吉姆 JIM HOFMAN | Photography Faces & places in China

Shanghai II

More photos from wandering around the Pudong area of Shanghai.  While in Paris people photograph the Eiffel Tower.  In Shanghai you photograph the TV Tower.  It’s a huge sci-fi looking tower that appears like it was planted here by aliens.  I like to photograph architecture in black and white because it reminds me of the opening sequence of Woody Allen’s movie “Manhattan” – complete with Gershwin music.

I went up to the observation tower of the Jinmao Tower and grabbed some high altitude photos of Shanghai.  Then I visited the “Super Brands Mall”, which is the biggest mall in Shanghai (30th largest in the world).  I had lunch there and then planned to see a movie.  I had hoped to see Batman in a country that has outlawed all lethal weapons, but it wasn’t playing here yet.

I also checked out the Apple flagship store in Shanghai.  It was my second visit to an Apple store in Shanghai – and no – I’m not an Apple fanboy.

I’ve taken a total of 2,857 photos on this 3 week trip.  About the same as my trip to Tibet, but that was only 1 week long.  For the photo-geeks, this is some technical data about the Shanghai series (I & II):

– All of these were shot in RAW format and under-exposed about 2 stops so the sky and clouds didn’t get blown-out.  The images were then processed in Adobe Camera RAW and the dark areas were recovered.
– I used a full manual 8mm fisheye lens to capture some ultra-wide angle views both outdoors and indoors.  During processing I use the Lens Correction filter in Photoshop to remove some (but not all) of the fisheye distortion.
– Most photos were shot at ISO 100 (low noise) so I could compose the image twice – once in the camera and another time on the computer.  For the street photos (and my sneaky Apple Store photos) I was literally “shooting from the hip”, not even framing the shot through the viewfinder.  I just pointed the camera and pressed the shutter release when I walked by an interesting composition.  After reviewing the images in Lightroom I would crop the composition I liked.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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