Monday, November 3, 2014

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Yangon After Dark

Theme : Photos taken after dark in Yangon.

Where the idea came from : One night I went to Sule Pagoda with my brother who was guiding me how to drive that night actually to take some photos of it after dark. When I walked around the quite streets I saw kids playing soccer energetically and happily on the street heading to Sule Pagoda. I took their photos and it gave me the idea of starting a personal project to capture the City, Yangon after dark.

Sule Pagoda, 2014. (Yangon After Dark)

Kids playing soccer on the street near Sule Pagoda, 2014. (Yangon After Dark)
This is a on-going project and more photos of this series will be posted here.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

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Wedding : Mg Ye Min Phyo + Ma Phoo Ngon Thin

I always wanted to shoot preparation/behind the scene of wedding as I know that wedding photographers in Myanmar don't really shoot those shots on the actual wedding day. So I went to the Sedona Hotel 2 hrs before the wedding to have some shots what I always wanted since the Groom, Bride, Flower girls and Ring Bearer are all my friend. (You can se the pre-wedding photos here)

The beautiful Bride getting hair and make up done.

Bridesmaids, Ring Bearers and Flower Girls

Ok. After the below one last photo we left the just married couple in their hotel room which really was a nice one facing beautiful sunset over the Inya Lake.
For those who are interested in the gear I used for above shots all the photos were taken with X100s which I noticed that ISO3200 & 6400 shots are pretty noisy as it is APS-C sensor but still can be reduced noise in Lightroom. But the raw photos do react slightly different to color adjustment in other words you can't do much Brightness/Contrast adjustment. 

Sunday, May 25, 2014

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Shooting Pre-Wedding At Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar

I have been to Shwedagon Pagoda many times with my camera but this time I went there for a pre-wedding photo shoot. Normally a photographer does not necessarily need to get permit to shoot at Shwedagon Pagoda but in a case like pre-wedding when couple wearing very bright beautiful Myanmar wedding dress security told me to get a permit from the Pagoda authorities. Actually it is not like something you need to go through very formally according to my assistant. All he had to do was writing down few sentences on a paper saying that we were here for a pre-wedding portrait session with the Pagoda as background.

It was raining heavily and I couldn't really bring the couples many places. Anyway we did try our best to get some good shots in this limited spaces which was a stairway to the Pagoda.

Myanmar Pre-Wedding

There are a lot of souvenir shops near by and if you talk to the shopkeepers nicely you can borrow a lot of stuffs from them for photo shoot. I borrowed one blue Myanmar traditional umbrella and managed to get below shots.

Myanmar Pre-Wedding

Raw conversion of all the photos were done in Lightroom. Then I exported them to Photoshop for retouching and Dodge/Burn stuffs. Final tone were adjusted using VSCO film preset with minor manual adjustments.

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Final security check before entering the Shwedagon Pagoda platform.

Myanmar Pre-Wedding

Because of heavy rain we only got one photo taken on the platform when it stopped for about 10 mins. Then it continued and we had to get back to the stair way to save ourselves and gears. Read here how i got this shot.

Myanmar Pre-Wedding

Then We borrowed two Myanmar Harps (normal size one and very small one) from the antique shops located just outside of the Pagoda for below fun shot.

Myanmar Pre-Wedding

Myanmar Pre-Wedding

Myanmar Pre-Wedding

Monday, May 19, 2014

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A Day In Pyin Oo Lwin

I was kinda forced by friends to attend friend's friend wedding held in Mandalay last month (check out the photos of the young beautiful couple here) and one of them who I have known since secondary school invited me to his house in Pyin Oo Lwin. We took it and this was where we had our late breakfast. One of the Pyin Oo Lwin strawberry farm.

Here got one fun thing which we couldn't get to do in the big city was that we were allowed to pluck strawberries ourselves in the field as much as we wanted to purchase but obviously not in a abusive way.

Once we were done with plucking they packed all the strawberries we had chosen into a small box and we just needed to pay per box.

The farm actually was quite spacious.

And by the way Pyin Oo Lwin used to be quite famous for using pony cart for transportation.

And finally we all tried the strawberry milkshake which made with fresh strawberries.