Helen Warnod  

U Bein bridge by Helen Warnod

May 2021 - U Bein bridge

May 2021 - Helen Warnod


About the Image(s)

Gear: Fuji Finepix S9500
Taken: 2 January 2007

This photograph was taken on my travels in Myanmar. What I did realise was that I needed to be in the lake to get the bridge and the sunset, so I hired a canoe about an hour before sunset.

I was new at photography and really struggled with the light. I do not recall what I did, but I do recall taking many shots to try not to blow out the sun too much. I waited until the monks were crossing in the middle of the bridge against the sun, to help diminish the glare somewhat.

Postproduction in Photoshop. I used Topaz AI for the sharpening.

Comments for improvement very welcome.

4 comments posted

Terry Walters   Terry Walters
For someone new this is a fantastic shot, and the decision to be in/on the lake was absolutely spot on. Taking several shots to bracket the exposure would have been very hard in a canoe, as are most things involving canoes, but well worth it.

I love the whispery cloud in the sky and the perfect positioning of the monks, again for someone new (or experienced) this was extremely well thought out. I do find the guys on the right don't add to the story so a crop to leave just the monks feels stronger.

  Posted: 05/02/2021 08:39:25
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Mitch Ross   Mitch Ross
Beautiful shot Helen - great decision to get out on the water. Agree with Terry re: crop on right. You got wonderful positioning of the monks, and lovely coloring in the sky! very well done   Posted: 05/02/2021 16:43:05

Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
I like your revised image but feel the main area of interest is just the two people. So in my revision I cropped out those people on the right side and also much from the bottom of the image. I also added more saturation and dodged the dark shadow areas.   Posted: 05/05/2021 20:49:44
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Brenda Fishbaugh   Brenda Fishbaugh
Helen, I LOVE this!! I really like Terry's and Jim's crop. Jim's seems to be too saturated on my monitor. Why don't you try a version or two between your original and Jim's and see if any appeal. Your best pic yet, Ms. Canoe!   Posted: 05/07/2021 20:19:50


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