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Shanghai Grand Hyatt – Jin Mao Tower

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Shanghai is the first time I’ve visited China. As a Taiwanese-American who has been to Taiwan numerous times, I could write profusely about the differences in the people and culture that I noticed after this one trip. Interestingly, Shanghai in itself is a battle of contrasts: old vs. new, wealth vs. poverty. But my first and lasting impression of Shanghai was power and wealth. And what better way to symbolize that than Shanghai’s growing army of skyscrapers

Shanghai Grand Hyatt atrium Jin Mao Tower

This was taken from the 85th floor of the Shanghai Grand Hyatt, one of the tallest hotels in the world, located at the top of Jin Mao Tower. The hotel itself doesn’t have an official observation deck but you can take the guest elevator up to the highest floor for this stunning scene. For those afraid of heights, be wary!

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March 25th, 2014 at 6:01 am

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Bixby Bridge – retouched

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The best part about photography in RAW format is the freedom of post-processing. Whereas jpeg photos are automatically processed by the camera and have limited capacity for retouching, the sky is the limit with RAW files, which contain raw sensor data with extreme flexibility for interpretation using a program like Adobe Lightroom. I first started shooting RAW in 2010. It would be really interesting to revisit photos from years past and see how my current self would process those photos.

I was going through my hard drive looking for a photo to print and came across a favorite from last year. I tried re-processing it from scratch and wow, what a difference.

Bixby Bridge Pacific Coast Highway PCH Big Sur

My edit from today

Bixby Bridge Pacific Coast Highway PCH Big Sur

My interpretation a year ago

This illustrates how my personal tastes in photography have changed. One might think the new edit is more fanciful and less realistic, but currently my tastes are bolder and more saturated. Who knows, my edit in 2015 will likely be completely different. At the moment, I feel this best captures the mood of the scene as I experienced it, basking in the ocean breeze and setting sun.

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March 13th, 2014 at 2:58 am

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