How I Got That Shot: Hoang Vien Restaurant, Hue
Published: June 2010
By Brown W. Cannon III
Trip Time: It took 30 hours—including a transpacific leg and layovers in Seoul and Singapore—to get to Hanoi, but I was invigorated upon arrival. Just stepping out to explore the city was energizing.
The Scene: A hostess presenting afternoon tea service.
Why It Was Art: There were so many elegant details: her beautiful traditional dress; how delicately she set the teacups down; the way she held the pot.
How I Got That Shot: The room was dark, so I set up lighting about 15 feet from the action, far enough to illuminate both her and the geometric wall, but concentrated enough not to oversaturate.
The Key Here Was... Mystery. It’s good to leave the viewer wondering a bit, wanting to peek around those columns and see what they’re hiding.