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From its people to its palaces, its rituals to its stunning natural beauty, Myanmar is a land of mystery and intrigue. Photographer Nathan Horton offers budding shutterbugs some insider tips for documenting their travels using a selection of his favourite frames from the Land of Golden Pagodas

Southeast Asia Globe editorial
November 21, 2014

From its people to its palaces, its rituals to its stunning natural beauty, Myanmar is a land of mystery and intrigue. Photographer Nathan Horton offers budding shutterbugs some insider tips for documenting their travels using a selection of his favourite frames from the Land of Golden Pagodas

Bagan, Myanmar
Flight of fancy: balloons take to the air in the early morning above the world-famous Bagan temples. Dawn and dusk are the optimum times to take photos in most locations. Photo: Nathan Horton

Myanmar, Burmese New Year
Bucket list: road users get doused in water during Burmese New Year Water Festival. Fast shutter speeds are essential for these kinds of action shots. Photo: Nathan Horton

 Shwedagon, Yangon, Myanmar
All that glitters: Yangon’s iconic Shwedagon pagoda in the early evening. The monks provide context and give a sense of scale to the composition. Photo: Nathan Horton

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Field of dreams: farmers harvest sesame seed outside of Mandalay. A sense of action is conveyed by the use of motion blur. Photo: Nathan Horton

myanmar
Cattle class: a cow herder on the dry riverbanks of the Irrawaddy. Bright colours draw the eye in against the sea of monotone here. Photo: Nathan Horton

Inwa, Teak Temple, Myanmar
Soul fruit: a young monk eats watermelon at Inwa’s Teak Temple. The red robes against the dark wood background lends a sacred feeling to an otherwise playful picture. Photo: Nathan Horton

inle, myanmar
Pole position: fishermen try for a late-evening catch at Inle Lake. Silhouettes are effective against a dramatic sky while the repetition of figures adds even more intrigue. Photo: Nathan Horton

Pa-o, Myanmar
Lines of fire: a Pa-O hill tribe woman smiles for the camera. Wide apertures put emphasis on the character of a face such as this one. Photo: Nathan Horton



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