A portrait or two in Vietnam

Tra in Hanoi

This blog entry is a little different to the other entries that I make.  I though I would share with you my recent day of taking portrait photos in Vietnam.  I have a number of good friends in Vietnam and it just happened that we all had time off to catch up with one another on my recent visit there.  Deciding what we would do for the day is never too difficult in Hanoi as there is always so much to do - even if it is just to take it easy around the main lake or west lake.  We decided that we would spend the day taking some portrait photos and while I did not have my camera or lenses that I prefer to use for portrait photography, I was quite happy with the end results.  I think this is another case of just using the tools available to you and understanding how to use them.  In this case I had the Olympus Pen E-PL2 and a 45mm f/1.8mm lens with me.  My brief was to use only natural light.  We had no filters or reflectors and at times the day was either very bright or overcast - which was a blessing as the previous day had been a stifling 37 degrees celsius and very humid. Most images below were shot wide open at f/1.8 and up to f/5.6 depending on what details I wanted and the iso was generally set to 200 or 400 (again depending on the image I wanted).  They are just a random selection of the many photos I took that day.

The photos have been edited and processed using Apple Aperture - mainly for a little contrast/brightness.  No dodging or burning has been applied to any of these photos - I know this is a popular technique to use when processing portrait images, but it also takes a little time to do this and I wanted a quick process time.  I have also refrained from cropping any of the photos as well.  There are a couple that could do with some croppiing, but when shooting with micro four thirds I prefer to just shoot what I want rather than crop after the photo has been taken.  All Black and white photos were converted using Silver Effects Pro V2 - an awesome piece of software.  Most of these photos were also converted to black and white though I much prefer the colour images in most instances.

The Olympus 45mm f/1.8mm lens really is just an awesome lens and is value for the money you pay.  Though, having recently used the Olympus 75mm f/1.8 lens I think this will be my future portrait lens on the micro four thirds system when I can eventually afford it.  For now I will stick with the much cheaper 45mm f/1.8 lens.

The following two photos were taken with the Voigtlander 17.5mm f/0.95 lens


boys just have to be boys!



great photos

By larry (not verified)

Thanx Larry

By Shaun

cool i love this, good work! amazing cool i love those, great job!

By Accore17 (not verified)

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