Photo Essay: Shanghai

Yu Garden

Yu Garden in Shanghai (5D Mk ii, 35mm f/1.4L, 1/125 Sec at f/8.0, ISO 640)

ABOVE: This is my favorite photo from Shanghai. One thing I noticed in China is that they have beautiful doorways. Yu Garden is a beautiful place with rich architectural history. Most of the doorways seemed either circular or arched, but this one was uniquely vase shaped.  The photo show two identical vase-shaped doorways mirroring each other with a glimpse of the traditional red-wooden doors, which provides a nice contrast of color and texture, in between.

Yu Garden, Shanghai (5D Mk ii, 35mm f/1.4L, 1/125 Sec at f/5.0, ISO 800)

Yu Garden, Shanghai (5D Mk ii, 35mm f/1.4L, 1/125 Sec at f/5.0, ISO 800)

ABOVE: They just don’t make door handles like they used to. I love these unique and texture rich cast iron door handles in China. This one was taken in Yu Garden, Shanghai.

Shanghai Museum, Shanghai (5D Mk ii, 35mm f/1.4L, 1/60 Sec at f/6.3, ISO 1000)

Shanghai Museum, Shanghai (5D Mk ii, 35mm f/1.4L, 1/60 Sec at f/6.3, ISO 1000)

ABOVE: With temperature rising above 40°C (105°F) and with maxed out humidity, Shanghai Museum was a great place to get away from the scorching heat for many of the locals (definitely was for tourists). I was getting disappointed at the museum because it was difficult to get any good shots inside the galleries due to the limited lighting (even with my 5D), but as I was walking out, I saw this elderly gentleman resting/looking down into the atrium. I love how the natural light flooded in from the ceiling, so took a few shots. The background shows a row of locals taking a rest on the bench, enjoying the nice cool air-conditioning, which seemed to be a popular activity within the museum. These moments of unexpected shots are what make travel-photography exiting.

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