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The Yellow Walls of Hoi An

White Bicycle

Hoi An Ancient town is located in Viet Nam’s central Quang Nam Province, on the north bank near the mouth of the Thu Bon River. The city of Hoi An is beautiful but is inundated with tourists. This old town has a number houses that are painted a deep yellow and make for a wonderful photographic backdrop.

Why yellow? The Vietnamise believe that yellow is a symbol of royalty. The yellow color reflects the beautiful culture of Vietnam, symbolizing luck, pride and prosperity.

Trees inside the home
A narrow yellow walled alley.
Now a one way only.

We spent two days in this amazing city this March. We photographing the markets in the aery morning, fishing villages at sunrise and sunset, street scenes during the day and lots of night photography along the river. We could easily have spent a few more days here.

Hoi An has nearly 1,000 ancient houses and of these 844 houses are included on the list of UNESCO’s cultural heritage. Visiting these home requires a small subscription of about $5 and is worth every penny.

Street Selling – from flowers to food.
A great use for a tripod
Bougainvillea
Blue Chair – Yellow Wall
Great restaurants and great food

All images in this post were captured with the Panasonic Lumix G9 and the Leica 12-60 lens. Please click on the images to open them in a larger window.

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Elders in Vietnam

I am ready ……….

In 2019 Vietnam has a median age of only 26. But it is ageing rapidly. Currently individuals over the age of 60 are 12% of the total population. It is expected that this will go beyond 20% by the year 2040. Clearly this iforecase ids one of the quickest increases in the world. Remember, most of the would be elders today were wiped out during the long war. This image is of one gentleman who survived and at his age, he is full of humor – he would like to marry again, “in a heart beat” he says.

The people of this country are truly wonderful. They understand the devastation but accept it – “it was not the Vietnam war” they say “it was the American war” – collectively they are building for a better and stronger economy. I have yet to see a population that works as hard as the Vietnamese.

Image captured with the Panasonic Lumix G9 with the Leica 12-60 mm lens at 50mm. Exposure triad: f/4, 1/50 sec., ISO 400. Image was converted to B&W using Capture One.

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Vietnam – 2

Nam Cuong sand dunes were amazing – though there was not much texture in the sky the dunes were a beautiful sight. They were really pristine till a bunch of tourists started climbing the slopes. Managed a few shots before the decimation.

Panasonic Lumix G9 with the Leica 12-60mm. Exposure triad: f/8, 1/160 sec, ISO 200

A local Cham cowherd had brought his bulls and a wagon that had truck wheels to help traverse the dunes. Lovely warm light on this man’s made for an interesting candid image.

The Chăm Pa now a minority were dynasty that extended across the coast of central and southern Vietnam from approximately the 2nd century AD. They were absorbed and annexed by the Vietnamese Emperor Minh Mạng in AD 1832. They are the poorest people in Vietnam.

Same equipment as with the dunes. Exposure triad: f/4, 1/25 sec, ISO 200

Why miss an opportunity – here are his bulls that he had unyoked from the wagon.

Exposure triad: f/3.8, 1/50 sec, ISO 200

A young Cham girl plays with simple toys while sitting on the dunes in a pile of tires.

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Vietnam – March 2019 – 1

Sitting at the airport in Ho Chi Minh City waiting to board my return flight. As there is a bit of time I have started looking at some of the images from this fabulous trip. Despite the heat and humidity (both bearable), the photo opportunities are just phenomenal.

This is a late evening view of the tallest building in Ho Chi Minh. It is not a part of the main skyline but to the right as you look across the river. Access to photograph the main city skyline was closed due to major construction.

Panasonic Lumix G9 with the Leica 12-60 mm lens. Exposure triad: f/8, 1.6 sec ISO 100.

Day three we drove past some very very large fishing villages. The image below is one that caught my eye. It was in the village of Mui Ne on the coastal route from Ho Chi Minh to Phan Rang. It was interesting to see practically all the varieties of fishing vessels you find in Vietnam.

Panasonic Lumix G9 and the Leica 12-60mm at 60mm, Exposure triad: f/8, 1/800 sec., ISO 200

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