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Fun with Diptych's by Michael

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Supposedly, 'every picture tells a story' ("don't it!"). But sometimes it take two.  Here are a few examples of where the diptych comes in handy.

Before and After

When I first approached this woman in Saigon to take her photo, she wasn't sure what to make of me. I then showed her the first photo in the preview panel of my camera. She burst out laughing. Okay, that was not a confidence builder.  But I quickly turned the camera around and got the second photo. To me, the two tell the story.

Market Grandma

Same Person, Different Day

No, I didn't ask this fellow to change into pink pajamas. I just  happened to catch the first shot and liked it, as a stand-alone. Several days later, I was passing the same bridge and - without realizing who it was - took another photo of an interesting old man in pj's. It was not until I was looking at the collection that I realized it was the same man!  I've been back to that bridge several times. Never saw him again.

Jan 19

Completing the Story

Neither of these two photos are particularly interesting - but together, they tell a story.  A good example of making something from very little.

Diptic

 

Cambodia by Michael

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Snapshots from a weekend in Siem Reap visiting Angkor Wat and a floating village on the Tonle Sap lake.

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Rangoon Market by Michael

This morning I had a few hours before heading to the airport, and took a stroll through some of the markets downtown.  During this stay I was impressed by how happy the people are... [smugmug url="http://qamera.smugmug.com/hack/feed.mg?Type=gallery&Data=21803698_BVMdFq&format=rss200" imagecount="15" start="1" num="15" thumbsize="Th" link="lightbox" captions="false" sort="false" window="false" smugmug="false" size="XL"]

Sunset, Sunrise by Michael

This seems to be the "thing to do" - climbing a temple to gain a view across the Bagan plain, and taking photos of sunrise or sunset.  Very few of the 2,000+ temples allow you to climb up them but I managed to find a small one yesterday for a few sunset pictures. This morning I got up early and cycled out to the "big one" - where everybody goes with their tour busses and tripods - to catch the sunrise.  I made up for joining the crowds by then cycling over to the local ferry pier and taking in groups of local Myanmar pilgrims doing their own, much more down to earth, temple tours.  One family asked me to join them for breakfast and I did, presenting the father with my treasured silk Chinese fan. [smugmug url="http://qamera.smugmug.com/hack/feed.mg?Type=gallery&Data=21784392_pSqS9p&format=rss200" imagecount="28" start="1" num="28" thumbsize="Th" link="lightbox" captions="false" sort="false" window="false" smugmug="false" size="XL"]

Sunday Among the Temples by Michael

My second day here, the sun came out and so did my hat as I rode along dusty paths from temple to temple, meandering like the nearby Irawaddy River.  The temples were beautiful, especially taken as a whole dotted across the countryside; however I found the people to be even more interesting.  I'm not convinced that some of them haven't had lessons, or at least experience, in posing for cameras... [smugmug url="http://qamera.smugmug.com/hack/feed.mg?Type=gallery&Data=21783746_NtJNV2&format=rss200" imagecount="35" start="1" num="35" thumbsize="Th" link="lightbox" captions="false" sort="false" window="false" smugmug="false" size="XL"]

 

A short (hot) train ride through the Burmese countryside by Michael

Yangon, like Tokyo, also has a 'circle line' commuter train that goes around through the suburbs. This train was a bit different than the Yamanote Line.  It leaves once ever hour or so, and the 20 mile loop takes between two and three hours. Still, it was a good way to see a bit of the railway bazaar.

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Farmer's Day by Michael

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Today in Yangon was a national holiday - Farmer's Day. The markets were all closed, and the people were off the streets. Scary to think what it would have been like on a non-holiday. The guy holding the pigeon, I paid $1 to let it fly free. Probably a homing pigeon.

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