In the early morning light before the heat of the day and before their morning bowl of 'pho', hundreds of Hanoians gather around Hoan Kiem Lake to perform their morning exercise. Anything from high impact aerobics, a game of badminton, a jog around the lake to motionless meditation.
Its so nice to watch and enjoy elderly Hanoians with the lithness that would put a thirty year old to shame perform the graceful moves of Tai Chi.
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jrz (154) 2006-10-29 9:57
Very dreamy, I envy your willingness to wake up early for a shot.
captainsgirl (3448) 2006-10-29 10:13
love the silhoette of the tree and child, against the reflections in the water..beautiful....TFS
lestans (17152) 2006-10-29 17:34
what a view!! I'd think that the boy is looking at this pond and saying: OOOH what a beauty!! - but you tell us that he is doing his morning tai chi exerchises.
Lovely picture very well framed by the silhouettes in the foreground. Interesting monuments in the background, lovely to be seen and reflected in the mist
delkoo (68) 2006-10-30 3:05
nice atmosphere, i like the diagonal between the silhouette and temple and the mysterious mood.
vincz (19113) 2006-10-30 3:34
Very "fresh" picture from this so charming country that I have learned to appreciate so much. I like the misty early morning atmosphere, the way we can imagine his following gestures. Very nice.
entrelec (8328) 2006-10-30 4:28
I like this one a lot, not very well rated, after me.
A great mood, really and this light...
designsoul (21492) 2006-10-30 10:04
What a decisive moment, Elaine! A nice welcome back with this beautiful shot. He is graceful in front of a graceful land...the ruins on the right add extra interest to this lovely shot!
I wonder why you cut the top part of the picture, would be curious to see how it'd look with a bit more space above the t'ai chi practicioner.
wolf38 (31284) 2006-10-30 10:31
Hello Elaine. A beautiful and tendencyful picture with absorbed light. Also without text one sees that it is in former times morning. The best time, in order to move and hold fit. A beautiful and wave taken photo. Many greetings, Wolfgang.
Albrecht (11281) 2006-10-30 13:51
A unique moment in the morning;well captured silhouet and compo. Those excersises at that place must be inspiring.
greetings from Holland,
lasscor (7640) 2006-10-30 18:03
Wonderful Ha Noi daily life composition.
Nice peaceful atmosphere.
Nice silhouette of this old woman performing gracefully her Tai Chi morning exercices.
Great pov on the Hoan Kiem Lake and the Quan Thuong pagode.
rozy975 (3047) 2006-11-06 15:43
I like the child and tree on the foreground.
Adds a nice dimension.
Mistral (15402) 2006-11-07 17:55
peaceful morning shot with shilouette and nice reflections. Moody foggy image.
A smile for you (and good holiday...).
I'm leaving in 10 days heading Myanmar.
vagabondtravels (6511) 2006-11-07 23:32
Great capture. Spot on with the exposure. REally well seen. Good work.
yanseiler (20) 2006-11-08 7:29
Hi Elaine, a very nice scene, an excellent atmosphere in this one, the myst is very important here, a dreamy shot...
devimeuxbe (58557) 2006-11-18 10:00
your last posts about Vietnam are very impressive for me. Specially from Hanoi. I have been so many time there. So many ... that i feel myself little bit Vietnamese.
Beautifull and peace full atmopshere around the small lake. The noise is everywhere in Hanoi that it's nice to be in this oasis : Hao Kiem.
Thanks for your nice pictures.
I will go in Myanmar next monday for 1 month.
have a nice day
hoorge (1434) 2006-11-19 15:39
Looks like he's one with the trees and the environment. A nice play with lighting showing a darker f/g and a lighter b/g. Good compo.
Luan (12971) 2006-11-22 4:17
Youhou...Elaine has visited my country ;o) the lake district is a nice place to be, very lively, 24/7... A nice picture in this foggy morning.
Luko (14000) 2006-12-05 9:40
Ha Noi 101. You probably caught the most iconic image of this charming city.
It would be the equivalent of someone wearing a beret and sipping a glass of wine under the arches of the Eiffel tower, if it was a parisian shot.
Nothing to nitpick, love the grey muted tones. I didn't get this opportunity on my Ha Noi stay, on the mornings I planned to photo Hoa Kiem lake it systematically rained. :( ...
Furachan (0) 2006-12-06 17:37
Iconic is right. Splendid job captring the oetry of ealry mornings in that still unspoilt city. Really fine worke here Elaine.
m_s_s (1687) 2006-12-13 3:55
great work, excellent silhouette, fantastic colors. great work. fantastic.
- Copyright: Elaine springford (everlasting) (14698)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-10-22
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon D 70, AF-S Nikkor 18-70mm, Digital RAW
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/400 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2006-10-29 9:26
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