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Street Photography Guide in Yangon

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Street Photography Guide in Yangon
MYANMAR is a place that I have wanted to visit for a long time, but unlike other trips that I had, I went with no expectations. I packed my bags and spent three days at Yangon doing street photography. The trip ended with Bagan and Inle Lake, two must-go destinations for all travellers and street photography lovers.

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Suggested Map in Yangon

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Suggested Spots

  1. Shwedagon Pagoda
  2. Yangon Central Railway Station
  3. Konzedan Street Area

Magic Hour in Shwedagon Pagoda
I highly recommend you visiting the Pagoda in the late afternoon, so that you have time to familiarize yourself with the area, play around with the settings and start taking some shots. Pagoda at sunset gives you a very different colour tone, so make sure you leave enough time to experience the change in mood in such beautiful scene. Do remember to follow one of their traditions and walk anti clockwise, and make sure you look at every corner hard enough to identify your subject of interest.

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Yangon Central Railway Station
I went to this station twice, first time early in the morning at 6am and then at noon again. I recommend doing a few shots around the station when your inter-city bus arrives at the central railway station and the next time would be when you need to take the circular train from the central station.

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Area Around Konzedan Street with Special Architecture
At the end of Konzedan Street is the seaside. No beach, no people fishing, just a few big cruises parked by the bay. The shops and homes that you see while walking along Konzedan Street will give you a taste of the local life. They may look similar to those old and packed buildings in Hong Kong but yet they are unique in shapes in their own ways.

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Photography Tips for Shooting in Yangon

  1. Look them in the eyes and smile. If you want to take portraits of the local people, that is the secret language of getting their permission for pictures.
  2. Be observant and don’t be afraid to do repeated routes. If you spot an area that you like, go back and forth a few times, this would increase your chance of getting the shot right and at the same time keeping it candid. More often than not, you will get a photo with awkward facial expressions if it was taken static or one that you have been trying to capture by standing there a long time.
  3. Bring a compact camera. The weather is quite humid and hot during the day. Having too many gears around your neck or in you bag will decrease your mood to do street snaps. Imagine if you have to walk along a street 10 times just to get your favourite shot…
  4. Always, always have your mosquito repellent in your bag.
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My Three hours Circular Train Experience in Yangon
The circular train for sure is one of the reasons why I spent a few days in Yangon. The train ride took me approximately 4 hours (the full route takes longer to complete but I had to stop due to a small incident).

So it all began on a lovely Sunday afternoon. I stepped onto the train together with friends that I newly met at the hostel. Same as other tourists visiting Yangon, we sat down quickly as the train was quite empty. As it departs from Yangon Central Station, I started to wander around, moving from carriage to carriage to meet people and explore. It was full of kids and families. They told me they have picnics on the train as part of their weekly routine and they enjoyed the amazing view along the route.

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When I finished my first roll of film, I was joined by two kids. They looked at me and we smiled at each other. We couldn’t really communicate because I don’t speak Burmese and they don’t understand English but they were eager to introduce me the neighborhood by pointing at the passing sceneries.

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There were many local hawkers selling different snacks on the train. The kids bought a corn on the cob, broke it in half and gave a piece to me. As they were passing the sweetcorn to me, we exchanged eye contacts. At that moment, language barrier did not exist and the kindness from them was beyond any describable words. It was the highlight of my trip. For the people and its culture, I would love to visit Myanmar again anytime.

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TAHUSA Recommended Camera and Focal length
35mm and 28mm are both my favourite focal lengths to shoot in Yangon. I used my Summicron 35mm f2 V1 as well as Ricoh GRon for the the entire trip. I shot extensively with my point and shoot Ricoh camera because it is very compact and is highly adaptable under different environments. My only complain about the Ricoh is that I have to push at least one or two stops with the small aperture of f2.8 when the light is dim.

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Photos in Yangon
If you would like to view more pictures that I have taken in Yangon, you can find them in the link below
Cities Snaps

Seville City Scanner 002

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Country: Spain
City: Seville
Camera: Leica M2
Lens: Leica Summicron 35mm f2 v1
Film: Kodak Ektar 100

This is the second city that I have visited in Spain. It is quite different from Barcelona and somehow I like this place more than that. Photos were taken during the second day when I arrived in the city. I wandered around this place and I like Alcázar of Seville and Metropol which is something good for street photography. Light and shadows are blended in perfectly in Metropol.

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Inle Lake City Scanner 002

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Country: Myanmar
City: Inle Lake
Camera: Leica M2
Lens: Summicron 35mm f2 v1
Film: Fujifilm Superia Premium 400

After we went up to pagoda in sunday market. We went back to the riverside and wait for our boat driver to come back and pick us up. during that time. I can see many boats and people coming from different side.

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Hong Kong City Scanner 006

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City: Hong Kong
Location: North Point
Camera: Leica M10
Lenses: Leica Elmarit 28/2.8 v3 and Noctilux 50/1 E58

I met with other Shutter Alliance members outside MTR station in North Point. After that we moved to the pier and look for photography opportunities. Then the weather changed and started to rain. We took a few snaps outside tram terminal and decided to board one of the tram and take pictures in it.

