Shanghai Living

By: Gustav Hoiland

Feb 26 2010

Category: china

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Focal Length:38mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:NIKON D80

Reflected Dorm View

My view in Shanghai, as seen reflected in the windows of my dorm room on the 9th floor of a building. Compositionally I think it’s very appealing.  These dominant lines that seem to be almost popping out of the frame when you’re focusing on the view.  The fact that the view doesn’t even look reflected without the window panes there in the first place.  The repeating elements within the skyline… the four towers, the fuel tanks, the low lying roofs…

I’ve warmed up the photo substantially while keeping the original color in tact… which is essentially the red-ness of the roofs and the banner on the tank.  Pretty clear day so the smog isn’t seen… or at least it looks normal to me.  Those clouds… so subtle yet totally present once you notice them.

If only you could hear the honking and other city sounds that flood the senses when you’re standing on that deck.

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