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.
Lake Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
The Scene: Early morning rites.
Why This Moment: The park was full of people, but everyone was exercising in their own way—walking, lifting weights, jogging, doing tai chi. No one was checking out their neighbors; they kept to themselves. This image brings out the quiet of the place.
How I Got That Shot: I prefer not to use a motor drive, meaning I can’t do rapid-fire, 10-snaps-a-second shooting. So it becomes a question of waiting for the elements to fall into place before pressing the shutter button, which is what I did here: I framed first—then photographed.
The Key Here Was... Timing. A split second later and the man walking on the right would be hidden by the tree; an instant earlier and that lamppost would have been sprouting from the woman’s head.