Photo: The Buddhas of Sagaing Hill.

Great photography spots

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Spending two to three days in the Burmese cultural capital provides not only an important Burma history lesson, it also offers access to some of the most iconic photography spots in the country. Here are some spots we’d recommend heading to for keen photographers.





U Bein Bridge Some of the most popular images that cover guide and photography books come from U Bein Bridge. The world’s longest teak bridge connects two monasteries located on either side and Mandalay with one of its outlying, ancient cities; local commuters and monks photogenically cross over it in a stream each day. Two hours before sunset is the best time to get there, as the golden hour brings spectacular light and shadows that might be dismissed if you’re arriving for only sunset. Boats and their drivers are for hire; they will take you to photographic hotspots on each side of the bridge but will also be flexible if you tell them where you specifically want to go.

Fabulous photos for the taking at ever-changing U Bein Bridge. Photo taken in or around Great photography spots, Mandalay, Burma_myanmar by Christopher Smith.

Fabulous photos for the taking at ever-changing U Bein Bridge. Photo: Christopher Smith

It is important to note that different times of year bring different levels of water. January to June sees a lower level, and normally flooded lands become seasonal crop fields to meander through. The pillars and shadows of the bridge are elongated, but there is still enough water to hire a boat.

Stay behind after sunset to capture the deeper colours and silhouettes of people, bikes and monks by using a tripod from the dried land, below. From July to December the river can surge as high as the wooden walkway itself. Lines and reflections are shortened, but the vast water just below your feet plus the hillside pagodas lend themselves to great landscape shots with a higher number of boats floating on the ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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