Back to Shanghai and Updates


Sony 28mm F.2
Updates from Shanghai, China. I've been settling into a normal day to day routine since I got to China. This week  I'm back in Shanghai to meet up with my girlfriend and explore more of the city and its provinces. 
Since moving to China, I've had to learn to adjust to a couple of things. First one has been my crazy work hours and how exhausted I am at the end of the day. I'm one of those people who usually edits photos at the end of the day, but after moving here, I'd rather sleep since I have a 5:25am wakeup time. 

Sony 28mm F/2
I've been using Snapseed to edit my photos more and more and have moved from using VSCO. Though, at times, I will not be able to match the same edit on Lightroom, I find it a lot easier to use the app since it has HDR, filters, black and white filters, and selective edits. 
It's not perfect by any means. However, it is comfortable. I just wished it could edit larger images and save them with the same file size. However, beggars can't be choosers and it does do a pretty good job. 

Sony 28mm F/2
I'm still shooting with the Sony A7R. I really want to upgrade to the Sony A7RII, but I think I'll wait for the new model to come out and catch the camera at a discount price. The other thing I've been wanting is the Sony 24-70mm F/2.8. 
I saw it in person and it's a bit big compared to the camera. However, I think it is more instrumental than the 85mm F/1.4 for me right now. 
For these last 2 days I've been using the Sony 28mm F/2 and the Minolta 135mm F/2.8. They have been really great. I'm still walking around with the Voigtlander 40mm F/1.4, the Contax 90mm F/2.8, and the Sony 16mm F/2.8 with the Ultra Wide adapter, which makes it 17mm after the APC-S to Full Frame conversion. 

Minolta 135mm F/2.8
This place is definately photography heaven. I've been so intrigued and fascinated with how the old city is still present and not blending in with the new city that is being constantly upgraded. These old villages are slowly disappearing to make space for new apartment buildings and multiplexes. A lot like in the rest of the world. 

Sony 28mm F/2
I know that for someone who enjoys exploring and taking photos this is the type of place you want to visit, however, I also know that these are in no way liveable living conditions. It is sad that these areas are not being kept and maintained by their own people. Because I'm sure at some point they were beautiful in their own right. 

Minolta 135mm F/2.8
It's also interesting to experience the culture. Living and coming from America, what we see in TV is not always accurate. They are exaggerations or stereotypes hyped to be funny. However, being in Shanghai and exploring some of it during this tourism days there are a lot of people who are characticatures. 
It seems more like the influence of K-Pop (Korean Pop Culture) has become a large part of the young Chinese culture. 

Contax 90mm F/2.8
This are still things I have not gotten accustomed to. People spitting loudly on the streets, kids just crouching to pee anywhere, and people just about peeing anywhere. This was taken in the middle of a walkway in a tourism area. Rather than taking their streets to a bathroom or a bush, the parents just watch the kids squad anywhere and pee. 
I guess it is more environmentally safe, and a lot cheaper than buying diapers. 

The End for now. Enjoy the rest of the photos. 

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