Right Place, Right Time

Bagan, Myanmar.

     OK, enough of war and history and all that. …back to morning in Myanmar. Here is one that, in my opinion, epitomizes the saying in photography “it’s not the equipment, it’s the photographer”. A little bit of explanation behind the saying: you can have the best, newest, most expensive, most highly praised camera gear and equipment, but if you don’t know how to use it, it’s worthless. I really don’t know how to use it but I have always said, in a twisting of thinking here: Why spend thousands, maybe tens of thousands, of dollars buying photo gear on that “once in a lifetime” trip when you could just learn how to use a camera, use what you have and spend that money making that “once in a lifetime” trip into something like a “once a year” trip or “once in a while” trip. Ninety percent of the battle, when referring to travel type photography, is actually giving yourself the opportunity to be able to get a good photo. …not that this is so spectacular, but it was perfectly timed and I was perfectly placed, which is not going to happen sitting in your house looking at all that nice equipment that you bought for that trip two years ago …that you’re still paying off.

…and let’s face it. If you’re anywhere near Bagan, you’re at the right place, no matter what time. Another view about fourty-five minutes earlier on the same morning can be seen here.


PS: Bama: 6:31 AM 🙂 …just get there early.


10 comments on “Right Place, Right Time

  1. Very beautiful. Love the color!!
    And you’re right about learning to use whatever camera you have. I know people with fancy camera and it’s as if they think they don’t need to know technique.

  2. Man, I envy you! 🙂
    Perfectly positioned, perfect timing, and there they go..two amazing photos. I’m sure you still have plenty of great photos around Bagan, no?

    • Thanks Bama …not too many really, although I am still going through them. I do have three that I still want to post though, and still have a couple hundred I haven’t even looked at yet.


  3. The sky looks painted! Love your advice: “get there early.” While sometimes it can be a pain in the ass to get from a hotel to a site like this before sunrise, it can really pay off (clearly) and you usually have a lot fewer tourists getting in the way of a shot. 🙂

  4. RoC(ke)r …the hotel we stayed at was perfectly positioned in Bagan. It was a ten minute bicycle ride to this point …although I was still soaked through with sweat by the time I got there. It is definitely worth it to get up early though.

    Thanks for the comment,

  5. Love this, you have done superb job getting it all right. My favourite part are the different lit streaks of clouds creating such a harmony, but the overall image works indeed
    Thank you for visiting my blog earlier 🙂
    Take care

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