Photo Essay: Shanghai II

The Bund, Shanghai (5D Mk ii, 35mm f/1.4L, 0.6 Sec at f/8.0, ISO 400)

The Bund, Shanghai (5D Mk ii, 35mm f/1.4L, 0.6 Sec at f/8.0, ISO 400)

ABOVE: Night scene at The Bund (waterfront walkway with the view of the colonial banks of Shanghai), was a great place to relax and finally cool-off from the day’s scorching heat. Addition to these well preserved imperial-era buildings, the walkway is also the viewpoint of Pu-Dong central business district, which provides a strong time-era contrast between the new and the old.

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Shanghai (5D Mk ii, 35mm f/1.4L, 1/60 Sec at f/8.0, ISO 400)

ABOVE: It’s always fun to adventure into random/strange alleyways. The bicycles are crucial means of transportation for the locals and you can see abundance of them wherever you go in Shanghai. I love how the bicycles shape provide irregular lines, contrasted with the single-file parking of these bikes.  The natural lighting through the top slit of the two buildings provide a beautiful texture to these simple vehicle.

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Shanghai Tower & Yuyuan Bazaar (5D Mk ii, 35mm f/1.4L, 1/1600 Sec at f/7.1, ISO 500)

ABOVE: Combining China’s rich history with its fast developing economy  provide the city with a unique mix of the old vs. the new. This photo is a prefect example of that. The Shanghai Tower (under-construction), the tallest building in China & second tallest in the world, provide a stark contrasting backdrop for the Yuyuan Bazaar. Yuyuan Bazaar is a bustling marketplace in old Chinese neighborhood, which is also home to the famous Yuyuan Gardens.

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Yuyuan Garden (5D Mk ii, 35mm f/1.4L, 1/100 Sec at f/6.3, ISO 1000)

ABOVE: As I mentioned in my previous Photo Essay: Shanghai, China is filled with unique doorways, and the Yuyuan (Yu) Garden is no exception to this. One thing I love about this photo is that it capture three different doorways, each with a unique arch and shape.

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Yuyuan Garden (5D Mk ii, 35mm f/1.4L, 1/640 Sec at f/7.1, ISO 1250)

ABOVE: I love how the sun provides a natural-spot light on this family feeding the eager-Koi fish at Yu Garden. The sun filtering through the leaves create a dramatic lighting on both the subjects and to the green leaves of the trees.

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Shanghai Museum (5D Mk ii, 35mm f/1.4L, 1/800 Sec at f/2.5, ISO 1600)

ABOVE: Sometimes its more fun to go people watching at museums than to see the actual displays. Here at Shanghai Museum, a young women appreciates the ancient Chinese sculptures. Beautiful silhouette of the subject is created thanks to the darkened lighting of the gallery.

Starbucks at Yuyuan Bazaar (5D Mk ii, 35mm f/1.4L, 1/80 Sec at f/7.1, ISO 500)

ABOVE: Can’t seem to get away from Starbucks wherever you go! This coffee shop was located in the heart of the Yuyuan Bazaar, and due to its unique Chinese architectural facade, I thought it deserved a shot. Plus the random trash collecting scooter was irresistible.

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