Bottom: real USD $100
Top: fake “bills” that ppl in Vietnam buy by the stack to burn as an offering to their ancestors. Pack of 50 = less than $1.
It’s not uncommon to see these, half burnt, all over the ground.
Pretty disconcerting at first glance.
People ask, “Hanoi? Again?”
That’s because you haven’t been here: the country, the people, the food, the friendliness.
And most of all, the degree to which Thu, our fabulous local producer, further opens the country and culture up to both you and your camera.
Suffice to say if I wasn’t willing to be forced into a Photoshop rental model, I won’t be renting a check mark any time soon.
(Reminder: ditch the usurious shackles of Adobe. @affinitybyserif is great.)
It’s been 50 years since Nick Ut photographed (then) 9-yr-old Kim Phuc fleeing her village after it was attacked with napalm. They have remained close friends, but this is the first time they’ve been together in Vietnam since.
And then… this morning. While walking Hoan Kiem lake, I notice a photographer left-hand skying an off-camera light. I offer to hold his light — without noticing who he is photographing.
It’s Nick Ut, again, but this time with a friend:
Nick Ut made one of a small small group of photos (incl. Browne’s photo of a self-immolating monk, and Adams’ street execution photo) that helped to end a war that already had claimed over 2MM lives.
That visceral, universal language aspect is the real power of photography.
9-sec tutorial on how to get those multi-colored shadows, courtesy @GodoxGlobal. These gels are pure red, green and blue. (Whatever you use, if you want neutral skin tones the gels should chromatically add up to white.)
I remember commiserating with Michael Williamson in the early c.2000s that, because of digital, we could no longer just pop our viewfinders off to compose ground-level shots. This one’s pretty low. Pretty sure he made it with an iPhone.
FREE: shoulder mount cinema rig for DSLR/mirrorless video. Fully adjustable, with geared focus knobs (with focus marks) when using cine-type lenses. Breaks down small for transport.
(Local pick up only, Ellicott City, MD; first-come, first-served.)
Our kids both went to the same preschool, c. early 2000s. Same projects, each grade. As a result, we still have this vintage dual series of paper doll jack o’lanterns, drawn at 4 yrs old.