Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC: Blog http://www.ericwessman.com/blog en-us (C) Eric A. Wessman (Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:52:00 GMT Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:52:00 GMT From the Journals… Phnom Penh, Cambodia. January 31, 2016 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/2/from-the-journals-phnom-penh-january-31-2016 Morning with BuddhaMorning with BuddhaBuddha image in quiet of early morning, Wat Ounalom. Phnom Penh, Cambodia. I woke up at 5:15 and did some journal entries. At about 6:30 I went for a walk out to Wat Ounalom, and shot a few pics, but nothing special. I then went looking for breakfast and enroute checked in on a couple of hotels for possible openings. 

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia cambodia phnom penh se asia southeast asia http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/2/from-the-journals-phnom-penh-january-31-2016 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… More Again from Châu Dôc, Vietnam. January 29, 2016 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/2/from-the-journals-more-again-from-ch-u-d-c-vietnam-january-29-2016 WeaverWeaverWeaver spinning on the porch of his home, Châu Dôc. An Giang, Vietnam. On the way back up this road we stopped to photograph an older couple spinning and weaving. Again, we just invited ourselves in and started shooting. Here also, we got some good material. (Minh did pay these folks a little something for putting up with us. 

 

We stopped for lunch supplies including iced coffee and took them back to the hotel to consume in our air-conditioned room. A very productive morning!

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia se asia southeast asia spinning vietnam weaver http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/2/from-the-journals-more-again-from-ch-u-d-c-vietnam-january-29-2016 Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Again from Châu Dôc, Vietnam. January 29, 2016 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/2/from-the-journals-again-from-ch-u-d-c-vietnam-january-29-2016  

Weaver BWWeaver BWWeaver spinning on the porch of his home, Châu Dôc. An Giang, Vietnam. On the way back up this road we stopped to photograph an older couple spinning and weaving. Again, we just invited ourselves in and started shooting. Here also, we got some good material. (Minh did pay these folks a little something for putting up with us.) 

We stopped for lunch supplies including iced coffee and took them back to the hotel to consume in our air-conditioned room. A very productive morning!

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia se asia southeast asia spinning vietnam weaver http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/2/from-the-journals-again-from-ch-u-d-c-vietnam-january-29-2016 Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Yet More from Châu Dôc, Vietnam. January 29, 2016 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/2/from-the-journals-yet-more-from-ch-u-d-c-vietnam-january-29-2016 Young GirlYoung GirlPortrait of a young girl in her home, Châu Dôc. An Giang, Vietnam. On the way back we stopped by a Cham area, populated by people of Cambodian descent. We cruised up and down this one street searching for somebody making sugar from a particular type of palm tree. I was hot and willing to give up the hunt, but Minh was determined to find it. He finally did, and we invited ourselves in to their home to watch and photograph. It is a hot job with the fire and the steam coming off these 3 huge vats as the sap is getting boiled down. The light was amazing, and the steam in the background made for some very dramatic shots. I was very excited and think these were the best shots of the trip. 

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia mekong river delta se asia southeast asia sugar palm boiling vietnam http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/2/from-the-journals-yet-more-from-ch-u-d-c-vietnam-january-29-2016 Mon, 12 Feb 2018 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Still More from Châu Dôc, Vietnam. January 29, 2016 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/2/from-the-journals-still-more-from-ch-u-d-c-vietnam-january-29-2016 Taking a BreakTaking a BreakWoman sits inside her home, Châu Dôc. An Giang, Vietnam. On the way back we stopped by a Cham area, populated by people of Cambodian descent. We cruised up and down this one street searching for somebody making sugar from a particular type of palm tree. I was hot and willing to give up the hunt, but Minh was determined to find it. He finally did, and we invited ourselves in to their home to watch and photograph. It is a hot job with the fire and the steam coming off these 3 huge vats as the sap is getting boiled down. The light was amazing, and the steam in the background made for some very dramatic shots. I was very excited and think these were the best shots of the trip. 

