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Sunset over Bagan

By Jasper87  
Bagan is an ancient city located in the Mandalay Region of Myanmar. From the 9th to 13th centuries, the city was the capital of the Kingdom of Pagan, the first kingdom to unify the regions that would later constitute modern Myanmar. During the highest time of the kingdom, between the 11th and 13th centuries, over 13,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries were constructed in the Bagan plains alone, of which the remains of over 2230 temples and pagodas still survive to the present day. The sunsets are spectacular and you don't normally have to wait until the cows come home to capture one!! TongueGrin

Handheld so had to go to ISO400, 1/60s, f5.6 @160mm.


Tags: Sunset Myanmar Low light Landscape and travel Temples Bagan

Voters: dven, franken, nonur and 116 more

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franken Plus
18 5.3k 4 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2012 6:54AM
Wonderful image Dave.

nonur 12 18 13 Turkey
14 Dec 2012 6:58AM
This is a real stunner! A well composed dream-like image. Delightful to see.
fificat100 10 5 2 Scotland
14 Dec 2012 7:05AM
Superb image. Lovely mistiness in this very fine composition.

CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
14 Dec 2012 7:07AM
A glorious image, Dave, perfectly composed and captured. Carol
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2423 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2012 7:19AM
This is superb, it tells us so much so beautifully, about a country's history, aesthetics, way of life.
Hermanus 8 4 South Africa
14 Dec 2012 7:23AM
This is excellence at its best Dave !! I see you did wait for the cows to come home before you took this photo Smile
Tibetan 9 3 England
14 Dec 2012 7:34AM
Nice one Dave, love the light and colours, I had a figure our Lady of Bagan, she represented the height of the opulence of Bagan in the seventeenth century, lovely photo Dave, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Lillian Plus
12 23 17 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2012 7:38AM
Awesome shot, has all the elements....magical Dave
And the image tooWink
Well captured
woolybill1 Plus
14 38 78 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2012 7:45AM
Hugely atmospheric, cows or no cows. Fascinating place too.
AnnChown 11 207 1 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2012 7:56AM
This is gorgeous Dave - and the cows ....! A winner!
fentiger 20 920 24 England
14 Dec 2012 7:57AM
Beautiful and atmospheric composition. Very well seen and photographed.

14 Dec 2012 8:16AM
This is beautiful Dave, love that sky,
LynneJoyce Plus
13 22 101 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2012 8:18AM

Quote:Beautiful and atmospheric composition. Very well seen and photographed.


Couldn't put it better myself!
MalcolmM Plus
15 1.7k 5 Scotland
14 Dec 2012 8:25AM
Beautiful image - so much interest!
CaroleS Plus
11 442 3 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2012 8:35AM
A spectacular image.Smile
NDODS 10 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2012 8:57AM
An image worthy of so much.

Regards Nathan
RLF Plus
11 18 4 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2012 9:06AM
It could have come straight out of a holiday advertSmile. Fantastic shot with great depth
User_Removed 16 386 2 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2012 9:36AM
A classic, I love it, stunning capture.
I think it deserves the famous Deefer Award. Smile

RonnieAG Plus
11 154 119 Scotland
14 Dec 2012 9:40AM
A wonderful sunset but over such a fascinating and with the dulling light a mysterious fore and middle grounds: what an extraordinary place, Dave.
Thank you for including that interesting but of history......makes all the difference.
rayme330 9 17 1 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2012 9:42AM
Simply sensational, Dave.

zapar40 11 66 5 Wales
14 Dec 2012 10:01AM
a stunning image, Dave, love the tones and composition, a remarkable sight well captured.
achieverswales 10 8 101 Wales
14 Dec 2012 10:12AM
All been said Dave! Just have another UA mate.


lonely_oryx 13 61 55 England
14 Dec 2012 10:26AM
Fantastic atmosphere and colours
SlowSong Plus
12 9.7k 30 England
14 Dec 2012 10:34AM
Well isn't that lovely. Like a ghost city rising out of the mist in a fairy tale.
Fefe Plus
9 57 36 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2012 10:57AM
You didn't say you were off to Staxton Hill DaveWinkTongue

This is a belting imageGrinGrin
Irishkate Plus
10 45 121 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2012 11:06AM
Packed with interest from cows to sunset.
The temple is stunning and the countryside so different.
Your trip must have been amazing.
fazzer 12 54 7 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2012 12:11PM
Superb image Smile
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 19 Canada
14 Dec 2012 1:02PM
An amazing capture. So much atmosphere, simply beautiful! .......Sandy
BarbaraR 15 1.1k 1 England
14 Dec 2012 1:27PM
wow, that's very special from the herding of the animals back
to that glorious sunset sky.
Great atmosphere with the temples amidst the trees.
Lucky you to be there and very well done with the capture.

