Sometimes you get lucky and don’t have to sweat much for a pleasing photo; this was the case with the image in this post.
North Vietnam and the region of Sapa are abundant in photographic possibilities; you can find a variety of subjects, and one of the most recognized themes is, without a doubt, the rice paddies. This picture was made from just a few meters away from the homestay I was staying at in the village of Tha Pin.
This is the great thing about choosing to stay in the place you’re working in. You see, this afternoon was resting time; after wandering around the mountains of Sapa for a couple of days, all I wanted to do was to chill out and relax. I was at the home doing some editing when all of a sudden a storm burst out. It didn’t last long. When the rain stopped, I grabbed my gear and walked just a few meters to photograph this scene. This wouldn’t be possible if I’d stayed in Sapa town instead of the more authentic village.
There you go. As I always say, embrace lousy weather; it makes good photos. I photographed this scene with the Fujifilm X-T1, and the lens was the Fujinon XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS, all mounted on a tripod. I also used a soft grad two-stop neutral density filter on the sky to compensate for the exposure and get more details in the clouds.
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