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Hazy Shanghai

Posted by
Darkelf Photography (Perth, Australia) on 6 February 2019 in Cityscape & Urban.


When we arrived in Shanghai towards the end of our travels in China, it greeted us with the kind of haze that we expected early on in Beijing. The centre was hardly visible from a distance and even when walking along Yangtze River, the skyscrapers on the other side were shrouded in humid haze and pollution. When I saw them, it made me think of an opportunity for a more of a high key image that emphasised the thick air and limited visibility.

I have not seen too many photos of Shanghai skyline beforehand and I was very impressed, from the modern city perspective. The skyscrapers stretched along the river and perspective kept changing as we were walking along. There were many possible vantage points from where to take a good cityscape. I picked this particular composition to post because I liked the balance between the TV tower on the left and the Shanghai Tower building on the right and how they reached up into the clouds while framing the rest of the city between them. This view also offered a good spread of the structures along the river.

Shanghai Tower is currently the second tallest building in the world behind the Burj Khalifa in Dubai and it is definitely the dominant feature. The TV tower, also known as Oriental Pearl Tower, is also very eye-catching with its rocket like futuristic design. There were some other rather tall towers hiding behind. You can see the "bottle opener" building (Shanghai World Financial Centre) and right next to it the Jin Mao Tower. The fun fact about Shanghai is that the number of people living there is equivalent to entire population of Australia (25 million), while the area of the city is roughly the same as my home city of Perth which has a population of around two million. Talk about a difference in population density!

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV 1/125 second F/8.0 ISO 100 27 mm

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