Shanghai skyline

Shanghai skyline

The skyline of Shanghai is one of the most impressive in the world. Massive skyscrapers and unique architecture on a sweeping corner of the Huangpu River. This is the Pudong area of the city from the Bund. Having shown many friends and family my collection of Shanghai photos. This black and white version of the skyline has been popular. The increased contrast and monochrome processing makes it seem very futuristic. I prefer my colour version taken at dusk.

Ferry to the south island

Ferry to the south island

Taken one morning on my walk to work along the Wellington waterfront. This photo was taken on the iPhone, developed it in Lightroom and converting to black and white. I thought that the contrast between the early morning sunshine, the way that the light was shinny onto the water of the harbour with the rays of sun contrasted quite well with the darkness of the ferry and the docks on the left hand side of the frame. The textures on the water and contrasting patterns of clouds in the sky also added to the drama of the scene.

Cloud Gate in Black and White

Cloud Gate Sculpture in Black and White

This huge sculpture, unofficially known as the bean, was my main reason for visiting Chicago. I had been looking forward to a chance to capture this work of art for many years. My favourite image of the bean is without people around it. To get this I got up very early in the morning before anyone else. After reviewing my shots it does seem less real in a way without people. For anyone who has never had the chance to visit Chicago and see Cloud Gate it is difficult to give a true sense of scale. This is where people can work well in a photograph. Anytime after 7am to late into the evening there will be crowds of people here most days.

Top of the Rock New York

Top of the Rock New York

As with San Francisco and Chicago (and any big city) I like to get my camera high up and look down on the busy streets below. In New York there are two great observation decks. The most famous is the iconic Empire State Building. The 86th floor offers impressive 360 degree views of the city. In my opinion a view of this famous city is incomplete without the Empire State. This is why I prefer the view above. Taken from the “Top of the Rock” on the 70th floor of the GE Building at the Rockefeller Center. When I first got out of the elevator the weather was dry but cloudy. In the day time this view seems to be more dramatic when processed as a black and white photograph.