This is very famous old bridge in Amarapura city, Mandalay. The bridge is more than a mile long and built only with Burmese teak. The bridge is named after "U Pein" who started the work. This photo was taken around 5:47 PM after waiting 1 1/2 hours for the sunset in the middle of the lake. I hired a boat and position the boat on the water about 30-50 ft from the bridge. No tri-pod. I took a total of more than 200 shots and it was worth the wait.
Did saturation, separate color adjust, sharpened and noise reduction in photoshop.
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llamas (0) 2004-05-10 22:53
faboulous colors, superb composition, what a shot.
dawekato (2269) 2004-05-10 22:59
It sure was worth the wait, Way. Congratulations on a wonderful image. You must be a fast shooter to take over 200 shots. I'd like to see more of them. I realize you increased the saturation, but the colours here are stunning. Nice sharp sillhouettes. It's difficult to get a straight horizon from a boat, but you did it. The sun is in a perfect position, just before it disappears into the water. This is an excellent picture and worthy of a favourite.
waskahegan (0) 2004-05-10 23:15
I wish... that I did not run out of points for today, this picture is special, something rich in warm colors.
I will do my best to remember to return tomorrow.
azymuth (134) 2004-05-10 23:35
your note is good because it explains what was needed to get the shot. Obviously the sharpness and colors are initially grabbing and exciting. But I cant help but think that the angle could be adjusted. Something about the way that the front pilons gradually obscure the back pilons from left to right bothers me. If a straight on shot was impossible due to the sun, perhaps positioning yourself so the pilons were at regular intervals would have helped compositionally. Its a small thing, you know, but just thought I'd throw it out there.
philip_coggan (11) 2004-05-11 0:20
This is, of course, just beautiful. You say you took 200 shots - but with the sun sinking all the time, and the people moving over the bridge, they would all have been different. I have some shots from Myanmar in my portfolio - you might like to look - but this is really professional work.
yesterday (9833) 2004-05-11 0:35
Excellent compoced, good sharp, excellent contrast, beautiful light and color, great photo.
ninfa_urania (803) 2004-05-11 1:34
Hello Way: This landscape is fantastic, I like it a lot, I love it.
I like the combination of the dawn with people in movement and activity, there is a sentence that is said: "To the one that gets up early, God helps him", the scenario is impressive, magnificent, the light and the shades are splendid, the reflection, the part human expressed many things besides the great activity, I like the movement and the elegance captured in the women that take the basket on its head, in the central part. Excellent composition, I added it to my favorite picture. Thank you to share it with us, congratulations. Cordial greetings. *Ninfa Urania*
olli (2091) 2004-05-11 1:49
Beautiful sunset and perfect silhouettes against it.
I like the mix of vertical lines and horizontal one in the bridge. Simple and beautiful shot – very-very well done, Way.
kogawa (4378) 2004-05-11 2:54
grate shot from a grate place!
I would have try to crop just the center to enlarge the silhouettes and the sun
Good job Way!!
Rhiannon (1728) 2004-05-11 2:57
Wonderful warm colours, very well composed, beautiful reflections in the water, superb silhouettes.
Fantastic capture, congratulations!
cxxl (2682) 2004-05-11 3:01
A great silhoette with interesting subjects. Excellent work Way.
GrahamB (939) 2004-05-11 4:36
Great shot. Lovely susnset colours and a striking silhouette of the bridge with interesting people crossing. Good note- lots of dedication to get the shot.
pridel (233) 2004-05-11 6:24
C'est magique ! Les couleurs sont superbes et le pont est aérien, léger. Les personnes sur le pont donne du mouvement à l'ensemble même si la sensation de calme demeure. bravo
J'apprécie également votre note explicative
luis_paulino (904) 2004-05-11 7:27
Wonderful. I love this sunset. Well done Way.
spence (65) 2004-05-11 8:59
Your patience and effort have been well rewarded Way. This is a fantastic and original shot. The angle is great and the silhouettes perfect. A truly terrific shot.
nguyen (20) 2004-05-11 9:09
tdanny (663) 2004-05-11 10:19
TE stamped picture theme ! Well done, this beautiful moment made me wonder where is this place with high tilt bridge built with only the basic tools!
Silhoutte of the people and the bridge added some much depth to this picture.
