Shanghai is a massive, beautiful city that is jam packed with incredible photo opportunities. One of my favorite ways to spend a sunny weekend is to grab my camera, explore, and shoot. Knowing this, Chris gave us a Photo Walks: Stroll & See Photo Tour from Shanghai-Flaneur for Valentine’s Day.
Our tour began in a small coffee shop near the Hongkou Football stadium. The first half hour of the tour was a lecture on how to use different camera settings. Our instructor, Yolanda, was quite knowledgeable about how to shoot with different settings. Her talk was a great refresher of the course I took last semester.
|Yolanda did a great job teaching us about camera settings.|
After our mini lecture, it was time to take off and shoot. Our first destination was a park next to the stadium. We had a great time snapping the hustle and bustle of Saturday at the park!
|Our tour started with shots of the bird cages in the park.|
|Many days, folks bring their song birds outside, and hang their cages on wires in parks. The tweeting birds bring great joy to my walks.|
|We then walked to find a chorus of citizens singing the anthems of their people.|
|The singers were accompanied by accordions, violins, and many other instruments.|
|The entire spectacle bordered on being magical. These sing alongs happen quite frequently. I highly recommend checking one out on a weekend morning.|
|I then took a moment to capture the beauty of some nearby pink blossoms.|
|Folks were dancing all over the park. Some people were ballroom dancing.|
|Other folks took the line dancing route.|
|One day, I will learn their dances and join in the fun.|
After the park, we headed for the streets of Hongkou to capture a bit of everyday life.
|A tiny fruit market was one of our first stops.|
|These stands can be found in many Shanghainese alleys.|
|Many residents stepped out of their homes to watch foreigners take pictures.|
|We then took a break from shooting to have an impromptu lesson on fun with white balance.|
|We then ducked into a residential alley to shoot the daily happenings.|
|These two cuties were doing their homework outside.|
|I made sure to keep my eyes open when walking down the alleys. People had a tendency to whiz by on their scooters.|
|It was such a privilege to capture everyday life.|
If you are looking to see and shoot everyday Shanghai, I highly recommend this tour. The company provides tours in English, German, and Mandarin. I am looking forward to taking a couple more tours with them! For information about Flaneur, visit their website:
P.S. I was not compensated by the company for this post. The tours are that good. Happy snapping!