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The Usual Suspects

By Jasper87  
The Shwezigon Pagoda is a Buddhist temple located near Bagan, in Burma (Myanmar). It is a prototype of Burmese stupas, and consists of a circular gold leaf-gilded stupa surrounded by smaller temples and shrines. Completed in 1102 AD, it is believed to enshrine a bone and tooth of Gautama Buddha.

I spend a fair few minutes capturing various people walking across whilst fending off a persistent woman trying to sell me postcards.

Iso200, 1/200sec, f13 @ 28mm.

Your response to my Blacksmith was very appreciated, B&W is unusual for me and I'd never tried selective colouring before.


Tags: Burma Humour Pagoda Monks Buddhism Landscape and travel Stupa Shwezigon

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
5 Jan 2013 7:13AM
A stunning temple, Dave, and great timing, capturing the four people in between the two pillars. Carol

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5 Jan 2013 7:17AM
Amazing photo and a brilliant idea .
Regards Ely
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
5 Jan 2013 7:26AM
An enlightening write up Dave and an excellent photo !! I love the rich colour in this image and of course the content too Smile
Tibetan 6 3 England
5 Jan 2013 7:36AM

Quote:A stunning temple, Dave, and great timing, capturing the four people in between the two pillars. Carol
that was my thought right away, did you take one of the card seller Dave, a very nice photo, and I'm sure they will all be good, like it, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2013 8:02AM
A great sense of symmetry in this image, love the "Abbey road" style timing of the people crossing and also the layers that lead the viewer into the image. A very informative narrative too... Nice one Dave.
5 Jan 2013 8:13AM
What a wonderful tribute you have made to this beautiful place Dave, it's outstanding work in the composition with the people walking past and all that gold and colour.

rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
5 Jan 2013 8:20AM
Love the " golden " glow to this, a fascinating structure with all that gold leaf decoration. A fascinating trip Dave.
saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
5 Jan 2013 8:25AM
Stunning and fantastic capture indeed,very well done,
bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2013 8:30AM
Excellent shot Dave, good lighting and nice format. Informative write up as well.
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2013 8:33AM
Superb timing here Dave.

5 Jan 2013 8:47AM
Wonderfully framed.
5 Jan 2013 8:52AM
Excellent Dave, well timed capture, I also like the golden glow,
LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2013 8:53AM
You have captured that gilding brilliantly (no pun intended) and your timing with the figures is soot on.
fentiger Plus
17 918 24 England
5 Jan 2013 8:56AM
Well seen and beautifully composed.

All the very best for 2013 Dave.

annettep38 Plus
7 218 40 Costa Rica
5 Jan 2013 9:12AM
Very well composed- and I can just imagine your fight with the postcard seller.
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
5 Jan 2013 9:19AM
You couldnt' have arranged the four figures better if you'd asked them to do this! The composition is excellent and the details superb.

gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
5 Jan 2013 9:22AM
Intriguing, Dave -- reminds me of a Myanmar version of the Abby Road cover.
CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2013 9:27AM
Brilliantly timed!
Crisp, well lit and nicely saturated colours. As stated above faultless timing and composition.
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
5 Jan 2013 10:00AM
The light is beautiful and the figure well captured. Some sellers are a real pain
5 Jan 2013 10:02AM
A superb shot, Dave and well worth waiting for.

nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
5 Jan 2013 10:17AM
Another excellent compo and exposure, Dave. I like the overall warmth as well.
ZoeKemp 5 31 England
5 Jan 2013 10:17AM
Great shot. Love the temple colours loads of detail captured Smile Smile Smile
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2013 10:29AM
Interesting write up
Well timed image
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2013 11:17AM
Slightly out of step but forgivable...

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2013 11:24AM
Superb image, excellent timing and interesting write up

5 Jan 2013 11:29AM
An awesome capture Dave, of this stunning temple, the light and the position of the four people as well
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2013 11:46AM
Stunning composition, love the gold tones and the shadows. Good write up as well IB
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2013 12:00PM
Excellent image Dave - the line up is perfect with the robes matching the bottom of the pillars
and all that wonderful gold decor. Interesting and pleasing to the eye.
Herge88 11 40 4 England
5 Jan 2013 12:02PM
Marvelous capture, full of colour and detail.

