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Shwedagon Pagoda

By Jasper87  
This is probably the most photographed pagoda/temple in Burma - the Shwedagon Temple in Yangon (Rangoon). We visited this on our first night and it was raining!! As with all temples we had to remove shoes and socks and the marble floor was as a little slippy to the least. Fortunately our visit coincided with the visit of the Vietnamese President and they'd rolled out the red carpet for him. It came in very useful for everyone else as well (v2)

v1 and v2 are shrines around the outside of the temple. v3 and v4 are the main stupa taken after dark.

All hand held as I'd left the tripod behind on the assumption (false) we wouldn't be allowed to use them in the temple complex.

A little bit of info from Wiki! - The base or plinth of the stupa is made of bricks covered with gold plates. Above the base are terraces that only monks and men can access. Next is the bell-shaped part of the stupa. Above that is the turban, then the inverted alms bowl, inverted and upright lotus petals, the banana bud and then the crown. The crown or umbrella is tipped with 5,448 diamonds and 2,317 rubies. The very top, the diamond bud is tipped with a 76 carat (15 g) diamond. The gold seen on the stupa is made of genuine gold plates, covering the brick structure and attached by traditional rivets. Myanmar people all over the country, as well as monarchs in its history, have donated gold to the pagoda to maintain it. The practice continues to this day after being started in the 15th century by the Mon Queen Shin Sawbu, who gave her weight in gold.


Tags: Rain Night Burma Low light Gold Yangon Landscape and travel Shwedagon

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Richsr 11 91 223 England
5 Feb 2013 8:50AM
A good set of low light captures from here David, like your comp in V1 and the light reflections on the wet pavement
Regards Richard

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GillyB Plus
13 317 8 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2013 8:51AM
Exceptionally good! Very impressive hand holding technique!

pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2013 8:54AM
Wow! Love the complete set - you do find some beautiful pictures wherever you go I am in awe and I say this with genuine feeling for your work
morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2013 8:54AM
Fantastic set of images Dave, what an amazing place and your write up is fascinating

RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
5 Feb 2013 9:00AM
Have to agree with Ann's {pluckyfilly} comments here, Dave; your experience of London riverside views in low light must have stood you in good stead when it came to these low light/night shots of this beautiful temple complex.
And I also agree that they are excellent for hand held shots.
gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
5 Feb 2013 9:04AM
I too am impressed with your hand holding ability in low light, a great set but you made the right choice of lead image. - gary
jdinne 15 16 England
5 Feb 2013 9:09AM
Very impressive, Dave steady hands Smile. A stunning set love v5. Superb narrative to accompany.

woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2013 9:10AM
I encountered the Schwedagon Pagoda in junior school lessons, circa 1960, though what the context was I have long forgotten - Geography, RE, History??? Probably my teacher had been on the road to Mandalay in WWII.

Extremely impressive photography, Dave.

phil99 11 45 6 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2013 9:15AM
Superb low light images.great work and almost unbelievably hand held....Phil
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
5 Feb 2013 9:15AM
What a stunning pagoda, Dave, and it has made me think, I wonder if my late father ever saw anything of it, he was stationed in Rangoon during the war. Carol
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
5 Feb 2013 9:18AM
A set of superb night shots, Dave!SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2013 9:22AM
An intriguing mix of ancient culture and modern brashness. V4 stands out for the reflections in the wet paving.
I'm imagining this place before the advent of electric lighting, with only candles. I think it must have been magical.
Good set of low light captures Dave, like them all v3 been my fav

5 Feb 2013 9:28AM
Wonderful pictures! I like v4 best - I think the blue and gold are just brilliant.
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2013 9:34AM
What a fantastic set you've captured here Dave!

fentiger Plus
17 918 24 England
5 Feb 2013 9:35AM
Some incredibly beautiful images in this set ~ great low light photography Dave.

Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
5 Feb 2013 9:35AM
What can one say about these stunning photos !! Excellent and superbly captured !! These guys surely don't hold back when building their temples !! V4 is my favourite - I think SmileGrinGrin
Meheecho 5 275 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2013 9:38AM
Stunning light and colour in the set
5 Feb 2013 9:43AM
Very nice sets of images well taken.
Allen, Smile
Jocelia 7 2 1 Australia
5 Feb 2013 9:57AM
What a delightful and colour filled selection and great remberence of your lovely holiday.
Excellence unabound………

marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2013 10:05AM
All are just marvellous Dave I'm sorry to disagree with your choice of lead image but I think v3 or 4 for me. That said they are all magnificent. The UA is for v3
5 Feb 2013 10:07AM
These are excellent Dave, V1 my favourite, a super well composed capture,
richmowil Plus
9 352 2 England
5 Feb 2013 10:11AM
Really Good series of images. the detail and clarity are excellent, I like them a lot!
5 Feb 2013 10:18AM
nae bad laddie a fine set all winners nae duff captures here Wink

Four nice captures but you know my favourite colour combination.......yes blue and gold V1. Magic.
Well done Dave. WesternRed.
NaturesHaven 6 283 6 England
5 Feb 2013 10:40AM
The architecture is amazing and the colours are eye popping...............GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2013 10:50AM
Great set Dave............. I cant say I have a fave really but if I had to choose I think it would be V1........ saying that I do rather like the two women in V2, is it still raining or notWinkTongueGrinGrin
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2013 11:02AM
Imagery which makes you feel like you are actually there...

Regards NathanGrinGrinGrin
DixClix 9 2 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2013 11:21AM
A wonderful set of superb images. Very interesting and informative narration too! I just enjoyed looking at and was mesmerised by the whole set...didn't want to choose from any of them as they are all so good and so different from each other.
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
5 Feb 2013 11:43AM
Great write up Dave and for hand held this set is superb, if I had tried this there would be shake every where.


barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2013 12:09PM
how vwey exotic it all seems viewed from south Leeds back to backs...
Joline Plus
12 30 53 United States
5 Feb 2013 12:12PM
I can see why it is so often photographed. V4 is particularly stunning.
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2013 12:30PM
A wonderful set of images Dave (hand held!!!).
The designs are so elaborate and your description adds to their beauty.
Love V4 - that should have been a single upload.
Was that where the expression 'One's weight in gold'
came from? Interesting!
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
5 Feb 2013 12:36PM
Beautiful set especially the colours in v1
LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2013 12:39PM
Four magical shots. I'm torn between 1 & 4 as my favourites.
5 Feb 2013 12:58PM
Nice set of beautiful images. Beautiful colors, reflections,comp.

wolfy 14 36 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2013 1:35PM
Brilliant work in low light conditions Dave Smile
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
5 Feb 2013 1:40PM
All great hand held captures Dave. A beautiful place and so interesting to see these, at night too!........Sandy
Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
5 Feb 2013 1:49PM
Gorgeous set Dave! In a way you were lucky it was raining; it provided wonderful reflections and lustrous tones and colours.
5 Feb 2013 1:59PM
An impressive set of night shot Dave, with low light and wonderful reflections on the wet pavement.
sable 10 9 7 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2013 2:00PM
What a super quartet of images - I like them all they are so interesting but my favourite is image no 4 - Elizabeth xx
almiles 8 38 102 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2013 2:22PM
An interesting set with nice angles and lighting and a good blurb. You weren't tempted to go back in the middle of the night and go all Indiana Jones over the jewels?!
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
5 Feb 2013 2:22PM
What amazing architecture, and what a super collection of images, Dave, I especially like the night shots Smile
Trev Smile
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
5 Feb 2013 2:24PM
Wondeful image; wonderful info.

User_Removed 8 48 1 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2013 2:33PM
Another superb set of images Dave.
Regards, Alf.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
5 Feb 2013 3:07PM
You nightitme photography excelle, enjoyed!
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2013 3:18PM
That must have been very difficult - congratulations on getting four excellent images in these low light conditions Dave!
6 3 8 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2013 3:57PM
You have got the exposure spot on in all of these and the detail you have got is superb, especially without the tripod. V1 and 3 stand out for me but fantastic work all round!GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
xwang 9 56 8
5 Feb 2013 4:10PM
Beautiful clear image, wonderful colour.. did you use tripod? Fantastic handheld images..Very well done. I'm thinking about those Joby Gorillapods .... but I'm really not used to use any kind of Pods.Smile
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2013 4:18PM
fantastic set dave brilliant detail and light wonderful colours can't pick a favourite today they are all stunners very very nice ones Wink
5 Feb 2013 4:34PM
Four wonderful images, Dave - so sharp, colourful and vibrant!Smile
What a fantastic experience you must have had on this trip!

