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!

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?

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).

 

Rain in Shanghai

Rain in Shanghai
Rain in Shanghai,

It rains quite often in Shanghai. Almost like clearing your throat before you move on to another subject in a conversation. On this occasion I had just acquired a “new to me” Mamiya VI dating from the early 1950s and was wandering the streets looking for pictures to try it out. One of the nice things about using digital is the almost bottomless high ISO you can get compared to with film. This was taken as the light faded to twilight – people were going home, when the heavens opened and it began to rain. Women tried various tricks to try to keep themselves dry: I was just trying to protect the bellows on the camera (bad things happen if they get wet).

I like the colours in the picture and the way you can feel that it late afternoon and will soon be evening.

New Year, New Blog

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Three Women Dancing – Beijing 2013

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Gate – Shanghai 2013

It has been a while…

I started blogging about 3 years ago and for a while I raced to put up new posts – and there is a kind of excitement about seeing your photographs online and having people look at them and tell you what they think. But after a while I felt that I was writing for other people rather than me.

Anyway – I’m back for another go!

I took these pictures in Shanghai and Beijing using my Pearl River TLR and Shanghai GP3 film.