The Magic of Shanghai

It was well after sundown when I finished some meetings, so I went down to the Bund to take some shots across the river of Shanghai. Even in the middle of the night, the river was full of boats coming and going, all lit up with various festive colors. Everything had an electric feel and I very much enjoyed walking up and down the river as the lights changed and new boats came and went…

The Magic of Shanghai (by Stuck in Customs)

  • Very awesome!

  • Once again an awesome image.
    For the sky, did you use a blur effect? It seems very soft, but not in a bad way.

  • The building on the right with the big dome and the little ones used to host “Club Attica”. Had a fantastic New Years Eve’ 2007/08 there! Now it’s closed…
    But you can see the same skyline from Trey’s picture from an other angle here:

  • Naaaah, it’s the buidling on the LEFT!

  • Gail in Montana

    What a spectacular image, Trey!!! I love the way you captured and enhanced the water reflecting the colors from the building lights, just beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing.. Keep going to those meetings 😉

  • Great photo. Did you use a Tripod for this photo, or a high ISO setting?

  • DEE

    A beautiful city skyline. That would make a beautiful zigsaw puzzle with the reflection that would be fun to do.

  • Thanks!

    Yes I did use a tripod.. I try to keep my ISO around 100 or 50… Also, I used Noiseware for the sky and then had to blur the sky a bit too because it got a little sketchy in some areas!

  • John L

    Where are the boats?

    Guess the long exposure required they be eliminated?

    Thanks for a great image.

  • DFW

    Great shot!

    I think the Pineapple building on the right is the Westin hotel. I stayed there the first week it was open.

  • Taban

    Oh my gosh. I remember this place! I went there 2 years ago freshman year! But wow, I love your photography so much! I really need help getting a good camera. Our picture came out sooo unclear and less focused!
    Hats off to all your pictures, they are soo detailed and beautiful.

  • Love the reflections in the water. Next time you’re over in that part of the world, you should try to make a stop in Taiwan – I know quite a few places that would look amazing after you wield your HDR magic on them.

  • gh

    There is a feeling that objects in your pictures are drawn rather has being shot by camera. Do you digitally modify details? what is the point in doing that?

  • Dr. Electro

    Shanghai is one of the places high on my list of places to see before I die. The photo is magical enough to make me want to book my trip today. I keep noticing that the river is as wide as a large lake at this site.

  • It looks like a beautiful place to visit. I wish i could.

  • beautiful shot,
    Sky is looking amazing,
    dont know does the sea is like that always,
    No boats and so peaceful

  • Thanks yall – good to read your comments 🙂

  • All I cen say, is,”SHWEET” I wanna go

  • Indeed a beautiful shot!

    I currently live in Shanghai and my favorite building in the city is the Marriott at People’s Square, you can just see it in this photo as a small white pointed building over on the far right side of the photo. At it’s summit it has four spikes pointing above a golden sphere which, I have been told, is supposed to represent an egg within a Phoenix’s claw.

    Trey if you’re in Shanghai again at some point email me, I’d love to buy you a beer.

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