As a result of increased population, shifting cultivation, fuelwood extraction and other human activities, the dry zone in Myanmar now expands in an area of about 55,000 square kilometers situated in the lower Sagaing, Mandalay and Magway Division. About 34% of the Myanmar population is living there. When traversing this region one could hardly believe being in south-east asia, more well known for its green rice fields than for its dusty arid areas. Water is very scarce and people are spending a big part of their time and energy looking for water where they can find it. Some make kilometers by foot or with bullock carts rising clouds of dust to fill recipients at the closest well.
Here at a well, just near Bagan. I already posted another picture at the same place earlier.
Note - Many comments suggest a less centered composition with the cattle more to the left. I cannot agree more. Unfortunately this road was bordered with trees which were breaking the nice dusty and golden atmosphere that I wanted to focus on. If I had moved the cattle more to the right, I would have cut the people visible in the dust in the background...
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leo61 (0) 2007-01-19 17:35
Thanks for showing this good shot from Bagan.I Tried the same with an oxcart but did not manage as well as you did.
Good sharpness at the oxcart( is it one with 4 oxes ore are there 2?)And the dust shows the typical atmoshphere when there is traffic at Bagan`s sandy tracks.Good light at the trees and nice silhouettes in the background.
Have a nice weekend,
lestans (17152) 2007-01-19 17:42
great light and great atmosphera you captured in this shot!
I like very much the contrast between the dust and the sharp details of the trees and of the cart.
Very nice work, bravo!!
Budapestman (82620) 2007-01-19 17:45
This is a very expressive and talkative photo. Its an impressive POV and suggestive composition. Excellent shot.
Thank you, nice days
brants (259) 2007-01-19 17:49
Well, I'll just say - Yeah! Today's best!
sabanuluca (5176) 2007-01-19 17:53
excellent photo. Congratulations
syd1946 (18663) 2007-01-19 17:56
A small story begining from the title you choose and ending with this excellent capture of this moment.And a very interesting,almost sad informations from your note about the water in Maymar.Anyway the shot is great,a really daily life scene!
Have a nice weekend,
Merou (4726) 2007-01-19 18:16
Pleasant composition even if it center. TFS. regards
sothy81 (9588) 2007-01-19 18:49
Hi Vincent, this is a great shot of transportation people used in Asia. Cambodia too, if you had a chance to travel to rural area. Very nice focus and sharpness. The dust behind made this photo rich in its quality. Nicely done. Sothy
stego (24132) 2007-01-19 19:37
What it lacks in "beauty" is largely compesated by the documental value. Very nice light. All that floating dust enhances the sense of dryness, a real surprise for me, as I had the idea that all that part of the world was rather wet and green, except for the plateaus of North Thailand and Laos (?).
TFS, Amicalement, José.
sarahnatalie (697) 2007-01-19 21:24
Great photo! I too thought the area was lush and green... Anyway, it's a fantastic post for the information you have shared with us and the strong image to accompany it. One hets a sense that it is a hard, hot day. The animals are very beautiful, too. Thanks!
jjcordier (79289) 2007-01-20 1:33
Très belle photo, Vincent! La lumière en contrejour et la poussière permetent de bien détacher le sujet principal. Très beau cadrage pour cette magnifique scène de vie.
bantonbuju (51789) 2007-01-20 2:53
i like the photos taken with a zoom which "flatten" the third dimension compressing the scene to one layer...effect - intesnifying the cloud of sand...
i'd maybe go for a less central composition but still i do like this image a lot...
anducina (8407) 2007-01-20 4:11
Excellent compo and framing, but what I like best is this special dusty light.
delkoo (68) 2007-01-20 4:15
cette photo est pleine de vie, la poussiere soulevée par la charrette recrée bien cette amtosphere de sécheresse, un contre jour pas evident a faire sur cette course a leau qui va devenir le probleme numero 1 de nombreux pays.
Graal (101108) 2007-01-20 4:39
interesting view here and in previous from this place. Good note. Fine reportage, really life in Myanmar. I like it.
