Monday, 11 September 2017
Spend a few days relaxing in this peaceful island. Get here before the mass know about it and it won't be so peaceful. It's an effort to get though but many tour operators can get you to Cat Ba Island from Hanoi Old Quarter.
Saturday, 9 September 2017
Cat Ba Island is this heaven on Earth? So far in my travel there are many places that are truly breath taking and Cat Ba Island is one of those places. I woke up for the sunrise but happens that the moon was full so I didn't miss this kind of opportunity. Enjoy!
Tuesday, 5 September 2017
First time I've visited Hanoi even though I have been to Vietnam two times in my life and basically lived in the South for 10 years. I still very young when my family immigrated to Australia so the North of Vietnam was still a strange place for me.
The last time I visit Vietnam for pleasure was five years ago. A lot has changed and certainly my photography skills has improved over the years. I was a phone photographer the last time visited Vietnam. A German backpacker inspired me to travel. First I travelled around Australia my adopted country and now exploring the North of Vietnam the country I was born.
I didn't know about the Vietnam Independence Day on the 2nd of September from French Colonial ruled. I certainly not aware of Vietnam history that for sure. I knew the battle of Diem Bien Phu that changed the history of modern day Vietnam and ofcourse the Vietnam War. I'm not good with the details.
Anyway got off the plane from Ho Chi Minh City and I went straight to the Old Quarter of Hanoi as I knew I could find affortable accomodations and all the major attractions are all in easy walking. The Hoan Kiem Lake was one of those attractions. Still haven't got my bearings yet, so I went in grabbed a simcard so Google Map can show me around town. End up heading to the lake and I found the Vietnam Independence Day Parade. Certainly Hanoi gave me a great welcome reception.
Thursday, 24 August 2017
This was a time lapse piece I did while during the Sydney Cherry Blossom Festival. There were too many people there and I though to myself "I could not photograph the Cherry blossom but the people watching the blossom could be very interesting." So I pull out my tripod and simply enjoy the atmosphere of the whole festival.
I did get the photographs of the cherry blossom but before the festival. Local knowledge play a big part. Tips just photograph the cherry festival at Auburn Botanical Gardens before the festival begins. Usually the blossom is at their best anyway. The organiser usually stuff up the timing of the festival anyway. So better enjoy it before the mass start to roll in the garden.
Wednesday, 23 August 2017
I haven't done any animated GIF file for awhile. I'm a bit rusty on it. Some skills you need to practice everyday otherwise you'll lose it. I could do more time lapse piece on a GIF file so it plays forever for you guys. Something fun to play with and by the way you could do it in Photoshop. It's easy if you watch the right tutorials on Youtube.
Sunday, 20 August 2017
Just in case anyone has missed out on this year Cherry Festival. Here a short but sweet time lapse video of the event. The closed-up shot was captured a few days before the festival.
Monday, 14 August 2017
I still remember driving past on this bridge nearly everyday for uni. I wasn't into photography then so not even a though of stop by and have a look. There are many changes since those days that I drove with many apartments along the bank of of the river which makes for good photography with the reflections of the light onto the water. Better enjoy things as they are and live for the moment.
Sure the Harbour Bridge was the main attractions in Sydney but other bridges connecting the people and culture. I still remember the days when I passed this bridge in the morning, crossed the Harbour Bridge in the afternoon and returned home from ANZAC bridge.
I have taken many photos of the Harbour Bridge but not the ANZAC bridge which could be my next subject if i happened to be in the area. So the trilogy of bridges and my university days stay in my memory forever.