Michael Breitung Photography


Blog - Photographing Vietnam – Mu Cang Chai

The past few weeks I have been travelling through Vietnam and afterwards I spent a few days in Hong Kong. As usual I filmed some behind the scenes Vlogs, which I will share with you in the coming weeks.

The first part of our travels took us from Hanoi to Mu Cang Chai in the North of Vietnam. This area is particularly beautiful during harvest season in September. Unfortunately this time is also the rainy season and thus the weather was a little uncomfortable at times.

Rice fields in Yen Bai district of Vietnam

Yen Bai
Equipment: Canon EOS 5DSR | Canon 70-200mm f/4 IS | Kase K8 Kit + Polarizer + Kase 0.6 Hard GND
Exif: f/11 | 70mm | ISO 100 | 0,3s multiple exposures for focus stacking

But aside from the frequent rain during our first days in Vietnam we had a great time. I had booked a custom tour via Custom Vietnam Travel and it was the perfect way to experience the North of Vietnam and learn about the landscapes and the people.

I think the best part of that tour, besides the beautiful places we visited, was the food. We often ate at little local restaurants, which we wouldn’t have found, if we had travelled on your own. Also the food at our homestays was excellent – even better than most of the food we got when staying in more expensive lodges.

Mountains and rice terraces in northern Vietnam

Mu Cang Chai
Equipment: Canon EOS 5DSR | Canon 70-200mm f/4 IS | Hoya HD Polarizer
Exif: f/9,5 | 116mm | ISO 100 | 1,8s multiple exposures for focus stacking

In the video below I show you some of the places we visited and also how I tried to photograph them. Due to the weather this was a bit of a challenge, but in the end I got some nice photos.

Also, this was only the first part of our travels. The next stop was Sapa where I finally got some great light and where I was able to capture some photos of the rice paddies as I had previsualized them when planning our trip. So stay tuned.



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