Amazing how much difference a change in perspective can make. I don't know if you noticed the red monument in my previous photo, just to the right of the bridge. As we were walking by a bit earlier, I noticed the opening and wondered whether I could frame the Oriental Pearl Tower in that opening. I was lucky that I found an angle where the tower aligned just about perfectly inside. I wanted the main part of the tower to avoid touching the sides of the monument and I just managed that with some careful camera and tripod manoeuvring ;-)
Previous photo showed the proper scale between the skyscrapers and the monument where it really is just very tiny in comparison. Yet, when you get up close, you can actually fit the entire tower within the monument. It completely changes the scale and perspective. For me, when I took this photo, it felt like looking through a keyhole into a miniature world on the other side.
I did not use the "night filter" for this image. The reds and yellows are a little more saturated here but I still like the way the came out. In terms of processing, it was very straight forward. Once again I used a darker exposure to control the brightest highlights. I used a little bit of dodging and burning to enhance detail in some areas and I also added a touch of orton effect to the lights. I did not want them to stay razor sharp but to be a little bit more glowing.
This photo and the previous were the ones that I was most happy with from an evening walk along Yangtze River in Shanghai. I will keep looking through other China photos now to find some more colour images to share with you.
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