This morning we were up early for a day-tour to see brown sugar, alcohol and plum juice production; one of my favorite local markets, and an important pilgrimage site called Mount Popa. The drive from Old Bagan to Mount Popa takes a few hours, and passes through rural farms and villages where we stop for photo shoots.
Mid way through our day we took some time for a nice lunch at a restaurant with a wondeful view overlooking Mt. Popa and then headed down to the base of the mountain upon which the Buddhist Shrine is located. My Popa is best know as a famous as a place of pilgimage for Burmese of all walks of life who worship Burma’s Nat spirits.
Several members of our group made the climb up Mount Popa, running the gauntlet of playful monkeys who frolic on the stairways, and passing countless venders selling everything from t-shirts to prayer beads. After visiting Mt. Popa our group returned to Bagan in time for another sunset shoot of the back-lit livestock herders. It was a busy and photographically productive day.
(Since I neglected to include yesterday’s images from our visit to a lacquer-ware production shop, I’m including them here…enjoy).
I’m including several sequences that I made at a local market on the way to Mount Popa. There’s always a lot to shoot at the local markets, and one could wander around and shoot a variety of images, but I chose to stay in only a few locations and “work the shot”. Below you will see two “series of shots”, made in just two locations, only meters apart.
I sought out an area of good light and then remained there in the exact same spot for perhaps 15 minutes each, waiting for shoppers to pass in front of me. Many times I find it more productive to “let the photos come to me” rather than chasing the opportunities around. I end up with a series of similar shots, and I can choose the one I like best. Here are a few of the images that survived the initial edit. (They were all made using a 16-35mm f2.8).