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These photos were shot in Hanoi Vietnam. In the trips chronology, they were some of the last pictures that I took. After this, it was a short trip to Hong Kong and then back “home” after a 29 hour train ride up the coast of China. The details. All shot with a Leica M2 with […]


These photos were shot in Hanoi Vietnam. In the trips chronology, they were some of the last pictures that I took. After this, it was a short trip to Hong Kong and then back “home” after a 29 hour train ride up the coast of China.

The details. All shot with a Leica M2 with either a Voigtlander 35 1.4 or a nikkor 50 1.4 on Kodak Tri-X, developed in D76 1:1.

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Here is the proof that I am not dead. I have made it back to Beijing after living out of a back pack for the past six months. I survived countless hours on shitty buses, trains, cars, vans, motorcycles, airplanes. I have traveled over some of the worst roads and paths to get where I was going. I endured hours of heavy bags, sweltering temperatures, freezing sleet, bugs, wild animals, touts and beggars.

I also saw some of the most amazing places that this Earth has to offer. I met some of the nicest people that I can imagine. I ate some of the greatest food that has been made. I have been blessed on this trip.

The total was nine countries, thousands of miles (not sure of the total), 158 days (I think), 50 rolls of film and somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 books.

I shot less film that I thought I would. I took about 120 rolls and went through a little under half of it. So far though I have been happy with what I shot. I am only 8 rolls into the pile as far as developing goes and only one roll into the scanning. I am torn on how to proceed. Should I develop everything and then start scanning or should I develop some and then scan some? Tough call.

On the trip the Leica proved to be a solid companion. It never faltered even though it was made in the late 50’s. Next time I do it though, I would probably leave the 85mm lens at home. I think I used it a grand total of one day for one roll. It’s too heavy to lug around.

Packing for this trip was not the easiest. I had to pack for the -30’c in Saskatoon Canada and also the +38’C that I encountered in S.E. Asia. It made for a heavy and full backpack. The camera bag also was a little of a strain. I never bothered getting hand checks for the film at the x-ray scanners and so far, no issues. So to all the people who worry about it and say “go Digital” I say, no need. Use what you want and what feels comfortable to you. For me, that was a Leica and Tri-X film.