Shanghai Lights

After taking a few night shots I realized that my technical camera skills were lacking. I can’t think of a better place to experiment with night photography than along the banks of the Huangpu River in downtown Shanghai.  This stretch of real estate is like Las Vegas meets New York City.  Bizarre looking skyscrapers line the banks of the river while color changing boats speed by and night-veiled cargo ships carrying god-knows-what snake across the water and eclipse the horizon like black demons in the night.  Congregations of tourists scramble like mad cows to get the best spots on the banks  so they can snap a picture and upload it to whatever government monitored social networking site they have in China.  I went back here a several times to try and plant myself in an ideal vantage point, but unfortunately in rained most of the times that I had a chance to come here.

The East side of the river is called “The Bund”, which is a mile long swath of land is home to many banks and other international financial institutions that were built in the late 19th century. It seems like this is the only place in China where everyone on the block agreed that their buildings should have incandescent lighting.

Across the river is known as the “Pudong”, which is the newer,  ultra-modern, section of Shanghai.  As the financial center and tourist hub of the city, the Pudong is home to some of the tallest building in the world, including the Jin Mao Tower and the Shanghai World Financial Center.  There are also buildings like the Oriental Pearl (that stupid building with the purple spheres), which are some of the strangest architectural designs on the planet. I could have stayed here for hours and I’m sure that I would have if not for the fluctuating weather.


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