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My trip so far in Vietnam...

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by noohoggin1, Mar 30, 2013.

  1. noohoggin1

    noohoggin1 Instagram: @tomnguyenstudio

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    May 21, 2012
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    Tom
    Hi, friends! I've been in Vietnam with my mother visiting relatives for a little over a week now, and I've brought along my OMD-EM5 and E-PL5 with a small assortment of lenses. Been trying to document some of the culture here, while having meetings with an agency here (I've exchanged contact information with one of their models who was a contestant on Vietnam's Next Top Model 2012 to possibly set up a shoot). Here are some of my photos thus far, a lot of them show the hard life that the people can live. I will update as my trip progresses over the next couple weeks. Hope you enjoy...most of these were taken with with the E-PL5 with the flip screen out "from the hip" style...
     

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  2. Fmrvette

    Fmrvette This Space For Rent

    May 26, 2012
    Detroit, Michigan
    Jim
    Hi Tom!

    Where in Vietnam are you visiting?

    I've not been there since January 1970, but a day on the beach at Vung Tau would be a very nice relief from the ongoing inclement weather in Detroit :thumbup:.

    Thanks for posting the photos.

    Regards,

    Jim
     
  3. tdekany

    tdekany Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 8, 2011
    Oregon
    Great set of pictures and I love your processing
     
  4. noohoggin1

    noohoggin1 Instagram: @tomnguyenstudio

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    Tom
    Thanks Jim! I am in Ho Chi Minh City for the most part (my relatives are here), but will be taking a weekend trip to Nha Trang this week. I went to Vung Tau last year, it was great! I know what you mean about the weather; I left cold Minnesota to come here for vacation! :p

    And thanks, tdakany! :)
     
  5. rozza

    rozza Mu-43 Regular

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    Feb 2, 2013
    New Zealand
    Great pics - I like number 2 the best.
     
  6. noohoggin1

    noohoggin1 Instagram: @tomnguyenstudio

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    May 21, 2012
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    Tom

    Thank you, Rozza...here are a couple more..
     

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  7. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Tom,
    Your doing really well on this. It's easy to see a few angles of the culture and financial situation. Like Jim I haven't been there since 1970 but I'll be there next summer for a few weeks.
    Thanks for the look and flashbacks.....your doing a fine job.
     
  8. Crdome

    Crdome Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Sep 11, 2011
    West Central Indiana
    Chrome
    Tom -Wonderful array subject matter. Look forward to more. -Chrome
     
  9. sokar

    sokar Mu-43 Veteran

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    Nov 30, 2011
    May I suggest a one or 2 night stay at the Vin Pearl Resort, Nha Trang. It is definitely worth seeing once. Another spectacle is a boat trip from Saigon to Can Tho via the Mekong River. I have never seen so much large shipping in one waterway. Can Tho is an up and coming tourist destination that has not yet lost its original appeal. It also has a genuine floating market tour where one can float amongst the large market boats selling produce etc.

    I love Saigon. It is still like the wild west. Great fun, awesome food and happy people. Make sure you eat some snails and frogs legs outside the Ben Thanh market. A trip to Saigon would not be the same without snails, frogs legs, super strong vietnamese coffee in the morning (with condensed milk of course) and those pâté bread rolls from the street carts.

    Your photos bring back great memories.
     
  10. noohoggin1

    noohoggin1 Instagram: @tomnguyenstudio

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    May 21, 2012
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    Tom
    Streetshooter--I appreciate your comment! Although I wasn't yet born the last time you and Jim were there, I am sure the change is drastic next time you are there next summer. In some ways I speculate and am sure that things have remained the same, namely the attitude/work ethic of the people there. Being a "Viet Kieu" (overseas Vietnamese) born in the US, my own culture still fascinates me and I still learn something new everyday. I hope to make it to Vietnam once/year if possible.

    Chrome-- thank you so much ;)

    sokar-- nice suggestions! In fact, my mother and I will be going to Nha Trang for 3 days this weekend for the first time! I will promise to try to take some great photos there to share here. Snails and coffee--check! Have not tried the frog legs yet though..! Take care...

    Here is another from yesterday, out and about....
     

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  11. noohoggin1

    noohoggin1 Instagram: @tomnguyenstudio

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    Tom
    A couple more from yesterday...
     