Wanda1 (15058) 2007-01-20 5:40
A good daily life shot, I like the dust adding to the dry feeling, and the ghostly shadow of the boy in the dust. Sharpness and composition are great.
ahmetgedikli (25593) 2007-01-20 5:42
Wonderful shot! Great daily life capture, exposure and composition are very good. and captured. The light is excellent. Great work!
Have a nice weekend.
ribeiroantonio (22637) 2007-01-20 5:56
I did not know that Myanmar has water problems. I was told that the rainy season is very wet. That road to Bagan is from where? Is it easy to travel by road? I am thinking from Sittwe to Bagan and Mandalay. Your picture shows very well how this country stopped many years ago. Very nice colours and a great POV. Well done.
Paolo (41222) 2007-01-20 8:46
Hi Vincent, amaizng image with all that dust in the background.
excellent exposure, composition and quality.
Silvio1953 (133822) 2007-01-20 8:58
Hi Vincent, fastinating composition of daily life with wonderful light and colors, very well done, ciao Silvio
ChrisJ (107157) 2007-01-20 9:12
Good daily life shot of the oxen. I like the obscured outline of the man in the dust at right. Well framed. Merci!
sabyasachi1212 (19773) 2007-01-20 10:00
These unmetalled roads may not be the best ones for the travellers but they never fail to provide the avid photographers with excellent photo opportunities. I had just critqued one of Leo's photos also from Myanmar with a very similar perspective, I guess you know which one. Splendid work!
With Greetings from India
Mistral (15402) 2007-01-20 10:47
you captured very well a moment of the burmese daily life. The dust add a lot of mood and give an idea of the place there.
A smile and have a nice weekend!
john_c (24666) 2007-01-20 12:27
You caught this one at the decisive moment, and the dust not only enhances the scene but speaks to the issue of water supply and long distance travel referenced in your fine note. I like the background trees here, as well as the apparition like figures seen in the dust. Very well captured, Vincent.
tcht (7565) 2007-01-20 13:47
Lovely documentary of daily life, and I've not seen interesting transports like this before. That boy behind the mist makes the composition even stronger. I think perhaps you could crop the left slightly, so to bring the oxen transport off-center and the person behind mist more into the frame, but it works fine as it is now. TFS!
athos99 (6894) 2007-01-20 14:38
La poussière conjuguée avec la lumière donne un superbe effet. C'est toujours étonnant pour moi de voir un char tiré par des boeufs. Superbe la sihouette qui se dessine derrière le char dans la poussière
cunejo200 (7281) 2007-01-20 19:32
Oh those cows sure did leave a dusty trail. Good sharpness on the cows and water seekers. Excellent work. Cheers! Danilo
Gerrit (51692) 2007-01-21 5:22
beautiful daily life picture in the dust with extra qualities like the mans looking to the horizon like in a western movie. Great light in the background trees.
markstaples (15670) 2007-01-21 6:58
Celle-ci est vraiment excellente. La scène est bien cadrée et l'image est d'une qualité impéccable. Belle lumière aussi. Bref, de l'excellent travail.
siolaw (38292) 2007-01-21 7:05
Une belle scene de la vie quotidiene dans une bonne lumiere bien captee par la poussiere... j aime bien la silhouette a droite dans le nuage...
France (125) 2007-01-21 8:42
Very beautiful picture of daily life, Vincent.
The exposure is well done and the cloud of dust give a soft atmosphere. I like the position of men and beasts. A very well composed picture.
jhm (146666) 2007-01-21 12:46
I find this picture better that your previous image, here we see more detailed picture, I like very much the contrast between the dust and the sharp details of the trees and of the cart, also the silhouette of the man in background care for a nice composition.
Merci pour le partage.
Angelillo (9374) 2007-01-21 16:19
It's possible to feel the dust, I like a lot the blurred people in the background, like shadows. It's a great sign of the real life. The main character, the chariot, the cows and the people are amazing too, great sharp, interesting subjetc of dayli life and hard works, for take some so useful and necessary like water! Truly amazing. Thanks,
ben4321 (9875) 2007-01-21 16:35
This is great Vincent, and the light shining through the dust kicked up by the hooves of the oxen gives this a wonderful atmosphere.
I'm not sure about the central placement of the ox cart though, maybe this would have worked better with it positioned further to the left of the frame.
