I've been uploading photos from India for a few weeks now on Trekearth so I've decided to move on for the time being and focus on a different country from my Round-The-World trip. Next destination: Vietnam.
My first stop in Vietnam was to the rapidly growing city of Ho Chi Minh. With an estimated population of 6 million, I'd say atleast 5.9 million are whizzing around the streets at any one time on their motorbikes!
As anyone familiar with this city knows - there are rules to crossing the roads here that contravene everything you're ever taught about road safety.
Crossing the road in HCMC. Rule #1:
Don't look left or right when you cross the street in HCMC, only look ahead. Simply turn and step out into the road and ignore the oncoming rush of traffic. If you are NOT looking at the traffic when you blindly step into the road then they will assume responsibility for missing you. But, if you are watching for a gap in the traffic the responsibility for your life is yours!
Rule #2: Walk at an even pace. You are far easier to ride around if you are walking at a steady pace. If you slow down and speed up or hesitate then it's harder to judge where you'll be when they reach you!
Rule #3 Don't bother with pedestrian crossings. No motorbike rider would even think of slowing down for you just because you're on a pedestrian crossing so better to just walk across the road wherever the fancy takes you!
Rule #4: P R A Y ! ! !
Follow all of the above and you might, might just make it to the other side.
PP details: Full-frame shot, no cropping; Converted to black & white; Slight contrast and levels correction due to B&W conversion; Slight sharpening to some of the faces of the riders; Black frame added.
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michiels (4170) 2007-07-23 12:46
Oh yes, VIetnam .... a great shot to show the traffic there ! Good in b&w.
ps. i have good news : i just booked our ticket to India ( bombay )for end of january , then i think mysore-bangalore-3days relax in goa, not already sure about the planning ... still time to think. Youpie :)
jr_paterson (263) 2007-07-23 13:35
really brilliant shot. great choice for a black and white shot and the border fits the shot perfectly. i was in Ho Chi Minh last year if only i thought of B&W then!! cheers, James
banyanman (7789) 2007-08-31 6:28
Good capture, Rich, and your note is spot on. The selective sharpening of the faces has worked well. This is about to become an 'historic' photograph because as from 15 September 2007, a new road rule will be introduced in the cities that requires motorcylists to wear a helmet. At the moment about 1 in 1000 are wearing a helmet, so September is going to be a big business month for the helmet sellers. Cheers . . . David
Evolution (91) 2007-09-28 17:23
Rule number one will get you run over for sure !.The other rules I agree with. This is a good photo. Soon all motorcyclists will be required to wear a helmet in VN.
Love the photo, but why arent you in the middle of the traffic when making this photo ?
stamatis (2561) 2008-11-06 5:05
nice black and white photo
very live photo!
- Copyright: Richard Mayneord (richwm) (1215)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2006-12-21
- Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon EOS-30D, Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/200 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2007-07-23 12:21
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