Patience does pay off...
Ebbe (9617) 2004-05-11 16:34
Brings a tear to the old bridge designers eye, this one! Beautiful silhouettes agains the sunset. To me it is almost too saturated. And I think you can crop just a little at both sides, just take away the column on the left edge and the diagonal on the right edge and I think it will be even a little better.
RGatward (20086) 2004-05-15 3:07
This is just amazing, don't know how I missed it the other day.
ChrisJ (115451) 2004-05-17 3:56
Stunning silhouettes & perfect composition.
Jean-Luc (5488) 2004-05-17 6:49
Merci pour cette magnifique photo.
Tout est réussi, la composition, les couleurs et surtout les silhouettes des personnages.
Thank you for this splendid photograph. All is succeeded, the composition, the colors and especially the silhouettes of the people.
katsuhiro (479) 2004-05-17 12:00
That is an amazing picture. I love it. There is not much else I can say!
Enia (365) 2004-05-17 21:18
No many left to say...Actually I cannot say anything in front such a beauty. I don't care much about the position of the pilons..It is just amazing!!! also bravo for your patience!
kooreman (321) 2004-05-26 4:52
Fantastic shot. One of the most enjoyable I have seen. After seeing ton's of sunsets at Trekearth and getting a little tired of them, this is to me a sensational shot. I an feel the atmosphere on the bridge.
Great colors also. Two points is too few for this one.
pcostas (321) 2004-05-26 14:05
A dream capture and a perfect exposure. Great work and thanks for sharing the technical details.
prlcs (63) 2004-05-28 16:16
L'attente est un élément important en photographie. Il permet de sublimer le travail que l'on fait. Et l'instant où l'on sait que l'on tient la photo que l'on attendait est un moment très exhaltant. Félicitations !
shihwei (238) 2004-05-29 0:13
Well matching of natural beauty and local's daily life. Interesting notes. Superb waysai! cheers,
itworks (1135) 2004-05-29 0:57
Nice job. As you know, many people try this shot, but few nail it like this.
Proxilva (2157) 2004-06-02 16:00
just wanna add, i'm stunned. i'm reading 'the piano tuner' written by daniel mason. he writes alot about mandalayand this must be the famous irrawaddy river. takes my brbreath away... thank you for this
Robertsu (132) 2004-06-04 15:46
For sure was worth the wait!! That's the way to make good picture and here is the result!!
bartove (2861) 2004-06-12 1:55
Wonderful image professional work.
pboyer (242) 2004-06-16 10:24
It a fantastic photo!I like it very much!
Nina (4987) 2004-07-09 13:05
Amazing shot. The light the composition and unusual subject matter combine to make this image what it is: Superb!
CoolDan (2516) 2004-09-26 19:49
C'est une magnifique composition aux couleurs chaudes. Les silhouettes et les reflets sont superbes. Well seen.
letjen (832) 2004-10-18 2:47
A humanist object
Very good composition
vaneiks (131) 2004-11-03 12:18
all those people with bikes as a silhuettes against the beautiful evening sun!!
spyros60 (150) 2004-12-01 2:34
Perfect view. Very lucky to be there. Composition should be better, any way it's a beautiful colorfull pic!
thebecky (688) 2004-12-01 2:39
It's all been said before but can I add my congratulations. What a fantastic picture. 200 shots .... definitly worth the wait. Thanks godness for digital photography! Thanks for sharing.
Janice (4403) 2004-12-01 5:59
Your patience paid off for you - this is spectacular, and the horizon is straight too! Your composition is perfect. Congratulations
poulinp (4530) 2004-12-01 8:42
Extraordinary composition. The bridge, the sun, the people...superb!
IanSewell (579) 2004-12-01 11:53
Simply one of the best shots I've seen on on TrekEarth. My attention is immediately drawn to the woman carrying something on her head - it makes the photo so much more exotic. Wow. Thanks so much.
umbrellaphotos (1901) 2004-12-01 12:12
Beautiful shot. Great silhoutting of the figures. Great exposure.
manu_itu (305) 2004-12-01 12:12
Very Graphical and very poetic Way Sai. Perfect exposure and Brigh sunset in the background with cyclists aand pedestrains crossing the bridge.!!Huhh!! What can we say, It takes years coming across sucha beautiful picture. Great, outstanding. want more from you!
sayzey (2358) 2004-12-01 19:45
Great sunset shot, I know what its like to take lots of shots over a short time period, you want to keep shooting incase the previous shot is the best of the bunch! I bet it was hard to decide on the best one from the bunch!
