3 days in Hpa An, Myanmar

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by robbie36, Jun 16, 2015.

  1. robbie36

    robbie36 TalkEmount Veteran

    Nov 21, 2014
    I just got back from a 3 day visit to Hpa An, Myanmar which is located about a 4 hour drive from Rangoon towards the Thai border. Myanmar is quite a popular destination for photographers but most people tend to go to Bagan, Mandalay and Inle Lake. It is a shame because there are some beautiful places in other parts of the country.

    This first photo was taken in the kitchen of a local monastery.

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    This one after a long walk through the caves at Sadan

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    This is Kyaut Ka Latt located in a lake just outside Hpa An
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    These are some of the Kyone Htaw Waterfall located a little further south in Karen held territory.
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    Also from the waterfalls...
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    This was at a Hpa An Pagoda. The kids are looking at a photo I gave them taken with a Fuji Instax
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    And this was taken on the drive back to Yangon
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    I will post another set later...
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  2. southy

    southy TalkEmount Veteran

    Feb 5, 2014
    All very nice but the first one is awesome and I particularly like the last as well.
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  3. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

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    Simply magical photos!!!
    The place looks like a photographic heaven. Excellent work my friend :thumbsup:
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  4. izTheViz

    izTheViz TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Yep. Fantastic shots.
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  5. addieleman

    addieleman Passionate amateur

    Nov 13, 2012
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    Wow. I always seem to favour your pictures with monks in them, they have a special flavour IMHO.
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  6. WNG

    WNG TalkEmount All-Pro

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    This is why I love photography. Thanks for sharing these wonderful images.
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  7. robbie36

    robbie36 TalkEmount Veteran

    Nov 21, 2014
    When we were in Hpa An we met the 'master' of the local monastery (he is actually head monk for the whole area.) He is a Nikon shooter - he has a D810 and one lens a 70-200 2.8 - and he came shooting with us for 2 days. So you will see there are plenty more monk photos to come.

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  8. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

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    Simply awesome
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  9. pbizarro

    pbizarro TalkEmount Veteran

    Nov 24, 2014
    very good images.
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  11. robbie36

    robbie36 TalkEmount Veteran

    Nov 21, 2014
    Some more photos from Hpa An.

    Shooting in caves is a bit of a nightmare. Massive dynamic range and problems with flare. These first two are from Kawgon cave which is pretty much in the town of Hpa An itself.

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    This next image is from the much larger Sadan Cave.

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    And this of the lake just outside the cave.

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  12. WNG

    WNG TalkEmount All-Pro

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    Wondrous place! Excellent effort, the photos are fantastic.
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  13. tomO2013

    tomO2013 TalkEmount Veteran

    Dec 11, 2014
    As always - fantastic photos Robbie. Really beautiful insight to life with the monks.

    Really like your post processing too :)
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  14. Zanner

    Zanner TalkEmount Veteran

    Aug 19, 2013
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    What a phenomenal place! Just wow all around. Great photos and thank you for sharing! I don't travel, so I experience places like this through people like you ;)
  15. jeffmurray

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    Dec 18, 2014
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    Simply stuffing photography. What a beautiful place to visit.
  16. christilou

    christilou TalkEmount Veteran

    Nov 26, 2012
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    Fabulous photos and sublime light! Love your waterfall picture and this is from someone who normally hates them with a passion!! Well done :)
  17. demiro

    demiro TalkEmount Regular

    Mar 2, 2012
    robbie, those are some amazing shots. I sometimes do a Google image search when someone posts a travel shot I am not familiar with. Invariably I find a lot of better images (just from the shear #s if nothing else). Your Kyaut Ka Latt shot absolutely stands alone. Nothing I saw quite captures that fairy tale look. Wonderful composition on your part, equaled by the last two shots you shared. Thank you for taking me to Myanmar!