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