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Image of The Week: Myanmar – A Dusty Ride Home After a Hard Days Work!

Myanmar was a destination that a travel photographer needed to be ready at every occasion. To quickly whip out your camera, steady your action and click the shutter at a moments notice. This image was born from one of those moments. Hanging out of a train window on our 18 hours rickety and bone jaring ride, on the narrow gauge lines between the capital Yangon and Mandalay.

Scenes like these are always around you in a country such as Myanmar. It’s being able to capture them thats that hard part. I for one have a custom setting on my Camera set up for capturing moments exactly like this. Many people with SLR camera’s may not use these functions, but I find them invaluable. On a cannon SLR they are the fully programable modes of C1, C2 & C3.

They allows you to set your ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture in advance. You set it to your liking and there’s no playing around. Just pick up your camera. One quick turn, and click…….

Travel Photography: Myanmar - A Dusty Ride Home After a Hard Days Work!

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Jason has traveled the world extensively during the last 20 years, with overland journeys on six continents and across over 90 countries. This site serves as a chronicle of the images and tales from these journeys, as well as offering advice and general information for other like minded travelers.

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  1. Great shot Jason! That looks like quite the dusty trail. How fast was your train going when you took the shot? It seems like it would be hard to get such a shot if you were traveling at high speeds. And thanks for the tip about the programmable settings. I had no idea that was an option, but I know I could use it myself. Cheers!

    • Jason says:

      Hey Daniel, Thanks for that. Although taken from a moving train window I think it captures a scene that many will witness in Myanmar. The custom settings are something that many people should use. They are simple to set up and will save many blurry images.

  2. Dave says:

    Great camera tip Jason, people should take note of it.

    I was going to go here last year before Nepal, but realized I didn’t want the heat. Nowadays I look at it as a “get there before it’s too late” thing.

    • Jason says:

      Hey Dave, Thanks mate.Yes I can honestly vouch for the fact you need to get there quick because the flood gates will soon open. I honestly loved my time there and sometimes the places that are a little hard to reach (ie documentation, transport ect.ect..) are much more rewarding once your there.

  3. Agreed … Get there now. I think I’m due for return trip soon.

    • Jason says:

      Hey Michael, I reckon you need to go back now. Your previous visit I imagine would have been quite constrained. Things are really beginning to open up now and you no doubt will be able to get to some more remote area’s of the country.

  4. ciki says:

    I can taste the dust in my mouth and the heat of the day scorching my lungs! Great shot. i sooooo miss Myanmar! Ah.. so you took the train to Mandalay.. we took the road;) LOL

    • Jason says:

      Hey Ciki, At the time of year of my visit (around January). It was pretty dry and you could spot the ox carts from a long distance, with the plumes of dust kicking up. Yes, I’m a sucker for trains and love taking overland journeys by train.

      So we chose the bone breaking 18 hour overnight trip on the beaten up old train vs the 11 hours in air-conditioned (semi) comfort. It’s a great place, and I’d recommend to all travellers to get to this destination soon. Before the flood gates open, so to speak.

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