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.
Pho Gia Truyen Canteen, Hanoi
The Scene: Pho with beef and scallions.
On Eating Soup with Chopsticks: It’s noodles first (using your right hand), then broth with the spoon in your left.
How I Got That Shot: I managed not to eat the subject before I took its photo.
The Key Here Was... Simplicity. I used a small f-stop (f/2.8), or a wide-open lens, to create a narrow plane of focus that brought only what I thought was important—the food—into the forefront. All other distractions, like the toothpicks and the condiments, fade into the background.