Caziwinkles 5 3 1 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2013 5:01PM
You never disappoint!! Fantastically lit vibrant images. Especially liking the reflected lights and colours on the wet pavement in image 4.
gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
5 Feb 2013 5:02PM
Great low light shots, Dave. Thanks for including the narrative. I found it very informative.
5 Feb 2013 5:12PM
Stunning images Dave. All of them. Each worthy of a posting on their own
PaulLiley 9 2 13 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2013 5:26PM
your the master of night time shots Dave. Excellent set. Paul
5 Feb 2013 6:24PM
WOW! what a set Dave, fantastic images one and all.

John Smile
bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2013 6:41PM
Fantastic collection Dave well deserved on your awards.SmileSmile
5 Feb 2013 6:42PM
Stunning images Dave all brilliant..Lin
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2022 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2013 7:01PM
You bring the place to life for us, Dave, so fascinating. V4 is my favourite of the set.
zapar40 8 66 5 Wales
5 Feb 2013 7:23PM
superb work Dave, lovely detail on all shot.
5 Feb 2013 7:26PM
Amazing set/place, Dave.

carper123 Plus
6 1.1k 8 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2013 7:51PM
Superb set of images, Dave, luv v4 a fantastic stand alone image, beautiful colours and composition is spot on. All those awards and clicks well deserved. Sorry i have missed so many of your recent images, had a quick look and as usual, fantastic.
Well done my friend.
Darryl. SmileSmileSmileSmileSmile
Grin Sorry I am the possibly the last to comment, I cannot get onto the tinternet at work.

Another great travelogue and a masterclass in night photography, you have one hell of a steady hand.

Just stunning. Thanks for sharing.


HELANA 8 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2013 8:45PM
How do you always have shach beautiful skys Dave.The architecture is stunning. All the images are grate but my favourite is V4. Superb reflection. .
derekhansen Plus
9 210 24 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2013 9:05PM
A great set Dave, V1 is very nice but I al also very drawn to V2.
6 Feb 2013 12:10AM
A stunning set of images, Dave. Love V4 with V1 a close 2nd SmileSmileSmileSmile

debu 8 India
6 Feb 2013 12:49AM
Lovely set of images.
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
6 Feb 2013 5:28AM
Superb light

JimV 11 6 3 Canada
6 Feb 2013 5:48AM
Four most impressive and interesting shots Dave, fully complimented by your description, as Pamela says, you bring the place to life for us, thanks!
Rgds., Jim
johnke 5 223 15
6 Feb 2013 6:14AM
Beautiful image. Love the info.............John
jasonrwl Plus
8 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2013 8:47AM
Fantastic pics Dave - especially as they were hand-held
Tibetan 6 3 England
6 Feb 2013 11:14AM
A special set Dave, very relaxed atmosphere, excellent colours and detail, the last shot is my favourite, but all are top quality, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Jat_Riski 9 89 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2013 1:30PM
Excellent set Dave.
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
6 Feb 2013 3:13PM
Superb travel photography Dave.
6 Feb 2013 5:17PM
Great set, Dave. Number 4 is a cracker too. You have a very steady hand and the quality is still there even at ISO 1000!
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2013 6:29PM
As always Dave superb photography in all
Trev_B 11 151 68 England
6 Feb 2013 7:56PM
Wonderful light in this superb set Dave.

saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
6 Feb 2013 10:47PM
Fantastic and great low light image,very well done,
UrbaneMagick 6 172 1 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2013 11:17PM
Beautiful image & your trademark wonderful use of light Dave.... stunning!

Metty 5 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2013 2:30PM
Nica capture of low light images very sharp David. SmileSmileSmileSmile

annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
8 Feb 2013 2:27PM
fantastic series!
love the wet version best.
must say that you have even worse tourist problems there than I had here... had to wait for a whole busload of Iraqis today before I could take a waterfall.
Ayoob 7 Australia
8 Feb 2013 8:35PM
Brilliant low light images , Dave-all of them is wonderful...........Grin
CHRISB911 12 54 1
9 Feb 2013 11:33AM
great set Dave
swanseamale47 10 124 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2013 5:17PM
Lovely as usual Dave.
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
17 Feb 2013 7:04PM
A wonderful set of images Dave, I'm with Lynne in finding it hard to choose between v1 and v4

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