Photo: High Voltage!
"They're just some linemen for the city."

No cherry picker lift for these Shanghai utility workers. I wasn't sure if it was actually electrical wires, or if it might be telephone cables that they were working on, but their working conditions looked a bit precarious.

I grabbed this shot from a moving bus, so there was some motion blur as well as haze from the window. I applied some Topaz Simplify 4 custom settings to give it a semi-illustrative look.

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Photo: Shopping For A New Dress
Busniess as usual in Shanghai.

This is a PS photomerge of two shots taken from our bus as we made our way across Shanghai. I love the add-on air-conditioner units everywhere, and the laundry hung out of apartment windows to dry in the hazy, smog polluted air. Still, life goes on, doesn't it?

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Photo: Shanghai Rush-
Everyone's in a hurry to go nowhere.

All large cities seem to have similar problems. The mobility of the population creates traffic jams, and the best one can do is to go with the flow. It's easier on the psyche if we just relax and observe rather than fuming and cursing the traffic. It won't get us there any faster. This is afternoon rush hour in Shanghai, China. Except for the text on signs, it could be just about anywhere.

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Photo: A River Runs Through It
 
A pleasant little park amid the urban chaos of enormous Shanghai.

Our tour bus was at some factory or other for a tour and "shopping opportunity" . . . rugs, I think. A small group of us got the OK from our guide to wander away for an hour or so. He told us about a garden and pet center a few blocks away- think PetsMart and Walmart Garden Center- combined. On the way there was a little riverside park. We spent some time exploring before going on to the garden center, then back to meet our group for lunch in the restaurant conveniently attached to the factory where all of the tour buses stop.

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Photo: Yuyuan Garden
I would love a less pressured visit.

Our last day in Shanghai in April 2009, we took a ride on the Shanghai Maglev Train that goes to one of the airports, reaching a speed of 430 kph (267 mph), the fastest I've ever traveled on the ground. Afterward we were taken into a shopping district where the Yuyuan Gardens (also known simply as Yu Gardens) are located. It was a fairly busy place, but I managed this shot without any people in it.

I've also been playing around again with Russell Brown's Photoshop extension, Adobe Paper Textures. Since you aren't given a choice of time-of-day for taking tourist photos, some interesting and beautiful locations become washed out and boring. In cases such as this, you do what you can with vignetting and textures to try to highlight the beauty of the place.

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Shanghai Rush-
Everyone's in a hurry to go nowhere.

All large cities seem to have similar problems. The mobility of the population creates traffic jams, and the best one can do is to go with the flow. It's easier on the psyche if we just relax and observe rather than fuming and cursing the traffic. It won't get us there any faster. This is afternoon rush hour in Shanghai, China. Except for the text on signs, it could be just about anywhere.

#China   #Shanghai   #Travel

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