Vietnam – Day 8 – Trekking between rice paddies and Zhao tribes
Finally, this morning, we woke up with the sun and the blue sky’ and the scenery in front of us was just womderful: green mountains covered by rice fields, clouds blocked by the high peaks.
15km trekking, among the rice paddies and the Zhao minority tribes
The trek was long but very funny. During the walk, was alternating stunning landscape and local tribes, in a relaxed atmosphere, typical Sunday. We even attended a religious celebration in the church of one of these villages.
I really enjoyed photographing children, carrying with me some red air balloons that swelled and give away as presents along the way. Most of them are very shy and reserved, but when you get close and try to play with them, then they show you a wonderful smile.
Photo shoot at the Zi family
At the end of the trail, we had a wonderful surprise. The day before, I had photographed my guide, Zi, and then printed the photo with the Fuji Instax SP-1, in the little polaroid format.
Zi, he liked it so much that he asked me to do the same with his children. So, we went to the house of the mother and, in a fun and surreal athnosphere, I began to photograph all the family members and then print a copy for each.
This is where I took the most beautiful pictures of this trip. I sat on the ground and suddendly all children have surrounded me with their smiles and their overwhelming joy.
About my photography
During the trek we saw mostly landscapes and people. For landscapes, trying to always include the human element, I used the wide angle Skopar Voigtlander 21mm f4.
For the many portraits, today I finally used a lot, the Summicron 50mm f2, always trying to tighten on the subject but showing a bit of the background.
For the first time I have never used the Summicron 28 F2: this lens now, I feel perfect for streetphotography, where something happens and when I want to capture a moment of life.
The day in pictures
Vietnam – Day 8 – Trekking among the rice fields Sapa