Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Boy with a Coconut

X Play, f2.0, 1/120, ISO 80, JPG

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Riding into the Sunset

TG-4, f4.9, 1/100, ISO 1600, RAW

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Rainy Day & Floods


Some clouds moved in in the early afternoon and some thunder was heard before it started pouring down.


I do like heavy rain and stormy weather as it's more exciting than the usual light rain and I like the sounds of the pouring rain on the roof.


Well, I figured I go out to look at the rain and maybe take some photos of people wearing raincoats on motorbikes.


Imagine my surprise when I saw waterfalls running down the staircase of my coffee shop and the road in front of it flooded.


In a way it reminded me of the very first time in Hue in 2011. It wasn't as bad this time round though but still a lot of rain and flooded streets.


After managing to stop the water and clean up the coffee shop the rain also stopped and the water started to retreat.


What impressed me the first time about Hue and people in Vietnam and still holds true is how quickly everything goes back to normal. What would be a big deal in Europe, is here literally just brushed off (or 'broomed' off? ;) ) and people go about their usual business as if nothing happened.

A completely flooded street (or streets) causes no big problem here and things keep on moving but a little bit of rain (or sun, or snow, or wind, or some leaves, or smoke, or ...) manage to bring the whole rail network in London to a halt.

The positive aspect of the flooding is that now most of the dust has been taken care of.


Sunday, 22 May 2016

To Da Nang Again


It might not be the most exciting thing to do anymore but a trip from Hue to Da Nang on the motorbike is still very nice no matter how often I've done it before.


The weather was very good for a road trip since it was a bit cloudy and not too hot, this also made the views nicer.



Every time I take a ride on my motorbike somewhere I feel like I should just keep on going and explore more even if there's not much time for that. It's great to have the freedom a bike provides here.


Sunday, 15 May 2016

Caligraphy

GRD, f2.4, 1/50, ISO 1600, JPG b&w

After a long absence, I dusted off my GRD I again and took it with me for an outing in the evening. It's still a great camera although the GR is a lot more advanced. Still, there is something familiar about the GRD I and I like it's simplicity.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

To Danang and Back (Again)


Since I had the day off and a friend wanted to drive to Hoi An, I figured I will join for a drive to Da Nang and then head back.




It was a bit cloudy and cooler so this made the trip quite enjoyable since it wasn't too hot and stuffy.




We took the loang road along the beach before getting to Lang Co where we took some photos. This is why you'll see so many boats around.




On the way to lang Co, we passed through one of the new tunnels they built but for the 2nd we went over the mountain using the old road which is completely empty now and provides great views.




Lang Co is always good for photography so we spent a bit of time there taking pictures of the boats and landscape.




Getting over the Hai Van pass is always great because the road is very nice to drive and the views are stunning. There was a bit too much traffic on it so it made it slightly less enjoyable, the road works didn't help either.




Da Nang is always a great visit and it's a city I really like and can imagine living in, it's modern but still retains the Vietnamese character.

After having a coffee in Da Nang it was just heading back to Hue so again over the pass and then through the tunnels to save time.