How my wide angle lens saved me from eating a live cricket - Dalat, Vietnam, Southeast Asia

How my wide angle lens saved me from eating a live cricket - Dalat, Vietnam, Southeast Asia

How my wide angle lens saved me from eating a live cricket - Dalat, Vietnam, Southeast Asia

“Best wide-angle lens? Two steps backward. Look for the ‘ah-ha’.” – Ernst Haas

I mentioned in my last post my “secret” street photography tactic to photographing locals.

If timed correctly, sticking your tongue out will definitely break the ice with the local people, get them to smile and put them more at ease in front of your camera.

Sometimes the move may backfire and you may get a cricket thrown in your face.


Let me explain.

During my stay in Dalat, Vietnam my guesthouse arranged a motorbike tour were we drove through the countryside and visited a coffee plantation, silk farm, waterfall, a local food market, an ethnic minority tribe and a cricket farm.

In Vietnam they snack on fried crickets just as Americans love to snack on potato chips. I tried it and yes, they taste like chicken.

Our first stop in the morning was at a farm where they raise crickets for food consumption. Our tour guide explained the crickets are delivered to the local market where they are fried and sold in quantity as a snack.

“Do you eat them raw,” I asked?

“Try it,” She said.

She then tried to force feed me by attempting to stick a cricket in my mouth.

“No, you eat a live one and I’ll photograph it,” I replied while stepping back to avoid the cricket invasion.

She refused to eat it so once again I resorted to sticking my tongue out to get a reaction. She put the live cricket to her mouth as if she was going to eat it then flung it at me.

Good thing I had my wide angle lens for it prevented the cricket from landing in my mouth.

In the end we had a great laugh and I captured my “ah-ha” moment.

Check back for more of my adventures in Vietnam!

Happy Travels!

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Taken on: 15th April, 2012. Copyright: All Rights Reserved - See Sam Antonio Photography's page of Flickr

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