One of the major attractions of Hoi An is the morning fish market situated on the bank of Thu Bon river, near the town centre. Go early, when the hectic activity begins and sample a slice of local life when the place becomes crowded and buzzing with life as the fishing boats arrive in numbers to unload the night's catch, ready for sale. The market is lively and conical hats are everywhere: the good, the bad and the ugly. It is full of sights, sounds, colors and smells. Everybody is busy doing something: selling, buying, hanging around, getting on and off the boat. It seems a sustainable industry and this similar scenes must have been repeated throughout the centuries, and by the time the sun is up the market is already at full swing.
This market is not only a great place to pick up local produce but also to people-watch and snap priceless photos of local life, a real photographer's delight. A fascinating place with so much going on. It's worthwhile to wake up before dawn and be part of the action, to mingle with the locals and capture the energy of the market while absorbing the unforgettable atmosphere. Truly a unique experience!
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stevesaba (8165) 2011-09-15 8:14
What a great moment you have caught at what looks to be a great place to be in the morning. I loved Hoi An but missed this. A wonderful shot, full of energy and gorgeous morning light! Fine work, warm regards,
danos (98427) 2011-09-15 8:14
nice the snapshot with all these locals to be presented in the fish market.I like the warm afternoon light falling on the scene with the lot of people to create a good reportage shot.
JFS (32459) 2011-09-15 8:18
Crystal clear shot full of energy and color. Wonderful light. The activity is tremendous! Very good work!
marcan44 (6307) 2011-09-15 9:05
A very good image quality.
The colors of the fish market along the river give a sense of great entertainment.
Cricri (120119) 2011-09-15 9:51
Une belle scéne de vie de ce marché particulier, j'aime l'ambiance qui y règne, les couleurs et tout ces détails agréable a regarder, très belle présentation
bayno (18344) 2011-09-15 11:19
Dear Abmdsudi, the morning light is really special, I love this scene of daily life , the colors are beautiful and details clearly visible through the exceptional sharpness, warm regards, Valter
BennyV (17160) 2011-09-15 11:27
Lively and colourful as Vietnam. A great picture of a place I know very well, though the last time I visited it is ten years ago already. Great deep dark blue colour on the water there! A fine slice of daily life in Hoi An. Thums up from me.
elkab (4951) 2011-09-15 12:10
Amazing shot with fantastic light management and superb colors. Intersting scene presented the fish market. I like the sharpness of the details of persons and texture of water
patdeph (35748) 2011-09-15 12:44
splendid and colorful scene,where I love theis atmosphere of intense life.I have even the impression of ear the noises.i have to add that this is emphasized by a wonderful warm light.Magnificent!
npecanhuk (75502) 2011-09-15 13:42
Wonderful daily life picture!
Special regards to the management of light, colors, chosen pov and composition!
Quite crowded place!
TFS - congrats,
sevy (58) 2011-09-15 13:53
Nice warm light putting in evidence the people and the activity in foreground. It is efficiently working as the other parts of the scene are blue-green so that the color contrast is at the optimum.
Silvio1953 (144288) 2011-09-15 14:01
Ciao Abmdsudi, lovely composition full of people, splendid light, excellent clarity and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
Charo (51212) 2011-09-15 16:06
I really like these markets develop in the water, have lots of color and are very dynamic and attractive.
Excellent perspective, light and detail.
adores (45595) 2011-09-15 16:26
When I was in Hoi An it was really raining. Don't have photos like this one. It's a good daily scene with very good light and colours.Seems the place was really busy by this time - something I really like about Asia, this atmosphere!
siamesa (28121) 2011-09-15 17:55
Boa noite Abmdsudi
A magnificent scene perfectly registered.A fantastic mixture of people and colors. Fine composition. congratulations. TFS
axiotea (21651) 2011-09-15 22:14
The fish markets often provide interesting daily life scenes! Here, it looks very crowded, but no disturbing elements, and I like how you've framed it! You've handled very well the light expo and the colour rendition looks very good. I like to see the hills in the far adding a sense of distance from the people.
Have a nice day
emka (98706) 2011-09-15 23:58
interesting for me to see this Hio An photo as I plan to go in December. fdantastic scene. I love such busy Asian markets. marvelous atmosphere, beautiful colours of sunset. Excellent photo.
CLODO (34546) 2011-09-16 1:44
The low sun illuminates the crowd at the fish market. I like the ambiance and the rumor coming out of this crowd, contrasting with the quiet surface of the river. it's a pity you cut the 2 baskets full of fishes at the foreground.
josepmarin (58359) 2011-09-16 2:41
what a nice warm tones created by the low light early in the morning, in this daily scene absolutely vital and dynamic.
You have caught the atmosphere of this fascinating fish market, with the people crowding their fishing boats, in a spontaneous and natural scene, very rich graphically.
The framing and the composition are good, and give a great visual power to your photo.
peppe59 (14555) 2011-09-16 4:35
I've been in this original city of Vietnam, a beautiful image that shows the daily life of this city, great quality as always, perfect the technique.
kato (11630) 2011-09-16 4:57
You're capturing well this fish market by good composition and excellent tone, so it's impressive and interesting to see both of sellers and buyers in riverside. Because they sell a produced fish immediately, the taste will be fresh. And, it's impressive in seller's traditional hat, too.
dkmurphys (59155) 2011-09-16 5:22
That's an original fish market right at the source. Lovely colors and atmosphere. Well catch, have a great weekend.
