The Hula Hoopist

I took my daughter to a children’s variety show at the Ho Tay Water Park a couple of weekends ago. There was a lot of interesting entertainment: this hula hoopist, some trained dogs, a juggler, and a dancing troupe of little girls to name a few. It was all good fun until a little hip-hop rapper boy came on stage. It wasn’t that his performance was so bad, it’s just that the producers of the show felt that it was a good time to crank the speakers up to concert level. Seeing my daughter’s hands over her ears suggested to me that it was time to go home.

Sniffing Glue Won’t Keep Families Together

Funny English-language slogans on t-shirts is nothing new in Asia, but this one really stood out to me. I’ve since discovered that it’s popped up in a few places around Vietnam.

Giang Vo Lake at night

Last Wednesday, I drove past Giang Vo Lake on my way home from work – as I always do – when I decided that this would be a good time and place to practice shooting night scenery. I didn’t have a tripod, so I just set my camera on a cement ledge. I set the shutter speed at 4 or 5 seconds (can’t remember now off the top of my head). I didn’t have a remote and didn’t use the timer (I’ve since learned that it is a good method to avoid camera shake…picking things up as I go). Not bad results, but I need to find a more scenic location in the future.

Road to nowhere

The conical hat is a symbol of Vietnam for good reason – you see them everywhere. They are worn mostly by middle-aged or elderly female laborers. I was taking photos of a temple when this cyclist passed by. My camera was set on a slow shutter speed, so I didn’t have high expectations for a good picture, but the colors were good so I decided to follow her with my camera and give it a try anyway. I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. It almost looks like a painting.

Clouds rolling in

Clouds Rolling In

This time of the year, the weather in Ha Noi is changeable. Just ten minutes after I took this photo of what appeared to be an approaching thunderstorm, the clouds started breaking up and blue sky and sunshine peered through.

Clouds Rolling In

This time of the year, the weather in Hanoi is changeable. Just ten minutes after I took this photo of what appeared to be an approaching thunderstorm, the clouds started breaking up and blue sky and sunshine peered through.

Buddhist Altar

These little Buddhist altars are in nearly every home and business in Vietnam. The one in this photo is in a bank. The color came out the way it did because the bank was closed and the lights were off, which led the night guard to eye me something fierce while I was taking this photo.

Hanoi Traffic (more stress version)

And this isn’t even the worst that it gets…