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Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7668 W: 150 N: 16606] (73376)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02
Categories: Daily Life
Camera: Nikon D70s, 18-70mm AF-S DX 3.5 - 4.5 Nikkor, ISO 200 RAW
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2018-07-05 1:16
Viewed: 483
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The morning was still slightly hazy when this was taken in the heart of Hanoi Old Quarter when life was about to begin. A unique view on how the locals organize their lives in an area packed with houses all crammed next to each other and dangerously close to the railway track that cuts across the neighborhood.

Most of the daily activities happen alongside, between and on top of the tracks, so most of the times the track is used as if it's a regular street; you'll find restaurants, shops, farmers markets etc along the track.

The railroad tracks are expertly marked, warning passersby to keep a look out for oncoming trains and the locals know when the train is coming and move out of the way and even dismantle shop displays when the train is approaching. When the track is clear they move back into the middle and for them it is part of their routine.

It's an astonishing variety of life but amazing to see the people live here at such peace....

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12105 W: 126 N: 21889] (111705)
  • [2018-07-05 1:53]

Hi Abmdsudi,another time a beautiful pic,showing something of curious and interesting about this people living so close the railway,a lovely busy composition with the nice atmosphere of the foggy morning too. Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Abmdsudi,
An interesting and rather curious scene. I like the point of view; one wants to hurry and see what lies behind the curve in the track. The people enliven the scene and supply an effective focal point. The whole is well exposed with good colours and sharpness.

Dobar dan.
Lep pogled, interesantan i dobar tekst ...
Lepo pokazano, dobar kontrast i perspektiva, lepe boje, lepo uhvacen trenutak sa prolaznicima.
Lep pruga i fasade kuca. Lep trenutak ujutru na pruzi.
Zelim vam lepo popodne, sve najbolje.

Ciao Abmdsudi, lovely composition with railway in a village and walking couple, excellent perspective, splendid light and wonderful colors very well done, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Bonjour, cher Abmdsudi,
Très bonne prise de vue, le réalisme est parfaitement rendu, j'ai l'impression d'être sur place et d'assister comme témoin privilégié.
Mercie, également de nous faire profiter de vos remarques à propos des lieux.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24818 W: 520 N: 41789] (179260)
  • [2018-07-05 6:17]

Hello Abmdsudi,

This is real a specially picture the curving of the rails makes your picture still better.
You create nice depth and perspective.
Sharpness and clarity are amazing.
Very well done, TFS.

Have a nice day,

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10081 W: 161 N: 16609] (128447)
  • [2018-07-05 7:28]

Witaj Abmdsudi!
A very interesting place, curious view.
The railway track make impression.
Good frame, colors and light.
I like houses.
Well done.
Good night.

Bonjour Abmdsudi,

J'ai vu des reportages sur cette voie ferrée à la télévision. Mettons que les habitants de la place ne sont pas très peureux et qu'ils vivent très près de la voie. Superbe scène de la vie quotidienne dans cette partie du monde.



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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9481 W: 57 N: 16136] (59726)
  • [2018-07-05 8:02]

Hello Abmdsudi,
A surprising sight to find those train tracks running so closely along the footpath and the houses. The curve in the road and the tracks creates a dynamic composition. The few people add a calm mood.

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3526 W: 0 N: 8228] (58469)
  • [2018-07-05 8:14]

A year ago I saw a movie on TV about this village, a very interesting place, but also dangerous, for example for playing children, a very good reportage photo
regards Ryszard

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14271 W: 0 N: 16256] (173634)
  • [2018-07-05 9:57]


Fantastique vue avec ces voies de train et la courbe quelle ambiance avec cette fumée les personnages qui vivent le long de la voir sueprbe iamg et captage.
Bravo et amitié

Hello abmdsudi,

I wonder how often accidents occur in such an environment. Nice shot by the way.

Best Wishes,

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  • PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4259 W: 2 N: 7334] (35722)
  • [2018-07-05 13:26]

Hello Abmdsudi,
Wonderful picture from Hanoi.
Attractive picture with nice composition and good sharpness.
Fine presentation

Hello Abmdsudi,
This reminds me of a clip I saw (on facebook, I think it was) in which there is a market set up in a railway alley like this, and everybody picks up and reorganizes when a train passes, as a matter of routine. 👍👍

Hi Abmdsudi
I have questions...I hope you have time to answer them if you don't mind :)

do you see many tourist photographers hanging around here? I know I would be, and how do the locals feel about their local area being a haven for photographers.

do you have a photo of a train passing by....i have seen SO many photos from here but can't recall one with a train passing through.

which then leads to my next question...how often do the trains pass through? if its quite frequent it would be irritating for the locals to move all the time...if its only once or twice a day its not really a big deal.

great shot, wonderful cultural scene, and like the foggy air in the bg, perhaps from cooking? I cant imagine why locals would build homes so close to the tracks - is it because the land is cheap and its hard to find a place to build elsewhere?

love this.

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  • CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2747 W: 1355 N: 3133] (39705)
  • [2018-07-05 22:44]

Hello Abmdsudi

Amazing city life taking the rail tracks as a pedestrian street, the houses seem to be built with everything. The 2 persons give life to the picture

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14662 W: 1049 N: 29891] (140565)
  • [2018-07-06 8:49]

Hi Abmdsudi

The curving railway track provides excellent lead in lines and perspective. I hope you saw the water puppets in Hanoi. They were a highlight of my trip to Vietnam. Tfs!

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  • Lidka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 398 W: 108 N: 906] (527)
  • [2018-07-07 0:09]

Dear Abmdsudi!
Amazing work. Fantastic place. Fantastic scene and scenery. Superb exposure and capture. ideal contrast and sharpness. Sophisticated work. Great effect.
Well done!

Hi, Abmdsudi.
A fantastic composition of the most unusual, I never saw a train that runs through the center of a narrow street, the atmosphere given by the old houses and the girl who comes walking, bring all the charm of the East.
Very effective coloring, which highlights the details of the image.
Good management, both brightness and sharpness.
Very well done. I like it.
Enjoy the weekend.
My best wishes for you.

Hello Abmdsudi, very good picture of this interesting scene of everyday life next to the train, very well captured in this interesting image, with good sharpness, depth, light, color and quality. A great job perfectly done, my congratulations, my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.

Good night and happy weekend.
All the best from the south of Spain.

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15943 W: 159 N: 27814] (146112)
  • [2018-07-24 2:07]

Hi Abmdsudi
Incroyable ces habitations si près des rails, bon POV formant une jolie courbe, vraiment une image particulière bien présenter
Best regard

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10294 W: 174 N: 18363] (81809)
  • [2018-08-04 10:08]


I can imagine the risk for people living in this area, in special for kids, when the trais are in movement. this reminded me a similar area in alagoas state where they even make a fair above the tracks. nice aspect of the area with the light and textures of the place.

take care


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