A few weeks ago, I had the (self-assigned) task of creating a photo essay for the current issue of Oi Vietnam, and since we’re smack in the middle of the wet season here, I thought it could provide a good chance to see the rain with something other than annoyance and displeasure that it usually brings when I must move about in it. Below are a few scenes which crossed my lens as I was exploring the wet and wonderful city, that gave me a bit of a chance to better appreciate this ever-present aqueous part of life here.

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From the window of a small propeller plane on an early morning flight to an assignment.

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The view from my balcony.

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Shot with a Nikonos V (which I got for a steal on ebay). It’s waterproof and built like a tank. I can’t wait to use it more.

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Also seen from my balcony…

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then venturing down to see the faces taking temporary cover under the bus stop.

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I thought if I must take a 530am flight, I should at least have a camera out to keep my eyes open, and it paid off I think.

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The main intersection in my neighborhood of District 7.

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A woman selling produce in a local market as seen through the dewy windows of a taxi.

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School children gather in a courtyard just after and just before downpours.

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From the window of the airport bus as it shuttled us out onto the tarmac one early, wet morning.

And below are the tear sheets as they appear in printed form. Check out a copy around the city or online if you’d like.

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