Shanghai Street Scenes [F.Zuiko 38mm f1.8]

shanghai street photography

Images shot with with F.Zuiko 38mm f1.8 and processed with Vintage Film presets

I remember a day I spent at the Shanghai 1933 Slaughterhouse.

From the pictures I’d seen of the place beforehand, I was looking forward to going.

In truth, it was a touch disappointing.

Too many shiny new shops and businesses for me to be able to feel the bleakness of the place I’d been hoping for.

Nevertheless, just walking between the subway station and the slaughterhouse I was lucky enough to find some very nice morning light for some street photography in an interesting old area of Shanghai.

The photos I got from that walk and am presenting here were taken with the vintage F.Zuiko 38mm f1.8 on a Sony mirrorless camera.

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For the header shot, it was the whitewashed wall caught my eye. Unfortunately there was nothing happening in front of it, so I borrowed a bicycle from outside a noodle shop just out of shot.

I returned it after.

The chair on the pavement really stood out to me, and was well lit as you can see by its shadow.

I suppose you could call the picture Street Furniture if you wanted to give it a name.

I’m not sure why it was there.

Especially considering it’s chained to an anchor in the pavement.

I can only guess someone just really likes sitting in that spot and doesn’t want his chair to be stolen.

Again, the light got me here.

I was trying to get a decent shot of the laundry drying on the traditional Shanghai street environment when the lady came strolling past.

She never looked at the camera, which seemed deliberate, but did handily pause there for a second before carrying on away past me.

The light. It really was a great winter morning for photography.

Winter in Asia is better than summer for candid shots as people actually like to sit with their faces in the sun. During the hot months, they’ll avoid it as much as possible, meaning they’re never in good light for photographs.

This fella was sitting at his front door, trimming his beard with a pair of scissors.

Of course.

Why not?

I like the shadows cast by the tree, the symmetry provided by the trees and the red posts, and also the matching colours.

The final shot was taken later in the day at the subway station. I wasn’t planning on taking any photographs there but still had my camera over my shoulder.

Turning round as I was reaching the top of the escalator, I noticed the advert on the wall, quickly got the lens cap off and focused.

In truth, I kind of missed.

I wanted the sign to be sharp but ended up focussing on the people below it.

I did consider discarding it because of this… but I think the intended message is still there.

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Five pictures taken on a sunny winter's day in Shanghai. The light was great and the subjects were varied. And in some cases, very, very Chinese.
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Hi, I'm Lee - creator of My Favourite Lens and the one whose work you're seeing whenever you read a post on here.
I shoot as much film as I can in as many different cameras as I can, and I enjoy playing with vintage lenses on digital cameras also.

Everything I do and what I learn along the way gets shared on here, to inform and inspire you to get out and shoot as much - and as well - as you can too.

2 thoughts on “Shanghai Street Scenes [F.Zuiko 38mm f1.8]”

  1. I’m loving the chair picture… in some ways it makes no sense but knowing China… it kind of makes perfect sense.

    I just don’t know why.

    • You’re right there, Russell. If someone wants to sit in that very spot, every day, why wouldn’t they anchor a wooden chair to the pavement?! Would be silly not to in fact. Always a good idea to carry a camera in China. Never know what you might come across! 🙂


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