Long Bien Sunrise
Capture one of Asia’s most vibrant markets at dawn
Join us before sunrise at bustling Long Bien Market, as thousands of deliveries from the provinces and farther-flung regions of Vietnam provide the traders with stock. From century-old Long Bien Bridge, we learn how to introduce a photo story with a ‘context’ or ‘landscape’ shot.
Our vantage point gives us a stunning view over the brightly-lit market, traders, couriers and customers barging this way and that between the stalls. Then we’re down into the market, rubbing shoulders with the locals and exploring portraits and relationship shots.
There’s a great deal to explore, with colourful fruit stalls, workers unloading trucks, and a fish and meat market with some very talkative traders down near the river.
As the sun rises, the market slows down, and we’ll catch shots of the locals doing their morning exercises near the city’s Water Tower.
We finish up with a delicious bowl of local ‘pho’ and a strong Hanoi coffee while we review our pictures from the tour.
Learn the art of great travel photography while exploring one of Asia’s most exciting markets.
The tour runs from 4:30 – 8:30am, and begins under Long Bien Bridge, Yen Phu Street. Hotel pick-up starts at 4am.
Hanoi Photography Day Tour and Workshop
4:00am – Hotel pick-up, and head for Long Bien market. Hanoi’s streets are deserted at this time – but the market is a colourful hive of activity.
4:30am – The tour begins on Long Bien Bridge, where we have a briefing on the day’s shoot and overview of Long Bien market. Introduction to camera and camera settings. Our focus now is now on the context or establishing shot – how we introduce a picture story.
5:30am – We head down into the busy market, where we are learning how to photograph people. The emphasis is on photographing relationships – between people, their work and the surrounding environment. We learn how to compose pictures quickly, choosing the point of focus, capturing movement.
6:30am – 15 minute break for tea/coffee.
6:45am – We are now exploring detail and portrait shots, with market goods and workers as our subjects. For the portrait shots, we spend time looking at different ways to approach people to get the photos we want. There are many ways to achieve this, and different methods work for different photographers.
7:50am – We head back along Old Quarter streets to the Vietnam in Focus Gallery Cafe. The streets of Hanoi are awake now, offering plenty of opportunities for colourful pictures of daily life. Over breakfast and coffee, it’s time to review the morning’s shoot and choose our 3 picture story.
8:30am – Farewell