Love, love, love

Love can be quite a challenge and even as Valentine’s Day is a long time gone and a long time to go I thought it a good theme, may be influenced by the cities I visited - especially here in Paris. I know some don’t celebrate Valentines day, or find such holidays rather cheesy, but I as stated in the beginning it is far away and I was  intrigued by different perspectives and takes on love. There will be certainly many different interpretations of this theme, from the traditional to the abstract.

For many of you, love might not be the romantic nature, but rather the connection between parent and child, or the bond between animals, or the smiles of strangers. So take the challenge and take your interpretation of love. 

 

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Number of the day

Another week, another challenge. Look for the number of the day. At least at the beginning of next month. Just take images which are grouped in numbers according to your shooting day. Easy for the first, second and third day of the month. Afterwards is getting quite difficult. 

 

 

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One cup of coffee ...

Eight windows if you crop it

Eight windows if you crop it

And on and on for thirty one just use some pencils, matchboxes or alike. 

Have fun! 

Photographic assignment three

There is a lot which can be achieved with post processing software, but why not trying to do something in a real world situation and still manipulating the image? There are some simple techniques especially with reflections. I didn't come up originally with the idea but read it in one of the many online magazines. Using windows, puddles and other shining objects as well as a piece of plexiglass can give you some great unexpected images. Just have a try and fun! 

 

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Through the glass

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Through a film negative

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through dirty plexiglass 

Photography assignment - one

Lately our monthly or bi-monthly meeting with the Hanoi Photo Club had been not as regularly as wished. Partly of different work schedule, holidays, extended travelling etc.

As I got some emails from members if we could have at least an assignment in between which everyone interested could take part in I decided to put up some weekly assignments on my blog site. Whoever likes to try it your welcome. If there are questions or if you are in need of some helping advice please take the chance to use the comment section to ask or show your work ( link to your website/Flickr/500px or other account. 

Here the first assignment for the first week in August:

 

Photographing people - Candid Portraits

When making and taking candid portraits people should not have any idea their image are taken. In this case you shoul get the best natural portrait. There are certainly a lot of different approaches to do this. Following I'll list some examples:

- use a long telephoto lens

- hold the camera at the hip

 - use a wide angle lens

- pretend to shoot a friend in front of you

- use a camera with a tilt screen

There are certainly much more ingenious ways you will come up with. Have fun, take your lens cap of and got photo hunting.  

Some examples.  

 

 

Buying bread for breakfast

Buying bread for breakfast

painter along the Hoan Kiem lake

painter along the Hoan Kiem lake

skater at the Tho Ly park

skater at the Tho Ly park

photographers taking images of birds

photographers taking images of birds

Vintage cameras

After yesterday's partly quite wet photo walk the weather today behaved decently. Nevertheless I got wet again but this time due to humidity. I strolled again through the old quarter just looking for some new impressions as I suddenly notice this small signboard. 

here along to the second floor

here along to the second floor

Vintage cameras I got intrigued. Walking up the different floors it got darker and darker. 

parking solution interior

parking solution interior

Some park their motorbike just in the floors. Others do the burning for the ancestor as well in the common stairwell. 

burning place on the fourth landing

burning place on the fourth landing

On top I still didn't detect the store announced but met a friendly family who didn't speak my language but did invite me to come in and have a look and some drink in their home. With a lot of sign language, misunderstanding and a lot of laughing they explained that the shop can be found on the second floor. 

some nice old medium format models 

some nice old medium format models 

The store captured nearly wholly 

The store captured nearly wholly 

Different models and lenses in various condition

Different models and lenses in various condition

There are quite some old models here to be found as well a lot of additional gear from straps to filters to film 35 and 120 mm.  They do developing as well but I don't no about the quality. Have to test them some day. 

Where to find? Here the details:

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If you like to go back to analog or start with this kind of exciting part of photography that's certainly one of the places to go. The owner speaks as well some English. 

Hanoi or Paris - confused?

I got a tip from one of our Hanoi Photo Club members who had been searching for a new flat in Hanoi. He was in the south west from Hanoi Center and there is a kind of Korean community who build up a quarter who looks alike some areas of Paris. Little stores, little coffee shops and as well some nice restaurants with Korean barbecue. In the right light and mood you can imagine you are in some part of Paris - just have to forget the humid weather. Here some impressions.


Break two

It was just very hot lately but otherwise very clear and so I could go once again high on the roof of Lotte Tower. I was just one hour there and felt like staying in a steam bath. I can't imagine to work here day out day in. It's quite admiring what the workers are doing here. At least they have some breaks and erected a kind of sun shade. Just some time before sun set I could get the image above. Another break from work. For them and for me doing something else than usual. 

Another break

Another break

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Work day ending. 

Hard times but life must go on

Living in her youth quite comfortable in a decent household with her father and mother everything changed due to the war. Founding a own family brought some happiness in her life for some time, but due to circumstances like an early death of an husband and as well of children everything what was left was a hard life. Even today with all the benefits of living in a better equipped economic country the daily challenges can be hard. She can tell a lot. And as you see in her face there is still the will to go on. 

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Hoi An in pastel colors

Old habits come back quite easily it seems. Depending on the used paper even wet in wet painting turns out not too bad. The scenes here around Hoi An are specially well suited for pastel colors and some crude detail work on lampoons, scenes at the riverside as well as sketches of the old commercial houses. In effect it looks better as on a photo. Sitting here in different coffee bars in shadow, looking at the scene in front and trying to get some sense in color on my canvas is pure fun. 

 

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Along the riverside 

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Lampoons everywhere. It's one of Hoi An's trademarks. 

 

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In the evening there are hundreds of shops with lighted lampoons all over the place. 

 

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My impression of the Japanese bridge. 

 

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The market is especially full on Sundays and I'm in need of some new red color. So I just go on in green. 

 

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Earned myself a Tiger at last. Not a jumping one but a cool liquid .....

Beach time

Just arrived at the beach near Danang for some days to chill at the sea, the pools and the beaches of Hoi An. In order to load my creative batteries I brought as well my water colour set which I recently rediscovered. It needs some time to brush up all the different kinds of painting styles, especially painting wet in wet but it's fun as well. Sometimes the paper basket fills up very fast with all the paintings which didn't work out. Some are getting ok after some dedicated work. Here a kind of classic for Vietnam. Conical hat, woman, pastel colours and the usual double basket carrying with a pole. 

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Hanoi takes some time off

Living here in Vietnam for some time I always thought that Vietnamese New Year,  called TET, was the only time when the town had its time off. I perfectly misjudged that. Walking today with a friend to some usual very strongly frequented places we saw only a few people. Most of them tourists. Even the ever crowded red bridge at Hoan Kiem Lake was nearly empty. All the large places usually full of skaters, strollers and wedding photographers had an abandoned feeling. Quite an eerie feeling. But all the parks, especially around the Chinese Embassy where especially green .... So it was

 

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