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Having a great guide makes a difference…



In a photography tour having a great local guide is essential to a successful photography tour. They set up the access to places, arrange for models, meals, transportation, etc. They know what to do when things change unexpectedly, as they often do when in developing nations and remote locations. And if you get all of that plus someone who knows photography, well, that just adds so much value to the tour. Often, you can find a great guide who knows the route, the history/culture, etc., but they don’t ‘get’ photographers’ needs so much.

We’re lucky – for our Myanmar Photo Tour, February 1-15, 2015, we have a wonderful guide. Win has been a professional guide for many years, and learned photography along the way so that he could guide for photography groups from around the world. He has his own business of selling his images and self-publishing books and calendars and his own tours. He has led tours for a host of professional photography leaders, I’m thrilled to have him as our guide! So today, I wanted to celebrate the fact that our tour will be led and managed by an efficient, experienced and knowledgeable guide who just happens to know what creative light is!

Our tour will encompass many of highlights – please read the itinerary and click on the Register Now button to go to Strabo Tours’ site for more information, and to register.

With both me and Win you can be assured you’ll have not only great photo opportunities, but also the help to make the best picture you can of the moment.



Bagan Panorama




Thanks to Win for working out all the logistical details that allowed us all to focus on photography while we were there.

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The Right Moment

Monk walking in monastery, Bhutan


Never underestimate the power of gesture in a photograph to make it come alive.

It was late in the day when we wandered through the Punakha monastery in Bhutan. The light was low and side lighting the walls adding a nice texture. It was relatively quiet – the admin side of the monastery was closed, and only a few monks were sitting outside in a doorway when we came around the corner. But it was a nice scene and some of us photographed them while others focused on details of the amazing architecture.   Suddenly I spotted this one monk heading for the exit door. I saw the possibilities for a simple photograph with him silhouetted against the sidelight wall as he was walking in the shade. I waited for him to get into a position that helped balance the window and shadow in the upper right. But what I didn’t expect was when he started wrapping his robe/shawl around him – that moment when the fabric waved in the breeze, coupled with his lifted foot, gave a gesture to the scene that went beyond being a still life. Let’s just say I was a elated in that moment – with the moment I captured.


I am looking at returning to Bhutan in 2016, having done three trips there, the last one in 2011, it’s time to return! But I am looking at eastern Bhutan, the less travelled area, this time. Stay tuned!

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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.

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Upcoming Tour to Burma

I really can’t wait! Our upcoming trip is going to be a wonder-filled adventure with insights into the culture, religion and fascinating architecture of Burma. Here are some recent pictures that my pro-photographer/tour guide just sent me. We’ll have much the same opportunity on our tour. Two spaces are still available for anyone who wants to experience this amazing place. Check out the details here.


Burmese girl with tea pot

Eng GirlInntha People fishing

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