Shots Around Hanoi: Three

Like I said in the transition between 2015 and 2016 in Shanghai, the past is now another country. And 2017 is in that past.

….I was more eloquent in the past.

Hanoi continues to offer great things to photograph. I continue to be SHIT at street photography, which makes it difficult in a metropolis such as this. I continue to sacrifice my last two remaining brain cells on the pyre of SERIOUSLY-COULD-YOU-JUST-FUCKING-SPELL-CAT-PLEASE in class daily, draining me of life-essence and leaving me unable to be creative much of the time.


I started making a shawl.  It’s kinda chilly now. 12C, the standard summer temperature in Iceland last summer.

Here are the shots.

FYI, I did go stand on a live railroad track on Sunday afternoon. As you can see from the photos, that’s what all serious photographers in Hanoi (apparently) do. It must not be but so dangerous. I mean, the bridge is only 120 years old!

New Lens Time

Mama’s got a new lens.


After a long hiatus of buying anything to do with technology, I managed to find a new lens I like. It’s a Canon lens with a 1.8 aperture, meaning that it can be used in low-light situations or to create a beautiful lens blur like the one you can put on a photo with Instagram.

I played around with it all afternoon like a kid with a new toy.


It’s a lot of fun. What gear do you love for cameras?


Shots Around Hanoi: Old Quarter in December

Despite being one of my favourite neighbourhoods in Hanoi, the Old Quarter is a hard place to take photographs. It has infinite interesting things to see and constant, buzzing traffic of both daily Hanoian life and tourism bursting at the seams even in winter (People who thought Hanoi is tropical in the winter, do you even Internet?).

But I’m an introvert, and the main thing that the Old Quarter has is tons and tons of people. This is a difficult thing.

Lacking a telephoto lens, I set my camera to ‘Sports’ mode and shot from the hip. That way, I wouldn’t have to be awkward and take photos of people with the viewfinder. I held down the button and hoped.

This is what came out.

Pretty good, if you ask me!

This is part of a Shots Around Hanoi series. I also photographed Shanghai in 2015-2016 in a series called Shots Around Shanghai. You can see all my photography in the menu above, or right here

Shots Around Hanoi: First Steps

Those who’ve followed this blog a long time may remember the Shots Around Shanghai series I did while we lived in the Chinese megacity from 2015-2016. I am starting a new version here in Hanoi, especially since my camera is now fixed!

In November we still had days up to 32C, and the weather was up and down.

Here are some of the shots that I’ve taken recently.