Image of The Week: Vietnam – The Old Smiling Man of Hoi Ann

This weeks image is another captured in the UNESCO listed town of Hoi Ann in Vietnam. I met this old fella along the river front one afternoon whilst going for a stroll with the camera. The first thing I noticed (how could you miss them) was his beaming set of false teeth. I can’t speak a zac of Vietnamese, and he couln’t speak a word of English, but I managed to work out that he wanted to take me out in his little row boat.

 I settled on a price and off we went, rowing around the river front of Hoi Ann. I was a little woried at the time as his boat was in quite bad condition, and I had vissions of swiming back with my camera in hand. Everytime I look at this photo, I can’t help but smile.

The Smiling Man of Hoi Ann

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Jason has traveled the world extensively during the last 20 years, with overland journeys on six continents and across over 90 countries. This site serves as a chronicle of the images and tales from these journeys, as well as offering advice and general information for other like minded travelers.

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  • Cumidanciki

    CHEESE!!! LOL, great shot! Even if you are no professional (as it says in your footnote) that’s still an awesome shot. Captured the emotion for sure!

  • Dave from TLWH

    Can I be the first person to publicly ask, Gold or silver front tooth? :)

  • Erica Kuschel

    What a fantastic freaking smile.

  • Jason

    Hey Dave, Gold. The front tooth was beaming gold. He was an absolute cracker. Just a genuine man trying to make a bit of extra money.

  • Jason

    Hey Erica, It certainly was, it he was more than happy to have his photo taken. In fact he sort of requested it when I got in his boat.

  • Jason

    Hey Ciki, Thanks for that, but I’m no where in the realms of a professional photographer. My images may be a little above the average travelers, but I’m miles away from the top line photographers. I suppose the more you travel, the more you are likely to find yourself in situations or locations that allow for quality images. Thanks for your praise all the same, it’s nice to know that people appreciated them.

  • Anonymous

    Wonderful shot – seems to have captured the essence of the man.

  • Dustin Main

    Great use of B&W and great crop. I’m always weary of my crops, like cutting the top of the hat off, but works great here. I think I need to be more adventurous in my post work.

    That is, if it is a crop :)

    BTW what lens did you shoot with here?

  • Jason

    Hey Dustin, Your spot on mate, it was a slight crop to remove the top of the hat. At the time I took the photo, it seemed to look better in place with his complete hat. After playing with the image in Aperture, I just felt it didn’t look right. That’s the beauty of the modern day darkroom. You can just play around as much as you like to get what your after.

    The image was shot with my now old Canon EOS 350D with a 28-110mm kit lens. Just your basic run of the mill everyday entry level SLR. I have recently moved to a 7D and a Cannon L Series lens. I must say that I’m extremely happy with them, although my wallet is not. Thanks for your comment and interest.

  • Jason

    Hey Leigh, Thanks for that, He was an absolute beauty, and one of those characters you meet traveling that just make your day.

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