As we continue our travels, one of our primary goals is to learn to take better photographs. So, while in Saigon, we booked the Scoot N’ Shoot tour with Vietnam Photo Adventures. Arnaud met us at our hotel, chatted with us a bit about photography, and then we hopped on scooters and drove to an area of town filled with apartment buildings and small shops. (As an aside here, I would like to note that, after riding on the back of a scooter, Robert now has much more respect for my scooter riding skills….).
We started the day at a coffee shop, where Arnaud spent quite a bit of time talking to us about how to take better photos. Then, we were off to find our willing subjects.
Unfortunately, we didn’t find very many photogenic opportunities in our first location so, after a bit, we hopped back on the scooters and headed to Chinatown where we stopped at the bolt market. Seriously, a bolt market. We NEVER would have gone there on our own. But, we found some amazing photography subjects there.
The best part about the market was how friendly nearly everyone was. Some people even asked to have their photos taken.
Kids followed us around and practiced their English.
Absolutely nobody seemed annoyed to see us there (although some hid their faces and didn’t want their photos taken, they did so with a smile).
And, Arnaud was quite helpful. For Robert, he really brought home the need to take a bunch of shots to ensure the moment is captured. For me, he really helped with composition — it was amazing to see his photos and how he framed things completely differently (and better) than me. Bottom line, it was a wonderful way to spend the day.