Herge88 Plus
14 40 6 England
14 Dec 2012 1:41PM
Excellent composition with wonderfully rich colours, one of those images where the more you look the more you see.

Best Matt
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
14 Dec 2012 2:12PM
This is Stunning!!!!
Everything works well, colors sing together, with the composition, Your choice of point of focus is excellent, supporting elements fall into place perfectly--- KUDOS!!!

Quote:Beautiful and atmospheric composition. Very well seen and photographed.


As above Dave, good work well spotted.

User_Removed 11 48 1 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2012 2:51PM
Superb sunset, great comp' and DOF.
carper123 Plus
9 1.3k 8 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2012 3:05PM
What can i say that has not already been said, well deserving of those awards and more i hope. Great sense of depth to the image you have achieved by the many layers from foreground to backgound, quite supeb.
well done.
Darryl. SmileSmileSmile
moiral 11 12 Scotland
14 Dec 2012 3:14PM
An absolutely magical scene you have captured Dave. But I don't think your jokes have improved TongueTongueTongueTongueTongueGrin. Moira
PaulMillar 9 83 2 Scotland
14 Dec 2012 3:30PM
Dave, a shot of 1000 know I am a fan of your low light work, but the is truly exceptional, you could say so many great things of a shot like this but why waist time that could be spent just looking. Very well done on all those UA's, I would just like you to have another..........This sould be up there for photo of the week............great work mate.

danbrann 16 640 17
14 Dec 2012 3:39PM
Simply outstanding....i guess I will have to fill your screen up with another's a pity you cannot spend them. Well done.
hasslebladuk 11 1 6 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2012 4:11PM
Pure class dave
14 Dec 2012 4:14PM

Everybody else has said it all.



Joline Plus
15 34 59 United States
14 Dec 2012 4:19PM
14 Dec 2012 4:51PM
This is a gorgeous photo Dave! There is much to look at and enjoy; each part of the image has something equally good to feast uponGrinGrin

TrevBatWCC Plus
12 13 19 England
14 Dec 2012 4:52PM
An amazing capture, Dave, with a nice recession of tones into the distance, with the buildings rising up out between the trees, and a super sky too. The inclusion of the cattle in the foreground really adds to the scene Smile Well done on all the UAs! Wink
Trev Smile
canonfan 11 7 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2012 5:52PM
Everybody else has said it all Dave. What more can I add but well done and thoroughly deserved awards
Philip_H 9 1.5k United Kingdom
14 Dec 2012 6:06PM
Fabulous capture, Dave.

Many congrats on all the UAs.

User_Removed 12 80 1 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2012 6:41PM
Fantastic image, congrats on the sea of UAs Smile
jaktis Plus
17 84 Sweden
14 Dec 2012 6:50PM
Looks like it comes from a dream

pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2225 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2012 7:03PM
Wow, Dave, what an atmosphere, and the number of User Awards speak volumes.
Humblebee 9 1 England
14 Dec 2012 9:37PM
A stunningly ethereal image Dave, the light, the gentle mist the temples and most of all, the cows on their way home ... definitely one for the wall ... Carol Grin
HELANA 11 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2012 10:09PM
Don't think I can add anything new Dave,indeed is a beautiful and atmospheric shot.
14 Dec 2012 10:12PM
WOW this is stunning Dave..lin
pdcche 10 4 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2012 8:01AM
Great comp and a stunner Dave, Peter..
netta1234 9 382 2 Wales
15 Dec 2012 8:14AM
What more can I say Dave,all those Awards says everything,I 've not seen anyone receive that much Awards since I joined EPZ.
I would frame this and have it up and be verry proud of it
marktc Plus
10 101 15 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2012 9:04AM
Must be an EPZ record Dave, 18 UAs. Thoroughly deserved a superb image in many ways!
bobsblues 11 10 2 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2012 9:17AM
Superb Dave and well done for all your awards well deserved .
xwang 12 56 8
15 Dec 2012 10:15AM
Beautifully captured image, wonderful colour and light.. the people on the road made it more interesting. Somewhere far, far away.. like in a dream..
digital_boi 15 3 6 Scotland
15 Dec 2012 10:41AM
The whole scene you have captured is magical excellent work indeed a real pleasure to view

