PICSPIRATION SUNDAY: A late afternoon and evening at Shwedagon Pagoda in Myanmar´s capital Yangon is a most relaxing and inspiring photography experience.
It is beautiful. And calm. Colors are golden. People are relaxing. Monks pray. There is lots of time for reflection.
And never more than a few meters to walk before a new nice photo can be shot.
Shwedagon Pagoda is the main attraction for tourists visiting Yangon. With its 99 meter tall stupa it can be seen from much of the city – and in evening it can be a spectacular view.
According to legend, the history of Shwedagon goes back 2600 years. The pagoda has been rebuilt and renovated several times.
I spent two evenings at Shwedagon during my recent visit to Myanmar. I found the best time was to come a couple of hours before sunset and stay until dark.
About these photos
Shwedagon is a great location for many different types of photos. Many photographers focus on getting great shots of the pagoda as such. As for myself I prioritized taking photos of people in different situations.
One important reason was the new lens I had bought in Bangkok a couple of days earlier, a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM. Because of the wide aperture this lens is great for taking portraits of people. I was eager to try it out as much as possible, and in fact most of my photos from Myanmar were taken with this lens.
Article 3 of 5 about photography in Myanmar
This article is part of a series of five about photography in Myanmar.
- Photography in Myanmar, article 1: Meeting the sun at U Bein bridge
- Photography in Myanmar, article 2: Marvelling at the temples in Bagan
- Photography in Myanmar, article 3: A quiet evening at Shwedagon Pagoda
- Photography in Myanmar, article 4: The fishers at Inle Lake
- Photography in Myanmar, article 5: 50 faces of Myanmar