Another view of the portraits from Hanoi. This is one is and old guy. Shooting portraits is not difficult:
Point your big guns
Pray that the person look at you
I was using D200 during my trip to Hanoi, thus it was at a crop factor of 1.5 which means that the longest range (200mm) is equivalent to 300mm on full frame. Which means that I am even further from the subject! Amazing.
Looking at my old photos, apart from putting a new round of flags on my old photos, but I also started to process the photo in a different way. If you ask me how I process photo, well – its different now and then. In fact, how I process really dependent on how I feel about the photo at that point of time. The same photo may look differently.
So here is a screenshot of the before and after
Below is another processing technique. In fact, this was taken from my old flickr side. I think it looks ok but it does not accentuate the character in the photo.
I am now just doing stack-pick-reject and later rate of the photos that I took during Crossing Bridges in Hanoi. Honestly, I am surprised at the number of photos that I discovered but never bother choosing back then. My goal is to share the photo on this platform to show how bad or good my shooting was back then. This was more than 10 years ago and I wonder how the people that I shoot look like now. This photo is taken in a village somewhere in Hanoi (if I am not mistaken). Back then, it was very hard to have GPS location on the photo, so I wouldn’t know where it is. I tried to hook up devices and all, but it’s just too troublesome. Stark different from how it is now.
Back when I first started photography, I tried almost anything and everything! Be it street, portraits, models, landscapes – everything also jalan. So when I went to Sapa for the first time, I really didn’t know what to expect. In fact, Crossing Bridges was the first holiday that I had ever done in my life. Before this, I never bother taking leave to go anywhere. This is very different from my life now where I try to go on vacation almost once every month!
Sapa is on the highland in the Lao Cai province. In order to get to Sapa, one will need to take a train from Hanoi to Lao Cai. From Lao Cai, can take a van ride up the highlands. As one traverse along the road, we will see how beautiful the landscapes are. The sad part was that the weather was very cloudy. So the colours didn’t really popped out!