Shan State

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Quick tip: Taming the sun with a Multiply layer in Photoshop

Pl_ShweYanPanMonastery_0116mulSometimes you just can’t control the clock or the sun. The monastery in Nyaung Shwe (in Myanmar’s Shan State) is famous for its historic round wood windows. But finding them with novices peering out from the study hall inside was a special treat. Harsh light or not, it was a great photo opportunity. Having a Nikon D810 certainly helped me capture the full tonal range of the image from light to dark, but another trick was needed to make the image look good…

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.

Southeast Asia Trip Report–Destination Myanmar (Burma)

"Intha Style" boats are family cars for the villagers living on Inle Lake. Here the father takes his daughter to school and his wife to market before beginning his day fishing.After a busy five days in Cambodia we reluctantly took our leave and jetted off to Myanmar. After a short connection in the Bangkok airport (Bill was ecstatic to find they had Durian ice cream there but the foot massages were a bigger hit with most of the folks) we arrived in Yangon (formerly Rangoon and still the largest city in Myanmar) in time to see sunset on the way into town. We get asked a lot about whether it is difficult to get permission to travel in Myanmar and the answer is absolutely not—tourists are welcomed. And once there no country has friendlier people…


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Pindaya Cave: Second Time Is The Charm

pl_pindayacave_0169Ever since I saw a photo of Pindaya Cave in a travel magazine I’ve been smitten with the way over the edge array of caverns literally stuffed full of over 8,000 Buddha images lit in a bewildering number of different ways. The result is an incredible experience. But capturing more than a tiny slice of the cave can be a photo nightmare.