Myanmar in Black and White

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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,

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

Brenda Tharp
Brenda is an award-winning photographer, author, keynote speaker, workshop instructor and tour leader. Her acclaimed books include Creative Nature and Outdoor Photography, and Extraordinary Everyday Photography.
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2 Comments

  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.