I bought a tripod over the weekend. Hooray! This is one of the first photos I took with it. It’s a view of Ho Tay from the roof of my apartment building.
Last Wednesday, I drove past Giang Vo Lake on my way home from work – as I always do – when I decided that this would be a good time and place to practice shooting night scenery. I didn’t have a tripod, so I just set my camera on a cement ledge. I set the shutter speed at 4 or 5 seconds (can’t remember now off the top of my head). I didn’t have a remote and didn’t use the timer (I’ve since learned that it is a good method to avoid camera shake…picking things up as I go). Not bad results, but I need to find a more scenic location in the future.
I mentioned in the last post that West Lake provides some scenic views. As a result, it is one of the two most popular places in Hanoi for couples (the other being Hoan Kiem Lake). From what I can gather, sitting on a bench (or motorbike) and staring at water is a common thing to do on a date in Hanoi.
You see a lot of these guys wading into the murky waters of West Lake. Personally, I’m not sure I’d want to eat any fish caught from this lake. It’s one of the most polluted lakes that I’ve seen. I frequently see dead fish floating in its water. But, like most things in Hanoi, in spite of its shortcomings West Lake can provide some charming views. Hopefully, when we get some blue skies, I can capture some of these views.