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The amazing “one-legged” fishermen of Inle Lake, Myanmar (Burma)

_djc3037dxo_cvInle Lake in Myanmar is famous for its “one-legged” fishermen. They perform the seemingly impossible feat of rowing (and steering) their small, teak-hulled, wooden boats with one leg wrapped around a single oar while managing to fish with a net at the same time.
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Myanmar (Burma) Photo Tour December 2015

Dates: 
2015-12-04 11:00 - 2015-12-16 08:00

Explore Burma (Myanmar) for a glorious 13 days and 12 nights

No country is evolving more quickly, and more positively, than Myanmar (for now, Burma to the UK & US governments). Thousands of years of Buddhist sites, history and culture are now open for tourism. Yet, limited infrastructure has meant that it is still a pleasure to visit, and no people loves Americans more than the Burmese -- we have been solidly on their side since WWII.

We will visit, explore and photograph amazing temples, colorful markets, and unique lifestyles throughout the country. Destinations will range from the massive golden pagoda of the Shwedagon to the hand-made wooden boats and "one-legged" rowers of Inle Lake. 

For those who want to take advantage of the proximity of Angkor Wat and other Khmer temples, we may be able to offer an optional "pre-trip" to Cambodia (depending on interest level). Taken together, sites in Siem Reap (the Angkor Wat temple complex and surrounding sites) in Cambodia, along with Yangon, Bagan, and Mandalay in Burma (Myanmar) offer the opportunity of a lifetime to discover the legacy of several of the important cultures which form the Southeast Asian mosaic and to capture stunning images of lasting interest.

Nikon 70-300mm AF-S VR Lens: Compact and Competent

img_productNo lens has been more of a workhorse in the Nikon lineup than the mid-range pro zoom. Starting life as an 80-200mm f/2.8 lens for film, it has gone through many iterations until the current Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 AF-S VR II Lens version. However, its $2400 price tag, 8” length, and 3.4 lb. weight mean that it isn’t right for everyone or for every situation.

Enter the sleek, slender, but still well-built Nikon 70-300mm AF-S VR Lens. At 1/4 the price and less than half the weight of its bigger brother, with a built-in focusing motor (AF-S) for fast focusing, the lens is a tempting alternative for travel assignments or everyday use. It’s extra range (300mm versus 200mm) also means that it doesn’t require a teleconverter to bring distant subjects into the frame. Read more »

Temples of Angkor – Cambodia Photo Tour, unique opportunity

Dates: 
2013-11-30 13:00 - 2013-12-04 12:00

angkor_wat_1346The name Angkor Wat conjures up images of a lost civilization and a glimpse into the ancient history of man. Despite being one of the seven wonders of the old world, Angkor Wat is only one of many dozens of temples in the area near Siem Reap in Cambodia. Each year I lead a photo tour to the temples of Cambodia and onward to Burma. This year, due to the way people’s schedules worked out, the Burma portion of the trip is sold out, but I have four openings for the first part of the tour in Cambodia.

We’ll meet up in Siem Reap, Cambodia, where we'll spend nearly five days photographing Angkor Wat and some of the dozens of nearby sites and villages. These temples, constructed between the ninth and twelfth centuries represent the apogee of one of the most powerful and influential cultures in Southeast Asian history. The number of worthwhile sites and the opportunity for getting great images are almost limitless. Even if you've been to Angkor before we guarantee to show you new places and new photo opportunities. Read more »

An early morning challenge: Photographing 1,000 Buddhist monks

djc_3784Sometimes you need to be careful what you wish for. We’d been hoping to see a procession of monks going out for their morning rounds of alms collecting, when we noticed preparations for a major ceremony and found out that the next day 1,000 (precisely 1,000 in this case) monks would be traveling by boat from the far corners of the Inle Lake region to assemble and then join a procession of boats which would receive donations of food and new robes. Read more »