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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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Manila City Scanner 001

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Country: Philippines
City: Manila
Camera: Ricoh GR

I went on a 4 days business trip in Manila. I took some time wandering in the Taguig city area with my Ricoh GR to do some night photography. At first I was just walking around the Market Market area but then I found this amazing bus station fulll of the signature “Jeepney” public transport in Manila. So I spent almost an hour in this station trying to capture and get to know more about this place.

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Osaka City Scanner 001

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Country: Japan
City: Osaka
Camera: Leica M9-P
Lens: Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.0 e58 v1

Pictures were taken during the sakura season in Osaka, Japan. Some of them were shot in Osaka Castle Park and the remaining were shot at Kyoto. Japan is a dynamic place to shoot around with colour or black and white.

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Tokyo City Scanner 001

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Country: Japan
City: Tokyo
Camera: Pentax 6×7 and Sony A7II
Lens: Super Takumar 105mm f2.4 6×7 and Old Nokton 50mm f1.5 Prominent mount

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Agra City Scanner 001

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Country: India
City: Agra
Camera: Fujifilm XE-1
Len: Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f1.2 v2

A day trip to Agra, visited Tajmahal and Agra fort. Weather was so nice and Taj is absolutely stunning. It was like a movie scene, everything was kept like in the old days and nothing has changed except hundreds of tuktuk in that area. Horse cart, dress code and peoples’ facial expression are all blended in nicely.

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Chandigarh City Scanner 001

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Country: India
City: Chardigarh
Camera: Fujifilm XE-1
Len: Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f1.2 v2

I travelled to Chardigarh for a business trip and spent only 2 days here. They brought me to Rock Garden which is similar to Park Quell in Barcelona. And also I followed them to two temples and took some pictures of the local people. Surprisingly all of them are so friendly to me.

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The temple provides free food and they asked if I would like to stay there for dinner. After playing around with the children I headed back to hotel. It is certainly an unforgettable experience for me and totally different from what I thought.

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Ella City Scanner 001

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Country: Sri Lanka
City: Ella
Camera: Sony A7II and Ricoh GR
Lens: Leica Summilux 35mm f1.4 FLE ASPH

Took nearly 4 hours train from Nuwara Eliya with other backpackers. After 20 minutes bus ride from station, walked all the way up to the tea plantation. I was quite surprise that I am going to spend the next three days in a tea plantation hostal – 1964 Boutique Hostel. The owner and his father are so nice and kind to me, especially the owner is a chef who worked in local hotel before!

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Walked all the way from hostel to Nine Arches Bridge. So waited for an hour and decided to go down and walk along the track and wait for the train to come. Then walk back to Ella station for 3km distance.

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steve-new-met-backpacker-spent-day-together-walking-train-track-rail-ella-sri-lankaMet David another backpacker travelling alone in Ella and who is also interested in taking pictures together
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Ella-nine-arch-bridge-scenic-attraction-tourist-walking-train-track-trail-sri-lanka-4Walked all the way from hostel to Nine-Arch-Bridge (All taken with Sony A7iii with Summilux 35mm f1.4 ASPH FLE)
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On the next day morning the owner showed me around his tea plantation. The view is different from those in Little Adam’s Peak. You can feel how people live in this place and it is 5km away from town center.

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private-tour-scenic-view-top-of-1964-boutique-hostel-mountain-after-shower-tea-plantationmountain view on top of the tea plantation in hostel 

 

Looking through the viewfinder of my camera from Little Adam’s Peak in Ella.

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Man-main-road-chopping-timber-ella-tea-plantation-Sri-LankaLocal farmer along my way back to hostel 
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Nuwara Eliya City Scanner 002

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Country: Sri Lanka
City: Nuwara Eliya
Camera: Sony A7ii
Lens: Leica Summilux 35mm f1.4 FLE ASPH

The Next day I hired a tuktuk and the driver brought me to temples, a waterfall nearby and some attractions in town and then I decided to go to another local market before heading to Ella.

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Local-sunday-market-seller-smiling-to-me-grocery-in-Nuwara-Eliya-Sri-LankaWalked around the Sunday local market and met friendly people (All taken with Sony A7ii, Leica Summilux 35mm f1.4 ASPH FLE)

 

For the Sunday local market I think it is quite similar to those in Myanmar except the produce looks more fresh, colourful and people are interactive. All of them are curious about why do I go there alone.

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I walked all the way from City Center back to Lanka Hostel. And I was attracted by the loud music opposite our hostel. I heard people singing happily. So I decided to go there and have a look. And they were having a big party there. When I approached them, they immediately ask me to dance together and I don’t seem like a foreign stranger to them. Then I started to take pictures with them one by one, families and kids. It made my day.

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people-playing-around-dancing-in-party-house-nuwara-eliyaTaking pictures and dancing with local people. Families and friends are all partying together