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Inle Lake City Scanner 001

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Country: Myanmar
City: Inle Lake
Camera: Leica M2
Lens: Summicron 35mm f2 v1
Film: Fujifilm Superia Premium 400

Weather wasn’t so good in the early morning. I was little bit disappointed about the sunrise. But after we entered the floating village, weather changed and we landed in the sunday floating market. We spent awhile in the market and then went all the way up to the pagoda.

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Hong Kong City Scanner 005

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City: Hong Kong
Camera: Leica MP
Lens: Leica Summicron 35mm f2 IV
Film: Ilford Delta 400

A fine sunny day loaded with a roll of Ilford Delta 400 in my Leica MP. Photowalk together with Take from Bigheadtaco. We met in Quarry bay and walked all the way to Yik Cheong Building (aka Monster Building in Transformers movie). Then we headed to One Island East building in Quarry Bay. There aren’t many people because it was Sunday morning and it gives you a spectacular view up there. There is no admission fee and you can go up there for free.

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Bagan City Scanner 001

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Country: Myanmar
City: Bagan
Camera: Leica M2
Lens: Summicron 35mm f2 v1
Film: Kodak Ektar 100

As Hong Kong Express cancelled my flight to Mandalay, I have to take return flight from Hong Kong to Yangon. So I took JJ Express night bus to Bagan and stayed there for three days. One of the day I joined a sunset boat trip and discovered this beautiful “nowhereland” near the riverside. We had beers and play frisbee in the soft sand beach.

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Hong Kong City Scanner 004

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City: Hong Kong
Camera: Leica MP
Lens: Leica Summicron 35mm f2 V1
Film: Fujifilm Pro400H

First time trying out the Fujifilm Pro400H, an expensive film but it has a soft pastel colour. I will try overexposing it next time. Shutter Alliance Photowalk at the Peak and Quarry Bay, pleasure to have Take as our special guest, checkout his youtube channel (BIGHEADTACO), he has uploaded his recent video for a documentary in Hong Kong and some footage with us!

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Bigheadtaco-take-kayo-during-our-photowalk-photo-walk-visiting-hong-kong-HK-shutteralliance-shutter-alliance-central-fuji-fujifilm-pro400H-negative-film-community-leica-summicron-35mm-f2-v1-lens-take-kayo-bigheadtaco-visiting
quarry-bay-hoisan-building-highrise-photowalk-photo-walk-visiting-hong-kong-HK-shutteralliance-shutter-alliance-fuji-fujifilm-pro400H-negative-film-community-leica-summicron-35mm-f2-v1-yik-cheong-building-transformers-monster After gathering everyone outside Quarrybay station (taken with Fujifilm Pro400H)

After gathering everyone outside Quarry Bay station with Take from Bigheadtaco, we went to Monster building (Yik Cheong Building) which was shown in the Trasnsformers movie.

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Overlook-top-of-HK-City-peak-hong-kong-photowalk-photo-walk-shutteralliance-shutter-alliance-central-fuji-fujifilm-pro400H-negative-film-community-leica-summicron-35mm-f2-v1-lens-west-side
Overlook-top-of-HK-City-peak-hong-kong-photowalk-photo-walk-shutteralliance-shutter-alliance-central-fuji-fujifilm-pro400H-negative-film-community-leica-summicron-35mm-f2-v1-lens-west-side-kowloon Best sunset before the cold season begins at the Peak. Fujifilm Pro400H is perfect for this sunset colour.

 

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HK-City-peak-hong-kong-throught-the-gate-photowalk-photo-walk-shutteralliance-shutter-alliance-central-fuji-fujifilm-pro400H-negative-film-community-leica-summicron-35mm-f2-v1-lens-2
Peak-lookout-man-wearing-national-photo-shirt-with-tripod-photowalk-photo-walk-shutteralliance-shutter-alliance-central-fuji-fujifilm-pro400H-negative-film-community-leica-summicron-35mm-f2-v1-lens A man wearing national photography vest with his tripod aiming at the beautiful sunset at the Peak.

 

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Overlook-top-of-HK-City-peak-hong-kong-photowalk-photo-walk-shutteralliance-shutter-alliance-central-fuji-fujifilm-pro400H-negative-film-community-leica-summicron-35mm-f2-v1-lensHK-City-peak-hong-kong-throught-the-gate-photowalk-photo-walk-shutteralliance-shutter-alliance-central-fuji-fujifilm-pro400H-negative-film-community-leica-summicron-35mm-f2-v1-lens Never get bored with these awesome view up the Peak, Hong Kong.

Yangon City Scanner 001

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Country: Myanmar
City: Yangon
Camera: Leica M2
Lens: Summicron 35mm f2 v1
Film: Fujifilm Superia Premium 400

Circular train and the golden pagode shwedagon brought me to the heart of Myanmar. Yangon is unlike other part of the country, it is quite similar to other South East Asian country having roads packed with vehicles. But their kindness and friendly smile on their faces are the most unforgettable experience and something I felt different from the others.

The three hour train ride is probably the best getaway from the crowds. It runs through all the local suburbs with people boarding and departing in short period of time. It is cheap and you can stay there as long as you can!

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