Winter photography in Sapa | Vietnam in the clouds
Sapa in Vietnam has some stunning scenery, the town sits on a hillside overlooking the tallest peaks in Indochina and rice terraces that sink into the valleys where ethnic minority villages lie. We’ve been before to Sapa, but in the summer time, when there were no clouds in the sky and the views lasted for what felt like forever. Recently we went back… But this time it was just at the beginning of spring (March) and we didn’t get a glimpse of those views even once. What felt like thick fog surrounding us was in fact clouds.
So what to do in a town that’s all about “THE view” when “THE view” is nowhere to be seen… Nothing, just sit at the bar and get extraordinarily drunk… Well, not really… At least not the whole time. We set out regardless to see the various hill tribe people that trek up the valley into Sapa town everyday to flog their wares and hit up[ the market.
What seemed at first to be a complete wash out made for some great scenes and now were armed up with a shiny new camera (Canon 550d), we were keen as mustard to capture them.
All these photos were taken on the Canon 550d with a 50mm 1.8 prime lens (Prime means one that doesn’t zoom – it’s fixed at 50mm). Also since we’ve had the eBook “Transcending travel” from Digital Photography School we’ve been able to take much better pictures and understand how to get into the right situations.