Today in Hanoi in Pictures and Plans

I slept in this morning until after 10am and then decided to go the local coffee place called Mint Cafe. There are down the street and easy to get to and I like the people there. They like asking me my plans for the day and get me a second coffee almost unbidden. I sat awhile and considered where to go and what to do. I decided on a walk that would take me past all the embassies and official residences to a new route back to the old quarter.

The other thing was to to test and play with and learn some settings on the camera. Specifically I wanted to shoot in F/11 which seemed reasonable given the nature of the day, use the Classic Chrome film simulation mode, but change up some other settings based on what I wanted to take pictures of. I used the Shadows, Sharpness, and Color Q menu settings and just dialed up what I thought I wanted to see. Making changes to shadow highlights means that the picture gets more contrasty and shadows are more pronounced. Changing the color brings out the basic colors. Sharpness edges up the contrast and sharpens the image. All very interesting but I wanted to look at each photograph I wished to take and make a call on what I thought it should be. Should it be +1 or +2 for color? Time to play!

So the pictures are interesting and the walk and beer rewards were even better! Here’s a few of them. Notice the buildings and other stuff seems more richly textured. I focused on a specific thing in the photo I was taking.

The goal here was to enrich the color or sharpness or shadow highlights to bring out he parts of the image I wished to focus on. Since I am forever learning I will go back tomorrow and do the same in another direction in Hanoi.

Its all fun and I get the walking in that makes me feel good and the camera is there to record the places. Photography just happens to be the bestest thing for the walker in me.