing it, I would try to bring out more detail in the man smoking. He has tilted his head in an interesting way.

From the Oriental Pearl Tower

View from Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai 2018

I’m absolutely terrified of heights, but some reason, I like taking pictures from tall buildings.

The Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai has a fine view of the Bund and the riverside area. In this case, I felt that everything below had a toy like quality, partly because everything looked frozen and unmoving (I believe the exposure was F8 @1/250).