Landscape and Travel Photography in Vietnam


Welcome to Vietnam. I’ve been here for a
week now. I came to Hanoi and was doing a little bit of street photography in Hanoi and
right now I’ve ended up in the rice fields around the south of Sa Pa. So
there’s a few things that have been going on. So I’ve been to places like Ha
Long Bay; Ninh Binh and a few other places. So it’s the first time really in
a week that I’ve had to vlog. So what’s going to happen to all of these images?
And will there ever be a tour that I’ll organize to Vietnam? Well of course
there is. That’s why I’m here. I’m actually working on behalf of a company
called Ciao or Ciao Travel that are based here in Vietnam. So I must give them a
massive thank you for sponsoring me to come out here to Vietnam. At the moment I have a driver with me. A Vietnamese driver. He’s been driving me around and he’s
been teaching me a little bit of of Vietnamese. (thank you). So I have about
half a dozen words but they’re kind of enough at times so I’ve been getting some
pictures. Is this a sunset location that I’d bring people to? It is. You have to watch
it because the sun goes behind the hill at a certain time of the day but I’ve
been somewhere else and I’ve met another photographer from Slovakia. He’s been
kind enough to, you probably can’t see him on camera,
he’s been kind enough to show me where exactly this place was. So he’s been
kind enough to show me where this place was as he found it earlier on. As I met
somebody else who said to me it’s not here. It’s actually further north. So
unfortunately for him I did actually find this place. But the other great thing
about Vietnam is the people photography. So there’s actually lot of indigenous
people in this area and I’ve been getting a lot of what you would call
environmental portraits of those people working away doing their thing. So
is Vietnam wonderful? It is! Just one last thing before there might be a next
segment I don’t know yet but I met a Vietnamese girl at a viewpoint I was at
earlier and she said to me a lot of people were complaining about Vietnam saying
people are not necessarily friendly. Customer services aren’t great. Rubbish! I
have not come across anybody yet in this country that has been unfriendly or
unhelpful. Everybody I’ve met here has been really
helpful and just an amazing, amazing country. I’ll be flicking up some
b-roll and images in between all this wittering on but until the next segment let’s
carry on working here in Vietnam because Hoi An is coming up very soon. A place I’ve
wanted to be going to for quite a long time. On to the next bit Welcome to the bustling city of Hoi An
in central Vietnam. I’ve been here now for I think about two days or so.
This place is an absolute goldmine for photographers.
There’s markets full of color. People with absolutely amazing faces. Old
buildings, architecture. It’s a wonderful place to be.
I’m really sorry I haven’t had much time to vlog and show you a lot of what it is
that I’m doing. But what I have been doing is actually yesterday meeting some
traditional fishermen capturing what it is that they do and I actually set up
another shot away from the tourist place. Actually trying to get something a
little bit different. Something I’ve seen but never quite sure where it is. But my
guide helped me create the shot that I was after. It’s just a shame I couldn’t
show you what it is that I was doing. In any case what I’m going to do is just
wrap up and show you basically here in Hoi An what it is that I’m doing and then
I’ll conclude the vlog. It’s probably a short vlog but hopefully you enjoy some
of the images that I’ve done here in Vietnam. So what am I up to here in Hoi
An? Well you can see this is the riverfront here and over there is one of
the classic shots of the city of Hoi An. I’ve got my long lens on. The 100-400 looking over there and what I’m trying to do is capture the morning light.
I’m waiting for somebody in the traditional hat to go past on a bicycle.
Now I’ve got one or two people but because it’s such an iconic
place people keep stopping in front of the building so I’m having to be patient.
At the moment it’s 8 o’clock in the morning and actually sunrise sunset here
is pretty much the same time most days. I’m just going to be carefully as there’s
somebody going past that I actually want in my shot. Just…there! So I have my photo
so you might be able to see that lady just cycled past in the traditional
Vietnamese hat. I was told what it’s called. I can’t remember offhand but
there you go that’s kind of what it is that I’m doing here. I’ve had a good
look around the city trying to find things
and just going from there really. I’ll just conclude the vlog. Tell you what’s
going to be happening with all the images from here and what’s coming up next. It is starting to get a bit hot here in
the morning already. It’s probably about 30° and as you can see I do have my own
traditional Vietnamese hat. Why? It’s extremely practical in this place. You don’t really need to put your sunglasses on but it helps protect you from the sun
certainly on the back of your neck as well when you’re walking around this
place. In any case what’s going on with all of this imagery? Well in about a
year’s time I should be coming back here running a photography workshop. I’ve
been working with somebody called Ciao travel who are my fixer here and my
sponsor. They brought me here to Vietnam to capture daily life so from there
we’re going to be putting together a photography tour of around Hoi An; Hanoi;
up in the northern parts around some places not necessarily a lot of tourists
go but you’ll see from some of the imagery that’s going to be in this vlog
and has been in this vlog what’s been going on and the type of thing you could
expect. Certainly this place is both landscape and a lot of travel
portraiture. I’ve been concentrating on probably I guess more on the travel
portraiture when I’ve been here just because it’s such a goldmine for that
kind of stuff but in any case hopefully you’ve enjoyed what it is that I’ve been
doing. Sorry it’s probably the shortest one of my shorter vlogs but in any case
see you next time maybe in Romania and Moldova. Until then, take care of
yourselves and see you soon!

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