Joe Nafis, a Californian living in China, has a great view from various perches of China’s tallest building, the Shanghai Tower. But just as important he has patience, allowing the creation of this splendid time-lapse footage of the building going from gaping abscess to twisty, moon-poking immensity.
At 2,073 feet tall, the just-finished tower is the second-highest skyscraper on the planet, behind Dubai’s 2,717-foot Burj Khalifa. The thing is so big it’s been sliced into nine “vertical neighborhoods” studded with shops, hotels, restaurants, and offices. However, reaching the top takes less than a minute thanks to what’s billed as the world’s fastest elevator, which zooms along at 40 miles per hour.
Nafis writes the “completion of the Shanghai Tower not only represents the financial success of Shanghai, it symbolizes China’s new self-confidence and the shift in the global balance of economic power.” Here’s more from the photographer
THE SHANGHAI TOWER
Towering above this city of 24 million people at 632m (2,073 feet), the Shanghai Tower is the tallest building in China and 2nd tallest in the world, only surpassed by the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Its 128 stories are divided into 9 vertical zones, including retail at the base, offices in the middle, hotels and observation decks at the top. The super-tall skyscraper features a double-decker elevator that offers the longest single elevator journey in the world at 580m (1,900 feet) in under a minute.
Beginning in the early ’90s with the allocation of Lujiazui as a special investment zone, Shanghai’s skyline has grown to be one of the world’s most iconic. With three buildings over 420m (1,380 feet), Lujiazui today stands in stark contrast to what it was just 25 years ago, a low-built area consisting of residences, warehouses and a few factories. The completion of the Shanghai Tower not only represents the financial success of Shanghai, it symbolizes China’s new self-confidence and the shift in the global balance of economic power.
Construction had already begun when I arrived in the city in 2009. The site was a large hole in the ground with construction crews milling around pouring concrete for the base. I began exploring the city looking for views and locations that would serve as groundwork for this video. In 2011, I secured a location with unobstructed views of Lujiazui where I could just glimpse the tower peeking behind the 185m (607 feet) Aurora Plaza. I maintained a camera there for the next 4 years until the tower was completed. In the meantime I took hundreds of thousands of photos from various viewpoints around the city filling up around 8TB in the process. In all, over 1000 hours were dedicated to this project in exploring, shooting and post-processing. I used a variety of Canon cameras, lenses and motion control equipment to shoot. LRTimelapse (lrtimelapse.com) was used for de-flickering while Adobe After Effects and Premiere were used for editing.
上海中心大厦在我2009年来到上海时已开始动工. 当时，已有一个挖好的基坑，现场施工队正在浇筑混泥土做地基。然而，我开始不断的探索这座城市，寻找作为拍摄视频的最佳地点及拍摄视角。2011年，我寻觅到了一个将陆家嘴全景尽收眼底的拍摄点，在高度为185米（607英尺）的震旦国际大楼后我隐约可见上海中心大厦。我一直用相机记录着上海中心大厦建设长达四年直到工程竣工。在此期间，我从这个城市中各个不同视角进行拍摄，整个过程拍摄的照片不计其数，总容量大约为8TB。为了寻找最佳拍摄点，拍摄及后期制作，上海中心大厦项目总耗时超过1,000小时。我使用不同型号的佳能相机，镜头和交互式摄影控制系统设备进行拍摄，用LRTimelapse(lrtimelapse.com) 软件处理图像闪烁现象，同时，分别用Adobe After Effects和Adobe Premiere2个软件编辑视频。
Time-lapse: Joe Nafis (joenafis.com)
Aerial footage: Livinov Lalama and Stan Huang
Grading: Nikola Stefanovich (becolour.com.au)
Music: « Skyline » by Fakear (fakear.com)
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