Up with the sun
Vietnam is a nation of early risers. In the cities and countryside alike, people are up with the sun. It’s not uncommon for dissolute expats to make it home in the early hours, just as their Vietnamese neighbours are going out to face the new day. When I lived in Hanoi, my alley turned itself into a small fresh food market every morning; I knew I’d had a long night when I came home to find market traders setting up outside my front door.
Saigon’s parks are often at their busiest in the early mornings, when the sun is low in the sky. People of all ages gather to take all kinds of exercise – jogging, walking, badminton, aerobics, martial arts, ballroom dancing – before the working days begins. I’m not naturally an early riser myself, but back in January I made a few early morning visits to my local park to take a few pictures.
I don’t take that many black and white pictures, but with these I wanted to see if I could capture the feel of the early morning sun without the benefit of colour.
7 Responses to “Up with the sun”
what camera do you use ?
I use a Canon 5D; these were all taken with the 24-105mm f/4 lens.
Beautiful! I especially love the ones of the elderly woman practicing with the sword/bo/whatever (?)
Thanks for sharing!
It’s a sword, but a wooden one. Her friend told me that she was over 70, but she was very graceful. Thanks for visiting.
Amazing shots! I wish they had parks like these in my area. It would be so much more fun to wake up early and work out.
These are again, stunning – what a fabulous collection.