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A Clean Sweep

By Jasper87  
During our visit to Myanmar (Burma) we visited one or two Temples! Tongue

This is the Mahamuni Paya in Mandalay – primarily famous for housing what many Burmese believe to be one of only 5 Buddha statues created in his lifetime. It is a splendidly gilded temple, as are most of the larger temples, and I tried to show the richness of the decor in this image. The guy criss-crossing the corridor is using a traditional broom with a more modern version of the dustpan Tongue.

(Images of various Buddha statues to come at a later date).

Many thanks for your generosity in responses to this series, so very much appreciated.

Have a safe and happy New Year's Eve/Hogmanay celebration,


Tags: Reflections Architecture Burma Landscape and travel Mahamuni Temple

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CarolG Plus
11 199 20 Greece
31 Dec 2012 6:59AM
What wonderful reflections in that shiny corridor, Dave, what is the floor, tiles/stone/wood? Carol

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Jasper87 Plus
7 1.9k 150 England
31 Dec 2012 7:11AM

Quote:What wonderful reflections in that shiny corridor, Dave, what is the floor, tiles/stone/wood? Carol

Tiles, Carol, and very very slippy when wet, especially as you have to be in bare feet whilst within the temple precincts.
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2012 7:38AM
We are on the same theme with reflections! Lovely image with nice movement caught in the broom.
woolybill1 Plus
11 22 71 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2012 7:44AM
Superb reflection with an almost liquid quality that suffuses the darker tones. The white and pale yellow area comes as a bit of a visual surprise and forms the ideal backdrop to the man. Excellent composition, the exposure perfectly timed to show the swish of the broom. A beaut.
Strong but muted colours. The cleaner steals the scene. Well spotted
marktc Plus
7 99 15 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2012 7:49AM
Superbly rich, warm colours and terrific reflections. Like Lynne, I love the movement caught in the broom! Nice one Dave, and a Happy New Year to you and yours!
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1858 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2012 7:52AM
Bill got to this one ahead of me... Absolutely beautiful - the composition, the timing. It would be a lovely image without the man but he brings it to life. And the hint of motion blur contrasts perfectly with the cool precision of the architecture.
31 Dec 2012 7:59AM
What a superb photo Dave !! I just love those rich colours and amazing reflections off the foor ! Stunning Smile All the best for you in 2013 !!
It looks so clean no wonder the reflections are fantastic.
Well done Dave. WesternRed.
Jocelia Plus
6 2 1 Australia
31 Dec 2012 8:35AM
Clean sweep, it looks as if he has mopped too with that reflection.
A great impact shot……..GrinWink

Tibetan 5 3 England
31 Dec 2012 8:36AM
Spot on shot Dave great reflections Love it! captured just right, regards Leon, Happy new yearGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
rayme330 6 17 1 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2012 9:12AM
A typically technically immaculate shot, Dave but not without a huge slice of humanity.
Happy New Year to you and yours.

Fantastic capture, Dave. The reflections are to die for in this colourful and well composed image.

All the best for 2013.

