Old 07-28-2014   #81
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A great thread, Nguyen.

I visited your country in September 2009, staying in Hanoi and visiting Ha Long before moving on to Cambodia, and loved it. Your shots bring back many happy memories as my wife and I spent a few days wandering around the city and getting lost! I would post some black and white additions to thread but they're not on a film M and not even on a rangefinder, so don't want to hijack! Walking the streets of Hanoi started me getting into the idea of street photography
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Very interesting photo Michael. In deed it says a lot of things about Hanoi, such as:- motobike is the main private transport- in 2008, wearing the helmet while driving motobike was not compulsory. It is now.- young folks tend to violate the traffic law quite often. In the picture you showed, 3 pax on a bike is illegal (maximum of 2)If you have chance to visit Hanoi now, you would be surprise how developed it is now. Please do share more photos you have.
Before Hanoi I had been to KL and it was amazing how different they were. KL was full of big shopping malls and western consumer culture had been enthusiastically embraced. By comparison Hanoi was quiet and old fashioned. I saw a lot of the city in two weeks and never saw a shopping mall. I did however see the start of some consumer culture and it seemed the population was keen for that, so I wouldn't be surprised to hear there was a lot of retail development. I didn't even see many supermarkets - most of the daily essentials sere being sold on the street by people with stalls in doorways.
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I've bumped to an interesting article about development in Hanoi by an English guy. Please check it here

http://www.theguardian.com/cities/20...g-construction
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thank you very much Nguyen for your fascinating photos, for showing Hanoi to us as it is. Yes there are new developments, but still..
thank you also all other contributers to this beautiful thread!

Hanoi is a photographer's paradise. It's a very beautiful city, fascinating street live, gigantic trees lining avenues with colonial buildings, Chinese quarters, a good number of lakes with people enjoying their evening at their shores, and and and.. Highly recommended, so to say ( oops, I had added a photo, but it had not been taken by a Leica M, now deleted )

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I have been to Vietnam dozens of times on business trips as my company has an office there. I have never heard anyone there including friends, relatives (by way of my brother's in laws), co workers, employees, contractors, strangers, while drunk or sober ever mentioned even for a brief moment the "American war" or any sort of regret or hatred toward Americans. Is this an American thing keeping bringing back past conflicts over and over again? Earlier in this thread there was a photo of a child holding a plastic gun, something that could have been from any child in any country but the fact that it was Vietnam reminded the poster about the war. Truly bizarre.
you must be very right. I am European but still, when I arrived in Vietnam for first time a few years back the 'American war', as it is called here, was on top of my mind. Not so for Vietnamese I fast found out, then I realized: this war ended middle of the 70s, then abt. 35 years, now almost 40 back. Who would, in the 1980s, 35 or 40 years after the second world war had ended, in the US, Europe or any place, constantly think about it?
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I've stayed in Hanoi for a weekend. Loved that place, good food and a glass of roadside beer cost 50 US cents

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Folks, Thanks very much for your inputs to enrich this thread.
As promised, I will now try to capture the developing(ed) sides of Hanoi, here's the newest one: the upper middle class

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Excellent thread which I too have just come across. Please keep posting - great images of a fascinating city.
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#52 I have a chance to try the 35/2.8 Summaron, amazing lens!

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Thank you all for your posts! I will be visiting Hanoi in the first week of October - really looking forward to exploring the streets and meeting the people of this beautiful city!
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Thank you all for your posts! I will be visiting Hanoi in the first week of October - really looking forward to exploring the streets and meeting the people of this beautiful city!
Welcome to the city! Do not hesitate to contact me in case you need some advice or even a couple of beers! Cheers!
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#53 site clearance for road widening
The land compensation has been an issue for development in Vietnam. A lot of conflicts have been happening between the Government and Citizens.

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Old 08-24-2014   #92
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#54: trader in Dong Xuan market which is the largest cover market in Hanoi.

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Hi.
Thank you for sharing your pictures of Hanoi. Keep them coming!
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Thank you sir, here's another one from same batch with #54

#55: Old man with his cat in front of his sundries kiosk

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Thank you,
A panorama stitched from 2 shots using Leica M2 / 35F2 Summicron
New developments inserted in the old areas. Fullsize please check on flickr stream.

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I am also heading to Hanoi again for a week in October. Maybe I'll get in touch for a beer.
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I am also heading to Hanoi again for a week in October. Maybe I'll get in touch for a beer.
Feel free to drop me a text when you are in Hanoi!
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57. This one was taken in HCM city, the economical center of Vietnam. Though, it would depict similar situations of traffic in both biggest cities in Vietnam.

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Excellent thread, beautiful images of a wonderful culture.
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58. Again, another photo not taken in Hanoi

This was taken in an old apartment in Vinh, built circa 70-80 era of 20 Century.
During the Vietnam civil war, Vinh was heavily destroyed by American air-force. After 1974, the city has been rebuilt following in Soviet Union and DDR models.

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59. Bitexco Financial Tower 68 Landmark, HCMC
More information here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitexco_Financial_Tower
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After school hour series

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64. Another one from recent HCMC trip. In Vietnam, people still prefer traditional market than super market. Government has tried to transform traditional markets into a shopping malls and many of them are failed projects. Not to against the convenience of supermarket but I think one of the interesting things of going out to by stuffs on streets is the communications between human beings.

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Old 10-06-2014   #106
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I still plan to be in Hanoi in November for 3 weeks. I'll be in touch.
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@tuanvinh2000: keep photos coming. In the photo of old woman, I wonder if could have shifted a little bit to the right.

@folks: May I introduce another thread about Saigon, excellent photos from a young Saigonese:
http://www.rangefinderforum.com/foru...d.php?t=122280
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#58 composition, beautiful black and white! I always look forward to your posts!
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yes a few more seconds to compose better is what i should have done. will do in my next year trip back home. will try to go home more often these coming years. there is so much more sunlight in hanoi compared to uk haha looking forward to see more from you.

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Well, recently I've been busy with other things to update this thread. Anyhow, I just developed couple a rolls last night and want to share some new photos with you guys.
As you can see in below photos, Learning English has become a strong desire for young generation. Upper class people tends to send their children abroad to study and most popular destination are Singapore, Australia, England and of course US.

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68.
In Vietnam, it is quite a normal practice that grandparents would hep their son/daughter to look after their grandson/daughter if they can mange time. I guess there should be something totally different in the Western culture regarding this thing.

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Not taken with a Leica camera, but with a Leica lens (25mm DG Summilux on a G3):




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A couple of photos, taken last June
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Hi RFFers,

These are photos from last rolls I took in 2014.
I hope you enjoy the thread so far.
Happy new year & Happy shooting!

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Looking forward to my trip to hanoi now Thanks for sharing!
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Nice photographs, wish you had more to see, particularly the first colour ones. What is nicest about your photos, is that they are not very high contrast. I think high contrast lenses don't help to capture the feeling of the "atmosphere" and air of lands in the tropics. Higher contrast lenses and films are too clinical.
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