Hoi An often touted as Vietnam’s most charming ancient town, is significantly smaller and more user friendly than the likes of Hanoi or Saigon and it’s gaining popularity with travelers. But it’s also a marvelous intersection of Vietnam’s French-colonial past and the local culture that has been sustaining people long before the arrival of the colonialist, all in a beautiful coastal setting. So it’s probably lost some of its local charm to foreign influences over the years, but I still find it to be an interesting, charming and fun place that appeal to me.
Rows of shop houses spotting Chinese tiled roofs and yellow stained walls line the narrow alleys. Red lanterns hang from rusty ceilings, while red and green rickshaws stand alongside the traditional five-foot way and local ladies wearing conical straw hats amble along the narrow streets balancing baskets of fruits on their shoulders. By the river banks, old men float on their crumbled wooden canoes, waiting for the catch of their day. Back in the 17th century, Chinese, Japanese and European traders used to converge here and their traces now seen from the eclectic architectural style.
Once here, it’s easy to see why. Hoi An’s beauty is obvious, it has an inimitable flair. Thanks to appropriate measures, the architectural styles have been extremely well preserved with many buildings spotted their original French colonial facades and architecture protected by a fading layer of golden mustard yellow paint.
This is Hoi An, an ancient town oozing old world charm, offering time travel for the curious eyes...
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rbellemare (2109) 2012-08-30 7:56
Very nice composition. The reflections of the buildings are beautiful and so are the buildings themselves. The framing close to the boats was a great idea.
JFS (32459) 2012-08-30 8:18
Seductive image, it looks like a painting, the colors are amazing and que quality too.A very nice work.
claudeD (39623) 2012-08-30 8:43
very fine picture from Vietnam with excellent composition and very good colors. I like the reflections in the water very much.Very well done.TFS.
WIth regards from Luxembourg
lousat (92858) 2012-08-30 8:46
A very very bright pic,the best way to take the atmosphere and the colors of this magic place,perfect light management for the best reflections and high saturation as i like.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
maxifred (0) 2012-08-30 8:48
Hello my friend,
At last,a vietnamese pirogue without anyone aboard...
Good shot idea well managed!
(Even on the motorcycles in the background there's nobody sitting...)
Greetings from Belgium,
holmertz (54293) 2012-08-30 10:30
This is a fascinating view of the wooden boats anchored across the river from the old houses full of local character. The reflections are extraordinary, since the deep blue tone of the water seems to have turned the yellow buildings into green.
Silvio1953 (145605) 2012-08-30 10:35
Ciao Abmdsudi, beautiful composition with lovely boats in FG, fascinating reflections, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Fis2 (99686) 2012-08-30 11:58
Curious POV and composition.
I like frame and reflection in water.
Superb colors and light.
Greetings from Poland.
brianmcc (6219) 2012-08-30 12:19
i love the colours in this picture, from the browns in the boats, the blue tones in the water, to the wonderful yellows form the buildings. you have managed to capture a lovely atmosphere with this image.
Highmountains (2674) 2012-08-30 12:59
The photograph is charming indeed. The two boats are the centre of our focus. They have been captured in sharpness and clarity with high saturation of colours. The far side of the second boat is painted sky-blue. The shine and the shimmer of the water with the bright blue reflection adds to the charm. Then ofcourse is the narrow road and the buildings lining the road.
Very well composed.
Thanks for sharing.
bayno (18344) 2012-08-30 23:05
with your latest images we're vermente delight, this is well composed and with beautiful reflections, very nice tones and two boats in FG are fascinating, always top quality...have a good day...
bukitgolfb301 (42690) 2012-08-30 23:34
Hello my dear Abmdsudi YTH
Your Vietnam sereis is also great! Your sereis have very good theme one by one. So admirable. Reflection and color touch are so tatseful and wonderful. Thanks for your sharing a finest shot and have a good day!
