Week 15/52 “Saigon” – Selections

Sorry for the sudden absence to those who follow the blog but I have been away on holiday to Saigon and KL over the past 11 days with three my friend’s . I did not have time to post or edit the images from my trip whilst away so the blog got left behind…

I found Saigon exciting and photographically, a gold mine. It took me about a day or two to get used to the amount of data and information Saigon has compared to Perth. But once I got acclimated, I started to shoot 😀

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Bui Vien

Word of warning about Saigon… There are lots of bikes… and I mean a hell of a lot! They weave in and out of traffic with ease, magically avoiding cars and each other.

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I highly recommend getting on the back of one of the Grab or Uber bikes to get around. It cost less than a dollar to get around the City and it is way fun to do.

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There is an internal rhythm of the City by the way traffic works in Saigon, it is quite a sight to see.

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I could also feel an entrepreneurial spirit from the Vietnamese people. Lots of corner street food stalls, make shift start up joints and people selling small goods on the streets.

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Fruit cart seller on the street

One of the things that really blew my mind was that I found no begger on the street. Everyone sold something or provided a service rather than ask for a handout. I could feel a sense of pride and work ethic embedded in the culture.

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Shoe shiner in Bui Vien

Being born and raised in the Philippines I couldn’t help but compare the two asian cultures. The Philippines doesn’t have the unity or drive to better one self which I have observed from the Vietnamese. The place is full of corruption, syndicates and crime. (although the Duterte seems to have slained most of the drug dealers) It is filthy and chaotic. I do plan to visit sometime in the end of the year to see family. Doubt the place has improved but photographically it is an interesting place to shoot.

Anyways, back to Vietnam. We mostly stayed in Saigon except for a bus trip to the Cu chi Tunnels where we learnt the brutal history of the Vietnam war. The Vietcong were an innovative bunch, brilliant engineers and creative/scary trap makers. Great to see the innovative mindset has been transferred into the creation of new types of Vietnamese food these days 🙂

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An example of the tunnels made by the Vietcong. This one has been modified to suit the “western” body.

If you haven’t visited Saigon, get yourself there! We were able to get return tickets for about $210 aud flying with air asia. Absolutely ridiculous. Already looking forward to doing it again next year but with less partying and more photographing.

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Finally my justification or little blurb about the featured image. I chose the image as felt  it evoked a dark undertone, which I see as a reference to the Vietnam War. Although the City I have visited is now bustling and full of life, historically there has been alot of death, destruction and displacement of the Saigonese when the American’s lost the war. Lots of people from Saigon who supported the allies fleed and ended up in America, Australia and other countries, most not being able to track or see the families they have left behind. Just a sad reminder no one really wins a war.

Week 14/52 “Cone” – Selection

Selection for Week 14’s theme Cone above. Concentrated alot on construction places with traffic cones once again.

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A family of Cones

But I did get a shot of a man with an ice cream cone (albeit not the concept I had in mind).

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Ice Cream Cone

Also explored people  in traffic cone like positions. It makes more sense seeing it side by side with actual cones.

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People as cones

 

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Offering

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Week 08 – Update

I have been enjoying shooting over the last couple of days in shutter priority  mode (typically 1/50s) at 100 ISO. You forget how movement adds another level of interest on an otherwise average image.

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BOS

 

 

In saying that I also don’t want to just rely on this sort of trickery to make an interesting image without any sort of meaning/story.

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Left behind 

Last day tomorrow.  I better hurry.

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Week 07/52 “Weakness” – Selection

Pick for this week. As usual the close ones below. I could have interchange my number one pick with the guy with the binoculars. Shot abit of people on crutches and cast. Chose the shot above as I generally liked the composition, colour, lines and the way the man seems like he is about to fall.

On a sad unrelated note. My Ricoh GR broke 😦 Hopefully it is an easy inexpensive fix. The A6000 will have to do for this week.

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Man hunting the CAT bus
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Tired boy
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Ramp Access
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Dependencies

 

Week 04 – “Australia Day”

I thought I’d mix it up this week. Instead of randomly generating a theme, I decided to pick Australia Day as it is tomorrow. Now that is a public holiday for us and it has landed on a Thursday this year. Imagine having to come in to work on Friday after all the revelry. It is predicted there will be about 200,000 sickies (Australian term for calling in sick but really you just wanted a day off to recover from your hang over and do not want to use your  leave)

They also have events during the weekend. Hopefully some great photos come about. Oh and in case you are wondering, I did not take friday off and no I will not take a sickie…

 

For now.

Week 02/52 “Nail” – Selection

Did not have much time to shoot this week due to work. So the choices were few. But in the end, the photo selected happened towards the end of my photo hunt today!

 

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Pigeons are assholes – Perth

An alternative image for this week. A pigeon smashing and trying to pretty much break the neck of this other white pigeon to steal its bread. Brutal. Who knew they could be so aggressive.

 

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Pigeon Nail – Perth

Straight to the point here. A nail of a pigeon.

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Grip – Perth

From the initial post of the week. I was quite happy with this one as well. Minimal and obscure.

 

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Busted – Fremantle

Just as I was going in the station, a scene which I initially wrote down as a potential concept was right in front of me. Sometimes the universe just gives you things 🙂 I took three frames of the scene and opted to choose the one shot from the back  as shown on the featured image as it was cleaner and had a more minimalist story and aesthetic. I also like the gestures and expressions of the officers. The writing on the back of the guy’s black shirt is also a bonus.

But I could have really gone either way. Shooting different angles and compositions, adds a whole level of complexity and justifications when choosing. Initially I thought the composition from the side when looking at it through the ricoh’s lcd. However one’s you see it on the big screen, in lightroom, you see alot more detail.

Which frame do you guys prefer?