Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Pic(k) of the week 45: SHANGHAI SHIPPING

One concept which measures the Worlds largest cities, is that of the Metropolitan area. Although there is currently no globally accepted definition, Tokyo Japan is with its 38 Million people the number one here. The number two and just behind Tokyo on that list, is Shanghai, China; a city I visited just before going to Japan last month. 

However when looking at the largest "City proper" definition (population living within the administrative boundaries of a city), Shanghai is the number one here! 

Shanghai is often looked at as one of the most modern Chinese cities and is a great example of the booming economy of mainland China. Situated along the Yangtze River delta it is strategically situated in the middle section of the East China coast. 

Like a lot of cities known for sea-trading, the city is divided in two parts, Pudong (East bank) and Puxi (West Bank). The image below is made from "The Bund", one of the best viewpoints to shoot the Shanghai skyline. 

Being the worlds largest container port, I wanted to frame the modern part of the city together with it longtime shipping history. While smog is often limiting the visibility severely in a lot of the large cities of China, I was clearly lucky the day I was there!

Image details:
  • Fujifilm X-T20 with the XF16mm f1.4 lens
  • ISO 200, f8, 1/220s
  • RAW development in Lightroom CC Classic
  • Nik ColorEfex for optimal contrast 

More images of Shanghai can be found here

Remember, "A ship is always safe at shore, but that is not what it is built for" - Albert Einstein


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