DjoleEric (0) 2011-09-16 5:41
Excellent display of color and sharpness.
Have a nice day.
sacimar (26247) 2011-09-16 6:17
good image of this daily moment, I like the light and tones here, the composition with all of these people around is interesting, good details, well seen,
Have a good weekend,
delpeoples (58278) 2011-09-16 6:46
Hello dear Abmdsudi
There is so much to see in this photo, it's the type of shot where I could look and look and still find something new to think about. The colours and light-play are beautiful and I love the traditional garb of the people involved. Superb shot.
Giorgio (11279) 2011-09-16 8:03
- Ciao Abmdsudi! Ha, I understand your reference to fishing seeing your picture, bravo nice moment of everyday life with excellent colors and light, excellent technical quality, well done!
All the best.
dip (23888) 2011-09-16 13:06
what a wonderful colorful image,full of life!
amazing vivid colors,excellent lighting and good sharpness as well!
Budapestman (82620) 2011-09-16 14:23
a beautiful daily life photo with many splendid details, the composition is spectacular, I like the beautiful lights and the full of life atmosphere, great impression, Tfs! Have a nice day! Kellemes napot kívánok!
bukitgolfb301 (42310) 2011-09-16 22:38
Hi my dear Abmdsudi YTH
Another great morning dily life shot!
This is so impressive image!
Much of vigors and much of energy, this is Asia!
Thanks for sharing with your finest work and have a good day, Best regrads.
Takero from Tokyo setting in early fall
vasilpro (41317) 2011-09-16 22:46
Wonderful daily life composition from a busy fish market, excellent POV, beautiful atmosphere, lovely warm light and colors, very nice framework, TFS!
Have a nice weekend, Vasilis.
siolaw (38292) 2011-09-17 0:23
That is a lively harbour and fish market scene, so typical of the region. The image is packed full of interesting details to look at. And of course, light and colours are superb
jemaflor (97979) 2011-09-17 10:56
Well captured this scenery, great light, well the fg even the bottom of the shot is maybe too much cropped, we dn't see all fishs in the baskets.
rodgerg (55767) 2011-09-18 1:14
Very intresteing and too very nice shot with this scene of life very well composed. Very good managment of light which give beuatiful contrast nad too play of light. I like too your composition with the peoples on the right and a prospect open on the left. An image rich in various details well collected. The attitudes of the two peoples in the FG are particulary well collected.
Have a nice Sunday,
korbee (6619) 2011-09-19 10:23
Hello Ab.,very colorful and the whole scene is bathing in this exelent warm morning light,coud be a good photo for an article for the nat-geo ;]
ravinmb (1303) 2011-09-20 0:14
A wonderful daily life presentation. The picture clearly speaks for its self.. Morning warm glow, the fishermen with buckets of fish.. Clear picture and wonderful composition..
Have a good day.
macjake (68432) 2011-09-20 0:32
a great shot of all the action happening along the water front.
love the cultural aspect with the hats, and the attire.
the sunlight is giving off a wonderful golden glow to illuminate the scene in an elegant manner.
Urs (14082) 2011-09-20 4:46
I love these very vibrant colour hues thanks to the soft respectively warm sunlight. Again and again I have to watch these colour hues, so nice and lively. Good presentation of the daily river scene, Good photo job.
Fis2 (98503) 2011-09-20 13:12
I like this daily life shot.
Good frame and superb color.
Interesting reportorial work.
emilbo (22616) 2011-09-20 16:31
Très intéressante photo et une activité débordante à ce marché de poissons. La qualité d'image ne manque pas, la scène est brillante et les couleurs sont splendides.
Bravo!... et toutes mes amitiés,
mkamionka (37177) 2011-09-22 2:15
great market scene. I like the colorful crowd of people in the right they are in traditional clothes which adds some more character here. Further in the left we see a great view stretching to the horizon.
Excellent composition, congratulations!
Angshu (56758) 2011-09-22 23:08
The early morning light beautifully bathes the scene. The activity on the river bank is dense...conical hats all around..we see a throng of people boats & the plastic tumblers where the fresh catch is on display. The warm colour tones contrasts well with the blue of the river. Good work!
tatadalou (7459) 2011-10-01 10:55
You did well to get up early, raking light that market is magnificent. It feels good activity, vendors on one side, buyers of the other. I imagine the sounds, the smells of sea and fish mixed ...
yquem46 (38752) 2011-10-10 9:12
I missed this one unfortunately
Not much to add except putting my praises at the end of the very long queue
Have a nice evening
sacavem (18620) 2011-11-12 15:13
Wonderful composition, beautiful market atmosphere. Wonderful light. The activity is tremendous! Very good work!
Bluejeans (64251) 2011-11-23 2:05
Ola Abmdsudi ,
Que bela foto de vida diária neste mercado aquático , bem movimentado de pessoas , boa luz em tons dourados , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
ourania (46234) 2013-05-16 14:18
a wonderful atmospheric capture of the busy market scenery, graced by lovely light, colours and shadows. From the details of the foreground, to the crowded middleground and the peaceful distant view, this is a very clear and delightful picture, a captivating daily life scene. Light and colour management are excellent. I love the way the warm, bright colours stand out against the cold blue tones and the shadows. The hats give a fascinating sense of mystery. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best,
ikeharel (72131) 2014-09-24 0:41
Good afternoon Abmdsudi,
Vibrant atmosphere, superbly rendered the vivid tones and well saturated picture.
View down the river, show how life goe's along.
A magnificent "different" world for western eyes.