Posted on October 9, 2017
My favourite locations…
The Bund (Closest Metro East Nanjing Lu)
Possibly the most iconic City View in the world and one I never became tired of. The best times for photography are sunrise and sunset. However, it becomes very crowded in the evening, so an early morning start may be best. TIP – the photo below was taken from the bar at Hotel Indigo. Get there are the start of happy hour, buy a drink and set up your tripod.
Yangshupu Road (Line 4)
Exit with the river behind you and turn right, then explore the lanes and alleys that open up on your left. Be quick, this area is rapidly being demolished. As construction moves in to new areas a whole micro culture develops that caters for, and comprises of immigrant workers. TIP – there are lots of cool abandoned areas to explore, but they are pretty unstable. Take care and wear good shoes.
Hongzhen Lu (Closest Metro, Linpin Lu, Line 4)
There is only really one block of this area remaining. The area that was regurlary frequented for prostitution now demolished, but there is one thriving lively community left. Generally, if you are respectful, people do not mind photographers.
Linping Lu (Line 4)
If you have been to Hongzhen Lu then you can walk around the area behind this station. If you walk all the way to Yangshupu Lu, mentioned earlier, you will have covered a lot of Old Shanghai.
Nanjing Road (East, Line 2)
Forget Nanjing East, instead head up towards Peoples Square, heading through the alleys on the left hand side. Be suspicious of anyone too friendly here.
A former British police barrack. Photography is frowned upon here, but if you show respect and are very discreet then nobody really minds.
Fuxing Lu (Xiaonanmen, Line 9)
Not too far from the tourist trail of Yu Garden lies this little gem. The builders were here when I last visited, so it is either being improved or torn down. Wonderful lanes and alleys to explore. A personal favourite!
Moganshan Road (Nearest Subway Jiangning Road, Line 13 or Zhongtan Road Line 3/4)
Head here for Street Art in one of the few places graffiti is tolerated. TIP, the Jade Buddha Temple near-bye is well worth a look.
Pudong is a vast area and considered not ‘the real Shanghai’. However, there are many great locations. For the Skyscrapers and a slice of high life, stop at Lujaizui. Wuzhuo Avenue (Line 6) is another area that is undergoing modernisation, and there are some great tumbled down streets and alleys that can be explored. Luoshan Road is another area, that if you explore, will reveal some older housing alongside the river, revealing a very different viewpoint from the tourist river towns.
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Posted on February 17, 2017
I am now a published author. Cue fireworks, dizzyingly high sales, early retirement and a stream of holidays in exotic places. Maybe. This is partly a review of Blurb, partly my thoughts on putting together a book and partly a blatant sales pitch.
Blurb allows you to create your own photo book. Creating a photo book is not new in itself, loads of companies do it. What makes ‘Blurb’ stand out is that you can publish your book and get an ISBN and everything. Cool. If you have read enough and already want to purchase a copy click on the link below.
To use Blurb you have to download their software, it’s free so no worries there. It offers a variety of paper types, layouts, sizes and covers. It allows you to enter text and pictures. Technically it is not the easiest tool to use, but that means you have more options. I had no problem and am not the most able tech guru.
The challenge I had was creative, not technical. My passion has led me to critically think about how to frame a picture, but how to frame four pictures on a page? That was something else. Once again I found myself looking for consistency, although I still opted for both colour and black and white shots. If you do try and publish a book (go for it) be prepared to re-edit photos to ensure the colour grading is consistent. The artistic challenge is to look at what photos go together and how they go together, to ask, ‘how will the viewer’s eyes move across the page?’.
On another note, delivery is swift and the print quality is excellent. While I suspect sales of this book will not lead to early retirement or being able to give up the day job, putting it together was a wonderful experience for a photographer. Give it a go (and buy the book!).
Have fun and keep clicking, Chris