31 Dec 2012 9:23AM
This is excellent Dave, HNY to you,
31 Dec 2012 9:40AM
You have certainly captured the richness of temple, and those reflections are amazing - one could be forgiven for saying as above, so below - wishing you and yours a wonderful happy, healthy and prosperous New Year ... Carol Grin
31 Dec 2012 9:48AM
Another superb image, Dave and very informative description.
A Happy New Year to you and your family.
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
31 Dec 2012 10:08AM
That reflective flooring is help to throw light around and bring up detail in the heavily shadowed areas, but I bet exposure was less than easy to get right.
But get it right you have, Dave.
This is a fascinating series and I look forward to more from this land in the New Year.
And with my very best wishes to you for 2013.
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
31 Dec 2012 10:09AM
WOW! What a fine work, Dave! It ticks all the boxes especially with that glorious reflection and compo! Wish you a wonderful New Year!
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2012 10:17AM
stunning dave this is top work a very happy new year to you and yours all the very best for 2013 Wink
31 Dec 2012 10:34AM
A great image and stunning reflections Dave. A superb composition. All the best for 2013SmileSmileSmile
31 Dec 2012 10:56AM
top of the class you go today!!!!!
lonely_oryx Plus
10 61 55 England
31 Dec 2012 11:12AM
Stunning reflection
rontear Plus
14 8 8 England
31 Dec 2012 11:12AM
As stated a superb image from an unknown land for me Dave ( could be the new India for photographers!!) I'm sure you have more gems. Have a great New Year and all the best for 2013 !!
Irishkate Plus
7 41 111 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2012 11:28AM
You've certainly captured the opulence of this wonderful Temple
with it's intricate designs. The reflection and the 'sweeper' do add
an extra dimension to a splendid image.
Rende Plus
10 38 4 Netherlands
31 Dec 2012 11:51AM
Gorgeous shot with stunning reflections.
Happy New Year Dave!
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
31 Dec 2012 12:04PM
That looks a very highly polished floor, offering super reflections Wink A fine capture, Dave Smile
A Very Happy New Year to you too! Smile
All the best,
Trev Smile
8 10 10 England
31 Dec 2012 12:08PM
A composiion of top quality Dave - a splendid image. A very Happy New Year.
almiles Plus
8 38 102 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2012 12:11PM
Great timing to catch the human element in a very formal (though bling-tastic) symmetrical architectural comp. The exposure is very well managed and this is undoubtably another stand-out travel image Dave. Happy Hogmanay to you too my friend, and all the best for 2013!
AnnChown Plus
8 203 1 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2012 12:14PM
Some reflections those Dave and perfect with the man doing his best to keep the floor clean. All the best to you and your family for 2013 - perhaps we will get to meet next year!
EAS Plus
8 1 13 Scotland
31 Dec 2012 1:42PM
Astonishingly beautiful with the deep, rich tones and fabulous reflections. All my very best wishes to you and yours for 2013. May it bring many good things to you all.

A masterpiece, Dave. Nicely composed and the presence of the figure at appropriate place enhances the aura of the place. Deep
netta1234 Plus
5 382 2 Wales
31 Dec 2012 2:30PM
Never seen such a clean floor ,A great imageSmile
7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2012 2:43PM
World Class Photography from a World Class Photographer.

I hope that you have a Happy New Dave, and that you continue to upload many more great photographs

Regards as always Nathan GrinGrinGrin
ChiliMan Plus
11 135 17 Singapore
31 Dec 2012 3:11PM

Quote:World Class Photography from a World Class Photographer.

Too true. This is stunning, Dave.

A most splendiferous 2013 to you and yours SmileSmileSmile

31 Dec 2012 3:20PM
Superb image with wonderful reflections Dave. A very happy New Year to you and your family and thank you for your support throughout 2012
franken Plus
15 4.5k 4 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2012 3:20PM
Wonderful image Dave.

Daisymaye Plus
9 23 13 Canada
31 Dec 2012 3:25PM
Really stunning image Dave. Perfectly captured. All the best to you in 2013......Sandy
Spot on shot, Dave, without doubts!
May prosperity and successes be with you this year and always! Happy New Year!
Regards Valery
31 Dec 2012 4:07PM
Fabulous rich tones, great reflections. Sylvia
31 Dec 2012 4:29PM
This is top draw the detail held is amazing Dave all the best for2013
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
31 Dec 2012 4:29PM
A great new years idea--- Have a good one!
31 Dec 2012 5:22PM
I love the architecture and the wonderful designs and colours of the temples.....very similar to Islamic architecture..........stunningly beautiful...............GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

