A Garden of Delights in Hanoi

Today I wandered for almost 6 miles by getting completely lost in Hanoi. Let me just say the streets are named and you can find your way around if you want. I did not want. I wanted to turn at streets, do photography, find different little things. Street photography in Hanoi is insane. Its like a garden of delights for the enterprising urban photographer. So today went forth on my lack of a mission and spent steps upon steps seeing the garden of delights that is Hanoi.

I started by coffee and a donut at Starbucks because I’m spoiled and I like their large brewed coffee. I watched these young fashionistas come in and gather and borrow a chair from me. I will say that these people are polite and fun. I like the people here. But on to the show!

Here’s a group of today frames from a great day out experiencing the wonder of Hanoi City streets, the old quarter, wider blocks with nice stores. This place is a bounty of different looks.

I fixed a minor issue with over-exposure on the camera after studying various approaches last night. The camera basically does not meter the type of light very well so in most cases you have to use exposure compensation and dial things down. I also found a method of testing with the camera. I put the camera in automatic and it gave me an aperture it thought was right. I would then change to that aperture but the show appeared over exposed. Then dial down the compensation by 2/3ds and the shot came right along. You have to test though in the different lighting so when things got wider open on city streets, I would repeat the check but still had to dial down the exposure compensation.

Its worthwhile here to test and find the correct settings by taking a frame or two and seeing what it gives you back.

By getting lost I became found and ended up back at the lake in a bench reading and then walked some more and got to the usual place for beers and people watching. Beer first though!