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The Road To Mandalay

By Jasper87  
On the road to Mandalay,
Where the flyin'-fishes play,
An' the dawn comes up like thunder outer China 'crost the Bay!
............. Rudyard Kipling

Well... this is on the way to Mandalay but the term 'road' should be used loosely. Kipling should have stuck to making cakes.

The 2-bullock powered carts are actually taxis and used by locals as well as the tourists.

Your response to my last was unexpected and amazing, my thanks to all concerned.

Couldn't decide between the two versions so you get them both Grin


Tags: Transport Myanmar Burma Taxis Landscape and travel Mandalay Carts

Voters: Hermanus, CarolG, nonur and 118 more

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Hermanus 8 4 South Africa
16 Dec 2012 6:06AM
These are two most excellent photos Dave ! You have captured the essence of travelling on that 'road ' so well- the dust, the dog, the people walking. One could nearly smell the atmosphere here Smile
CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
16 Dec 2012 6:12AM
Both wonderful images, Dave, well captured. Carol
nonur 12 18 13 Turkey
16 Dec 2012 6:20AM
These shots give an idea about the roads (!) carts, cars, people, stay dogs and the traffic in Burma, Dave. Both are well managed wonderful compositions, the light in V1 is greater, but I like both.
debu 11 India
16 Dec 2012 6:28AM
Lovely images.
16 Dec 2012 6:29AM
Both the versions are very good. In version 2 the front bullock cart is more distinguished and clear but missing the the second one here.
I would have added the 2nd bullock cart by digitally manuplating in the ver2. Deep
bobsblues 11 10 2 United Kingdom
16 Dec 2012 7:08AM
Captured the essence perfectly Dave what an experience you must have had .
marktc Plus
10 101 15 United Kingdom
16 Dec 2012 7:09AM
Two superb images Dave, congrats on your last upload! V1 for me, great composition, I love the receding detail as you go into the image, caused by the dust, expertly done!
16 Dec 2012 7:14AM
Both great travel shots. I personally prefer the first due to the two carts. I really like the composition where the lead cart is clean ad crisp and the second following in the dust. I notice a different lens, how are you getting on with it. Regards
NaturesHaven 9 283 6 England
16 Dec 2012 7:16AM
Robbie Williams eat your heart didn't bump into my Brother on your travels then.................GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
dven Plus
15 43 United Kingdom
16 Dec 2012 7:25AM
Both versions work for me

fentiger 19 920 24 England
16 Dec 2012 7:38AM
Just superb and so atmospheric ~ the dust/mist and the receding tones had so much to the overall effect. No. 1 gets the vote.

pdcche 10 4 United Kingdom
16 Dec 2012 7:56AM
Great shot Dave, love to see this kind of thing from different cultures, Peter..
Philip_H 9 1.5k United Kingdom
16 Dec 2012 8:27AM
A lovely slice of native life, Dave.

franken Plus
18 5.2k 4 United Kingdom
16 Dec 2012 8:37AM
Excellent pair with version 2 being my favourite Dave.

LynneJoyce Plus
12 22 101 United Kingdom
16 Dec 2012 8:43AM
Love them both, lovely, lively images.
16 Dec 2012 8:52AM
Very nicely composed on both Dave, and a wonderful feel of everyday Life in the region.

John Smile
fificat100 9 5 2 Scotland
16 Dec 2012 8:52AM
Two great shots. Quite a dustbowl to be travelling over!

ChiliMan 14 135 17 Singapore
16 Dec 2012 8:55AM the write-up Grin

For me, V1 works much better...and that ain't no bull.

mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.6k 2372 United Kingdom
16 Dec 2012 9:00AM
V1 for me, by miles - for the balance with the second cart, half obscured by dust, and the relaxed angles of the driver's legs. I just love that single dangling foot. It conveys life in the slow lane.

