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Rush hour, Saigon

Rush hour, Saigon
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Copyright: Will Perrett (willperrett) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1056 W: 301 N: 2850] (13186)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-10-22
Categories: Daily Life, Transportation
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ70
Exposure: 1/21 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Will's street snaps, Transports of Delight [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2016-09-05 2:56
Viewed: 2117
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Cách Mạng Tháng, phường 7, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam.

The traffic in HCMC, or Saigon as most of the locals still call it, is lunatic. This street had quite wide pavements on either side, but the traffic, mostly mopeds as you can see, totally ignored that, and overspilled right up to the shop fronts. I walked about 5 km through the centre, and have never felt so exposed. Rosemary refused to accompany me, and I don't blame her. And there's no let-up: at any time of the day or night, scenes similar to this can be witnessed. Hanoi was busy; Saigon was far worse. This was typical...

Light was quite dim at early evening, with rain, as the EXIF data no doubt indicates. Thank God I had my little street-fighting camera with me!

Shutter speed: 1/20 sec
Aperture: f3.7
ISO: 1400

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Hello Will,
It's only eight years since I last visited Saigon, which is a relatively short time, but the traffic seems to have gone out of control since then. The city was ridiculously full of mopeds and motorbikes already in the early '90's but I've never seen, or heard of, anything like this. Are you sure they were not shooting a horror movie about mopeds taking over the world? The light seems to be directed deliberately at some of the motorized monsters. It's a fascinating photo, but slightly disturbing.
Kind regards,

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24936 W: 520 N: 42035] (180190)
  • [2016-09-05 3:47]

Hello Will,

What a daily life picture with the morning rush, everyone against each other.
We hear the sound not, and not the smell of the engines.
An excellent presentation, sharp and clear picture.
Very well done, TFS.

Best regards,

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  • TMLH Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 44 W: 102 N: 458] (2496)
  • [2016-09-05 3:57]

Hi Will,
This photo so vivid that i can almost smell the choking smell from the exhaust , TFS

Bonjour Will,

Une photo qui dit très bien ce qu'elle veut dire. Même par jour de pluie, les rues sont pleines de scooter, et tous dans la même direction. J'aime l'effet des phares dans la composition.



Hi Will
I'm sure they all know what they are doing and where they are going but it looks like absolute mayhem. Love the sense of movement at low light, depth and the glowing colours. What an amazing and educational shot.
Best regards

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14379 W: 0 N: 16314] (174773)
  • [2016-09-05 7:31]


Sous la pluie quel effet quelle vue de toutes ces personnage et leur scooter un sacré rassemblement il sont serré géniale compo.
Bravo et amitié

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  • CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2758 W: 1360 N: 3160] (39987)
  • [2016-09-05 9:50]

Hi Will

We feel the noise, the fumes, the way they are going to start quickly when the light will be green, nice to see all the waterproof clothand the head light lighting the bikers.
It is the same subject as my picture http://fr.trekearth.com/gallery/Asia/China/East/Shanghai//photo990072.htm


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12184 W: 126 N: 21980] (112225)
  • [2016-09-05 11:35]

Hi Will,very impressive capture of the traffic in the Vietnam capital! Your choice of point of view is amazing,there isn't place to anyone there...ehehe....lovely example of modern times,very sharp and bright,i like it! Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

Hi Will
this is like a jigsaw puzzle or something, could you imagine?
I think it would actually work quite well.
good to see most people wearing a helmet, in fact, i'm quite surprised by that. its a fun and cool cultural shot.
have you tried counting them?

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  • tyro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1875 W: 417 N: 6818] (27492)
  • [2016-09-06 0:03]

Hello Will,

Now this is real street photography - even although I can see precious little of the actual street!

A fabulous snapshot of this sheer lunacy and I'm not surprised that Rosemary didn't want to join you on your hazardous walk here - I should have required a suit of armour to accompany you. Did you walk "with" or "against" the traffic? And I wonder if this is officially a one-way street or if that's just the way it is - anyone trying to drive their moped against this onslaught would find it rather difficult I suspect.

Anyone complaining of congestion in our British cities should have a look at this - a perfect shot, perfectly taken and of remarkable quality considering the poor light, your high ISO and your slow shutter speed - and with just a small compact camera.


Kind Regards,


Hello Will
I can imagine that you become mad if you are one of this guys in this heavy traffic in Saigon. And it is still raining too. But this is a great opportunity for a TE-photographer. The scene is amazing with this funny composition full of attractive colours.
Groet Rob

Hi Will,
Crowds there are world famous. Squeezing so many motorcycles or cyclettes make a stunning impression. Especially with those colourful raincoats and red backlights. Carefully framed views showing just the essential.

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10619 W: 146 N: 26757] (128339)
  • [2016-09-06 23:29]

Hello Will,

I haven't been in Saigon, but I was in some other cities in Vietnam and saw such scene. The motor bikers looks funny specially in rainy days in colourful raincoats , just like here. And how to croess the street? In HAnoiI stood helpless on the one side and was afraid to got the other. Sometimes it happened that someone took me by hand as if I was a child. Horror! Awesome picture.

WArm regrads Malgo

Hello Will,
the way both you and your camera coped with this scene is superb. This must be a very stressful situation to deal with in real life, but for me, as a viewer of your photo, the scene is absolutely mesmerizing. According to my experience a scene like this is highly improbable, I'm bewildered. I like how you framed all these bikers, fitting as many as possible in the diagonal perspective and making their stillness look like a flow. Clarity and colours are marvellous. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,

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  • BennyV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2518 W: 34 N: 4648] (25804)
  • [2016-09-21 3:10]

Ha, this is a scene I know very well, Will. Great capture with the frame full of motorbikes and raincoats, a few taillights on to create extra atmosphere and the ever present pepsi commercial included too.

Very Vietnam!


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