The Craziest Intersection I’ve Ever Seen | Shanghai, China

China, Peter DeMarco, Shanghai, architecture, asia, highway, intersection, long exposure, night photography, photography, tips, travel

No, it’s not a scene from Blade Runner. This is the Yan’an Interchange in Shanghai, one of the wildest on the planet. During the weekend the city turns on these blueish Tron lights underneath the highway.

It wasn’t easy to get this shot. We had to pay off a security guard to let us on the roof of the building. I think that guy was making more money off of photographers wanting to get on the roof than from his salary.

Even though it’s only a highway junction, standing in front of it was as impressive as any other other modern marvel. My lungs didn’t appreciate the relentless hit of exhaust fumes though.


  • Camera: Sony A7 II
  • Lens: Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS
  • Aperture: ƒ/22
  • Taken: August 28, 2015
  • Focal length: 16mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 20s
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Author: Pete DeMarco

Pete DeMarco is an award-winning travel photographer. His passion for helping people transform their photography shows through in the expert advice he shares. His work has been featured in National Geographic Traveler, CNN, and as a staff writer for Digital Photography School.