To TET, or not to TET ? That is the question.
Most travel advice will tell you that it is not a good idea to visit Vietnam during TET. And I can certainly see why…
But let me explain to you first: What is TET ? TET, is the lunar new-year festive season in Vietnam. During which Vietnam virtually shuts down. Almost everything is closed in that period – even big malls close down.
And the usually super busy cities become very quiet… Even finding an open restaurant can be challenging.
Flowers, flowers and yet more flowers.
There is a particular charm, and actually a lot going on during TET. The people of Viet Nam are all in a very festive mood.
And the most outstanding thing about TET is the abundance, or should I say glut, of flowers everywhere. Everything is decorated – a little bit like Christmas in the Western world.
I have been privileged to capture some of the atmospheres of that period in pictures.
Part of my mission during this Vietnam visit was to tame my new beast: The Sony @ 7 r II , which I purchased just a few days before my departure.
And what a beast it is. Steep learning curve !
I am very impressed by this camera and the possibilities it offers. Is it perfect ? Nope, at least not with a Metabone adapter. I missed a few shots ‘coz occasionally the ability to autofocus disappeared and I had to restart the camera…
Certainly not something I could afford doing during a wedding.
Let’s see in the near future when I get some Sony glass if indeed the Metabone adapter is the culprit.
I’ll keep you updated.
Lens wise I brought the current ‘Primadonna’ of the 50ies – Sigma 50 / 1.4 Art and my wide-angle darling: Tamron 15-30 / 2.8.
A perfect choice as it turned out. One thing that I love about my Sony cam is that I can switch it from full-frame to APS-C and then sim-sala-bim the 50 becomes (almost) a 85…
At first, I was not too happy about my visit to Vietnam coinciding with TET. But after 2,3 days I completely changed my mind.
Now looking back I think I was fortunate to come during TET and to witness the lovely festivities during this special period of the year.
So to answer the question: To TET or not to TET? I may well come again during TET and have my next tete-a-tete with Vietnam.
Truly’ – DOMINIK