Photos of me and the annular eclipse @ Pyin Oo Lwin Myanmar 15/01/2010 and probably the first photos of eclipse out of these parts online

•January 15, 2010 • 3 Comments

amateurish photo of annular solar eclipse 15/01/2010 pyin oo lwin myanmar

me and solar eclipse 15/01/2010

me n the eclipse : oh those eyes smart !

Hope I haven’t got damaged retinas or ruined camera sensors !

Ha ha ha !

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The last photos of 2009

•January 8, 2010 • 2 Comments

Novice monks playing marbles in Namtu

Sesame fields forever

On the Road to Monywa from Mandalay

Rough Riders of Lashio

Not the Pink Panther but the Pink Buffalo !

Colours at Noon

Blue Pagoda

Solitude

Fishing on the Irrawaddy

On the Way to Mandalay

Devotion (1)

Devotion (2)

Sagaing Hills and the Irrawaddy/ Ayeyawaddy

Morning stroll

WWII Bailey Bridge at Hsipaw

It's a long and winding road ( Northern Shan State )

Pigeon @ Godess of Mercy Temple

Serenity

Shadow & Light

Markets,mountains and mini-monks etc…

•December 18, 2009 • 1 Comment

I just love markets , so much colour and movement.


Advice on taking photos in Myanmar

•December 15, 2009 • Leave a Comment

I take a lot of photos. Everywhere I can and as much as I can. But I have to give some advice to my fellow shooters especially those from Myanmar. Why ? About what? you may ask . Well read on !

You see, shooting in the tourist areas and stuff like monks and monasteries should be no problem at all but when doing street photog near gov facilities or markets and in neighbourhoods, I guess you have to be more… more…”sensitive” ? Not everyone likes being photographed ( that much you already know – my younger kid hates it when I do ) but some people will come up to you with a serious (anxious ? ) face saying
: Why are you taking photos ?
Well, I’ve been asked plenty a time and my stock answer is now ” I am gonna be be in a photography competition and need new material”. That should take care of most enquiries. I know I could say something like ” I am taking photos of fairies or recording fossil life in a country perfectly mint-preserved in museum condition “etc. but who would understand all that stuff and why waste time explaining all that when you are out having fun with the Nikon ?

Well anyways, our country still has lots of quirks and going around snapping away with a camera may seem mighty suspicious for some. ” Some” meaning those who are blatantly doing something wrong or illegal but profitable in plain view ( or within telephoto range ) with the blessing of a local bigwig and they might think you are shooting for nefarious reasons like doing an expose of their misdeeds etc.

Sounds strange doesn’t it ?
Well,that’s the reality but keep on shooting !

How about foreigners ? For them, I don’t know.
I ain’t one !
Maybe get you’d get your memory card ripped out and eaten or mob-lynched or sent to the boondocks ?
Just joking! We, Burmese / Myanmar are much too polite and cultured to do such things to “guests”.

OK, OK, people from other lands, just say : ” Dat pon Yite mare OK naw ? ” to the denizens of this place to inform them you are about to take away their souls via your little magic black box !
Kids here will demand you do take their photos most of times too !

Locals,try to ask for permission to take photos of people too. Most people here will happily oblige . Me, I try not to take pics of people’s faces. That way I don’t need a model release.

And just for the record, I have not and probably will never enter a photo competition either. Most are rigged like beauty contests here, so some say !

There’s me in a pic in this post !

•December 13, 2009 • 1 Comment

No prizes for correctly guessing which pic is of me !
Most of these images are from around Mandalay. I try to not to take pictures of the sights which are already on a million websites but try to portray from own poor perspective a bit of what it is like to live here in Mandalay and Upper Myanmar/Burma. All you guys and girls out there,around the world from Mandalay and whereabouts, please do enjoy my stuff…. it is a joy and honour to able to show you a bit of home.
My photography technique is still poor but if it at least these pics give you a few minutes of delight, I too am real happy.

But if they make you more homesick …. well…

Cheers
USL

Learning trip

•December 13, 2009 • Leave a Comment

I am trying to learn to take good photos. Join me on this “learning trip” as I make mistakes,sometimes post boring or horrible pics and hopefully get better and better

!

More photos to bore all of u guys

•December 11, 2009 • 1 Comment

They say that a pic can say what a million words can’t …. well I don’t know about that but some pics definitely send u to sleep . I hope mine don’t ! Cheers ! USL