Photo of the Week 20 August 2013
Congratulations to Lanny Nagler from Hartford, Connecticut for his captivating image “Saigon Lady.” His image of a calm faced poised woman amidst this destressed wall intrigued us and we wanted to know the story behind the image. We had the chance to speak with Lanny about where this image was taken and how he stumbled upon this scene while traveling in Vietnam. Find out what gear he enjoys using for spur of the moment portraiture and where he’s planning his next travel photography trip!
What type of camera, gear, and equipment did you use to capture the shot? Do you have a title for the image?
For this shot I was using the Canon 5D Mark III and the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM lens. Although I had other Canon lenses including the 17-40mm, the 24-105mm is my lens of choice for those on the spot real-life portraits. The ability to record noise free images in lower light situations is vital.
Where was the image taken? What about this scene and individual inspired you to snap this shot?
This photo was taken in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) in Vietnam. I am constantly working on a personal project which I call “Wallscapes.” These are photos of sections of walls which are usually colorful and distressed in some way by man or nature. I was out looking for examples in Saigon when I noticed an extremely narrow alley-way which had an amazing wall. When I ventured down in search of the perfect section I noticed this woman sitting on a chair in the alley. After a few minutes of smiles and international sign language she allowed me to take the photo. Since the alley was so narrow my back was pressed against the wall opposite her. The lens was at 24mm as wide as it would go. I must admit she was very amused with my efforts. I feel there is a comfort and peacefulness in her face. This proves that sometimes great photos happen in places where you least expect them.
What was your first camera, and what were your early professional photography projects like?
My first camera was a Pentax Spotmatic. My early photography was street photography in New York City. Early on I worked as an assistant for the late fashion and Rock and Roll photographer Joel Brodsky. My professional career has spanned over 35 years.
Anywhere on your bucket list that you’d like to travel to and photograph?
I have been fortunate to travel to many places and have seen things that influence how I see the world. There is no shortage of places to visit and photos to take. Southern Europe and South America hold a particular appeal.
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