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Vietnamese people harvesting clams in Thai Binh, North Vietnam

A holiday photography session in Vietnam

By Etienne / February 26, 2018 / 9 Comments

This week marks the end of the Tet holiday or Lunar New Year (please stop calling that the Chinese new year, mostly here in Vietnam!). Like every year I took some time off Hoi An with my family and we traveled to Thai Binh province, where my wife grew up. Thai Binh is basically located…

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woman walking in the old town

Best of 2017

By Etienne / December 20, 2017 / 12 Comments

I know the year is not over yet, but as I am sitting home with the rain hitting the windows I can’t help but feel melancholic about all the great adventuresĀ that happened earlier in the year.   After running almost 200 photography tours around Hoi An with Hoi An Photo Tour & Workshop, 6 3-day…

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farmer in a rice field in Vietnam

The last two "quiet" months

By Etienne / August 1, 2017 / 6 Comments

June and July are always a low time for me. It is low season in Hoi An and I run less half day photography tours. This is usually a time I become very lazy and catch up on sleep and think about the months to come. I do feel like I have been working less,…

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Isfahan mosque

A travel photographer in Iran

By Etienne / May 29, 2017 / 4 Comments

Last year I spent 3 weeks traveling through Iran, as a recon mission for my upcoming photography tour. I am now in the process of preparing for my first Iran photo workshop, coming this October (so excited!). It is truly an amazing country and I can hardly wait to be back with a group of…

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little girl in Lang Co lagoon

the beauty of Lang Co lagoon

By Etienne / May 22, 2017 / 3 Comments

Last night was the end of one more 3-day photography tour and workshop in central Vietnam. After a day and a half in and around Hoi An, we drove to the stunning lagoon of Lang Co for yet again an amazing photography session. This may have been the best afternoon I have ever spent in…

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More Fuji Love

By Etienne / April 23, 2017 / 5 Comments

I am in love my Fuji a little more as days pass. I have been writing about this already but the feeling is stronger now as I have been taking photos every day, running sunrise and sunset tours in Hoi An. But now I have come to an epiphany thanks to some scrotum looking potatoes.…

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silhouette of Vietnamese fishermen

The march photography workshop 2017

By Etienne / March 20, 2017 / 2 Comments

It’s another wrap! The first 3-day photography workshop in central Vietnam just ended. 10 students walking through the best areas that central Vietnam has to offer: plenty of great images, very little sleep and a little too many beers šŸ˜‰ The weather was very good when we started in Ho An but got cloudy by…

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10 reasons why Bangladesh is THE best place on Earth for people photography

By Etienne / February 7, 2017 / 5 Comments

10 reasons why Bangladesh is the best country in the world to improve your people photography skills   After my second visit to Bangladesh, I love it even more than before! I recently ran my first photography tour there and, watching the participants enjoy themselves so much and dramatically develop their people photography skills at…

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The ethics of Travel Photography

By Etienne / December 9, 2016 / 10 Comments

Last week while I was traveling with my group into Bangladesh I received a link to an article from my friend Thierry. The article was written by Amanda Machado and talks about the ethics of taking photos when traveling to developing countries. I read the article before heading outside and didn’t think much about it…

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North Vietnam photography tour

Trip report: North Vietnam photography tour 2016

By Etienne / October 1, 2016 / 4 Comments

For Pics of Asia’s 5th photography tour in the mountains of North Vietnam, we have been exploring whole new areas. Instead of heading towards Ha Giang I decided last year to run the tour around brand new locations, very far away from the main tourist destinations. The idea behind this change was to photograph locations…

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