November 11, 2014

Temple Dawn

Photograph by Andy Ferrington, National Geographic Your Shot

“Burma (Myanmar) is one of those special countries that will never fail to inspire and excite even the most well-traveled photographers,” writes Your Shot member Andy Ferrington. “There is nothing more awe inspiring than watching sunrise from the top of one of the 2,000-plus temples in the central plain in Bagan. This was my third consecutive 5 a.m. start to climb yet another temple in the cold, dark morning in bare feet. I opted for a super telephoto shot, as I wanted to really pull the punch of those warm sunrise colors. As I was tracking the flight path of this solo balloon, I estimated that it would pass between a perfect gap in the temples.”

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67 comments
Katherine Beard
Katherine Beard

Truly, a life changing moment. This picture left me breathless. I can only imagine the effect in the flesh!!!!!!! Phenomenal.

Elfi Stickelberger
Elfi Stickelberger

Magnific pic!...definitely one of my favored destination for the next vacation!



Frank L.
Frank L.

Stunning beyond description.

Madhumita Pal
Madhumita Pal

Amazing pic !!! One of the best human-civilization pics i have seen in a long time ... :)


Helen Knight
Helen Knight

up up and away in my beautiful balloon....wow lovely like a dream come true that one.

Suzanne Thomadella
Suzanne Thomadella

A beautiful photo obscured and degraded by the pop-up ads that NGEO finds so essential to show us. Thanks for nothing, NGEO. Your intrusive, obnoxious ads that pollute this site simply strengthen my resolve to boycott your advertisers. Subjecting visitors to "in our face" ads is just plain bad business. Too bad it's come to this, but NGEO is now just another shill for corporate interests. Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming.

Marc-Olivier Bergeron
Marc-Olivier Bergeron

@Suzanne Thomadella just use AdBlock. 

@Andy Ferrington this photo should win photo of the year!

Shannon T
Shannon T

So lovely. Every photo I see of Burma is stunning.

Andy Ferrington
Andy Ferrington

@Shannon T It is an incredible country, beautiful people and a powerful story.

Thank you for your comment!

Oscar  Parra
Oscar Parra

Beautiful photograph with wonderful composition!

virus  .
virus .

amazing shot............

Kit Ruseau
Kit Ruseau

Awesome.  I love the contrast between the smooth soft balloon aloft and the hard sharp spires reaching up from the earth. Well worth the effort. Congrats!

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