Archive | August, 2009

Stairs UP!

Stairs Up.

That title is copyrighted by my wife. I couldn’t come UP with one. But I like stairs UP a lot, why not. It’s taken somewhere in Tribeca, New York City. Obviously, the camera was pointing UP. And I pushed the visual quality UP with Photoshop and other HDR software. Okay, it’s getting annoying with UP, right? I’ll tell you why I keep repeating it: We saw Pixar’s UP in 3D some days ago in a cinema near People’s Square. I was speechless. Not only are those new Dolby 3D glasses amazing and completely headache free, but also the movie itself – it was a masterpiece. I had a 15 minute long goose bump during the opening. The way the story is told, almost without dialogue… Unbelievable. Genius. 10 points. A+. This movie rocks. It’s fantastic, Pixar’s most sophisticated work to date. For everyone. Watch it! In 3D!

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The View.

The View.

Gotta start to treat the 2500+ usable USA pictures that I shot someday… Made this really quickly before I went home today. Busy as a bee at the moment! In other news, I saw our 7 centimeter long child on a ultra sound machine today… Fantastic. Can’t wait for the little one to come out and play!

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Getting disconnected…

Sweet Jesus! I need to clean my keyboard

Since a certain government decided that websites such as Facebook or Twitter could harm the harmony, they were unavailable here in Shanghai. When that happened in 2005, I actually asked my wife to call the internet company and to tell them that I am a foreigner, hoping that they’d ‘unblock’ my line completely. Well, that didn’t happen. And they tell you always the same thing, anyway: The website is offline. Facebook is offline for weeks now? Yeah, sure.

So, to access the websites – that’s one of the ways I’m staying in touch with friends and family – I used to use a certain software which would open me a gateway to the country of the free, from where on I could access anything: Facebook, Twitter, YouPorn YouTube.

But yesterday, something weird happened. After the little icon turned green and I surfed around for about three minutes, my internet got disconnected. It simply stopped delivering data, the modem said it is connected. After an hour, the connection was back. I thought it was an error in the line, probably someone somewhere was fixing a cable or something.

Wrong. It happened again, as soon as I turned on the proxy software. Damn. 60 minutes later the censored web worked again.

I used my iPod touch to connect by some random neighbors open WiFi signal – worked for a couple of minutes, then he went DOWN! Jesus. It just happened again today. I was out most time, but just now I was off for 60 minutes again after turning the shield on. Damn it!

I mean, that’s just great. Now I’m really disconnected. Thank you, dear Hu. It’s more and more enjoyable here.

Better City, Better Life. Definitely.

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Wide.

Bund Panorama.
Wide. I’ve gone wide.

Not only physically – I stopped smoking for good 3 months ago and ate a bit too much afterwards – but also here on this very blog. I’ve pushed the pixels around a lot, and raised the width from a lame 500-something to a W I D E 900! Yay! Now you are able to see my photography in much better quality, as I embed them in the next higher resolution that flickr allows now. Let’s be honest, nobody’s using a 56k or ISDN line anymore, and I really think pictures deserve to be published in a size that allows to see more detail. Why do I have a 24 megapixel camera if I squeeze the picture into a tiny 500 pixels? Doesn’t make much sense to me.

I still have to adjust font sizes a bit here and there in the next days, make them a bit bigger so that the word lines run shorter, but all in all I’m pretty happy with the new layout. And I took the annoying twitter updates off the home page, so that you won’t see anything but Jakob generated content here. I’ve let the blog down in the last months, I’ve been too busy, but I’ll try to write a bit more again, especially since my wife Jiajia and I are going to become parents next year. Cool?

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Streets, Houses, Skyscrapers, Shanghai.

Streets, Houses, Skyscrapers.
I took this image from the far west side of the Nanpu bridge in Shanghai, China.
I have shot and edited this image sometime between 2007-2009 for the ‘China Prophecy: Shanghai’ exhibition in The Skyscraper Museum in Lower Manhattan, New York City. Due to the limited space in the museum, only a dozen of images are showcased. This is one of the ‘lost’ images. You can order prints from this photo here.

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Winter in Shanghai.

Winter in Shanghai.
I took this photo in 2007 during the shooting of the movie JOHN RABE at the Huangpu river, where we had the boat backdrop.
I have shot and edited this image for the ‘China Prophecy: Shanghai’ exhibition in The Skyscraper Museum in Lower Manhattan, New York City. Due to the limited space in the museum, only a dozen of images are showcased. This is one of the ‘lost’ images. You can order prints from this photo here.

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In the middle of the Huangpu.

Huangpu Panorama.
Puxi (left) meets Pudong (right). Old meets new. In the middle: Huangpu river. In the background you can see the three talles buildings of Shanghai: The Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the Jin Mao Tower as well as the new japanese-financed World Trade Center (still under construction). Taken from the middle of the Nanpu bridge in Shanghai, China.
I have shot and edited this image sometime between 2007-2009 for the ‘China Prophecy: Shanghai’ exhibition in The Skyscraper Museum in Lower Manhattan, New York City. Due to the limited space in the museum, only a dozen of images are showcased. This is one of the ‘lost’ images. You can order prints from this photo here.

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The Shanghai Nanpu Bridge.

Nanpu Bridge Panorama.
Connects Puxi with Pudong in Shanghai, China.
I have shot and edited this image sometime between 2007-2009 for the ‘China Prophecy: Shanghai’ exhibition in The Skyscraper Museum in Lower Manhattan, New York City. Due to the limited space in the museum, only a dozen of images are showcased. This is one of the ‘lost’ images. You can order prints from this photo here.

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Pretty clear sky over Shanghai.

Shanghai Bund.
Taken during one of the only three days you got every year where you can (almost) see the horizon in Shanghai, China.
I have shot and edited this image sometime between 2007-2009 for the ‘China Prophecy: Shanghai’ exhibition in The Skyscraper Museum in Lower Manhattan, New York City. Due to the limited space in the museum, only a dozen of images are showcased. This is one of the ‘lost’ images. You can order prints from this photo here.

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The ‘old’ Bund.

Shanghai Bund.
This is taken from the Pudong side of the Bund.
I have shot and edited this image sometime between 2007-2009 for the ‘China Prophecy: Shanghai’ exhibition in The Skyscraper Museum in Lower Manhattan, New York City. Due to the limited space in the museum, only a dozen of images are showcased. This is one of the ‘lost’ images. You can order prints from this photo here.

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