Hoan Kiem Lake in the heart of Hanoi's Old Quarter provides a spot for quiet repose, away from the hustle and bustle of the city streets. An 18th century pagoda, Thap Rua, sits on an islet in the middle of the lake.
This is probably one of the most photographed scenes in Hanoi, after the Opera House, but it’s still a nice one to have in any portfolio of Vietnam photographs. Bertrand Devimeux posted a similar shot
last weekend, but his was taken in much brighter light. I thought I would post this as an alternative view because my shot was taken in very overcast conditions, and I liked the atmosphere that the much softer light created. You will also note the difference in colour of the pagoda between Bertrand’s shot and my shot as a result of the different lighting conditions.
PP: Negative scanned to tiff, cropped, levels adjusted, noise removed with Neat Image, converted to jpeg and sharpened.
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kensimage (8561) 2005-08-21 1:18
Hmm, I thought I'd posted a comment on this, David, but it's not showing up! I'll try again.
This is indeed a much-photographed scene--I have shots a lot like this myself! This is very well framed and composed, though I wish the man and bench were in focus. That would probably have required a tripod, which would have made it hard to be inconspicuous taking the shot, so maybe my wish is unrealistic.
pnphan (3957) 2005-08-21 2:10
I never been to the northen part of my country. This place is the most photogenic in Vietnam. I think if the man is in focus your image will has a better impact.
devimeuxbe (58557) 2005-08-21 3:05
Thanks for your comment and your post. Yes, your picture is not far from mine and the atmosphere is the same. You just give more importance to the temple who is sharp and central. Your sitting man is like an accessory in the compostion.
For me, it's important to give to the human life the first rank in a composition and the temple is only a scenery;
I try to send a workshop to illustrate what i say.
Thanks for this interesting vietnamese cofrotation.
Wirraway (1985) 2005-08-21 5:20
Looks very peaceful here David, well captured and a good composition,great note, keep up the good work.
- Copyright: David Astley (banyanman) (7789)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2001-11-00
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon F70, Nikkor AF-D 80-200/4.5, Kodak Gold 200
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Blogger slideshow [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-08-20 10:42