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Travel story – The three fishermen of Inle Lake, Myanmar

Travel story – The three fishermen of Inle Lake, Myanmar

December 21, 2013 – It was a chilly December morning, and Sooti and I were adrift in a wooden longboat in the middle of Inle Lake. Not that there was anything wrong with the boat’s motor; it’s just that the boat’s driver was incredibly thoughtful and considerate, and would stop or slow down whenever either of us lifted a camera to take a photo (which turned out to be quite often). The three fishermen were initially side by side when we first spotted them, but began to move slowly apart as they continued to row along, eventually creating a nice even separation between themselves. On a side note, I had a real sense of déjà vu after I finished processing this image. There was something familiar about it, and it was only a while later that I realised what it reminded me of – the cover of Emma Larkin’s travelogue, ‘Finding George Orwell In Burma’, a book I had read earlier in the year. I wonder if that cover had made an impression on my subconscious, causing me to process the photo in a certain way. Or maybe I just won’t admit to plagiarism. : – ) For more of our photos from Myanmar, visit our Myanmar 2013...

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Travel story – Chasing light and shepherds in Bagan, Myanmar

Travel story – Chasing light and shepherds in Bagan, Myanmar

Bagan is known for its spectacular sunsets. Equally impressive though are its sunrises, where you’ll see a perfect blend of morning light and haze complementing an already amazing landscape.   Sunrise is also a great time to sit and watch the hot air balloons take flight over the temples.   We saw these wonderful sunrays from a distance while we were out on a walk, and rushed towards them to take a picture. As you can see, the small temple in the middle was almost completely hidden by the flood of afternoon light.   From chasing the light to chasing the shepherds… One of the images Sooti and I really wanted to capture on our trip to Bagan was that of a shepherd and his flock walking down a dusty, dirt road, bathed in a hazy, early morning light. So when the situation presented itself, in the form a shepherd and his flock walking down a dusty, dirt road bathed in a hazy, early morning light WHILE heading towards a famous ancient temple, we thought…great! The shepherds were about halfway down the road to Thatbyinnyu Temple by the time I got in a position to shoot (we saw them from distance and had to cycle madly towards them). However, after taking about five shots, the dreaded memory card full sign appeared on my camera (and no, I didn’t have a spare one with me). The image above wasn’t quite the image I had in my mind originally, but I hope to be back there one day to capture that moment…and hopefully I’ll  have a spare memory card with me. For more of our photos from Myanmar, visit our Myanmar 2013 album....

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Travel shot – Sunrise at Bagan, Myanmar

Travel shot – Sunrise at Bagan, Myanmar

Wishing everyone a safe and happy Easter on this Good Friday, and hope you’re all having a joyful time with friends and family. Our travel shot today is from the ancient city of Bagan, Myanmar, famous for its many temples, some dating all the way back to the 11th century. Link to the original G+ post below. For more of our photos from Myanmar, visit our Myanmar 2013...

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Travel shot – Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon

Travel shot – Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon

Hi everyone, we’re introducing something new to our blog this year – we’re calling them ‘travel shots’. These posts will showcase one or more photos from our travels, along with a short snippet or story about the photo(s). To kick things off, here’s one from a recent trip to Myanmar last year. Hope you enjoy the posts! Link to the original G+ post below. For more of our photos from Myanmar, visit our Myanmar 2013...

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Cook Islands

Cook Islands

We had a short break in the Cook Islands earlier this year – such a beautiful place with a very relaxed friendly community. Below is one of my favourites, captured while waiting for our plane. These kids were so adorable – the little one in the middle tapped my knees and, pointing to the outside, said ‘come! cwab!’. We followed them just to the entrance to find a bunch of fairly decent sized crabs (size of my hand), crowded together under the grills in the drainage area! Spent a while just marvelling at them until our plane came – they were so excited and ran to get a closer look. Gorgeous dancers. Punanga Nui Cultural Market – stocked up on bananas and had scrumptious food for lunch. At one of our accommodations, the owners grew these delicious passion fruits – the skin was pinkish and light green. There were about 6 sitting in the bowl in our room – I thought that they needed a few more days to ripen but decided to try one anyway and was hooked! So juicy and full of flavour. We were also kindly given paw paw, fresh coconuts and bananas at other places – these were grown all around the islands. I’m still craving for my Cook Islands passion fruit and paw paw lamb salad! There was just one main road around the island of Rarotonga and only two routes for the buses – clockwise and anti-clockwise. Made it easy for us tourists to contemplate the timetable! I liked how it was so flexible too – you can stand anywhere on the main road to be picked up. First evening. Aitutaki island. Aitutaki airport – the island of Aitutaki was beaten by a devastating cyclone 2 weeks before we arrived. Beautiful and pristine lagoons. Many trees were knocked down during the cyclone. A lot of residents lost their houses as well – we had the privilege of speaking to many locals, and heard amazing stories of how they survived while their homes were literally being blown apart. The air was perfectly still here, but the trees were bent and shaped heavily by the cyclone. When we first landed, the whole area looked surreal – fallen trees everywhere (this was taken just before we left, the place had cleared up more by then). Many colourful flowers around the islands. Bought a ‘100 ways’ skirt/dress! These were made from recycled saris and have various layers so that they can be worn in 100 ways (below are a couple of...

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Coming soon!

Coming soon!

Hi everyone! It’s been a while since the last post, so we’re hoping to make up for it soon! Here’s a preview of what’s coming up, and to show what we’ve been up to in the past few weeks. We had a short holiday in the Cook Islands… …shot Mitch & Laura’s wedding… …and Leon & Ivy’s wedding… …as well as several other shoots. Looking forward to posting up more photos...

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