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Shanghai skyline

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Shot taken at sunrise at the Bund (Wai tan).

Shot taken at sunrise at the Bund (Wai tan).
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FredericMONIN December 01, 2017
Great sunrise !!!
bbybred March 06, 2018
wow, this is amazing ~
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Great city scape
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cool shot!
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Behind The Lens


The photo was taken in the Bund area in Shanghai, the best place to take a shot of this magnificent skyline.


The only time central Shanghai isn't full of people - 5 am in the early morning. I woke up at 3 am and took a taxi from the hotel to the Bund, set up the shot and waited for the sun to rise.


As i didn't get lucky with the sky(no clouds) I tried to capture the sun between the skyscrapers and hoped for for a nice reflection in the water and a smooth color gradient in the sky. Fortunately it turned out quite well.


I shot this on a Canon 80D with a Tamron 16-300 lens on a Velbon tripod. I also used a 3 stop ND filter to lengthen the exposure.


It is simply a must if you visit Shanghai. It's the postcard shot you see everywhere when Shanghai is involved. As a bonus I wanted to stroll in the bay area when there were no crowds. Guess I shot two birds with one stone.


Not as much as I usually do. I adjusted the white balance and tweaked the colors in Lightroom as well as adding some contrast and clarity. Then in Photoshop i straightened the buildings and did some finishing touches.

In my camera bag

I carry two cameras : a 80D and a 550D- you always need a spare body. As for lenses I have a canon fisheye, a 24-70 from Canon and an all purpose 16-300 from Tamron. I also have a bunch of ND and ND grads as well as a polariser and a remote release shutter. Almost forgot - i never leave home without my tripod.


Best piece of advice I would give is shoot at sunrise or sunset. In crowded cities sunrise is best. Also carry your tripod everywhere with you, as you never know when an opportunity arises. Be flexible, change your game plan if the conditions don't suit. Planning ahead is also critical - look at shooting locations on google images, or scout during the day for an evening shoot and always keep an eye on the wheater as it can make or break a photo.

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