You certainly captured a moment here its great that there are so many people on the bridge, on bikes also! The sihlouettes are great!
Great shot I woudlnt change anything!
maurazos (0) 2005-01-19 13:16
Impressive succession of elements and colors. One of my favourites from now. Regards.
Jeppe (18654) 2005-02-24 17:24
Oh just learned about this bridge on a photo posted today - glad to see this fine capture and hear more about the story - a fine TE documentary and great capture. I like the photo your selected amoung many and the time your took -well worth the effort - thanks Way.
gulliver (1646) 2005-03-03 10:51
Absolutely wonderfull, emazing, full of heat. Colors, sharpness, contrast...everything is there. Very nice master work Way, congratulations!!
keribar (43841) 2005-03-29 14:12
You were right to wait: As I always say to those who want to listen. one good picture is better than 1000 mediocre ones... You justify
this thought here. Excellent, and congratulations for your tenacity. - Izzet Keribar
ngythanh (8456) 2005-03-29 14:13
IaKoop (819) 2005-03-29 14:22
Wow! Just incredible. Intriguing subject, great timing and excellent compostion combine to create a beautiful shot. It has been my experience that exceptional effort generally pays off. Case in point.
gren4 (603) 2005-04-19 14:57
I love this composition to(I missed it first time round).I like the silouettes of the bikes but I especially like those people carrying things the old fashioned way
DAM (153) 2005-04-24 16:13
A much better photo from the sunset with the boat. Nice sillhouetes and bridge is fantastic. Great picture pal, this is going in my favourite file. THanks
marian (2) 2005-07-02 8:02
nice photo,superb composition and interesant bridge!
chefrancisco (752) 2005-09-20 4:59
I could have waited for hours and hours and taken a thousand picture but I don't think it will be as good as this one. The composition and camera settings fitted just right. Simply perfect!
juanjose (532) 2005-10-02 15:14
What a beautifullllllll picture...............That is one of the most wontherful places that I have ever been. Myarmar, what a nice country, what a nice people. I really love it. I went It for 11 days in january. Good job.
imrek (4) 2005-12-24 4:19
Good sharp and contrast, beautiful light and color, great compo, beautiful bridge. I like!
svo555 (1028) 2005-12-24 5:39
Excellent composition and colours!
schobi (187) 2006-03-07 5:05
Hey! Excellent work - a really great sunset with this nice bridge in front of.
darrasin (2860) 2006-08-15 17:38
This really is a fabulous shot both technically and culturally. I think this epotimizes good travel photography. A real pleasure to view!
Viera (948) 2006-12-27 4:06
perfect road for bicycles!Superb photo.
That golden water is amazing.
Albrecht (11281) 2007-05-18 2:34
Beautiful sunset and silhouts; a very speicalbridge and place.
erhan1958 (15707) 2007-08-07 1:59
Wounderful and Excellent work - a really great sunset with this nice bridge in front of.
steliosk (4802) 2007-11-12 17:20
I am embarrassed to write a comment in this one
simply I add this to my favorites!
Congratulations my friend
Cheers from Greece
Debashis_Ghosh (0) 2009-04-05 23:26
This is beautiful. I like the orange light, the framing of the shot. I like the way you have been able to conceal the second row of pillars for most of the shot. It makes a dramatic impact on me as a viewer when I start looking at the details. For some reason the sky looks grainy.
ebingul (1984) 2011-09-28 0:03
Breathtaking photo and it is directly going to my favourites.Congratulations and TFS.
- Copyright: Way Sai (waysai) (609)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2002-11-22
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon Digital D60, 28-135 f/3.5-5.6 IS
- Exposure: f/20.0, 1/125 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Sunsets, TE Trieste exhibition: “Viaggiando Immaginando”, Twins? [Part XVI], My favorite photos (13) (Gatti Matti), Trekearth Book 2008: Places [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2004-05-10 22:38
- Favorites: 31 [view]