Photography from south-east Asia by Jon Sanwell

Daylight fades

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Late afternoon and early evening – when it’s not raining – is such a good time to take photographs in Hanoi at the moment. Walking around with the camera as the daylight fades is a hot and sweaty experience at this time of year, but a very rewarding one, as I think that the warm light from the low sun brings out the best in the city.

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12 responses

  1. Great series.

    June 17, 2014 at 7:18 pm

  2. Beautiful lighting on beautiful faces full of life. Well done Jon.

    June 17, 2014 at 8:14 pm

  3. ery nice set!
    Actually the sun on the walls of Hanoi that tell stories and advertisements can also ;-)
    beautiful shot..

    June 17, 2014 at 8:45 pm

  4. Oh man, these turned out spectacular. You’re right, the light is sublime. So what is the stamp I’m seeing on the walls? And how old do you think the dirt is that covers Southeast Asia like its own patina? It adds such a stellar layer of visual texture. Wish I was there; glad I have your photos to tide me over :)

    June 17, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    • Thanks. Those stencilled numbers are phone numbers for handymen or construction workers – it’s DIY advertising. Although these numbers are everywhere, I’ve never once seen anyone actually painting them.

      June 21, 2014 at 9:44 am

      • Haha phantom advertising. That’s fantastic

        June 21, 2014 at 9:53 am

  5. Like the color in the pictures. I use BW in my imagines. However, I think you have made the right choice. Well done. Look forward to more.

    June 17, 2014 at 11:07 pm

  6. Amazing series!! The colours are wonderful, it is setting up a really nice atmosphere. Makes me want to wander around there!!

    June 18, 2014 at 10:28 am

  7. I love all these photos as I particularly like the texture on the walls. I know the evening light is good but do you use light room or something to edit the photos? I realized the shot of building no. 22 is a house I pass a lot and always admire the decay and lack of modern additions, however I have never seen it in terribly good light as I believe it faces south on an East-West axis street. Here an unedited pic (albeit in probably worse light conditions looks quite different) http://juraphotos.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/p1020233.jpg Would love to know what you did setting/editing wise or was the light actually just right?

    June 18, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    • Thanks, Jura. I really like that building too, but I wish that the flag had been hanging properly – I’ll just have to go back another time. The fading light was really nice when I took that picture, just after 5pm on a clear day. I made a few tweaks in Lightroom too, slightly lowering the exposure and boosting the contrast a little to bring out the details.

      June 21, 2014 at 9:59 am

  8. Amazing photos, I’ve re-blogged them on my street photo page with a link back to you. https://bnbilfarohanoi.wordpress.com/category/hanoi-street-photography/ The man on the moped driving past the golden wall is my favourite.

    June 18, 2014 at 5:18 pm

  9. J Galhoz

    I usually don’t like this kind of shots in color…but the series is an exception and a deserving one!!! Congrats…nice light, nice moments, nice people, glorious tonalities!

    June 23, 2014 at 1:48 am

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