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Tips on Halong Bay photography
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Halong Bay is a really wonderful place to take photos. Here are some tips that may be useful for travelers looking for amazing photos.
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The sunlight is important to have a good picture, so from April to July summer time amaze you with full of sunshine and sunset in the Bay.


                                      Sunset in Halong Bay

In addition, if you want to have the romantic portrait and seascapes photos with a little sun light and fantasy mist on surface of the sea, time from October to November is the choice.


You should have the lenses with very wide angle. For example: Canon 16-35mm F2.8L for Canon, Nikon 14-24 F2.8G for Nikon, 16-35mm f/2.8 SSM for Sony or even the cheap lens like Canon 18-55 IS also often gives beautiful photos when shooting HaLong Bay seascape.


                                      Halong Bay

Taken by Canon50D
Lens18-55 IS: F10
Exposure time: 1/200 second
Iso: 100
Focal length: 18mm

To take moment of the dinner in the cave or late afternoon in low light condition, slow exposures are regularly used, whether it’s to optimize depth of field with a small aperture or to create smooth and milky seascapes by taking long exposure pictures. Exposures can be seconds long, so a sturdy tripod is a must. To further minimize camera movement during the exposure, you can consider using a cable release or your camera’s self-timer, as well as locking the mirror up.


                                      Dinner in cave

Taken by Canon 600D
Lens 18-55IS: F6.0
Exposure time: 1/5 second
ISO 1600
Focal lengh: 18mm
Duration of trip

Ha Long Bay area is about 1553 km2 with 1969 islands. The beauty of the landscape gets change depends on looking from different angle or time of day. So the longer tour you book, the more opportunities you have to catch the great moment. That means the photography trip shouldn’t be less than 1 night.

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