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  12. Fmrvette

    Fmrvette This Space For Rent

    May 26, 2012
    Detroit, Michigan
    Jim
    Tom,

    Downstairs in my basement, enshrined in a cardboard box, I have a couple of albums of photos taken in Vietnam. Unfortunately the albums were of the 'self sticky' type and the photos have bonded to the pages and the colors have long since faded. In one of those albums is a photograph that is eerily similar to your shot of the gentleman looking through the window (except that in my shot the subject is female). I don't think, short of taking the albums into a photo recovery specialist, that I can possible post the photos - but I did a hard double-take when I saw yours :eek:.

    (I'm fortunate in that most of my photos were taken on Kodachrome 25 using an Olympus PenFT and, while some of the mounts have deteriorated, the slides themselves are as vibrant as they were in 1969/70. The color prints, however, have fared very poorly - and the negatives did not survive my Vietnam days).

    Thanks very much for posting these photos - it's amazing that some things have apparently changed so little in 43 years.

    Will you have time to visit Nui Ba Den? From what I have read, that area has changed tremendously and is now populated by beautiful temples.

    Best regards,

    Jim
     
  13. F/Stop

    F/Stop Mu-43 Veteran

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    Mar 9, 2013
    West Virginia
    Brian Y.
    very nice, always interesting to see other countries
     
  14. noohoggin1

    noohoggin1 Instagram: @tomnguyenstudio

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    May 21, 2012
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    Tom
    Thanks, Jim and F/Stop!

    Jim, how I wish I could see that photo, hearing your description of it gave me a wonderful feeling imagining your capture. Sorry to hear the negatives did not survive; I'm assuming the bonded photos aren't even salvageable by scanning them to preserve whatever is left?

    I'm very happy that you enjoy my photos. I will be updating this thread more in the next couple weeks for sure. I will not have time to visit Nui Ba Den unfortunately. Would absolutely love to, but whatever time I have left has been filled up with other plans. :( Someday, hopefully!

    Here's another from this morning as I was walking to the nearby gym for a workout...a man waiting for any customers for his makeshift tire-pumping sidewalk business:
     

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  15. BLX

    BLX Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 24, 2012
    Denmark
    Morten
    Thanks for sharing these fantastic images.
    I'm looking forward to seeing more
     
  16. noohoggin1

    noohoggin1 Instagram: @tomnguyenstudio

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    May 21, 2012
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    Tom
    Thank you and you're very welcome, BLX! :)
     
  17. poisson rouge

    poisson rouge Mu-43 Regular

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    Mar 13, 2013
    I love your photos. I hope you keep posting updates :)
    Maybe you could write what lens you ended up using the most, I'd be interested. You only said you brought a "wide variety" of lenses :p
    But those images are fantastic!!
     
  18. noohoggin1

    noohoggin1 Instagram: @tomnguyenstudio

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    May 21, 2012
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    Tom
    Thank you so much :) The lenses I ended up bringing were:
    - P14mm/2.5
    - P20mm/1.7
    - O45mm/1.8
    - 12-35mm/2.8
    - O60mm/2.8
    - O75mm/1.8
    - P100-300mm

    Most likely overkill, but for a big overseas trip I wanted to make sure I would have the most appropriate lenses for any given situation. Thankfully, Micro 4/3rds allows me to carry a bit more than when I had my old DSLR setup.

    Of course as fate would have it, I ended up using 3 of those lenses most of the time: the P14, P20, and O45. I did use others, but not nearly as much as the mentioned three.

    Here are a few more from my weekend in Nha Trang beach/resort over this weekend.... the street one is shot with the O75, and the beach photos were with the 12-35mm:
     

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  19. phatning

    phatning Mu-43 Rookie

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    May 27, 2012
    NYC
    Great pictures. Thanks for sharing.

    I was lucky enough to accompany my father-in-law and my wife for their first "home coming" visit since the war back in 2004. That was the most memorable trip I have ever taken. I absolutely loved every single moment of it. Nha Trang and Dalat were my two most favorite cities. Vietnam is just a beautiful country...

    Enjoy! Look forward to seeing more pictures to come.
     
  20. noohoggin1

    noohoggin1 Instagram: @tomnguyenstudio

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    May 21, 2012
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    Tom
    That is so great to hear. From everything I've heard, change is drastic in the metropolitan areas even within a few years, while poorer areas in the country remain virtually the same for decades. And I agree with you about it being a beautiful country; just point the camera practically anywhere, and you'll have a great photo!

    Here is another from yesterday while walking around downtown Ho Chi Minh City...
     

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