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia mekong river delta se asia southeast asia sugar palm boiling vietnam http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/2/from-the-journals-still-more-from-ch-u-d-c-vietnam-january-29-2016 Fri, 09 Feb 2018 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Even More from Châu Dôc, Vietnam. January 29, 2016 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/2/from-the-journals-even-more-from-ch-u-d-c-vietnam-january-29-2016 Lovely LiliesLovely LiliesWater lilies grow in pond, Châu Dôc. An Giang Province, Vietnam. When I photographed this image, I kept a somewhat narrow zone of focus to have the flowers in the background go soft in order to draw the viewer’s eye to the main subject.  As I worked this image in post-production, I wanted to give it an impressionist feel.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia mekong river delta se asia southeast asia vietnam water lily http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/2/from-the-journals-even-more-from-ch-u-d-c-vietnam-january-29-2016 Mon, 05 Feb 2018 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… More from Châu Dôc, Vietnam. January 29, 2016 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/2/from-the-journals-more-from-ch-u-d-c-vietnam-january-29-2016 Star of the ShowStar of the ShowWater lilies grow in pond, Châu Dôc. An Giang Province, Vietnam. I took one of my many images from this session (see previous post) and did some post-production work. I enhanced the sharpness, contrast, and saturation. Then I gave it a painterly look.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia mekong river delta se asia southeast asia vietnam water lily http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/2/from-the-journals-more-from-ch-u-d-c-vietnam-january-29-2016 Fri, 02 Feb 2018 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Châu Dôc, Vietnam. January 29, 2016 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/1/from-the-journals-ch-u-d-c-vietnam-january-29-2016 The Morning HarvestThe Morning HarvestWoman harvests water lilies growing in pond, Châu Dôc. An Giang Province, Vietnam. Breakfast buffet at the hotel at 6, then we hopped on the motorbike to drive to the lily pond we had been to last night. We arrived at 7:30. We got in one boat and our model got in another boat. 

 

We spent the next hour shooting this woman "harvesting" water lily flowers. It was all staged for us--she was using flowers she had cut earlier. We really worked the scene and shot from different directions using different backgrounds. I was a sweaty mess and my glasses were fogging up. I thought I overshot at almost 200 pix, but Minh got over 500 shots! I told him he better learn Lightroom to help him get through the his edit.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) agriculture asia harvest se asia southeast asia vietnam water lily http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/1/from-the-journals-ch-u-d-c-vietnam-january-29-2016 Mon, 29 Jan 2018 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… More from Châu Dôc, Vietnam. January 28, 2016 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/1/from-the-journals-more-from-ch-u-d-c-vietnam-january-28-2016 Gone Fishin'Gone Fishin'Fisherman quietly paddles boat in canal, Châu Dôc. An Giang, Vietnam. Minh’s friend then hired a fisherman on a boat and directed him into position for dipping his net. It was amusing to see him get so excited directing these strangers. Minh says his friend does this to get the perfect setup for competition prints. I wish the sunset had been a bit more cooperative for this, but it was a challenging lighting situation. 

 

We dropped off our cameras at the hotel, then Minh and I (his friend took off) drove the motorbike into town to find some dinner. More noodle soup.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia fisherman fishing mekong river delta se asia southeast asia sunset vietnam http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/1/from-the-journals-more-from-ch-u-d-c-vietnam-january-28-2016 Fri, 26 Jan 2018 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Châu Dôc, Vietnam. January 28, 2016 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/1/from-the-journals-ch-u-d-c-vietnam-january-28-2016 Biking in BeautyBiking in BeautyChildren ride bikes along canal at sunset, Châu Dôc. An Giang, Vietnam. We checked in to the Dong Nam Hotel and were met by Minh's friend at 4:45 to go on a shoot. Minh rented a motorbike from the hotel. We drove outside of town, first stopping to make arrangements for tomorrow morning's shoot. We drove through some pretty countryside with very green rice growing in the fields. At an appropriate location on a dike with a canal next to it we set up our cameras. Minh's friend is a doctor who is a serious amateur photographer. He drove to the road to find some subjects for us. We started out using 3 kids on bikes, who he directed to go back and forth along our selected area.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia bicycle bike canal children se asia southeast asia sunset vietnam http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/1/from-the-journals-ch-u-d-c-vietnam-january-28-2016 Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Cà Mau, Vietnam. January 27, 2016 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/1/from-the-journals-c-mau-vietnam-january-27-2016 Wessman_160127-7168Wessman_160127-7168Eric and friends at dinner in Cà Mau, Vietnam. Back in Cà Mau we picked up bus tickets for tomorrow and then went to visit Van's boss, who is a friend of Minh. He is the owner/publisher of Cà Mau's largest newspaper. He invited us to dinner, so  we went back to the hotel to shower. 

