January 1, 2013

Behind the lens – January 2013

Herders and Bagan skyline at sunset
1/320 sec, f11, 170mm, ISO 200

The Place
Located in central Burma, Bagan is home to over two thousand pagodas and stupas. Some are completely ‘renovated’, others are little more than ruins. While the plains are lush and green during and after rainy season, dust fully takes the reigns in dry season. Bagan is best explored in the morning and evening, not just because of the quality of light, but also because temperatures soar during the day. Truly. Blazing. Hot. It’s a place to take your time and explore at your own pace.

The Story
I scouted several temples during the day for the best place for sunset. So I was prepared for the background shot with my telephoto lens – to stack the temples close together and show how many there are… Unexpectedly the herders came along and created a perfect foreground leading their animals home before dark. The dust, backlit and golden-brown, accentuates the herder’s silhouette. It’s these unplanned moments that a photographer lives for! Though I did almost miss the shot as moments before I was part of a monk shootout, but that’s a story for another day 😉

Full Calendar 2013
This image is part of the 2013 calendar. Follow this link to download the full size version to use as wallpaper on your tablet or desktop.

PS: This is the first post in a series of 12. So let me know if you like this format, or if you want more technical info or any other feedback, would love to hear your thoughts.

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Jilske | International wedding and travel photographer based in Sydney. | Behind the lens – October 2013

[…] Story As mentioned in January‘s post, it helps if you can scout your locations beforehand. We cycled by this temple during […]

15:06 October 1, 2013
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