Greetings from Shanghai!
June 29, 2012
The second stop on my trip to China was Shanghai. I left Hong Kong Wednesday night and got into Shanghai late that evening. I had a full day of meetings on Thursday, but went to dinner with the team in Xin Tian Di (the fashionable restaurant district) followed by a walk on the Bund, the famed waterfront overlooking the Pudong skyline. It was incredibly hot and humid, and a thick fog hung over the whole city. I didn't bother trying to recreate a photo from a prior trip, although these photos will undoubtedly look familiar.

These are all high-aperture, long exposures of 15-20 seconds each. This process revealed a few things. Firstly, my lightweight travel tripod is simply not sturdy enough for this kind of photography. The slightest breeze or vibration can ruin the photo. Second, I really need to have my camera's sensor cleaned. I spent about 20 minutes on each photo with Pixelmator's healing tool to remove blotchy dust spots. China - Shanghai - 2012-0628-DSC_3210
The Pudong skyline on a hot, humid night (click to enlarge)
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Buildings along the Bund (click to enlarge)
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The busy roadway and walkway along the Bund

Heavy rains came over night which didn't help the humidity, but really cleared the sky. I woke up early on Friday and took this shot out my hotel window. I had a nice view of the Shanghai skyline, with Pudong's World Financial Center in the background. I don't do many HDR photos these days because I simply grew tired of it, but in tricky lighting conditions it can create an interesting result. China - Shanghai - 2012-0628-DSC_3267_15641
Looking out over Shanghai on a Friday morning d(click to enlarge)
tags: asia, china, shanghai