Takero from hottest Tokyo
COSTANTINO (66202) 2012-08-30 23:39
I chose this shot because of thetwo boats
because the boats are my favorite,
but this shot is particular to its
lightness and sharpness,the reflections
create a wonderful atmosphere
artistic and impressive almost perfect
your notes are also very useful
have a nice weekend
Graal (103028) 2012-08-31 0:05
nice composition, good idea.Fine captured place and theme. I like the colours and reflections. Well comment and photowork.
Have a nice day.
delpeoples (58576) 2012-08-31 1:48
Hello dear Abmdsudi
You chose well here to exclude the sky, allowing us to concentrate on the beautiful characteristic boats in the foreground and the magnificent colonial architecture in the background. The water once again is luminous, and the well-judged saturation has brought out both the reflections and the textures. A difficult shot to make, given the extremes of light, but a very successful one. Congratulations.
jhm (154548) 2012-08-31 3:40
I like the two boats in foreground together the reflections of the facades.
Nice perspective and depth image.
Excellent composition, nice of colors good presentation too.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
ourania (47120) 2012-08-31 6:04
a wonderful composition to present this picturesque view that looks so natural and mesmerising at the same time. I love the point of view and structure of the image with three layers of interest so diverse and so well inegrated to the total impression. The boats offer a subtly dynamic and very elegant perspective as well as intriguing patterns and textures. The lustrous texture of the water and the delightful reflections and colours are most attractive. The upper part of the frame is very interesting, a narrow band that conveys much information and anchors the whole image superbly. I love the depth, lighting and colours as well as the feeling of actually standing there. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great weekend and month,
ACL1978 (7511) 2012-08-31 7:23
What great deep reflections you've gotten here, Abmdsudi - the light comes off them perfectly. Great choice to leave the actual sky out of the shot, which enhances the glow in the water. The boats and buildings at bottom and top add wonderful detail and color, but for me it's really the reflection that is the centerpiece here.
eldancer1 (36343) 2012-08-31 7:38
The gentle ripple of the water somehow bring a sense of tranquility. Nice catch of the boats. Good lighting and dof with sharp details. Love the colors. Well done, tfs.
adramad (46496) 2012-08-31 11:44
The great charm of this composition, great POV with easy-boats in the foreground, seen from a high point, the line of beautiful reflections in the harbor, people and bikes we see on the street give a nice touch of vitality to image.
A superb colorful, especially in the blue water, the light is also magnificent.
Great job with the charm of the East.
Have a good weekend.
jemaflor (98771) 2012-08-31 12:02
Bravo, superbe composition, what a beautiful reflection on water, lovely colors, tfs.
marabu61 (11061) 2012-08-31 12:53
This is a gorgeous picture, it could almost be in Venice.
Superb colors and a unsurpassed clarity. Your composition is superb with the two boats in the foreground adding some interest and depth to the photo.
Have a great weekend
dkmurphys (59995) 2012-09-01 1:41
Indeed, a charming detail of the city. I like the unusual calm atmosphere for an urban enviroment and the superb colors. Well taken detail.
mauro61 (52857) 2012-09-01 12:27
immagine di grande qualità con colori e riflessi al top.
Ottima la saturazione e il taglio,
Brillante la ripresa,
francio64 (39888) 2012-09-01 13:54
piacevole composizione con un buon accostamento delle due barche in FG e piacevoli riflessi in BG.
Ottimo lo sharp.
Budapestman (82620) 2012-09-02 3:53
a splendid photo with fascinating details and beautiful composition, the colours and lights are very nice. Great atmosphere, Tfs! Have a nice Sunday! Kellemes Vasárnapot kívánok!
tchefi (1841) 2012-09-03 1:48
Superbes reflets colorés avec un beau premier plan.Bravo!
chrisvek (7001) 2012-09-04 6:52
Wonderful composition and splendid reflections on the water.AAwesome colors and lightning.Perfect framework.
