This location--Hoan Kiem Lake in the center of Hanoi, with Thap Rua pagoda on an island in the middle--has appeared on TE before, but the shores of the lake are such a lively place that there is always another aspect to depict. Here a young couple do exercises at 6:00 am, joining others who do martial arts, traditional fan dances or modern aerobics, some in large groups and some alone, scattered along the walking path around the lake. The Vietnamese tend to be early risers, so at 6:00 am, not only the lakeshore but also the parks, the public badminton courts and the outdoor spaces in general are already crowded.
See other recent shots at this location posted by banyanman (David Astley) and devimeuxbe (Bertrand Devimeux).
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Stepan (27210) 2005-08-21 13:33
This a typical view and atmosphere of Viet Nam. and it's so well captured...
The shadows are really beautiful and the B&W was a good idea there.
sicily198x (2026) 2005-08-21 14:20
I'm so suprised that you, an foreigner did captured the real daily-life of the Vietnamese perfectly.
I very much like your photo. Great work.
mrdungx (172) 2005-08-21 15:46
Interesting and a bit funny :D
I don't like the BW and lowkey tone though, it makes the atmosphere somehow moody and pessimistic. The pic might look better in colorful and bright fashion.
banyanman (7789) 2005-08-22 5:20
Ha ha, we prompted you to dig into your archives, Ken! You have achieved a good POV with the couple silhouetted against the water, and not obliterating anything else in the composition, so for that reason I think B&W works well here. Cheers . . . David
devimeuxbe (58557) 2005-08-23 16:06
Very beautifull shadows of the same place i posted few days ago. The composition is great. I really like this picture.
Cormac (26545) 2005-08-23 22:15
You have a great eye for seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary. This is very bold and dramatic, and the two people have just enough detail to show some personality rather than being just anonymous figures. Well done!
rhizomes (15343) 2005-09-04 14:19
I like his B/W picture !
Great composition with this couple doing exercises, the grass and the vegetation and the water.
fireflyz (2097) 2005-09-08 19:50
Your note is so accurate and your photo captures the mood and atmosphere very well! I was very surprised to find so many people so early in the parks. It's amazing! Your framing and composition is perfect. I also like the BW. Good choice!