Haiphong is Vietnam’s fourth largest city. It is an important seaport and the centre of industry in north-east Vietnam. You rarely see many tourists there, but there is some interesting French colonial architecture in the centre of the city. It is a fairly sleepy place, considering it is home to over 1.5 million people, but the river is always buzzing with activity. During ‘rush hour’ the ferries across the Cam River from the city to Thuy Nguyen District on the north side of the river will be packed with people on their bicycles and motorbikes. A ferry like this will take four cars (tickets are 12,000 dong each – about 80 US cents) and as many passengers as can squeeze on (passenger tickets are 500 dong each – about 3 cents). I took this shot on the Thuy Nguyen side after getting off the ferry, and just after the four cars had driven down the ramp, allowing the mass of the passengers to ‘expand’ – so you can imagine how crowded it was before the cars drove off.
I had to do quite a lot of PP on this as I shot this on Kodak EB-2 film and the transparency had a bad scratch in the sky – so I had to fix that first in PS. Then I put it through Neat Image as it was quite noisy (a consequence of the transparency being stored in hot and humid conditions), then some adjustments in curves as it had a slight magenta cast, and finally USM.
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Kenny10pin (19301) 2005-08-19 10:37
great shot of these hats in the ship transporter, I was in one of these in Ho Chi minh last week, it was an experience and a half, good work, well done
AnneFrance (921) 2005-08-19 11:13
Super daily life picture, what i prefer are all these hats!! great view
leonorkuhn (16235) 2005-08-19 11:31
Good capture. The people going to work. Good perspective, colours and DOF. I like it.
Wirraway (1985) 2005-08-19 13:27
Great image of everyday life in Vietnam, good composition and exposure, thank you for the informative note which I found most interesting, excellent work.
kevinos (7517) 2005-08-19 14:45
Wow! a great picture. I love the dynamic mass of humanity against the massive machine.It is beautifully sharp and full of interest.
sicily198x (2026) 2005-08-19 15:19
Welcome to Vietnam.
Good first shot daily-life of the Vietnamese.
Hope to see more your photos about Vietnam.
DwightB (43) 2005-08-19 23:10
Considering all the post processing that you had to do, the photo looks very "natural". Nice job with an interesting subject. I like the contrast between the bright & sharp colors vs. the muddy water. The multiple repetitions of hats pointy hats is interesting.
Drom (1205) 2005-08-20 12:18
Que de belles photos de la vie quotidienne en Asie!
C'est un plaisir de se replonger dans ses souvenirs de voyage à travers ces photos. Merci pour le partage.
ynnad (1052) 2005-08-22 8:34
i like the symmetry and the well defined clouds... thank you
davey590 (271) 2005-10-11 16:15
great journal shot
nice colour and composition