More faces of Indochina 2011

Things have been so crazy – always is this time of year – since returning from Indochina (Laos, Vietnam & Cambodia) that we haven’t posted much from the trip.  We always enjoy this trip.  We have spent so much time in Asia in our lives it is like a second home to us.

Just a quick post and images to show the many faces and people of the region.  M&M strives to give our guests BOTH an awesome photography experience AND cultural experience.  There is no better way to connect culturally than with the people of where you visit.  Watch what they do, what they eat, how they work, how they interact – watch and photograph everything they allow you to.

It is hard to find a more hardworking and humble people on earth than in this region of the world.  Life is not easy for them but they do not let it keep them down or bring any negative aspects to their interactions with guests in their respective country.  They lead a simple life and are simply kind.

Nothing epitomizes simplicity more than monks.  I captured these two walking in a light rain just after sunrise in Luang Prabang.  Love the contrast in the image – the old, weather-worn and stained wall against the vibrant orange of the robes and the gold vs. black umbrella.  Also like the motion of the image.Canon 5DMKII, Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 @200mm, f/4.5, ISO 1000, 1/640, Lexar Digital Film, Tiffen Circular Polarizer, Clik Elite Pro Express Backpack

The mother and son team below were out early heading to the market when we visited the Floating Villages outside of Siem Reap.  The image grabbed me because of the colors, shadows and the absolute need for the boy to get his work done.  Have been testing the Sigma 7-200 f/2.8 and think it did a great job on the trip and with a shallow depth of field in this image.  Scenes like this play out all over Indochina.Canon 5DMKII, Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 @200mm, f/2.8, ISO 250, 1/2500, Lexar Digital Film, Tiffen Circular Polarizer, Clik Elite Pro Express Backpack

Images like this are all over the Floating Villages in Cambodia – just waiting to be captured by you.  The simplicity of life is the essence of how these people live.Canon 5DMKII, Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 @200mm, f/5, ISO 800, 1/400, Lexar Digital Film, Tiffen Circular Polarizer, Clik Elite Pro Express Backpack

Contrast that with life in Vietnam – much more fast paced whether you are in Hanoi or Saigon.  This young woman was sleeping on the job at Hanoi’s Central Market – it was hot, the store stalls are small and it is crowded. Canon 5DMKII, Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 @200mm, f/4, ISO 1000, 1/100, Lexar Digital Film, Clik Elite Pro Express Backpack

What do they eat for breakfast on the street in the Old Quarter in Hanoi?  Pho’ – yes, even for breakfast and it is awesome yummy eats. Our guide took us to one of the most famous places so we could try ourselves.  Can this young woman be wrong?Canon 5DMKII, Canon 24-105L @105mm, f/4, ISO 1000, 1/125, Lexar Digital Film, Tiffen Circular Polarizer, Clik Elite Pro Express Backpack

How does one get his/her haircut in Hanoi? Many visit “stalls/booths” like this one below.  Yep, face the little mirror and let the barber work his magic.  You can see Mike G’s blue shirt and part of his cheek in the reflection of the mirror.  Who has time to go to the salon?Canon 5DMKII, Canon 24-105L @32mm, f/6.3, ISO 400, 1/200, Lexar Digital Film, Tiffen Circular Polarizer, Clik Elite Pro Express Backpack

But, get back into the countryside of Vietnam – like north near Sapa and Lao Cai – and you’ll run across small villages with basket makers like the man below who brings out the life in your images with his eyes and beard.Canon 5DMKII, Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 @200mm, f/4, ISO 500, 1/125, Lexar Digital Film, Tiffen Circular Polarizer, Clik Elite Pro Express Backpack

Just as a bit of foreshadowing for the next post about the trip we’ll leave you with the following image from Banteay Srei Temple which lies outside of Siem Reap, Cambodia and is considered by many one of the best temples of all Angkor temples.  The temple is dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva, is built of red sandstone, and has some of the most elaborate decorative carvings of all Angkor carvings which have endured 1100 years of wear and tear.  I spent a lot of time this trip working the carvings, reliefs and stone work of Cambodia.

Canon 5DMKII, Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 @180mm, f/4, ISO 320, 1/160, Lexar Digital Film, Tiffen Circular Polarizer, Clik Elite Pro Express Backpack

We hope you enjoy this post.  The people make the photographs and make our job easy.  Do not miss your chance to visit Indochina – https://mmphototours.wordpress.com/cambodia-laos-vietnam-with-ron-wyatt/

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

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4 Responses to “More faces of Indochina 2011”

  1. I like the barber picture. Your pictures really show people at ease. Nice job 🙂

  2. Victor Tribunsky Says:

    The master’s hand 🙂
    Your photos are great

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