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Sri Lanka 2019: Field notes

By Etienne / November 25, 2019 / 0 Comments

After a great first outing last year, Pics of Asia returned for its second photography tour of Sri Lanka. And once again, the teardrop-shaped island did not disappoint.  What’s great about Sri Lanka is that you can balance luxury accommodation with very non-luxurious locations for photography, such as smelly fish markets and muddy tea fields.…

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Field Notes: Iran Photo Tour, 2019

By Etienne / November 11, 2019 / 6 Comments

Hello from Iran! I’ve just finished another photography tour and thought you might want to know how it went. My karma must be good this year because once again I was blessed with a superb group. Out of five participants, four were returning students (I must be doing something right, right?). So it kind of…

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Putting the TRAVEL back in Travel Photography

By Etienne / October 14, 2019 / 0 Comments

If you join a Pics of Asia photo tour you’re guaranteed to get good photos. Why? Well, because we know the very best locations and we take you there at the very best times. We’re nice like that. 😉 But – and this may surprise you – getting great photos is not actually the main…

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North Vietnam photography tour 2019: field notes.

By Etienne / September 27, 2019 / 6 Comments

One of my favourite trips each year is when I say goodbye to the rivers and lagoons of Central Vietnam and head for respite, into the mountains of North Vietnam. No matter how many times I head north, it still feels like an adventure into the unknown. By the way, you can also check out…

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Vietnam Travel Photography & Sketching Tour 2020

By Etienne / September 16, 2019 / 0 Comments

As we are in the process of building new photography tours for 2020, we also thought that it would be very interesting to create the absolute new experience that you can’t find anywhere else. I only met Anna this year, as she joined one of my central Vietnam photography tours. Needless to say, it didn’t…

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Review of the Mitakon 35mm f/0.95 FX

By Etienne / September 11, 2019 / 6 Comments

September 2019 updates: After now over two years of shooting with this lens, I do have a few things to add. I still ove this lens very much, and I mostly use it for portraits, or when the light is very flat. Shooting with a really wide aperture helps to bring back depth in the…

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Seven-Day Hue & Phong Nha Tour

By Etienne / September 9, 2019 / 0 Comments

Exploring the land that time forgot After ten years of exploration, I consider myself something of an expert on the Central Vietnam coastline. Which is a region of amazing natural beauty and limitless photo opportunities. However, the area north of Hue and towards Hanoi has remained a bit of a mystery to me. Sure, I’ve…

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Hanoi Photo Walk – September 15th 2019

By Etienne / September 4, 2019 / 0 Comments

Join us for another photo walk in Vietnam with the team of Pics of Asia, this time in the capital city of Hanoi. For this September edition, we will be joined by Pics of Asia photographer Frederik Wissink, as well as street photographer Chu Viet Ha. Having Chu Viet Ha joining our photo walk is…

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Saigon Photo Walk – August 24th 2019

By Etienne / September 4, 2019 / 0 Comments

September 2019 update: Saigon photo walk wrap up What an event! For our first photo walk organized in Vietnam, over 35 people joined us. We did not expect so much turnout for our first event not happening in central Vietnam. We did split the group into 3 smaller groups and headed to the streets of…

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A day taking photos in Central Vietnam with Fujifilm GFX 50s

By Etienne / August 27, 2019 / 1 Comment

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to get my hands on a Fuji GFX camera. And last month, during a presentation of the GFX 100 (in a workshop organized by Fuji in Anh Duc Digital), I got the chance to actually take this camera in hand, and to snap a few images.  Now,…

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