What To Shoot in Ho Chi Minh City – Motorcycles

There are probably 4 – 5 million motorcycles in Ho Chi Minh City now. When you are on the street, you would know who the king of the road is (are). It’s amazing to see how the people there just cross the street without being worried to be hit by one of these. The motorcyclists seem to be trained on how to navigate around the people who are crossing the street. Maybe if they can’t, they won’t get their driving license in the first place.

I could just stand on the roadside and shot them from there to show you that there are really a lot of them. But, that would not be interesting, I thought. So, I decided to follow what the locals do best. Crossing the street packed with motorcycles, but with my camera. I almost walked sideways, by the way, so I could shoot well. Robert Capa, the famous war photographer, once said, “If your photos are not good enough, you are not close enough”. I know, this is not war, just motorcycles, but I thought of sharing the quote here as I like it. 🙂

So, here you go, my adventure of crossing the street while shooting, or shooting while crossing the street in Ho Chi Minh City last weekend.

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  • XiulingMarch 22, 2011 - 5:37 pm

    Hi Hendra I just came back from HCMC too, and you are so right – shooting motorcycles is the thing to do. I can imagine how you stood amidst the chaos for these precious shots!ReplyCancel

  • KlessisMarch 11, 2011 - 10:10 am

    Hey Hendra! Klessis here, remember me from Royal Carribbean blogging challenge?? =D I’m going to HCMC in 2 weeks’ time, looking forward to seeing this full-of-motorcycle scene there! =)ReplyCancel

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