Quote:Kipling should have stuck to making cakes.
I shall be thinking of suitably exotic recipes all day.
16 Dec 2012 9:09AM
2 super images Dave, like both,
AnnChown 11 207 1 United Kingdom
16 Dec 2012 9:14AM
Definitely v1 Dave but they both convey the atmosphere of this old road. The dust adds so much to the images - two great shots.
RonnieAG Plus
11 154 119 Scotland
16 Dec 2012 9:18AM
Two excellent shots of life as it is for the locals, Dave: would grace any National Geographic page.
As you say, the term road is a bit euphemistic.
Tibetan 8 3 England
16 Dec 2012 9:19AM
I expect you are still reeling from yesterday Dave lol. two brilliant photo you must have had an experience of a life time!, I can see some amazing photo's coming our way soon if this is the start! good for you I'm delighted for you, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
fazzer 11 54 7 United Kingdom
16 Dec 2012 9:37AM
great shots Dave ,v1 for me
jeremy Smile
woolybill1 Plus
14 36 76 United Kingdom
16 Dec 2012 9:53AM
First-class photography and travelogue. V1 by miles for me, too. I can't think of a 'critique' comment; don't think one is necessary for those who have eyes to see.
My teacher at junior school, who may possibly have served in Burma, often criticised Kipling's geography because Mandalay is too far from the sea for flying fish to reach Smile
If Moira had not already used her U.A. you would have had two woolybill distinctions now.
MalcolmM Plus
15 1.6k 5 Scotland
16 Dec 2012 9:55AM
Superb & atmospheric travel images.
Tynnwrlluniau Plus
11 112 38 Wales
16 Dec 2012 10:00AM
Both outstanding. I particularly like v2 because of the juxtaposition of the modes of travel and the inclusion of the dog.
BarbaraR 14 940 1 England
16 Dec 2012 10:14AM
Two super atmospheric shots.
Love the mix of ancient and 'modern' transport.

achieverswales 10 8 101 Wales
16 Dec 2012 10:26AM
Dave this is weird! one of my favourite songs and playing now while I am typing this sung by Joseph Lock, any way V1 for the wider view love the hustle and bustle.


16 Dec 2012 10:41AM
V1 definately the one to be picked here good balance with the othe cart behind in the dust fine capture

SlowSong Plus
12 9.5k 30 England
16 Dec 2012 10:41AM
Gosh, that dust! Two terrific shots.
16 Dec 2012 12:13PM
Like them both.

16 Dec 2012 12:20PM
Version 2 for me. Great shot and a different perspective on other cultures.

Keepthem coming.


TrevBatWCC Plus
12 13 17 England
16 Dec 2012 12:20PM
That's certainly a different way to travel! Wink Two excellent captures, Dave - hard to pick a fave, as they're both excellent, so it's half a vote for each from me! Smile
Trev Smile
rayme330 9 17 1 United Kingdom
16 Dec 2012 12:21PM
Two cracking shots, Dave I prefer version1 without the car.

Daisymaye Plus
12 23 18 Canada
16 Dec 2012 1:10PM
Two excellent and very interesting images Dave. ......Sandy
CaroleS Plus
10 442 3 United Kingdom
16 Dec 2012 1:20PM
In V1 they looks as though they are having a race and I love the contrasting transport in V2!
carper123 Plus
9 1.3k 8 United Kingdom
16 Dec 2012 1:55PM
Wonderful, Dave, super composition and detail is superb, the perfect focus point. What cc are they, they look like two stroke engines by the amount the oil they are burningWink lol.
V1 for me but only just.
Well done my friend.
Darryl. SmileSmileSmile
Rende 14 38 4 Netherlands
16 Dec 2012 2:50PM
I like the vague repetition of the first" taxi" in the background of V1 ,but both are excellent.
11 10 10 England
16 Dec 2012 3:14PM
Life in the slow lane - bit dusty too.
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
16 Dec 2012 3:30PM
Exceptional and a pleasure to view--- A great feeling of depth here!
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
16 Dec 2012 3:31PM
EAS 11 1 13 Scotland
16 Dec 2012 3:32PM
Easy to see why you can't decide between these as neither can I! Both absolutely excellent.

213hardy 12 719 England
16 Dec 2012 3:33PM
Everything has already been said i think, Dave, great work

Herge88 Plus
13 40 6 England
16 Dec 2012 3:36PM
The dust being kicked up in this really adds some atmosphere to this rather special shot.

Best Matt
pluckyfilly 14 351 33 United Kingdom
16 Dec 2012 3:40PM
great shot with plenty of atmosphere
NDODS 10 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
16 Dec 2012 3:44PM
A wonderfully observed, composed, and processed image of the rural scene Dave. The dust generated by the carts provides a somewhat romanticised image of this what appears on the outside to be an idyllic life.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
LexEquine 14 1 19 United States
16 Dec 2012 5:36PM
A Duet of Superlative {A++++} Reportage Images ~ Peter Wink
netta1234 9 382 2 Wales
16 Dec 2012 6:05PM
I cant decide either as they are both Brilliant imagesSmile
Irishkate Plus
10 44 118 United Kingdom
16 Dec 2012 8:09PM
V1 for me Dave beautifully depicting the lifestyle in Burma.
The taxis are amazing drawn by the bullcocks and the driver in local costume.
The dust obscuring the full picture adds to the overall atmosphere.
This is going to be a great series.
hasslebladuk 11 1 6 United Kingdom
16 Dec 2012 8:42PM
Two excellent shots first class dave
16 Dec 2012 9:18PM
Both excellent shots what a great place for fantastic pictures Dave..Lin
HELANA 11 United Kingdom
16 Dec 2012 9:50PM
What an excellent images Dave, both are very good, love the composition and the atmosphere on V1, and I like the dog in V2.Tow chracking shot,
derekhansen 12 210 24 United Kingdom
16 Dec 2012 9:57PM
Wonderful Dave. I think V1 is better compositionally so would be my choice.
jaktis Plus
17 84 Sweden
17 Dec 2012 5:28AM
Two great shots

