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Back from the golden Land ...

Back from the golden Land ...
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Copyright: Wishnu Garuda (wishnugaruda) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1851 W: 70 N: 3357] (16999)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-04
Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Decisive Moment
Camera: Canon EOS350D/Digital Rebel XT, Tamron 18-200/3.5-6.3 AF XR DI-II LD IF
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 80-89 points (II), Ancient civilizations [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-05-21 4:24
Viewed: 4699
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 90
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello my TL-Friends,
I'm back from the wonderful trip to one of the most interesting countries I have ever seen - Myanmar, also known as Burma.
If you like I will invite you to look at some of my shots from there during the next weeks, hopefully, you will like them.

Here you can see the most important Paya, the Shwedagon Paya. It is a 98 meter gilded stupa located in Yangon. The Paya is west of the Royal Lake on Singuttara Hill. The Shwedagon Paya is the most sacred Buddhist site for the Burmese with several Buddha relics.

Legend has it that the Shwedagon Paya is 2500 years old. Archeologists believe the stupa was actually built sometime between the 6th and 10th centuries by the Mon.

The stupa fell into disrepair until the 14th century when King Binnya U of Bago had the stupa rebuilt to a height of 18 meters. The stupa was rebuilt several times and reached it's current height of 98 meters in the 15th century. A series of earthquakes during the next centuries caused damage. The worst damage came from a 1768 earthquake that brought down the top of the stupa.

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Hi Wishnu
PErfect architecture. Gold roof. PErfect capture. Beautiful clouds ;) Well done. Good composition.
Thanks for sharring.


Oh, wonderful Sabine..those golden tones are a pleasure..superb!!!!!
I look forword to seeing the rest!

Hi Sabine, welcome back. And I am pleased you enjoyed yourselves.
What a GOLDEN building! Is it real gold? The clouds look good above it with the blue sky. Well presented, thank you

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  • Loon Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 11 N: 91] (1163)
  • [2006-05-21 5:44]

Hello Wishnu,
Great perspective, colours, details and composition.

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  • lucbus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1809 W: 92 N: 1864] (10358)
  • [2006-05-21 9:09]

Hi Sabine,
You seam to have had a lot of fun during this trip and your photo is showing us how beautiful it is there. This paya is superb with all the golden tones that are contrasting on that beautiful sky behind. Very well done.

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  • harpya Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6058 W: 174 N: 1935] (7534)
  • [2006-05-21 11:05]

Hi Sabine,

Beautiful architecture, I adored
all this gilded, the reflexes
of the sun in her turn stunning.
Big visual,
very well!!


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  • Mitra Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1153 W: 70 N: 1116] (16)
  • [2006-05-21 12:02]

Welcome Back.Perfect architecture & beautiful clouds.Well done & Thanks for sharring.

Hi Sabine, welcome back ! I hope you had a wonderful time. great photograph of this stupa with great colors.


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  • niner Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 222 W: 11 N: 0] (2068)
  • [2006-05-21 15:55]

Hi W,

shiny, nice colour contrast between building (gold) and the sky.


It looks like a humongous golden bell placed on the ground. Fascinating architecture. Show us more ..... :))


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  • kateb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 486 W: 147 N: 338] (2991)
  • [2006-05-21 16:56]

Welcome back! I like the combination of the gold against the blue of the sky, very complementary.

Hi Sabine,

Welcome back! :)
Lovely architecture where the golden colours contrast very well with the sky! Nice POV and lighting!
Well done!


Wow! What a beautiful building. Glad you are back.

Is it real gold finish!? I know it's happen in some impressive monuments.
Wow! It's rich! I enjoy the view a lot!
Clouds are well around. It give a good finish... You see.. The locals Gods where with you!

Welcome back, Sabine!
This is an amazing piece of architecture, like so many sites in these parts of the world!
Well framed, pleasant colours and interesting details... Awesome is the word, I think?
Pablo -

Hi sabine,
I will follow your exciting trip trough a new country for me
It is all gold that is gleam in poverty
Nice architectural combination with the sky

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 391 W: 118 N: 752] (4553)
  • [2006-05-22 13:34]

hallo sabine,
nice to see you back! :-)
wow, alles voller gold, echtes gold...
ein faszinierendes foto!
ich glaube, dort muss ich auch mal hin,
mit ´zig GB and speicherkarten für die digicam.
freue mich schon auf die nächsten ansichten, thor.

Hello Sabine. Good to see you're back! So am I today after a week in Spain. I like your photo very much, the shapes and colours work fine ! What a labour the workers must have had with this construction.
Compliments and TFS
John T

The perfect sky for all this gold. Is it real ?
Just asking. The sky/gold edge looks a bit blurry at some points.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2006-05-23 20:31]

Very well done Sabine, a superb architectural shot. Well composed and technically very good. Thanks.


Great to hear from you !

Welcome back! We are eager to discover your works on TL ! An icon of Yangon this stupa. Superb colors and golden tones with an interesting cloudy sky to contrasts superbly.

Well done.Very impressive piece of architecture!
Well captured and presented.