It's a great shot though, well done.
SamB (1948) 2007-01-21 17:20
Nice work on this one, the atmosphere is really great, and the dust emphasizes your point about the dryness. i think that this one would have been better if you had taken it more to the right, pulling the cattle all the way out to the left and showing more of the distance behind. This would give a stronger impression of distance travel and emphasize the depth at right.
sebinho342 (19317) 2007-01-21 17:48
Salut Vincent, très poussièreuse cette photo, enfin la scène je veux dire, excellent comme c'est typique cette scène, à 10000 lieux des préoccupations franco françaises ;)
Exotique et dépaysante, j'aime beaucoup
clnaef (6289) 2007-01-22 2:14
Belle composition bien équilibrée.
vonp (2235) 2007-01-22 2:38
You took a really great shot.
The color and the composition are so natural and the immage quality is perfect.
A real piece of life; congratulation!
See you soon...
Angshu (56740) 2007-01-22 4:04
Great effect of light...the lack of water creates all the dust & sand, which as is blowing here, provides, a beautiful setting for a pic. I think I can see 4 bullocks, so are there two carts?
coco (30439) 2007-01-22 7:29
Technically is not bad and also you captured the photo in the right moment.
The worst is than may be is too centered.
Even then, a nice work.
(i've read what you say about the centered composition)
alainh (35583) 2007-01-22 17:10
la lumiere et la poussiere fond la photo.
superbe contre jour plein de vie
tres belle image
sebcz (2345) 2007-01-22 17:47
I enjoy this photo. It has some action, the dust beaten up from the road, the man's expression, quality and definition just great.
AiresSantos (56155) 2007-01-23 6:03
Great capture, magnificent atmosphera. Excellent details, colours and light.
Very well done
TFS and greetings
Flavia (10352) 2007-01-23 11:36
Le lumiere sur la poussiere donne un cache a cette photo qui reflete une jolie scene de la vie cotidienne a dans les regions rural des pays sousdevelopees. J'aime bein la composition avec les gens au fond, ca ne me derrange pas qui le sujet soit centree dans ce cas-ci.
Photo65Net (43120) 2007-01-23 13:51
Très bonne utilisation de la diminution de DOF offerte par la poussière pour mettre en valeur cet attelage imposant.
pastadog (13111) 2007-01-23 15:53
Hi Vincent, a strong daily life scene captured very well; excellent exposure, esp. in the area with shadows, that looks excellent and we clearly see the details. The centered compo doesn't bother me, on the contrary, there's a subtle partial symmetry due to the oxes, which I find appealing. Regards, Daniel
TeresaT (10806) 2007-01-23 17:51
Fantastic daily life compostion of the rurla life.
All this dust create a nice atmosphere.
The light is perfect too.
jafadabret (56501) 2007-01-24 4:43
Les routes poussièreuses, Vincent, font de belles photos quand cette poussière danse dans la lumière. Ce cliché est magnifique.
carper (96) 2007-01-24 5:46
a very good photo here vincent what a great atmosphere in the shot, personal I would crop it from the left too put the subject not in the middle, but thats personal, farther very good job.
VeeJayCee (2410) 2007-01-24 17:08
This is superb Vincent! I agree with you that to lose the people on the left would spoil this image and lose much of the atmosphere. Rules are made to be broken and this time it is right to break the rules. I love the way the cattle and cart seem to be emerging from their dust cloud. Excellent! I have no points left today but if I remember I shall be back tomorrow.
ephemere33 (9743) 2007-01-24 17:20
magnifique scene comme je les aime et que je n'ai pas encore eu la chance de photographier, la vie au quotidien rendue par vos soins en pleine de vie et de douceur en même temps, et se léger contre jour est de toute beauté, beau travail, j'adore, amicalement Bi
AmiBe (6042) 2007-01-25 14:55
comme tu dis, pour moi la personne en silhouette dans la poussière est un élément essentiel à la réussite de cette image.