Congrats on all the awards, well deserved............GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
31 Dec 2012 6:28PM
Stunning shot Dave, the colours are superb and the reflexctions ? gorgeous. Everything else has been said.
How many awards have you won during 2012?. Very well deserved.
Gracias por soportarme durante 2012 y mucha felicidad y prosperidad para el 2013 para ti y los tuyos.
Bob_V Plus
10 1 2 United States
31 Dec 2012 7:12PM
What fantastic reflections in this superb image Dave.
Happy new year.
NeilWigan Plus
7 17 16 England
31 Dec 2012 7:20PM
He can come and do our floors anytimeSmilespot on exposure, Dave, have a great new year and beyond. Neil and joan.
Nice imaqge with associated reflections.GrinGrin
derekhansen Plus
9 210 24 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2012 8:12PM
You are seeing out the year with a bang here Dave because this is superb. Th detail and colour are excellent but undermining everything is a really strong composition. Love it.
Thanks for your support in 2012. Have a very Happy New Year.
31 Dec 2012 9:33PM
Stunning image Dave,Happy New Year to you..Lin
31 Dec 2012 10:07PM
Have a great New Year Dave, Peter..
31 Dec 2012 10:36PM
Absolutely fabulous shot, great light and reflections, quite stunning

sable Plus
9 9 7 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2012 10:41PM
Well what more can I add its a FAB image and congratulations on all the awards it rightly deserves - Elizabeth xx
JimV Plus
11 6 3 Canada
1 Jan 2013 2:46AM
Brilliant capture of what looks to me a very complex scene to get just right, but you've certainly nailed it Dave!
Best wishes to you and yours for 2013 and beyond!
Rgds., Jim
1 Jan 2013 7:51AM
xwang Plus
8 56 8
1 Jan 2013 11:17AM
A beautiful clean image.. a great start of the day...Grin
A very Happy New Year to you, Dave.
1 Jan 2013 11:53AM
Rich colours in this beautiful capture, outstanding work Dave.
danbrann Plus
13 636 17
1 Jan 2013 12:26PM
Deseving of every award it gets Dave.
BarbaraR Plus
11 17 1 England
1 Jan 2013 1:08PM
Reflections don't get any better than iin this shot surely.
Wonderful capture all round.

Happy New Year to you Dave.

B. Smile
1 Jan 2013 1:56PM
As shiny as my kitchen floor - notTongue. Wonderful reflections on this floor, and an altogether beautiful shot.
Aye Dave, us Scots are all maniacs of some kind, be it pyro, klepto or just plain maniacs WinkGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin.
A very Happy New Year to you and yours.
Love Moira's comment ! ( Moira and I have met up on a few ocassions Wink!) Fabulous capture of this wonderful temple . Love the richness of colour and the shiny floor ! Appreciated you comment on the railbridge -may get that printed off too !gill
1 Jan 2013 5:16PM
gorgeous Dave, love the vibrant colours & reflections.

6 3 8 United Kingdom
1 Jan 2013 5:37PM
That must be the cleanest floor I have seen! Another cracker and looking forward to seeing more of your work in 2013Grin
Happy New YearGrin
Superb reflection, fabulous capture
Happy New Year
jaktis Plus
14 84 Sweden
1 Jan 2013 7:36PM
Looks almost as my hall

Happy new year

Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2013 2:26AM
Happy New Year Dave! Grin
This is a wonderful shot. I like the architecture, the gold tones and the reflections of the main subject. Top work! IB
Fantastic image, love the atmosphere and depth of colour, superb.
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
2 Jan 2013 10:17PM
fantastic composition.
I have learned what spiritual cleaning is all about Smile
Superb image, I love the shine and gloss, everything works Dave!
JuBarney Plus
6 26 3 United Kingdom
3 Jan 2013 5:49PM
Super image esp.with the reflections and gilding.
4 Jan 2013 8:08AM
Brilliant shot Dave. Paul
Superb image
8 Jan 2013 7:24PM
'Stellar & Lovely indoor Architectural and Reportage Image' ~ Peter
Glostopcat Plus
11 255 2 England
22 Jan 2013 11:03PM
You've certainly swept up the awards Dave, the architectural details and reflections are terrific
Love the reflections and colour,a shot to be proud of, Smile. Jane

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