Have a nice day
ciakgiak (30431) 2012-09-04 13:48
Che magnifica foto! Le due barche in FG ed i coloratissimi riflessi sono le grandi qualità di un'altra delle tue splendide immagini. La qualità è assolutamente al top, well done!
Un caro saluto
kato (11630) 2012-09-05 9:12
You're capturing well this port by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the reflection of houses projected to the port and entitr color combination. And, two boats in this side give a good impact in this image, too.
Have a nice week.
danos (99221) 2012-09-06 0:30
beautiful the scenery with the reflections and the existence of the foreground boats to makes the image so beautiful and unique.
I like the light and the colour managemen as the beauty of the place.Well done.
maria-v1981 (10932) 2012-09-06 6:27
Lovely landscape well taken, magnificent fg with the boats, ideal calm water to have a perfect mirror effect with reflections.
Have a nice day,
npecanhuk (75592) 2012-09-06 19:50
Another wonderful picture!
I love it all, but I really enjoyed those magnificent reflections!
Chosen pov, colors, light and composition are highlights here!
TFS - congrats,
emilbo (22616) 2012-09-07 15:04
Une magnifique photo agréable à regarder et des plus intéressante. Le plan d'eau avec les reflets est merveilleux et j'aime beaucoup les deux bateaux en avant-plan. Excellente présentation et bel éclairage.
Bravo!... et bonne fin de semaine,
siamesa (28121) 2012-09-09 3:58
Bom dia Abmdsudi
Amazing photo. Really this place is charming. Very well captured. I like the canoes that seems the canoes of our rivers.
Angshu (56758) 2012-09-11 4:08
A beautiful composition, which looks like a fine painting in oil, especially as we see the reflections of the houses in the mildly rippled water. The two boats fit into the scene well & provide wonderful contrast in colours. Fine composition indeed, where the 3 'layers' work in perfect harmony! As I look into this picture, I tend to be transported to the early 20th century...surely nothing much has changed in Hoi An since then! A fine work my friend!
kiks (12735) 2012-09-11 7:01
Fantastic exposure work what makes that the colors are very well defined. I love the contrast of the boats with the blue water and yellow reflection.
shevchenko (20548) 2012-09-13 5:03
Good frame to the foreground boats and background buildings, it is a lovely town that less busy and full with poetic flavour, what a fascinating view in the sunny day, nice reflection on the smooth water surface, distinct image, good shoot.
mkamionka (37813) 2012-09-13 8:54
beautiful composition with the boats making an attractive foreground and the houses with their reflections making interesting impressions similar to impressionists' paintings. Interesting blue - yellow cotrast as well.
Kielia (24077) 2012-09-15 5:45
your POV on this fascinating ancient town works excellently, the photographer’s perspective is outstanding. Very beautiful colors and a wonderful light - you really made me very curious. Now I am going to learn more about Hoi An.
My compliments - also for the interesting note!
thebest (4276) 2012-10-07 1:06
You have some wonderful photo's from Vietnam I have chosen this view of the boats & the charming surroundings - above all the reflections are fantastic the colours & clarity of this image is superb - well done I like your photo very much.
gervaso (14791) 2012-10-08 6:58
The colorful reflections on the water are beautiful, and I like the boats in the foreground giving depth to the image. Wonderful composition! Very good job!
kjm (191) 2012-10-19 12:05
Great colours and composition
Charrua (278) 2012-11-08 0:13
Beautiful shot. Great composition. The boats in the foreground, the neat reflex and the colorful houses in the back. Good job
elenimavrandoni (0) 2013-06-19 10:54
how could not miss pictures like this one??
fantastic color and reflection, great composition!
my warmest compliments and all the best
berek (50504) 2015-09-03 20:31
a perfect setting with reflections. I really liked the bright colors and balanced framing.
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (55132)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-09-10
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D70s, 18-70mm AF-S DX 3.5 - 4.5 Nikkor, ISO 200 RAW
- Exposure: f/11, 1/100 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-08-30 7:51