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Photography in the Golden Land of Myanmar
So, we thought, what better way to party than to look at pictures of a land with many world heritage places. Myanmar - one you can travel to with us! Myanmar attracts even the most experienced traveller's mind, from the busy, "global and modern" mind of Yangon to tranquil ethnic minorities and mountain tribal communities spread across the state.
But, more important, in the heart of Myanmar, the Burmese are kind and always willing to help wherever you go. In contrast to other Asian nations, Myanmar's tourist industry has not yet fully evolved. The Burmese are enthusiastic about welcoming foreign nationals, about sensible discussions, about raising public consciousness about their own culture and about their general roles in the world.
This is the ideal place if you have ever played with the concept of travelling and taking pictures in distant countries. Burma is formally the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (also known as Burma), a country in Southeast Asia with more than a hundred people. Burma is a raw diamonds to be explored.
So, when it comes to documentaries and travelling there are few places in the world that offer the variety and potential that the famous Gold Country has to offer for amateurs and professionals. It was the photographical options that attracted me in the beginning. However, the chance to re-connect with the Myanmar population and see the changes in the country itself has fuelled my wish to continue since my first visit in 2013.
So, I came back last December and went to some of the same places as my first journey and also newer, more secluded places that were taboo for people then. When I got back from the journey, the first entry I made from my memos was this: "When I came back from the journey, the first entry in the diary was this:":
It was my first time here in 2013, and the rugged landscape and its beautiful scenery immediately impressed me. Not long ago, but a great deal has been happening in Myanmar since then. At that time, the state had only recently begun to open itself up to aliens, with many areas being banned or difficult to attain.
Except Yangon, the remainder of the countryside (or the parts I visited) stays largely the same. Because images tell a story much better than words, let's take a look at some photos of the most famous sights in Burma. I have put together these images from my two travels to the Gold State.
Hopefully they will give you a brief insight into the kind of places, peoples and cultures you can see on a photo tour to Myanmar. It was the capitol of Myanmar until it was moved to Naypyidaw in 2006. Nevertheless, this is Myanmar's biggest and most important trading centre.
It is the first place you will see when you come to Myanmar, where you will see most of the changes and modernisation that are currently underway. It is often ignored and I think it' s stopped here in a hurry to see other more famous areas. Yangon not only has the largest number of ancient southeast Asian monuments, but also the holiest Buddhist sanctuary in Myanmar, the Shwegadon Pagoda.
There' is much to see and take pictures of in Yangon and all over the city: the roundtrip, convents, a one-of-a-kind fishing fair and the also famed Kandawgyi Lake. Kyaing Tong, a delightful, tranquil city in the far eastern part of Shan State, lies on Naung Tong Lake, with a scenic mountain landscape as a view.
Taking pictures of the sundown around the pond and exploring the markets is without a shadow of a doubt an unforgettable time. What distinguishes this place, however, is the diversity of mountain tours in the vicinity with direct links to the towns of Wa, Akha, Palaung and Lahu, where little has happened over the years. Hikes are light to medium, but every exertion is quickly offset once you are there.
And as you can see, they're the ones in need. When you leave, I suggest you do what I did before you go to the hill, take a walk to the village square in Kyaing Tong and buy some medicines and materials and take them to the neighborhood. It is Myanmar's second biggest one.
Around 70,000 inhabitants are living around him, spread out in small towns all over the area. They are known as Intha. Though this is a favourite traveler' s goal in the land, the indigenous civilization stays the same. Taking pictures and navigation in the towns is therefore a pleasant one. However, Inle is also known for its fishers.
Inele Lake is noteworthy for his photographs. And the best: Inle Lake is great music. Perhaps the most mystic place in all of Myanmar, an old town that is an archaeological site. Filming in Bagan can begin at dawn, finishing well after sundown every single working night but never getting weary.
Outside the sanctuaries there are many towns and convents that you can see. As everywhere in Myanmar, the local community is inviting and hospitable. You can take pictures of the postcard-like scenery, the friars and the villagers. Or, if you choose to see them climb up from the roof of a church, this is a view you will never forgotten and of course you can get epoxy pictures of this one.
Burma is a third-world nation, but it's quite secure when you don't go into areas of war. Myanmar will focus on landscape and portrait photography, so you need a lens that extends from the broad to the center of the lens. NOTICE: For clarity and to make sure things don't get too difficult, I'll talk about the full-screen focus, so if you have a full-screen lens using a cropping image processing system or any other formats, you just know that you need to make conversions for your system.
When you want to be at least super-light, you should use an all-purpose objective. This is what I call a trip zooming, like a 28-300mm or the like. This is the only objective you can use to meet most of your needs and are able to move very easily. However, the only disadvantage of this setting is that your "travel zoom" has some restrictions in low lighting conditions and you have to offset it with a higher value of IS.
I mention this because you'll be doing a great deal of indoor filming and the churches are generally bad. Actually, in many cases you will shoot by candles. I would say that the perfect objectives for Myanmar are the so-called trifecta: a 14-24mm, 24-70mm and a 70-200mm.
It' a must, because in Myanmar you'll be hunting for the lights every single second. Myanmar through the world of photographing is a wonderful and unforgettable journey. The thing I like most about travelling is the way it makes me slower. Myanmar is secluded, mystical and cultured.
That is why photography in the Gold Lands should be on every traveller's and adventurer's wish book, and I think now is the right moment to do so. It is opening up to the outside worlds and is undergoing rapid change. Unfortunately, some of the thousand-year old indigenous tradition is vanishing as the younger generation leave their village and move to the larger towns to seek a better one.
I' m dying to get back to Myanmar! So if you want to come with Darlene and me to this amazing country, take a look at our forthcoming February 2019 itinerary. Although you don't have the chance to see Myanmar, I trust these tales and pictures have been inspiring you.
Shoot near home and see how you can get into it.