Two Views of Shenzhen

Jeez, I’m loving the Fuji X100.  And the funniest bit is that I don’t even mind being stuck with a single focal length when I go out.  The 23mm (35mm equivalent) is great for many different scenes and situations.  For those that it’s not so great, I’m enjoying the challenge of trying to find a way to capture something with that lens.

Sunday I went up to Shenzhen for a few hours.  The city has been massively cleaned up because of the current international Universiade game thingie.  Here’s the view at Lo Wu (Luo Hu in Putonghua):

This used to be Shenzhen’s equivalent of NYC’s Port Authority.  You’d come out of the train station and look around and it was the armpit of Shenzhen – you’d either dash into the shopping mall or else get away from there as quickly as possible.  And in case you’ve got any doubts, this is what it actually looked like on Sunday, this clean, this orderly.  All I did was play around with the color in Lightroom a bit, I didn’t Photoshop any objects in or out.  If I had a different camera, I might have opted for a wider angle lens to capture a bit more side-to-side but all the highlights are here.

Believe it or not, this was shot from the 4th floor men’s room in the Lo Wu Shopping Mall.  Those windows are not clean and the light in the washroom is reflecting like crazy so I’m pretty amazed that I was able to get something this clear.  And even more amazed when I got home and saw that bird flying up there – I confess I enhanced it a bit to make sure it was clear.   Years ago this river was basically an open sewer – kudos to those people who did such a good job cleaning it up.  It can be done.



  1. Luke August 16, 2011 at 11:49 am #

    I’ve been through Lo Wu many times, but didn’t recognize it. I like what you’ve done with the photo; it makes the photo look like an ‘artist’s impression’.

  2. E@L August 23, 2011 at 5:08 am #

    Wow that first photo is so ‘Last Year At Shenzenienbad”

    At first I thought it was a CGI!

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