15 Dec 2012 12:07PM
Too blurred for hand held for me.
Tibetan 9 3 England
15 Dec 2012 12:25PM
I think you wiped the board Dave well done, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin Great.Wink
Trev_B 14 151 68 England
15 Dec 2012 1:12PM
A great atmospheric image Dave... and a nice steady handWink

ChiliMan 14 135 17 Singapore
15 Dec 2012 1:41PM
What a brilliant shot! The fiery sky, the sorta mistiness in the middle ground, and the livestock coming home at the bottom. All sitting so well together.

And I don't think I've seen that many user awards on one pic...EIGHTEEN so far. Nice one, Dave SmileSmileSmile

Jat_Riski 12 89 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2012 2:00PM
A spectacular image, Dave.
debu 11 India
15 Dec 2012 2:41PM
Lovely image.
9 3 8 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2012 7:08PM
Glorious colours and very atmospheric. Looks like a wonderful place GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
frz67 11 10 32 Italy
15 Dec 2012 8:44PM
magic atmosphere perfectly portrayed

annettep38 10 220 42 Luxembourg
16 Dec 2012 3:54PM
this is hard to beat. Just stunning. Congrats on all those well deserved awards.
sparrowhawk Plus
12 282 2 United Kingdom
16 Dec 2012 5:50PM
wonderful shot i think it would make a brilliant giant canvas to hang on your wall
LexEquine 15 1 19 United States
16 Dec 2012 6:50PM
"Superlative {5 STARs*****} & Sensual Scenic Sunset Image," Dave~ Wink

Ciao~ Peter
derekhansen 12 210 24 United Kingdom
16 Dec 2012 9:53PM
My word what a beautiful image and and what a sight this must have been to witness. Superlatives deserved Dave. If I hadnt already used my UA tonight you would have had another to add to that long row of decorations.
almiles 11 38 102 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2012 8:59AM
It's a really well composed scene with lots of interest from the herd to the temple and that great sunset. The central placement of the temple works well with it's symmetrical shape and the darker trees below it help guide the eye into the scene. All those layers give lots of depth thanks to your choice of an elevated PoV.
Being slightly picky, hand holding at 160mm and 1/60 is a big ask for anyone's technique and the image is soft but I can't see how your could have improved this without a tripod. Closing down to f/5.6 was a good move as you get more sharpness out of the 70-200 f/4 lens optics but more than that and you would have needed to crank up your ISO to 800 which is where the 7D starts to suffer from noise in a noticeable way. As ever going on trips with non-photographers means all sorts of compromises must be made... as I know only too well!!! GrinGrin
17 Dec 2012 7:30PM
Wow!!!!!!! Just superb!!!!!!Smile
Regards Valery
accipiter 11 61 England
17 Dec 2012 8:43PM
A fabulous, evocative image. A
abeeror2 9 23 Australia
18 Dec 2012 9:02AM
I was there in the 80's thank you for doing it justice with this amazing capture!
wenzu78 9 7 Malta
18 Dec 2012 11:46AM
There is so much in this capture it's nearly overwhelming for a mere mortal like myself. Wink

Very well taken.

sawsengee 14 6 40 Malaysia
19 Dec 2012 3:29PM
OMG Dave, just look at the awards!!! A magical scene of timelessness well captured, lovely diminishing light, colours & the dusty ambience Smile
PaulLiley 12 2 13 United Kingdom
19 Dec 2012 9:35PM
Very impressive landscape well caught Dave. paul
NeilWigan Plus
10 17 16 England
24 Dec 2012 12:57AM
Would, if i could, but i cant, give my award Smilea beauty of a shot.
Niknut Plus
11 2.9k 82 United Kingdom
26 Dec 2012 2:50PM
Amazing shot !!! the intense colours in this beauty !!!!
YorkshireSam 11 110 3 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2013 12:07AM
That is one very enviable shot Dave and worthy of all the accolades and more.

I haven't got to grips with user awards yet but if I had I would return your compliment ( many thanks) here if I had. Top notch !

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