Shanghai from the Bund
We headed to the Bund to get some night photos of the Shanghai Skyline. The perfectionist that I am, I needed to get the buildings situated just right, so we proceeded to walk and extra hour to find a better spot. The problem was, the public walkway ended and we ran out of space. We walked on the parallel road for a bit before we found a little Starbucks overlook. It would have been perfect but there was a big, ugly Chinese Pilot Boat sitting in most of the scene, with two barriers blocking any way on to the pier. Well, I decided to play the dumb photographer and hopped the first barrier and moved the other out of the way. Once I got to the water’s edge and began to set up my tripod, a cop started yelling at me furiously in Chinese, walking towards me with his hand over his holstered gun. I tried to smile and ask if I could just snap some photos but he wasn’t having any of it. It was at that point that I thought, screw the photos, I don’t want to get shot in my first 24 hours in China…
I ended up getting out of there as fast as humanly possible. We then decided to head back to the Bund and photograph there for a while. The low hanging clouds provided some beautiful ambiance for the skyline shots and pollution was at a minimum that evening.