Best Matt
rayme330 6 17 1 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2013 12:03PM
You have combined the various elements of this image very well, Dave. The symmetry of the pillars and the lattice work, the gold of the temple and, not least, the humanity of the implied humour of the priest and his 'followers'.

netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
5 Jan 2013 12:26PM
A beautiful detailed image and verry well timing to get the people walking along
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
5 Jan 2013 1:18PM
no one needs to sell you post cards-- AThis is so well done it will coveer any sort of memory you could buy as a commercial post card!
5 Jan 2013 1:49PM
great timing here Dave excellent caputre ....and they say the Scots are tight tiskTongueWink

mex 10 27 3 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2013 2:09PM
Good title daveGrinGrinGrin.
cheers phil.
Lillian Plus
9 22 17 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2013 2:29PM
Brilliant framing here Dave
a well shot image
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
5 Jan 2013 2:33PM
Very beautiful architecture, and a great candid too, Dave Wink
Trev Smile
NaturesHaven 6 283 6 England
5 Jan 2013 3:01PM
None of them are related to me..................where is he..............GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Philip_H 6 1 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2013 4:03PM
Very nicely framed and timed, Dave.

5 Jan 2013 4:17PM
Very well composed and timed.
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2013 4:27PM
The people are wonderful, but it's the architecture which grabs my attention. All that gold and filigree (is that what it's called?) work is stunning!
1881 6 India
5 Jan 2013 4:30PM
Vary beautiful image.

Outstanding image love it
5 Jan 2013 4:41PM
Amazing photo and write up
HELANA 8 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2013 4:43PM
Sopt on with the exposure and the timing with the people passing by Dave.It must be a grate place and it is a grate shot too,
almiles 8 38 102 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2013 4:53PM
Good timing with an interesting collection of individuals which results in a very engaging and absorbing image. The exposure is very well handled too. I'm not sure you need the portrait format capture of the arch to complete the image, did you try any landscape format?
6 3 8 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2013 5:02PM
Beautiful temple in stunning detail and colour. Also, perfect timing to get the 4 people between the posts.Grin
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
5 Jan 2013 5:59PM
Awesome framing Dave, excellent capture!


9 10 10 England
5 Jan 2013 7:07PM
So serenely excellent.
This is a great capture of people going about their business and very nicely framed against the pillars.

Did you buy a postcard ?


pdcche 7 4 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2013 10:23PM
Great shot Dave, bright, colourful and good light, guess you made your own postcard, Peter..
UrbaneMagick 6 172 1 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2013 10:36PM
What a series this is proving to be Dave!!


Bob_V 10 1 2 United States
5 Jan 2013 11:25PM
What a great shot fantastic timing.
Jellyfire 6 41 4 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2013 11:54PM
Great timing to make this shot work
JimV 11 6 3 Canada
6 Jan 2013 3:17AM

Quote:A great sense of symmetry in this image, love the "Abbey road" style timing of the people crossing and also the layers that lead the viewer into the image. A very informative narrative too... Nice one Dave.

I simply cannot say it any better than this Dave!
Rgds., Jim
6 Jan 2013 9:25AM
This is excellent Dave, can't believe there are not more awards.

John Smile
Lovely gold colours perhaps dropping the highlights might help.
Well done. WesternRed.
Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
6 Jan 2013 11:39AM
Gorgeous light and colours Dave, and I love the composition with those 4 people lined up.
Excellent light Dave, great timing looks good and it sure works for me. nice one.

6 Jan 2013 2:25PM
Fantastic composition and well timed Dave
xwang 9 56 8
6 Jan 2013 5:21PM
Excellent light and colour, Dave. Quite amusing shot, made me laugh...
Humblebee 6 1 England
6 Jan 2013 6:46PM
Another enjoyable and informative foreward combined with a excellent capture of this stunning piece of architecture Dave, which is well rounded off by the inclusion of the happy smiling monk and his entourage ... Carol Grin
User_Removed 5 4 1 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2013 6:49PM
Great colours, contrast and composition well taken Dave.. BobSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile
jasonrwl Plus
8 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2013 7:35PM
Great work Dave
derekhansen Plus
9 210 24 United Kingdom
6 Jan 2013 8:21PM
The superlatives have all been used up on this one Dave. Utmost respect.
debu 8 India
7 Jan 2013 12:43AM
Lovely image.
7 Jan 2013 3:56PM
Skirt day, Dave??TongueTongueTongueTongueTongue Lots of fresh air!!SmileSmileSmileTongueTongue
LexEquine 12 19 United States
8 Jan 2013 6:57PM
'Super color Reportage & indoor architectural Image' ~ Peter
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
10 Jan 2013 10:38AM
Gosh, thought I'd be scrolling down for ever, but such a wonderful and well deserved reception for this fascinating image from Burma, Dave, beautifully composed from a cleverly chosen viewpoint and timed to perfection.

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