gajewski 16 10 9 United States
17 Dec 2012 5:42AM
Two amazing award worthy shots.
Good shots Dave, great title, like them both....

almiles 11 38 102 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2012 9:09AM
This shows very quick eye and hands to frame up and shoot moving targets so well. There's lots to like here; both the character of the scene and the 'racing' feel to it. I think having the first cart close to the edge of frame it's heading towards creates excitement and tension. Your eye is not led out of the frame but rather to the seecond cart. The second cart works so well at leading the eye due the linear compression of your long lens making the cart sit higher up the frame. The scene isn't flattened by the compression effect as sometimes happens because depth is created by the receeding symmetry of the carts which is further echoed in the truck at the very back. As others have said the second cart creates balance too. This is an extremely accomplished piece of travel/'street' photography and I love it! Grin
17 Dec 2012 9:29AM
Version 1 is my favourite of two superb photographs!
Excellent use of f4 dof - spot on focus on the leading cart, sorry, taxi.
The dusty/blurry background is just so busy!

CHRISB911 14 54 1
17 Dec 2012 11:17AM
excellent shot dave
canonfan 10 7 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2012 12:15PM
Two cracking images Dave. Both are well presented so they have to share the vote
prabhusinha 13 5 5 India
17 Dec 2012 3:00PM
Both are masterpiece.
andylea 12 37 1 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2012 7:24PM
a stunner dave congratulations on all the well deserved awards top shot Wink
Trev_B 14 151 68 England
17 Dec 2012 7:31PM
Well done Dave, lovely detail, great atmosphere and above of all it tells a great story.... two cracking images.

17 Dec 2012 7:44PM
A place where time stands still. Maybe it is not so bad .... Who knows ....
Regards Valery
accipiter 11 61 England
17 Dec 2012 8:45PM
Storytelling in pictures at it's very best. A
Lillian Plus
11 23 17 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2012 9:09PM
Hope those dogs got a wiggle on!! Mandalay!
exceptional image Dave
and so deserving the awards
JimV 14 6 3 Canada
18 Dec 2012 3:50AM
Both great and interesting shots Dave, and the dust gives a wonderful sense of depth, sensible people over there living life in the slow lane with that mode of transport, as to choice definitely V1 for me!
Rgds. Jim
PS. Would have been great if you'd caught someone hailing one Wink
Ayoob 9 Australia
18 Dec 2012 8:57AM
Lovely images , Dave.......GrinGrinGrin
Richsr 13 91 223 England
18 Dec 2012 1:04PM
Two fine captures of here Dave, congrats on all the UA
regards Richard
annettep38 9 220 42 Luxembourg
18 Dec 2012 7:42PM
a wonderful interpretation of this classic - Frank Sinatra starts playing in my head Smile
PaulLiley 11 2 13 United Kingdom
19 Dec 2012 9:37PM
Great images. V1 for me cos of the second bullock cart behind. Good balance. Paul
Humblebee 8 1 England
19 Dec 2012 11:27PM
I am so pleased to make 100 for these two beautiful exotic images Dave, I will not chose between them because both are deserving of a vote each ... Carol GrinGrinGrin
brownsilent 14 7 2 United Kingdom
19 Dec 2012 11:59PM
A great capture - shown well by the amount of UA you've got. Well deserved.
Jat_Riski 12 89 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2012 5:04PM
Great shots, Dave.
21 Dec 2012 4:59PM
Two superb atmospheric pictures.
Glostopcat 14 255 2 England
26 Dec 2012 5:01PM
Two terrific travel photographs which are well worthy of all those awards
JuBarney Plus
9 33 5 United Kingdom
29 Dec 2012 9:01PM
Lovely shots
LesF 14 182 9
30 May 2013 10:28AM


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