Can Tho

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Monday, January 3, 2011

Can Tho

Markets in small Vietnamese towns are a wonderful place for photography. It is here where I most enjoy capturing images for what I term 'Street Portraiture'.

Walking amongst the stalls and photographing the wonderful characters that frequent the markets is a delight and here in Vietnam you are welcomed in most cases to photograph all. In fact by showing the person the image on the back of the camera and sharing a laugh with them, you often find you have many more subjects available to photograph.

Of course should any one hold up their hand in a gesture not to be photographed, you should acknowledge them and refrain from photographing that person.

Using only available light, and being very aware of backgrounds and the possible intrusion of distracting items or highlights, it is this challenge of street portraiture that I find fascinating.

It is also good practice for members of the photo tour to learn and experiment more with their camera’s capabilities, particularly in low light situations. So during the tour, we often visit markets in early morning or late afternoon.

Sa Dec was no different, walking from the hotel just as the warm glow of the day was appearing we visited the markets for a session of photography before breakfast.

Before moving onto our next town we wandered the river bank and walked into the many flower gardens. For this area supplies HCMC with most of the daily flowers of all varieties. Once again shutters clicked away as the vast array of subject matter appeared throughout the walk. After quite a while in the gardens, the group boarded our bus for our next stop – Can Tho.

Can Tho is the largest city in the Mekong Delta area and only an hour and half drive from Sa Dec.

Throughout the tour many a sight is seen as you travel along the road and our group is alert ready to capture any image of interest. It is also amazing what and how Vietnamese carry things on motor bikes. The image attached to this blog demonstrates how to ride a motor bike with what appear like large wire baskets.

 This would be the first time for us to have any laundry done, so everyone was hurriedly completing laundry as soon as we arrived to ensure it be ready before our departure the following morning.

The afternoon was free, so members of the group either rested in their room, shopped or went on a walking sight- seeing tour of the area.

With the increase in the number of tourists we encountered in Can Tho, it was easy to see that we had once again arrived back from the less visited towns Vietnam  on the more normally treaded tourist path.

We dined alongside the river in a beautiful setting and then completed the evening with a leisurely stroll back to our Ninh Kieu 2 hotel.
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