Maybe it is Hoi An’s small size or innate charm that let me really look at it in detail, but I find the ancient town to be particularly colorful, welcoming and everything is incredibly vibrant. There is something about the color of a place that makes it much more appealing to me. Gray, drab settings have their place, but a variety of hues, like those found here, make me feel like certain places have more life than others. Perhaps this is one of the reasons I like this laid-back town so much. Colours and old buildings simply add to the appeal of this charming and romantic town where French influence is still strong. The architectural style gives the town an old world stateliness that’s intoxicating.
Hoi An is a real hodgepodge when it comes to architecture. Evidence of its past as the first Chinese settlement in south Vietnam is readily seen in the abundance of Chinese meeting halls that dot the town. Interspersed with these are 19th century wooden houses that show both Chinese and Japanese influences. Adding color to this already eclectic mixture are numerous examples of Hoi An’s French Colonial past. These simple but elegant buildings are noted for their wooden shutters that stand out against otherwise yellow exteriors.
This is an old building, a reminder of French colonial days. Here a plaque on the weathered wall reminds this place of the former soap factory which I find the signage is a great piece of art decor so well preserved. Notice also that the painting itself seems to have been retained and the Vietnamese language is very phonetic.
Savon (Soap) becomes Xa Phong....
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Silvio1953 (140778) 2012-09-05 9:29
Ciao Abmdsudi, lovely composition with beautiful movie effect, beautiful light, excellent clarity and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
krzychu30 (15512) 2012-09-05 9:30
indeed,the architecture is really interesting and certainly have its own charm and beauty.Beautiful light and colors.I like also capture of these people on the moped,which animate the whole scene and brings some "mobility" to the image.
holmertz (51166) 2012-09-05 9:34
I think I remember this building from my visit in 1993. Maybe it has not undergone as much change as some parts of the town. I like your different approach to this photo, blurring the passing family on the scooter and cropping the building quite drastically. The light is as warm and great as in most others of your photos and the colours glow.
Schnappilic (9690) 2012-09-05 9:36
Great picture with splendid light and timing. Fine blurred foreground. Lovely effect!
All the best,
ourania (44302) 2012-09-05 14:00
I like very much the fleeting impression of the picturesque facade and the family passing fast from it on the motorcycle like so many people have been doing over the years. New people, new means of transport, the same old textured and colourful facade. The perspective is great and the scene is vivid. I love the colours and the way the warm light exalts them. The contrasts are marvellous and the shady entrance most intriguing. Well done and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
Fis2 (96019) 2012-09-05 14:26
I like this daily life shot.
Good frame and colours.
Graal (102604) 2012-09-06 0:07
an interesting street reportage and presentation. Fine stopped motion of motocycle with any family. Amazing windows and entrance to old house, nice details. Also an interesting informations.
Have a nice day.
dkmurphys (57476) 2012-09-06 1:25
Very fine street scene. I like the textures and the colors along with the warm sunlight. Great shot, enjoy a fine day.
rbellemare (2109) 2012-09-06 3:39
Very nice picture your presenting us. This is a great picture of everyday life. I like the passage of this blur family. Nice sharpness, that give access to the beautiful details of this building. Particulary the blue sign is standing out as the main feature of this picture.
delpeoples (57278) 2012-09-06 4:39
Hello dear Abmdsudi
Yes this town is very characteristic and charming. The architecture is enchanting and I like the deep colours which have been brought out by that marvellous warm light. The addition of the people on the motorbike also add to the character and sense of movement. Another lovely shot from a country which seems to have bewitched you.
Janusz1974 (2824) 2012-09-06 7:29
This shot is absolutely marvelous.
A lot of fun and freedom well captured.
Nice panning technique and composition.Very well done.
eldancer1 (36343) 2012-09-06 9:18
Awesome action! I like blurring of motorcycle riders to denote speed. Good lighting and dof with nice details. Well done,tfs.
marabu61 (10775) 2012-09-06 14:15
Great colors and light on a very charming street scene. I love the blurred motorbike, it add just the final touch to superbly framed photo.
Have a great time
adramad (44832) 2012-09-06 16:06
Lovely atmosphere in this house of traditional architecture, I like the cheerful color contrast between facade and windows, lights and shadows play very well in this picture, the family bike gives a curious effect on the composition.
Very good management of light and sharpness.
Have a nice day.
sevy (58) 2012-09-07 0:41
Fun for me, French, to see the word 'Savonnerie' in this asia shot. The legacy of the history.
I like how you managed with shot with movement (thanks to the movement blur) and full of colors.
Moreover you got a well balanced shot.
bayno (18344) 2012-09-07 1:33
what I love is the light and the colors really fascinating, very nice also the atmosphere, the tris in motor gives a real sense of movement...perfect framing..
kato (11630) 2012-09-07 10:54
You're capturing well this daily life by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see traditional architecture of Vietnam. It seems to colorful and interesting asian design. It's interesting in window's shape, too. And, people who pass a road by motorbike give an additional impact as motion effect in this image.
Have a nice weekend.
mkamionka (35840) 2012-09-08 11:25
spectacular photo: I like very much the long shades which emphasize well the texture of the walls. Fantastic colors too. But the real highlight is of course having the family on the motorbike slightly blurred in the motion set against crispy sharp background.
A real master work,
korbee (6617) 2012-09-09 2:08
Your Vietnam serie is absolutely lovely to see,so much full colors and superbe light,this is for example is very typical,the Honda bikes,symbol of vietnam ;=]]
sehat 2 Pak.
siamesa (28117) 2012-09-09 3:59
Bom dia Abmdsudi
I must learn with you how to capture these lovely scenes.
Congratulations and TFS.
maria-v1981 (10932) 2012-09-12 5:37
I like a lot the effect with the move bike and the clear building. Ths colours and the details from the building is impressive and the light creates a beautiful composition.
Enjoy the day,
tatadalou (7459) 2015-04-06 6:48
A colorful view of this old colonial building. The oblique light provides a nice play of shadows and lights while highlighting the textures of the facade. The family that goes with scooter brings a little movement to the whole.
BennyV (16545) 2015-11-21 2:19
Hello dear Abmdsudi
I prefer this shot to the other Hoi An shot you posted before. In that shot the row of houses at the top didn't really come across that well for me. A bit too saturated, perhaps...I'm not sure...
Here colours are absolutely bright and saturated too (e.g. the blue and orange of the signboard), but it works a lot better. Also the movement blur of the Honda whizzing by is just great.
Good note too. I'm a language person and quite familiar with Vietnam too, so I was glad to see you making that 'savon'/'xa phong' remark.
All the best greetings from Antwerp.
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (53009)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-09-07
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D70s, 18-70mm AF-S DX 3.5 - 4.5 Nikkor, ISO 200 RAW, Tokina 77mm Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/100 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-09-05 7:22