Shanghai promenade

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  1. JaneG

    JaneG Active Member

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    An image maker should always try to return to the 'scene of the crime' or should I say 'the capture'. This means you can refine your approach and look for opportunities to perfect the image.

    I was visiting Shanghai on business and I went down to the waterfront in the mornings to make images of the sky scrapers along the river.

    On my early visits, I noticed that all the photographers were stuck against the railings making images of the skyscrapers, I wanted more context and I really liked the lines of the darker pavement stones that could be used as visual cues to make strong diagonals in the foreground. Symmetry here was key to the setup.

    It really helped that my hotel was only 5 minutes walk away, I kept an eye on the lighting conditions every morning, if it was really dull and overcast I didn't bother going down. My initial visits enabled me to sort out my approach and composition, I was just waiting for the right lighting and fog/smog.

    On the day of my departure I was lucky enough to have just the right amount of smog, fog and sunshine. I was also fortunate that there was a platform above the parade which enabled me to get a strip of the silver river between the parade and the backdrop of the rising towers. The smog held the sunshine back sufficiently to impart a softness to the scene.
    Time was of the essence as the sun was rising rapidly into a patch of bare sky.


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    Very nice. There's an odd sense that the image is distorted near the center railing. I know it is not, but my brain keeps telling me it looks like a piece of photo paper that has a soft fold/hump near that area. I like that I have to think about it.
     
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    Very nice use of the fog and light. I see the reason for that distortion, there is a protrusion in the surface that is probably a semi circle and the fence follows it.
     
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    Hey Jane,

    A wonderful lesson here for all of us with the importance of going back and shooting a location more then once. I think sometimes it can take multiple visits before one really can "feel" the composition in a location.

    This is an awesome photo, it does seem the have the right balance of mystery to it, with not only the fog, but the 2 people walking. Where are they going?

    Very nice!

    Jim
     
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    Just saw your picture and I love it, stepping back from the railing I think made the picture.
    Robert
     
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    You really got the perfect moment here, Jane. I love it!
     
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    Mesmerizing it is.
     

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