Not that long ago, traveling by bicycle was the way to go here but now, with the influx of millions of inexpensive Honda knock-offs from China, $500 gets you a new 'motorbai'
A panning shot was about the traffic madness in Hanoi Old Quarter on this wet greyish day just after rain with a constant flow of 'motorbais' - a common mode of transport on the busy street. Honking is a norm, it's their habit to horn at anything that's on their way but accustomed to it and you will be oblivious of the honking and beeping of vehicles. It's absolute mayhem on every corner !!
For a cheap thrill and adventure, ride hop on the back of a motorbai-taxi and cruise around town for around a dollar.
It always feels a little like you’re taking your life into your own hands.......
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Fis2 (96043) 2014-05-09 11:08
Interesting scene from street.
Good colors anddepth.
holmertz (51180) 2014-05-09 11:13
"Cruising around" town on a motorbai-taxi while grabbing my suitcase in front of me leaves me no hands free to protect my life. I have had some nightmare experiences in Vietnamese cities trying to go from the bus station to a hotel. As for this photo you really captured the chaos of a Hanoi street with good sharpness on the biker in the centre and nice blur elsewhere. The speed of the bikes is obvious.
Noel_Byrne (30487) 2014-05-09 11:41
Now that's a sensation of movement if ever I saw one! I love that you focused so sharply on the one bike while everything else is a blur, it gives such a great feeling of speed, and the mayhem you mention in your note! What a place, must be a joy to experience and photograph!
All the best
Romano46 (18472) 2014-05-09 14:23
un ottimo panning che descrive molto bene il dinamismo della scena senza trascurare di mettere in evidenza anche belle note di colore.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
papagolf21 (99698) 2014-05-09 14:34
Très bonne prise de vue avec cet effet de flou joliment présenté.
L'effet est parlant pour le lecteur.
PiotrF (16854) 2014-05-09 15:50
Nice scene daily live.This is a very dynamic picture.Lovely colors, textures, shapes and tones! Well managed shot!
rychem (34567) 2014-05-09 21:09
Very nice result of your experiments with moving vehicles, sharp motorcycle and blurred BG, very well caught
danos (96760) 2014-05-09 23:17
nice the view of all these bikes in a panning shot,as look as a blur painting from a street painter.Informative your note about a cheap thrill and adventure stroll around the town but i think that a West visitor of the town,as riding hop on the back of a motorbai taxi,will 'die' a lot of times moving in the busy streets with the traffic culture of the natives drivers.
Have a good WE,Danos
kato (11630) 2014-05-10 2:26
You're capturing well this street corner by a dynamic motion and excellent tone, so it's interesting and impressive to see the bustle motorbai at street corner. Probably, these people will be people who go to a workshop. I also saw same spectacle at Taipei and Jakarta before. It is worrisome to have not equipped the head with the helmet in respect of safety.
Cricri (117853) 2014-05-10 5:24
L'effet dynamique est bien rendu, c'est fou toutes ces motocyclettes, une scène spectaculaire bien mise en image
Silvio1953 (140815) 2014-05-10 6:37
Ciao Abmdsudi, great panning, beautiful movie eddect, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
adramad (44846) 2014-05-10 8:33
An image of great originality, which certainly conveys the ideal of an infernal traffic, especially motorcycles. sight of it, you think that now is possible to cross the street, that's something that I'm not used when I traveled to East.
Great photo, beautiful natural colors, bright light and excellent effect.
You enjoy the weekend.
eldancer1 (36343) 2014-05-10 9:46
This is one aspect of photography that I must work on--panning. I don't know how fast they are going but I can feel the action. The lighting and the colors also contributed to the composition. Well done, tfs.
Glint (6171) 2014-05-10 11:21
super sensation of movement here. Great diagonal line gives extra dynamism. Great colours and dof. A whizzy, wonderful shot.
marabu61 (10775) 2014-05-10 13:42
The hustle and bustle, honking and beeping in asian cities is indeed quite extraordinary, I am always amazed at how traffic can work this crazy way. If ever a picture was able to capture this chaos, yours definitely does it perfectly.
have a great day
Kielia (24077) 2014-05-11 5:18
what a chaos and what a mess. You are presenting a very fascinating daily life scenery!
Excellent management of the difficult light and an outstanding perspective. The atmosphere of this busy street is very well conveyed and felt by the viewer. My compliments!
delpeoples (57278) 2014-05-12 19:44
Hi dear Abmdsudi
hehehe "motorbai" love it. The dynamism is patent, the strong colours and contrasts so eye-catching. This is a fun and very artistic photo. Not an easy one to do, but you pulled it off so easily and so effectively. Congratulations.
COSTANTINO (64198) 2014-05-12 21:49
Hello my dear friend
original version shot with the greatest
movement I liked your notes that traveling
by bicycle was a way of transport
here the speed of those motos is
have a nice time
mcmtanyel (21810) 2014-05-14 18:44
You really like panning, don't you? You've turned a busy, chaotic street scene into a beautiful painting, congrats & TFS.
RhodieIke (11744) 2014-05-14 22:41
This is fantastic it shows the hustle and bustle of this street scene in Hanoi Old Quarter,with all these bike's.
Wonderful how you have captured it with the focus on the middle two and the rest in a motion blur.
annjackman (21813) 2014-05-17 23:01
This is a great shot that reminds me how frightening the traffic in Hanoi can be until you get used to it. Panning was a good choice and shows the frenzy of the action. The bright colours interrupt the greyness helping to make this an exciting image.
Kind Regards, Ann
ourania (44318) 2014-05-21 11:20
you achieved a very intriguing effect of dynamism and confusion, the scene is exciting and terrifying at the same time, very enjoyable to watch safely through our screen. The effect of movement is amazing and the dark colours of the cloudy day have allowed the bright, warm tones to offer a fine, graphic spectacle. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
berek (49702) 2015-12-25 22:33
The dynamic effect is made, it's crazy all these motorcycles, a spectacular scene well imaged
Have a nice weekend.