We met him in a very large and nice beer garden type restaurant where he apparently is a frequent customer. It was a fun dinner and the food was great. Minh did all the translating because none of the others spoke English. 

I am still dealing with jet lag and early starts, so I crashed at 8:30.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) blog cà mau dinner doan duc minh eric wessman se asia vietnam http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/1/from-the-journals-c-mau-vietnam-january-27-2016 Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Still More from Rach Tàu, Vietnam. January 26, 2016 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/1/from-the-journals-still-more-from-rach-t-u-vietnam-january-26-2016 Mending the NetsMending the NetsWoman mending fish net, Rach Tàu. Mekong River Delta, Vietnam. We stopped for an iced coffee, where I was the center of attention because some of these folks have never seen a tourist. We walked around a bit more, then had some lunch. 

After that we got back on our boat to start the return journey. The wind had picked up by this point and the wider stretch of the river was a bit rough. I really enjoyed the day and feel that I got a sense of the delta and how the people live on the river.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia fish nets fishing village mekong river delta se asia southeast asia vietnam http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/1/from-the-journals-still-more-from-rach-t-u-vietnam-january-26-2016 Mon, 15 Jan 2018 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… More from Rach Tàu, Vietnam. January 26, 2016 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/1/from-the-journals-more-from-rach-t-u-vietnam-january-26-2016 Woman Mending NetWoman Mending NetWoman mending fish net, Rach Tàu. Mekong River Delta, Vietnam. We got to our intended destination, and soon hired a private boat to take the 3 of us to Rach Tàu. It is a town just 2 miles from where this branch of the Mekong opens up into the sea. We arrived around 10 and started to photograph people repairing fishing nets. After that we looked around for some daily life stuff and found that a number of the activities we had hoped to shoot don't happen this time of year. 