Pas trop de traces de poussière sur le capteur ? :)
J'aime beaucoup ces chars à boeufs birman.
axiotea (21649) 2007-01-26 1:25
Je ne trouve pas du tout derangeant que la charette a boeufs soit centree et ici on peut apprecier cette compo de la vie au quotidien, qui n est helas pas toujours facile pour de nombreuses personnes. J aime bien les silhouettes a l arriere plan qu on peut apercevoir a travers la poussiere, la luminosite et le cadrage avec des couleurs naturellement bien rendues.
vagabondtravels (6511) 2007-01-26 20:12
Nice central comp. Spot on with the exposure and sharp.
I like the boy walking in the dust. Well done.
Stepan (27210) 2007-01-27 3:17
C'est tout simplement nickel : lumière, mise au point, dof (avec cette "belle" poussière), énergie avec ce pov... Très réussi.
cessy (13647) 2007-01-27 6:10
very nice capture of this cart with the dust all over (I hope your camera didn't get the dust :) )
excellent angle and composition
vinicio (23423) 2007-01-29 2:06
this image is really beautiful, good composition and good daily life image, but over all the dust cloud give to the image one wonderful atmosphere, well seen and done, compliments.
Have a good week
ElAprendiz (30) 2007-01-31 13:37
Scene with very good composition, resists and definition.
It is remarkable to appreciate like the animals and the subject, excels the others first of all.
Vato_Law (12720) 2007-01-31 14:27
Great daily life shot with this old mean of transportation well presented. Love the atmosphere of this photo with the dust and the light creating a strange feeling.
I love the many details we might see on this photo.
capthaddock (28790) 2007-02-02 13:41
Hi Vincent - OK I won't mention the centering, because I agree that the dusty atmosphere is what brings it to attention, nice and authentic slice of daily life.
everlasting (14710) 2007-02-03 12:25
Great daily life shot Vince, the centered bullock cart doesnt bother me, the off center people in the mist makes the composition.
Standa (1877) 2007-02-07 16:46
realy fine shot. I like this atmosphere.
dilane (861) 2007-03-02 17:57
j'aime cette photo pour sa compo, ses couleurs et son sujet
la poussière soulevée ne gomme pas trop les sujets du fond
banyanman (7789) 2007-03-04 8:36
This is a wonderful image, Vincent, that captures the dry and dusty atmosphere of this region very well. Excellent focus and DOF. You could have got around the centering issue that a few have mentioned by cropping a little from the left and bottom, but then we would not have seen so much of the dirt road which is an integral part of this image. Cheers . . . David
aznegrao (10316) 2007-03-11 8:31
Fantastic shot. The colors are nice, and atmosphere is fantastic. Great work.
jmhullot (0) 2007-03-12 4:43
la poussiere donne une diemension incroyable a ce beau cliche. bravo.
stevesaba (8135) 2007-05-08 9:37
I just noticed this one, among your "Best". I just had to leave a comment. This is such a classic picture....really superb. Best wishes,
kdialyna (3148) 2007-05-23 4:39
Good morning Fincent.
I looked your photo-gallery and I found it extraordinary.
This photo from you is really the perfect supplement of your note.
You achieve to give perfect the sense of lack of water in the region and the big problem which the people they have there.
Excellent photo .
noborders (1010) 2007-11-04 6:01
Je me souviens bien de ces nuages de poussière là bas, même si mon dernier passage dans ce pays date d'il y a 20 ans... La partie sur la droite est splendide et j'admire la netteté de ce majestueux char à boeufs, le fait qu'il soit un peu trop centré ne me choque pas trop - bravo !
fanni (14381) 2009-03-21 15:37
this is a very dynamic scene! Interesting, good composition. Actually, I do not mind a centered composition (which, maybe, is against photo rules :))
Excellent contrast between the cart and the "glowing" clouds of dust behind it! the people in the BG look like phantoms appearing out of nowhere... or disappearing?
MLINES (12516) 2009-10-10 13:36
Hi Vincent, A very fine image, the dust and the intensity on the man's face is what i first noticed. The plodding cattle and the composition are wonderful to see on TE. TFS. Murray.
sittipong (251) 2010-11-30 8:15
- Copyright: JM Hullot (vincz) (19113)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-03-18
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Transportation
- Camera: Canon EOS 20D
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/400 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Beautiful colours of Myanmar
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- Date Submitted: 2007-01-19 17:17
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