Frogs boiling in a pot in Vientiane, Laos

Frogs being boiled at a local market - Vientiane, Laos.  A travel photo of frogs being sold and purchased at the market - Vientiane, Laos.

Visiting locals markets in SE Asia is one of my favourite activities.  When I was based in the capital city of Vientiane, Laos I spent many hours wandering around in search of local markets.  This particular market was selling lots of animals that would be considered ‘exotic’ for westerners.  The frogs here were being boiled and being individually taken out of the container with tongs.

For the photographer, it’s never a bad idea to take close-up shots of items being sold at a market.  In this case shooting with your lens wide open allows one to have a shallow (also known as a selective) depth of field.  The subject is in focus but the rest of the photo is slightly out of focus.  This allows the photographer to selectively decide what is the subject without having distracting elements competing for the viewers attention.

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