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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
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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
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
 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
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
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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