As the sun set over the ancient temples of Bagan, the warm dusty light created a visual playground of interesting perspectives and shadows. Each day, I’d find a new temple to climb and a new vantage point to enjoy.

I spent the better part of a week exploring and photographing the ancient temple complexes of Bagan Myanmar and by the end, I came to know the arrangement of the temples quite well. With so many unique compositions to chose from, I honestly can’t remember the last time I’ve had so much fun as a photographer.

Technical Mumbo Jumbo

Nikon D800 | 250mm | f/11 | ISO 100 | 1/80

Location: Shot in Bagan, Myanmar – January 2013, and post-processed in Tampa, Florida – March 2013.

Hardware: 15” 2013 Macbook Pro Retina, Wacom Intuos5 Small Tablet

Software: Lightroom 4.3, Photoshop CS6

Now that I’ve switched over to a Retina Macbook Pro, I’m finding that I can process contrast sensitive shots much more efficiently than my previous “anti-glare” Macbook Pro. It’s an extraordinary difference that made the upgrade worth every penny.

This photo is processed from a single RAW exported from Lightroom into Photoshop for some light enhancement using adjustment layers. My lens was also quite dusty so many spots needed removal since I shot at f/11. On the other hand, shooting at f/11 also left me with razor sharp edges and detail.

Espresso: Lavazza Rossa


A beautiful and dusty sunset over the ancient temples of Bagan Myanmar.