Photographer's Note

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 itís 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 Bertrandís 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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