This mausoleum is situated in the wide Ba Dinh Square, the place where the revolutioary leader, Ho Chi Minh read out the declaration of independence to half a million peple on September second 1945. During WW2 Vietnam was a French colony under Japanese occupation. The Democratic Republic of Vietnam was therefore established and Ho Chi Minh became head of government. The embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh is preserved here.
Ho Chi Minh (1890-1969) was prime minister from 1945-1955 and president of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam) from 1945-1969. In his early life he worked in the USA, UK and France, and travelled widely. In France he adopted communist interests and later lived and worked in both the Soviet Union and China. He returned to Vietnam in 1941 and led the Viet Minh independence movement.
The mausoleum is in the capital of Hanoi although it is Saigon (in the former South Vietnam) that since 1976 is now named after him i.e. Ho Chi Minh City.
The WS shows the whole Mausoleum (apologies for the rather poor quality due to unfavourable light).
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bukitgolfb301 (35000) 2012-12-15 0:49
Hi dear Ann
Another great gift from your last great trip.
So impressive and beatiful image! Great synmetry appraoch, white uniforms makes good accent and tighten this wonderful image again. Congratunaltion on your perefct job and have a good weekend!
Takero from Tokyo
corjan3 (2089) 2012-12-15 1:12
An interesting image that reminds me of the mausoleum of Mao Zedong where it is hard do get a photo without tourists in it. With thousands of visitors per day, one is continually prodded by the soldiers to keep moving and not allowed to stop at the crystal coffin. Wonder if similar conditions and control prevail here. Thank you and best wishes.
carlo62 (29677) 2012-12-15 1:21
bella condivisione, non avevo mai visto questo luogo.
La foto è geometricamente perfetta ed i pochi colori vivaci sono esaltati dai colori scuri dei muri.
ourania (28616) 2012-12-15 1:30
the symmetry created by your composition and framing is most effective and expresses perfectly the solemnity of the theme. There's exquisite depth and sharpness and the weak light and contrasting colours have been managed very skillfully. The flowers and the guards' uniforms stand out in a marvellous way. The symmetry, stillness and timelessness this image evokes are captivating. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
Fis2 (83360) 2012-12-15 1:38
A very interesting place.
Good frame, composition and colors.
Have a nice day!
Nicou (118406) 2012-12-15 2:16
quelle compo e timage sueprbe vue avec ces deux soldate sur cette entrée droit ocmme des I avec les fleurs et ces tons superbe image.
Bravo et amitié
snunney (80897) 2012-12-15 2:56
An interesting note to accompany this well realised composition. I like the symmetry and the splashes of yellow offered by the flowers in the planters.
timecapturer (46699) 2012-12-15 3:11
a fascinating shot this. The symmetry is flawless and amazing. If you cut this image in half it would be like a spot the difference cartoon! Executed and composed superbly and a classic presentation. Well done!
Enjoy your weekend - regards Brian.
Sergiom (56819) 2012-12-15 6:04
Un cadrage très classique mais aussi très efficace. Les pots de fleurs jaunes géants apportent une belle touche de couleur dans toute cette symétrie très rigide.
siudzi (32837) 2012-12-15 6:21
The perfect symmetry and your POV make this simple scene so interesting! Very well done and executed. Thanks for sharing.
SnapRJW (30245) 2012-12-15 7:27
Hello Ann - Your composition is incredibly precise and flawless and suits the subject matter to perfection. How austere the scene is; even with the large planters filled with colourful flowers you transmit an oppressive and rather depressing scene, again perfect for the context. An excellent shot. Warm regards rosemary
dkmurphys (47802) 2012-12-15 7:33
Perfectly balanced image, a great symmetry in your capture. Well taken, spectacular scene.
mayjayne (3171) 2012-12-15 7:35
A sharp composition with perfect symmetry. A well composed shot !
danos (84517) 2012-12-15 11:38
nice the view of the entrance of mausoleum with the two guards to add life in the image.The huge pots with the yellow flowers create contrast and beauty in the scene.Well done.
CLODO (29814) 2012-12-16 1:10
A strict and frontal picture to enhance the military aspect of the building with the 2 guards, a soft area with the jars full of yellow flowers.
kasianowak (5624) 2012-12-16 1:48
Wonderful symmetry in this very professional image. I like the crop, it's so tempting to make it too tight when looking at a scene like this and include just the door with two soldiers. The flowers break the stark look of the dark facade.
Makes me think of North Korea. So many similarities in the history of those two countries and such a different present.
rychem (21033) 2012-12-16 10:27
Splendid photo, great symmetric composition, interesting scene and informative note
trevormoffiet (2920) 2012-12-18 2:47
One can see why you were compelled to take this image. A beautiful composition with near perfect symmetry. Good colours and sharp detail.
eldancer1 (26246) 2012-12-18 9:35
Very nice capture of the mausoleum, it look so solemn and peaceful. I like the symmetrical composition with good lighting and dof with sharp details. Well done, tfs.
williewhistler (13211) 2012-12-18 15:10
the symmetry is just lovely,not an easy shot to get I imagine,especially with all that contrast,however you have made a splendid job of it.
Nard (6970) 2012-12-19 8:41
A centerd picture for a perfect symmetry enhancing the rigor of the scene. I like how the flower give a touch of color and peace to to the picture. Very good sharpness and light management.
jemaflor (82294) 2012-12-19 10:50
Well framed, interesting symetricla result, good effect too with these yellow flowers, tfs.
Cricri (103385) 2012-12-19 14:13
Je me demandais ce que cela pouvait être sur la vignette et puis j'ouvre et voila un très beau résultat d'une scéne intéressante des gardes avec les gros pots de fleurs jaunes et la large porte de bois, intéressante image en WS qui montre le batiment en entier
siolaw (38132) 2012-12-20 0:00
I like the symmetric compo and framing with good light.
The flowers add a good touch of colour in the solemn environment!
emka (75373) 2012-12-23 23:46
Hi Ann, You cut this shot perfectly, I like the symmetry and just detail of this big mausoleum. And was uncle Ho inside? When I was in Hanoi i heard he travelled to Moscow. Strange that he lived in so modest house and after death has something like this.
Merry Christmas to you and your family.
macjake (54264) 2013-01-08 0:44
so, looking at the WS photo, now I know why you composed this photo the way you have - to avoid that harsh white light! smart.
this compo suits the scene just fine.
well balanced, with lots and lots of horizontal and vertical lines to keep our senses busy :)
good job in not allowing the scene to be overexposed.
adidas5nb (4700) 2013-04-08 0:08
love the symmetry and splashes of bright colors against an overall dull frame.interesting note too.
Rafer (15049) 2013-08-02 3:02
Hallo Ann.... Impresive shot,,perfect simetry. Greetings¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡
- Copyright: Ann Jackman (annjackman) (18621)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-10-23
- Categories: Ceremony
- Exposure: f/6.7, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Uniforms [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-12-15 0:19