Faces and places of Nha Trang, Vietnam

Climbing out the window

Its been a while since I last managed to update this blog, so I have a long list of articles that I need to write.  I have been extremely busy recently playing with some awesome gear and having some interesting adventures.  Recently I was in Nha Trang, Vietnam with the Olympus OM-D EM-1, Panasonic GH4 and a few prime lenses including the amazing Panasonic Leica Nocticron 42.5mm lens.  While it was a very quick 2 day stop over, I still managed to grab a few photos on the street and catch up with a fellow photographer by the name of Mai Loc - check out some of his amazing work at http://www.mailocphotos.com. 

Shooting with the Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 lens is an amazing experience and while I often shoot much wider on the streets, this focal length is definitely great to have in your bag when travelling.  The photos taken with this lens, when shot wide open at f/1.2 just have a magic feel to them.   did interchange this lens between both the Panasonic GH4 body and the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and found it to work brilliantly on both bodies.  However - a few things to note depending on which body you decide to mount the lens on.  When mounted on the Panasonic GH4 body, you have full control of the aperture using the aperture ring on the front of the lens when shooting in aperture priority mode.  You should also switch on the lens stabilisation when shooting handheld with the Panasonic GH4.  When shooting with this lens on the Olympus OM-D E-M1 then you need to remember to switch off the lens stabilisation or the in body stabilisation.  I preferred to use the Olympus built in 5-axis stabilisation and found that I was able to take photos at night with a 1/13th of a second shutter speed hand held.  I wasn't able to achieve this with the Panasonic GH4 body and the lens stabilisation switched on.

"Lines, shadows and arrows" Panasonic GH4 with the Nocticron 42.5mm lens

"The real workers"

"Sunset over Nha Trang"

"ohhh - fishing nets"

"sitting still"

"sunset fishing"

"watching the world go by" Olympus OM-D EM-1 and Nocticron 42.5mm lens

"Fish and shadows"

"Bike reflections in the rain"

"This is a shocky"

"Climbing out of the window"

"Cock fighting"

"Objects appear closer in the rear view mirror"

"Fish grading"

"This is my fish!"

"Hiding from the sun"

"This feels more comfortable"

"Don't mess with the mackeral"

"Boats at rest"

"Green and blue should never be seen together"

"Under the crane"

"Cleanliness takes time"

"A door in a wall"

"Home delivery of a couch"

"Roadside snacks"

"To smile or not!"

"Not a hat!"

"Boats, hats and a smile"

Heading home after fishing all day"

"In the lanes of Nha Trang"

"Reflections on the street"

"1 small tub and 1 big fish"

"Circles and fish"

"More fish sorting"


"Return of the fishermen"

"Cleaning and sorting"

"Yellow is a colour!"

"Too hot for full safety gear"

"Skinny love smile"




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