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Night Time Is The Light Time

8,008 km so far.

I hardly ever take my camera out at night. Why bother, right? It’s too dark to take pictures anyway. But, I’ve carried around my cool little Gorillapod for 8,008 km and rarely used it, so I thought I’d dust it off and get some practice shooting some of Shanghai’s famous (and not-so-famous) lights.

Shanghai Lights

As the sun goes down, Shanghai comes alive with people trooping home from work…

Bus in a rush, Shanghai Lights photography exercise.

Bus in a rush, Shanghai Lights photography exercise.

Blue highway, Shanghai Lights photography exercise.

Blue highway, Shanghai Lights photography exercise.

…or heading out for an evening on the town.

Cathay Theatre, Shanghai Lights photography exercise.

Cathay Theatre, Shanghai Lights photography exercise.

The Former French Concession is wall-to-wall expats at night, and everything is geared towards making them feel at home.

Take away, Shanghai Lights photography exercise.

Take away, Shanghai Lights photography exercise.

Lots of people work late into the night, especially those who live at their workplace, and work where they live.

24-hour brooms, Shanghai Lights photography exercise.

24-hour brooms, Shanghai Lights photography exercise.

Refurb, Shanghai Lights photography exercise.

Refurb, Shanghai Lights photography exercise.

For the lucky among us, there is a little money to spend on drinks in one of Shanghai’s thousands of bars.

Light vodka, Shanghai Lights photography exercise.

Light vodka, Shanghai Lights photography exercise.

Tourists mob The Bund at night, to take in the lights, sip fancy cocktails, or go for a sail.

Boat off The Bund, Shanghai Lights photography exercise.

Boat off The Bund, Shanghai Lights photography exercise.

Watching the days get shorter as winter closes in can be depressing. But not if you remember that shorter days mean longer nights which leaves more time to get out and appreciate the city lights.  

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