Vietnam

Project Minions!

Sep
19
project minions

When I am conducting photography or video workshops I am often asked many questions which range from which is the best camera or lens to use to what are the best settings to use or how I may have taken a particular photo that someone saw in my gallery.   My response often varies from one circumstance to another, though one of the most common things I talk about is having a project to work on (or in some cases a number of projects).  Creating a photography project can be quite rewarding and is often a good way to focus you

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Double V time - Vietnam with a Veydra 16mm!

May
10
Keeping it simple

Vietnam is one of my most favourite countries to visit and I find photographic opportunities on every street.  If you ever have a couple of days free in Vietnam, I strongly suggest just randomly walking around to see what adventure awaits you.  I had a few hours spare on a recent trip and managed to snap the following selection of photos, with the specific aim of testing my Veydra 16mm lens.  My lens options were deliberately limited to 2 lenses for the whole trip - the Veydra 16mm mounted on the Olympus OM-D E-M5 II and the Leica Nocticron 42.5mm lens mounted on the Panasonic GH4.   My ini

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The faces and places of Hanoi in summer 2014

Aug
10
Early morning market in Hanoi

Hanoi, in the northern part of Vietnam, is an amazing, colourful and vibrant city where there is always something happening on every corner and ever street.  It is perhaps one of the most enjoyable cities for capturing the everyday life of people and the city itself.  While some visitors to the city can be overwhelmed at first -  it is important to just stop and watch what is going on around you.  The following images depict some of the everyday life in Hanoi and tries to capture the beauty of this great city.  The images were all shot with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and Panasoinc GH4 using seve

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Faces and places of Nha Trang, Vietnam

Aug
03
Climbing out the window

Its been a while since I last managed to update this blog, so I have a long list of articles that I need to write.  I have been extremely busy recently playing with some awesome gear and having some interesting adventures.  Recently I was in Nha Trang, Vietnam with the Olympus OM-D EM-1, Panasonic GH4 and a few prime lenses including the amazing Panasonic Leica Nocticron 42.5mm lens.  While it was a very quick 2 day stop over, I still managed to grab a few photos on the street and catch up with a fellow photographer by the name of Mai Loc - check out some of his amazing work at

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On every street in Vietnam (Part 1)

Aug
08
on the streets of vietnam

The last couple of weeks has been quite an adventure between street photography and underwater photography with a couple of workshops thrown in to keep things interesting. The series of photos presented here try to capture the streets of Hanoi and give you a glimpse into what its liek to be on these streets.  In amongst this I also managed to completely convert a non-photographer into a serious street photographer (more on this in a future post).

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Autumn in Hanoi with a dash of rain

Dec
13
Fish in the wet markets of Hanoi

One of my most favourite places to visit is Vietnam and in particular Hanoi. I find Vietnam to be a place where I am always learning something new and meeting very friendly people. I love walking the streets with a camera and experiencing all that Vietnam has to offer - including so many of the most fabulous local foods that can be found on the street. During my most recent visit to Hanoi, it was cool (being Autumn) and mostly rainy with the occassional gaps in the rain. There are quite a few photos presented here again liek my previous psots but I do ask ou to be patient as the photos load. Like all my recent travels these photos have been taken with that brilliant travel camera the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and the Olympus 12mm lens, Olympus 45mm lens and the Voigtlander 17.5mm lens.

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A portrait or two in Vietnam

Jul
10
Tra in Hanoi

This blog entry is a little different to the other entries that I make.  I though I would share with you my recent day of taking portrait photos in Vietnam.  I have a number of good friends in Vietnam and it just happened that we all had time off to catch up with one another on my recent visit there.  Deciding what we would do for the day is never too difficult in Hanoi as there is always so much to do - even if it is just to take it easy around the main lake or west lake.  We decided that we would spend the day taking some portrait photos and while I did not hav

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A couple of days in Vietnam and a little street photography

Jul
09

Vietnam has to be one of my most favourite countries to visit for both work and to catch up with a few good friends. The food is always good and the local people very friendly. My visits there are often quite disorganised and unplanned at the best of times - but they just work out to be such great fun. This last trip (nearly 2 weeks ago now) was no exception and while I had my latest camera in for repairs I was left with an old Olympus E-PL2 to play with on the streets. This is not usually my choice of camera for street photography but I will work with whatever I have at the time. For most of the street pics that I took on the streets of Vietnam I used a wide angle 12mm f/2.0 Olympus lens and occasionally the 45mm f/1.8mm lens or the voigtlander 17.5mm f/0.95 lens.

I often hear people talk about needing to use a specific lens for street photography (and some are very adamant about their choice), however, I believe in thinking about where and how you are shooting and what sort of a story you want to tell at the end of your day on the streets. My favourite lens for many years has been the Olympus 50mm f/2.0 lens mounted on either the Olympus E3 or E5, but this was the first travel abroad where I had decided to travel light and use all micro four thirds gear (shame my Olympus OM-D E-M5 died only 3 days in to the trip).

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