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia fish nets fishing village mekong river delta se asia southeast asia vietnam http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/1/from-the-journals-more-from-rach-t-u-vietnam-january-26-2016 Fri, 12 Jan 2018 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Rach Tàu, Vietnam. January 26, 2016 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/1/from-the-journals-rach-t-u-vietnam-january-26-2016 Sorting ShrimpSorting ShrimpWomen sort shrimp in baskets in fishing village of Rach Tàu. Minh Hai, Vietnam. Up at 4:45 to get picked up by Minh's contact, Van, by taxi. We took a short ride to the water taxi station and soon were underway. It was supposed to be a 1-hour ride, but was about 1.75 hrs. We started at 5:30 in the dark, and got to see day break on the river. No sunrise because of some clouds and rain.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia fishing village mekong river delta prawns se asia shrimp southeast asia vietnam women work http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/1/from-the-journals-rach-t-u-vietnam-january-26-2016 Mon, 08 Jan 2018 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Still More from Cà Mau, Vietnam. January 26, 2016 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/1/from-the-journals-still-more-from-c-mau-vietnam-january-26-2016 Fast FoodFast FoodStreet food vendor wheels cart along busy road at night. Cà Mau, Vietnam. On the way back to the hotel we stopped and had a bowl of noodle soup for our dinner which was quite good. It's early, about 7 o'clock now and we have been in the hotel for an hour. I wanted to get some more rest and be ready for our 4:30 departure tomorrow morning. I am hoping that the party in the hotel restaurant ends fairly soon. I saw all the motorbikes in front when we came home and I thought there might be a problem with a loud band and the party. There doesn't seem to be a loud band but they're doing karaoke so that's almost as bad.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia food food vendor mekong river delta night se asia shutter drag southeast asia street vendor traffic vietnam http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/1/from-the-journals-still-more-from-c-mau-vietnam-january-26-2016 Fri, 05 Jan 2018 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… More from Cà Mau, Vietnam. January 26, 2016 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/1/from-the-journals-more-from-c-mau-vietnam-january-26-2016 In the MarketIn the MarketBoy walks through riverside produce market. Cà Mau, Vietnam. I was poking around the market, and really playing with the backlight coming in from off the river. I got a few shots that I liked. I decided to take this one a couple of steps further and give it a painterly looked in post-production.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia market mekong river delta se asia southeast asia vietnam http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/1/from-the-journals-more-from-c-mau-vietnam-january-26-2016 Mon, 01 Jan 2018 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Cà Mau, Vietnam. January 26, 2016 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/12/from-the-journals-c-mau-vietnam-january-26-2016 Got Fruit?Got Fruit?Colorful produce for sale in riverside market. Cà Mau, Vietnam. At 4 o'clock we were picked up by a taxi and went to an area near the market and hired a boat and got on the river. After about 20 minutes or so we turned around because there was not that much interesting to photograph. The light was great but the subjects weren't  there for us. We went back to the market and photographed for a little while.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia colorful fruit market mekong river delta produce se asia southeast asia vietnam http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/12/from-the-journals-c-mau-vietnam-january-26-2016 Fri, 29 Dec 2017 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Even More from Phung Hiep, Vietnam. January 26, 2016 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/12/from-the-journals-even-more-from-phung-hiep-vietnam-january-26-2016 Yes, We Have No BananasYes, We Have No BananasMan paddles boat with bananas through crowded Chợ Ngã Năm Floating Market in Phung Hiép. Sóc Trâng, Vietnam. Our next location was to shoot from a moving boat so we hired one right outside the building where we have been photographing and jumped into the fray in the river going up the canal photographing all kinds of activities. I do think we got some good photos from there, but have not had a chance to look.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia boat floating market se asia southeast asia vietnam http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/12/from-the-journals-even-more-from-phung-hiep-vietnam-january-26-2016 Mon, 25 Dec 2017 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Still More from Phung Hiep, Vietnam. January 26, 2016 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/12/from-the-journals-still-more-from-phung-hiep-vietnam-january-26-2016 Paddling in the MarketPaddling in the MarketWoman paddles boat in Chợ Ngã Năm Floating Market in Phung Hiép. Sóc Trâng, Vietnam. Our next location was to shoot from a moving boat so we hired one right outside the building where we have been photographing and jumped into the fray in the river going up the canal photographing all kinds of activities. I do think we got some good photos from there, but have not had a chance to look.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia floating market mekong river delta se asia southeast asia vietnam http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/12/from-the-journals-still-more-from-phung-hiep-vietnam-january-26-2016 Fri, 22 Dec 2017 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… More from Phung Hiep, Vietnam. January 26, 2016 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/12/from-the-journals-more-from-phung-hiep-vietnam-january-26-2016 Mekong Morning MarketMekong Morning MarketA busy scene at Chợ Ngã Năm Floating Market in Phung Hiép. Sóc Trâng Province, Vietnam. When I was setting up for our morning shot with my tripod, I realized that not only did I forget the quick release plate, but the more important thing is that I forgot the ball head itself. A tripod without the head is not very useful.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia floating market se asia signs 365 competition winner southeast asia vietnam http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/12/from-the-journals-more-from-phung-hiep-vietnam-january-26-2016 Mon, 18 Dec 2017 13:00:00 GMT