*** All images taken with Fuji X-Pro 1 and 35mm f1.4 lens ***
Vietnam...country #66 on my travel list. With a target of 100 countries to visit in this lifetime I need to get a wriggle on! Vietnam has been on my list for a while, but has been pushed aside for countries further away from Australia. Being practically neighbours it's easy to say I'll go there once I move back home, but when faced with a long hot summer in the Gulf, plus a natural slow-down of work (and no idea of when I'll actually move back home), it seemed like the perfect time to come. I have almost 6 weeks to meander from south to north, without any fixed itinerary. It's been 10 years since I last travelled like this....solo and without a plan...and I'm looking forward to exploring this country and uncovering its flavours. I'll be visiting its cities and its villages; climbing its mountains (think gently strolling rather than scaling behemoths!); diving in its ocean; lazing on its beaches; learning to cook its food (and sampling plenty of it along the way!); and getting to know its people.
I'm also road-testing my new Fuji X-Pro1. In my working life I use a combination of both Canon and Nikon full frame cameras (and really must decide on one or the other one day...) with a wide range of lenses. This gear is heavy and bulky, and in the past I've dragged it along on holidays with the idea of taking amazing travel images, but in reality it stays in the hotel room after the first day! So this time I'm down-sizing drastically. I haven't had a lot of time to play with this camera yet, so it's going to be a learning curve...bear with me :) I only have a 35mm lens, which is closer to 50mm on the cropped sensor, and with an ISO of up to 25,600 I won't be using flash either. I'm going to have to practice getting up close and personal to work on my street photography skills. The feature I'm already in love with is the inbuilt film settings such as Velvia (used above). This only works in JPG format, but this format also provides a bit more freedom. It feels a bit like shooting film and dropping it off to the lab for processing...without the wait! While I'm sure I'll be shooting RAW sometimes, I'm going to have some JPG fun and post images as they were shot.
The image above was taken from the window of my taxi on the way into Ho Chi Minh City from the airport this morning. It's a little too slow in my opinion. 1/60th would have been better to get more detail (it was taken at 1/15th), and being alongside them would have also improved the image. I'll have many more opportunities to nail this shot...
I can't even get past the first line just yet...66 countries?! That boggles my mind. I'm jealous! Looking forward to gleaning some great insights into one of my top to-visit countries from an extremely seasoned traveller. Keep 'em coming!
Great blog Lydia, I look forward to reading more about your adventures! Have a great trip.
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