Daily Inspiration #238 by Maximillian Ruhe

Dear Steve,

First of all I have to mention, that I’m not a professional photographer and I even do not have semi professional gear. Although I love it to take picutures during I’m in foreign countries or in special circumstances. Last year I travelled to Shanghai in China for work issues and one day I took the image with the man on the bicycle I send you with this email. I found it some days ago while I was stumbling through some pictures and memories and was surprised that my camera (please don’t laugh because it is a low budget Panasonic DMC-FX8 with limited and rough manual control) was randomly able to shoot such a nice picture. At home I just used a black and white filter for the first image and the second filter I didn’t remeber, maybe some sepia.

According to the images: They were taken in the middle of summer at the nanchang road on the west side of Shanghai. The west side is affected by a lot of old buildings especially the road where I took this image. The special thing in this city is that opposites are close together. For example modern things (for instance elevated roads) are combined with old fashioned ones or the poor and rich parts of the city are close together. I think both images are unusual ones for this city because most of the people think of bright lights and a skyline with with great skyscrapers according to Shanghai however they are demonstrating the character of this city I have mentioned before.
Kind regards from Germany, Max

PS: Please excuse my poor English and way of photography. The intention why I send you this email is because I found your site some months ago and really enjoy reading it from time to time. Today I just spontaneously wanted to share these both images with you.


  1. When I originally commented I appear to have clicked on the
    -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on whenever a comment is added I
    recieve four emails with the same comment. There has to be an easy
    method you are able to remove me from that service? Thank you!

  2. Max:
    Hope to see more of your work in the future. A camera is a tool and most people never really use the tools they have to it’s fullest. Our eyes, heart and soul that is used to capture the images is more important than having the best tool on the planet. Keep on shooting. By the way… the english was just fine.

    Steve – San Francisco, CA

  3. Hi Maximillian,
    your pics are great; the first is the best example there is no expensive camera necessary to shot first class pics; this pics is really great and you should continue making photos…
    Best Regards – Matthias

  4. Both pictures are fun to look at and telling little stories. Well seen. And I don’t bother about technical image quality here (that’s the character of a good image, isn’t it? All technical issues are secondary).
    Hey, and I’ve seen no door at this site “leica owners only” written on.

    Gruesse, Ullrich

  5. La primera foto es muy buena, parece que chino es mas veloz que Porsche, es una fabula de que no hace falta camara Leica para fotos buenas, con una Panasonic te sientes bien y ahorra dinero para su familia, que esta la cosa muy malita.

    Kung Fuji

  6. What i like about steve’s site is, about the positive comment for whatever picture uploaded here. It’s kinda warm feeling browsing through the site, and make me want to learn photography better and better. Thanks guys.

  7. First picture one of the best that’s ever been shown on this site second one woulld be superb without the weird colouring

  8. estan chulas tus fotos Maxi, pero ya que estabas en china te podias haber comprado una camarita en condiciones tio.

  9. Max

    You have truly captured something special with both images, and both images capture the confluence of old and new very well. I like both images for different reasons. I like the photo of the man with the peddle cart because it reminds me of when I visited Shanghai many many years ago. I like the old & new aspect of the Porsche getting its tire changed on the street. Which is not something I would expect to see anyplace.


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