Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Early this year, My wife and I traveled to Vietnam and Bangkok, Thailand.  This was my first time flying over to Asia.  I never had a desire to travel to Vietnam, until I got into street photography.  Street photography makes me want to travel and see the world.  Our first stop in Vietnam was Ho Chi Minh City.

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My first morning walking around Ho Chi Minh City, I knew that motorcycles will be the recurring theme in the photos I take on this trip.  It’s the most convenient form of transportation for these congested streets.

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The traffic in Ho Chi Minh City is crazy.  Never have I seen so many motorcycles.  It was scary crossing the street.  The traffic won’t stop for you.  If you decide to cross the street, you have to commit to it and not hesitate.

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Walking around Ho Chi Minh City, we saw so many random scenes.  Almost every corner we saw something we’ll never see back in the states.  After a while, we weren’t surprised by what we saw.

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With the amount of traffic in Ho Chi Minh City, I thought it would be awesome to get some panning shots.  This is probably my favorite technique I’ve learned in photography.

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Ho Chi Minh City was one of our favorite cities we’ve visited on this trip.  We had a good time enjoying the street food, exploring the city, and taking photos.  I’ll end it with one of my favorite photos I’ve taken on this trip.  Of course it’s a panning shot, but the eye contact with the passenger on the motorcycle just topped it off for me.

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The Men of Ho Chi Minh City

Last Month, my wife and I went on vacation.  We went to Vietnam and Thailand.  We visited Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok, Hanoi, Nha Trang, and Dalat.  I never really wanted to go to Vietnam until I saw my brother’s street photos from his trip to Vietnam last year.  Ever since I got into street photography, I want to travel more and explore new places.  I picked up a Ricoh GR for my street photography.  It’s small, compact and the images are awesome, especially the black and white.

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Our first stop was Ho Chi Minh City.  I was told, when shooting street photography I should to try to focus on one thing when walking the streets and only shoot that.  One of  the subjects I decided to focus on, were the motorcycle taxi drivers.  Almost everywhere I turned I saw them sitting on their motorcycle waiting for customers.

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It was awesome to see how many ways they can sit on their motorcycles.  Sometimes they’re  a bit shy.

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When they’re not shy, they’re just really comfortable, or just had a long day.

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Walking around with my little workhorse, The Ricoh GR, makes capturing pictures like these so easy and fun.  It’s so convenient and I love the quality of the photos that I get from this little camera.  It allowed me to capture these awesome moments as my wife and I explored the city.  Check out Ho Chi Minh City if you ever visit Vietnam.  Nha Trang and Ho Chi Minh City is a must!

 

Nha Trang, Vietnam

My parents are from Nha Trang, Vietnam. They left Nha Trang in 1981 to live in the United States.  I was born in 1983.  I heard the stories of what my family went through to get to the United States, so I’ve never had the desire to go to Vietnam.  

    
    
 It wasn’t until my wife convinced me to go to Vietnam that I wanted to go.  The destinations were Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok (Thailand), Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Nha Trang and Dalat.  Bangkok was what got me excited for this trip.  Nha Trang interested me because that’s where my family came from. 
   
    
    
  When we arrived in Nha Trang, we were shocked by how relaxed this city was. It doesn’t have the traffic that the other cities we visited and the people are very nice here.  We knew we will love it. As we toured the city, there were a lot of things that reminded me of all the food my mom used to make when I was young.  Nha Trang was our favorite city we’ve visited on our trip to Vietnam. 

  
   
I will continue to post and show the rest of our trip to Vietnam and Bangkok.