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Photography from south-east Asia by Jon Sanwell

A sort of spring

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It’s been a while since I posted any pictures from Hanoi. I’ve spent the last few months editing and posting my pictures from my October / November trip to Myanmar. It took a long time to go through them all, because I’m slow and, to be fair, there were a lot of pictures. So while the blog has been travelling slowly through Myanmar, I’ve been back living and working here in Hanoi, not taking photographs. Or not taking very many. I’ve written before about how I find it difficult to keep the momentum going when I get back from a trip. Since coming back from Myanmar, I just haven’t often felt the inclination to go out and take pictures, and on the few occasions I have, I haven’t found it very satisfying. But last week, I took my first proper look at the pictures I took in Hanoi in February and March, and I was pleased to find that they’re not all completely terrible. And today, I went out with my camera and really enjoyed photography for the first time in ages. Some of those pictures will no doubt appear here in due course, but in the meantime, here are some pictures taken in February and March, in what passes for spring in Hanoi.

Finally, as a way of drawing a line under the Myanmar pictures, I have added a Streets of Yangon slideshow to my gallery page.

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9 Responses to “A sort of spring”

    • Jon Sanwell

      Thanks, Cornelia. I’m intentionally shooting in black and white at the moment. It seems to suit the weather in Hanoi at this time of year, and I wanted to do something different from my Myanmar pictures. I shoot raw files, but with the screen set to B&W, and apply a B&W preset when I upload to Lightroom. This means that all the colour information is retained – giving more flexibility when it comes to editing – but I only ever see the pictures in B&W, so I’m not distracted by colours.

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      • corneliaweberphotography

        Thank you. Oh I see how you handle B&W in lightroom….of course shooting Raw files gives always the best results in editing. The other day a photography friend suggested to check out CaptureOne…. similar to Lightroom, I wonder if you have experience with that. It seems to be a great program apparently better than Lightroom.

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