Hi SAbine, today on TV I saw documentary about this magnificiant place. Thanks that you show us from first hand.excelent notice about it. TFS

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1666 W: 136 N: 1263] (6138)
  • [2006-05-24 17:25]

Hallo Sabine,
super Bild hast du uns mitgebracht von deiner Reise, also an Motiven scheints nicht zu fehlen. freu mich schon auf die kommenden Bilder.

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  • ose Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 442 W: 0 N: 18] (5420)
  • [2006-05-24 18:29]

Hi Wishnu
Great shot. Tons of GOLD :) . Nice composition and colours. Good DOF, sharpnes, details, POV, BG and note.
Well done


WOW, what a superb place, beautiful capture, good to have you back and hear you had such a great time, thanx, M, (*_*)

out of points... yet again...

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  • Dawn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 98 N: 3374] (17650)
  • [2006-05-25 0:18]

Amazing place Wishnu, so beautiful and grand architecture.

What a wonderful holiday you must of had.

Thanks for sharing.

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  • linus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1797 W: 13 N: 1442] (15482)
  • [2006-05-25 21:45]

Hi Sabine,
An impressive view. I have seen many of these in Sri Lanka, but non as elaborate as this one.

super architecture, super , I wish I could see this up close. wonderful

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  • Tzazu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 266 W: 31 N: 77] (3500)
  • [2006-05-31 10:37]

Hello Wishnu!! It´s fantastic!!, This arquitecture have something special.
Well done!!

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  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2006-06-02 6:41]

Ohhh ... i've missed this beauty ...

THANKS and have a great weekend,

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  • chinta (24)
  • [2006-06-03 5:49]

definitely perfect architecture, the gold tope..

Hi Wishnu!

Very good work. Golden temple, sky and clouds - perfect composition. Very well done.



Superb shot! Very nice POV, impressive composition and colors. Very good detail and lovely contrast of Gold against blue.

Hello Sabine.
Its not all Gold what shines. lol
But in this picture, its for 99% .!
Wonderful place, very well captured.
Grüße, Jan

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  • Alita Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 157 W: 29 N: 0] (917)
  • [2006-06-10 7:45]

Hi Wishnu,
amazing shot! I like here the gold domes on the blue skies, and the gold's reflections, congratulations and

Pure gold and a perfect complement to the lovely blue sky. What a wonderful building. The focus is a little off, or maybe it is my eyes, or my monitor, but part of it seems a little fuzzy in the foreground. Anyway, it is a great shot well captured.
Cheers Joan
Thanks for visiting my photo and leaving a critique.

Hello Sabine,
I am sure this fascinating land and culture has captured you. Photographs from there look so incredible unreal - you have to go there in order to estimate the dimensions. Someday I will do this as a sidetrip to my favourite
destination, which is somehow similar to what I said - without culture and without people;-)
Goode note - TFS Thomas

Impressive golden dazzle of stupa against beautiful blue sky. I would like to see this photo in bigger resolution to catch more details but it looks impressive even in this 200k version. Great!

Thx for sharing your photo Wishnu!


This is just perfect, the gold against the blue sky is very effective and eye catching. TFS


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  • Emma Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 6 N: 1920] (10153)
  • [2006-07-30 12:26]

Hallo Sabine,
wow, da bin ich wieder sprachlos, wenn man so ein Bild sieht weiß man gar nicht was man schreiben soll also schreib ich nur: wunderschön, herrlich, ausgezeichnet, super.
Schöne Grüße und schöne Woche

  • baran Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 82 W: 0 N: 13] (803)
  • [2006-09-10 14:00]

very well done dear friend
excellent sharpness and contrast

An amazing gold pagoda.Glittering from this photo.Thanks for sharing.

hallo !

schoenes bild von der schwedagon ! toll mit den wolken und den satten goldfarben ! gut gemacht


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  • jacobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 597 W: 28 N: 650] (4739)
  • [2006-10-25 11:43]

Very good shot!. Nice to see that you have visited Myanmar too.
Very good colours and good compo.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1320 W: 31 N: 1634] (9994)
  • [2007-03-27 15:21]

Wow Sabine, this is just stunning. Excellent POV, wonderful light, great colours and lovely composition. What a great place - it must have been amazing



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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
  • [2007-03-29 9:42]

Hey there, lovely lady! Your work was featured on TL's main page today -- very cool indeed.
this is totally fab -- and deserving of the :)

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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2007-06-08 12:02]

Hallo Sabine,
so was zu sehen das bleibt für immer in Gedächtnis, ein wundervolles, faszinierendes Foto, die Farben machen aus dem ein Juwel, danke für zeigen.
Schöne Grüsse

Good photo.. itis very shining..

Fantastic, so wonderful, such color!!!!! JUust a beautiful place and picture of it!

Hallo Sabine! Ausgezeichnete Aufnahme und sehr schöne Kontrast zwischen Gold und Himmel. Gut gelungen. Grüsse Csabi.

Dear Sabine, your Stupa is much better than my golden temple, and difference comes not only from your better camera but also better technique. Gold really looks like gold

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 624 W: 0 N: 993] (4864)
  • [2009-01-28 2:41]

Hi Sabine and Stephan,
excellent shot. Wonderful point of view and very lovely depiction of this building.
The balance of colour is so wonderful and you managed very well to control the shines and balance.
The dramatic blue sky enhance you shot very much. Well captured.


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