Travel Photography: Laos – Architecture & 1 Random

This is my last post about Laos for the time being. At the end of our motorbike trip my wife and I ended up in Luang Prabang. What a beautiful little town. I couldn’t help but be drawn in by Luang Prabang’s architecture, symmetry or singularity.

I also have two photos that I took that are really quite simple. A tree standing alone on the side of the road and an umbrella alone on the side of the road. I have always loved the resemblance of  man made objects to their natural ones. These two photos are my attempt to convey that idea. I’m glad I did try to show this as it made me see how I could make it more visually readable and that I would like to pursue this idea more.  I will look out for more of them in my daily photography wanderings in Vietnam and abroad.

As always, thanks for looking.



Travel Photography: Laos – Markets

You just can’t go traveling without seeing at least one market. A lot of editorial photography assignments coming to Vietnam and SE Asia have to do with markets and what they sell in them.

In Vientiane , there really wasn’t much of a tourist market, but in Luang Prabang they had a huge night market. As my wife went shopping for gifts for friends and family back home I decided this was a good time to practice my two approaches to tourist sellers.

Tourist sellers or people at a market that get lots of tourists are usually the places assignments will send you. Problem is that most of these vendors are very jaded in having their photo taken. You usually have two ways you can approach market photography, 1) talk to them and make them like you enough to let you do your work. 2) The sneak attack. Wait in a place and take your time waiting for the right moment to lift up your camera to take the 1 or 2 photos before the vendor yells at you.

I prefer number 1 and use it most of the time, but number 2 is sometimes necessary.

Most of the photos below were done using the first approach, but the old woman at in the market looking off into the distance was done using approach number 2.

Either way, after i take a photo I usually show the people and tell them thank you in their local language and shake their hand. If I’m their long enough to print the photos then I usually bring them their photo within a week. Least I can do and it also shows the vendors the difference between tourist photos and a photographer working.

Thanks for looking and for your comments.

Travel Photography: Laos – Landscapes

I have never been a big landscape photo taker, but always an admirer of beautiful landscapes made by men or by nature.

I think when working on an assignment it is important information for the viewer to have an over all idea of where you are. Landscapes really help transport the viewer to the place you are and more often then not people love looking at them.

Going to Laos i knew there would be some beautiful vistas, but i was also lucky enough to shoot some topography and a panorama or two. Laos is really a beautiful country and for landscapes you couldn’t ask for anything more. While driving through the northern mountains my wife and I were in awe of its relatively untouched beauty.

Thanks for you comments and for looking.

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Travel Photography: Laos – Portraits

I have always loved taking portraits of people, but for about 3 months I have been looking to change up my approach and style to portrait taking.

I still haven’t figured out what exactly I am trying to get, but I’m getting closer to being temporarily satisfied.  So in order to keep on pushing myself along to find what i’m looking for I assigned myself to do portraits of people. Some of them from me talking to the people and asking them if I can take their photo and others not.

Here is what i ended up with in my 9 days in Laos.

Thank you for looking and as always comments are appreciated.

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