Once again, not my normal style but it's been fun exploring more abstract photography. In other news, depending on when you're reading this, I'll be leaving for Bali later tonight! One of my favorite photographers is hosting a photography workshop there and I decided to sign myself up! I'm not exactly sure what to expect, as I've never done a photography workshop before, but I'm really looking forward to exploring a new place and hopefully taking my photography to the next level.
"The key to pursuing excellence is to embrace an organic, long-term learning process, and not to live in a shell of static, safe mediocrity. Usually, growth comes at the expense of previous comfort or safety."
We ended up visiting Hanoi twice on our trip to Vietnam. Once when we landed, and once again before catching our flight back to Bangkok. On our first visit, my sister-in-law was sick, and couldn't join my brother and I at Train Street. So we made sure to stop by again when we were back in town so that she could see it for herself. And although we had a much longer wait for a train to roll in, it was really neat to see it at night. I will admit that it definitely made the photography more tricky, as snapping photos of moving objects in low light has its downside, but I'm pretty happy with how it turned out in the end. Yet another great memory made while traveling.
"At the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy and your eyes sparkling."
Even though it's not my usual preference, I actually love taking abstract photographs, especially when I travel. Reflecting back, I think a big reason why I gravitate mostly towards wildlife and nature photography is because the shots tend to be more difficult to replicate. A wild animal, for example, will almost certainly never be in that same spot, doing that same thing, with that same lighting, etc. And landscape photography, to a lesser degree, is difficult to replicate mostly because of the conditions of the sky and clouds that are always changing and never the same. And that's really exciting for me when I capture an amazing moment. Although I find abstract a bit more easy to duplicate, I do recognize that the real skill is in spotting the details in the first place. Which I'm learning to do more and more. Most people walk right past without even noticing the details that an excellent photographer can't possibly walk past without stopping for a photo. It's as if they are living in two different realities. And I think that makes it even more fun to experience.
"Often you will end up loving the new things you try and even if you don’t love it, you’ve given yourself a new experience."
Next time I'm back in Hanoi I'm going to force myself to stay up super late and explore the city in the dead of night. The city was overwhelming for me during the day, with all the noise and traffic, but it definitely calmed down at night and created some really beautiful scenes. I admit that I did not stay up very late, nor explore much at night, but when I was out, the city lights and the natural darkness created some stunning contrasts. I'm certain if I had a few more nights to walk around I'd come home with some pretty incredible images!
"Night is purer than day; it is better for thinking, loving, and dreaming. At night everything is more intense, more true. The echo of words that have been spoken during the day takes on a new and deeper meaning."