The Shwedagon pagoda at sunset in Yangoon. The first step of its erection took place in 588 BC. It is said it was set on eight hair from Sakyamuni (Buddha) by the Okkapala king.
The central stupa presented here is 100m high, covered from thin golden sheets and surrounded by dozens of white stuc or other golden stupas and many temples. On its top, there thousands of precious stones (4,035 diamonds among others).
As promised by the different guide books, the Shwedagon pagoda is a must when the night is falling over the City. There is an exceptionnal mood to discover when the different lights are being lit, Burmese are gathering around pagodas and temples to bring flowers, encens, candles. The atmosphere is absolutely magic.
The repost aimed at restoring the original blue hour touch. The first postprocessing conveyed a greyish atmosphere due to a inappropriate white balance correction.
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ribeiroantonio (22637) 2009-01-26 16:39
To be frank, for a cloudy day I think the original picture looks better. In the here the light coloured sky seems a bit artificial. Also, by looking at the stupa gives the impression of being slightly tilted to the left. What do you think? But the golden colour of the stupa is great. It is a remarkable place which I visited several times with great pleasure.
aadilj (18102) 2009-01-26 20:59
Hi Steven, this is extremely beautiful against the blue sky. I love the composition and the way this has been planend and compsoed
Cormac (26563) 2009-01-27 7:53
Great shot of this temple, with perfect timing to be able to get the light just right. The sky is dark enough to provide a good background, but still light enough to have good colour. Good contrast between the gold colour of the temple and the cool blue of the sky. Well done!
moi (146) 2009-02-10 8:53
Waylim (25368) 2009-03-17 21:11
One of the most beautiful blue hour shot of the Shwedagon I have seen, more beautiful than I remember it to be. I was here once at night, and no one was inside, it was so peaceful and very special. Technically all is perfect. the light is just enough to capture so much details and rich enough to capture the atmosphere and magic. the slight blur of the figures are just fine due to the long exposure. the original is also very nice, this one is a bit too much saturation, but I still prefer this one. Cheers, I really enjoy it.
banyanman (7789) 2009-04-04 3:15
I like this better than the original, Steven, even though some might feel it is over-saturated. The blue hour at Shwedagon really can look like this. I have a similar shot taken at the blue hour when I was still using film, and it is one of my all-time favourite photos. Shwedagon is one of my favourite places too - I have spent hours there just watching the people go about their worship. Excellent technical quality. I must go back there one day with my digital camera. Cheers . . . David
- Copyright: Steven Le Vourc'h (Curioso) (9271)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-03-30
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon 17-40/4L USM, Digital RAW, Hama UV 77 mm
- Exposure: f/14.0, 2 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Final Version, Original Version
- Travelogue: 21 DAYS IN MYANMAR
- Date Submitted: 2009-01-26 13:33
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