Here’s number two in this series. This one is from a hill village near Kalaw, Myanmar (Burma). The caption explains it all.
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Here are my most recent “random” images from Taiwan. It’s quite a mish-mash this time with images from the beach, the mountains, the city, a drainage ditch in Banqiao, and even one from a night club.
I’d like to take a moment to thank everyone over at Taiwanderful.net for holding the yearly “Best Taiwan Blog Award”. I’m very honored to report that I’m a co-winner this year for the Best Overall Taiwan Blog and the Best Taiwan Photography Blog! I’ll be sure to keep up the posting and I have a few new blog posts simmering that I should be able to put up in the near future. Thanks everyone!
This first image was featured in a album on my facebook page called “Critique Me.” If you’re trying to progress as a photographer, I would highly recommend asking for critiques from your peers. It’s an invaluable way to get a different perspective of your images. (Just don’t forget to wear your thick skin!)
The Tibetan provinces of Amdo and Kham are the subject of my first multimedia project in a long while. Amdo and Kham are beautiful regions of the world that I’ve been lucky enough to visit twice recently…
Most westerners think of Tibet as being only what is today called the Tibet Autonomous Region (Xizang) in modern China. But what they don’t know is that this is only one third of the historical Tibetan Kingdom. Split off from modern day “Tibet” are the Tibetan Kham and Amdo provinces, now found in the Chinese Yunnan, Sichuan, Qinghai and Gansu provinces.
What is surprising though, is that these areas have become much better places to see Tibetan culture than Lhasa or many other places in Xizang. With both Chinese and Westerners’ attention focused on Lhasa, these areas are much less traveled and have far fewer travel restrictions than Xizang. That gives the Tibetans found there an sense of ease in their day to day lives and makes it a great place to explore.
If you’re interested in learning more or even visiting the region, have a look at my more in depth series of blog posts on the Kham and Amdo Provinces.
The Jokhang Monastery (ཇོ་ཁང་) is the most holy of Tibetan Buddhism’s holy places. Unassuming from the outside, one needs to connect with the enthusiasm of the throngs of pilgrims walking around it to feel its allure. As it probably will be for you, visiting the Jokhang is a once in a lifetime experience for many of the pilgrims. Unlike you, many of these pilgrims walked to be there… and some of them even walked in a special way to show their devotion: They take three steps, say a prayer, and lie face-down on the ground. Then they stand up, take three more steps and repeat the process. The act of taking a prostrating pilgrimage can take the devotee years to reach the Jokhang from their home towns. But many do it, as a sign of devotion and a way to help improve their karma in this life and the next.
Located in a deep gorge to the west of Chola Mountain, Dege (སྡེ་དགེ།) is one of Tibet’s most revered and remote places. It’s found in the far northwestern Sichuan Provence very close to the boarder of Xizang Provence (modern “Tibet”). Dege (aka Derge) is home to the most important printing press in all of Tibet, the Barkhang (Parkhang) Scripture Printing House.
Dege is a full day’s bus ride from the nearest town, Ganze. Basically, you need to drive all the way around the formidable Chola Mountain and sometimes you’ll think the bus is driving straight over it. A perilous dirt road winds up and over Tro La (Chola) Pass at nearly 6000m (19,6850ft) – a lot higher than Mt Everest Base Camp! The views from the bus will leave you breathless in more ways than one.
From Litang, I caught a bus (again, through some stunning scenery) to Xinduxiao where I had to transfer to a share cab going towards Tagong.
Tagong is known mostly for its beautiful grasslands.
It’s a town that has become very popular with both foreign and Chinese tourists because of it’s relative proximity to Kanding, a small city that’s a day’s drive to the southeast. One can easily arrive in town and set up a tour and home-stay with some of the nomads that live in the nearby grasslands.
There’s nothing more important to photography that patience. Whether you’re working with a nervous model or waiting for that perfect moment, you need to be patient. I’m going to talk about patients in regards to travel photography.
I can say for certain that 90% of my photographs are well planned out. Often they’re planned out days or months before I get to where I’m going. And yes, I’m even talking about travel destinations that I’ve never been to. Go online. Do a google image search for the place you’re going. Check stock agencies like Magnum, Corbis, Getty, and PhotoShelter to see what the place looks like. Try Flickr, TrekEarth, and National Geographic. If you do some research on the place you’re going, you’ll be more ready for it when you get there. You’ll know that sunrise is the time to be at Angkor Wat… sunset is a great time to be at India’s Golden Temple…
Learn more about patience after the jump…