Myanmar in Black and White



After much delay since arriving home, I am finally getting to my editing of the images from Myanmar. Other business, including plans for 2014, just had to get finalized before I could focus my time on this huge project. Now that I’m home through mid-January, I am looking forward to getting deep into the collection and processing my favorites from our fantastic photo tour. So I’ll be posting a lot more here very soon…

Our days in Inlay Lake in Myanmar were terrific! At this point in the tour, you travel by boat only – and it was a great experience to be out on the water – at basically water level – to photograph people, villages, farming and scenery, as it offered a more unique point of view. We hired fisherman to join us so that we could photograph them as they went about their activities, and yes, we set up a few shots, like this one. I liked the idea of looking down through the bamboo/cord fishing ‘cone’ towards the fisherman, so we arranged to have him in position for this.  The fisherman row their boats in this leg-rowing manner, and as he put his leg out on the oar to stabilize the boat, I got the gesture I was looking for.

With the amount of clouds in the sky, the colors were not as vibrant as I wanted, but I knew it would be a great candidate for black and white, especially since the shape of the fishing cone added a graphic element against the sky. Image was processed using NIK Collection’s Silver Efex Pro 2.


Thanks for being here,





We’ll be returning in February 2015 for another photo tour to Myanmar. Check our Workshops and Tour Schedule for futher updates.

Brenda Tharp
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  1. JB November 26, 2013 at 1:27 pm #

    Great shot Brenda!

    • Brenda November 27, 2013 at 7:37 pm #

      Thanks, JB! We took soooooo many pictures of these guys – with our boat moving, and bobbing, and their boats moving, and each person wanting a ‘turn’ it was a fun but exhausting photo session, but in the end we made some amazing photos of the fisherman in different light, too.