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Architecture Bathed in Light

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Hasselblad 503C camera and Hasselblad 180mm Sonnar f4 lens with Kodak Portra 160VC film

This is a largely design based image. Made at sunrise on Mandalay Hill in Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma) I remember being drawn to the scene by the color and shape of the architecture and the lovely quality of the light. I organised the composition to emphasize the line, shape, repetition and colors within the scene. I loved the way the freshly washed tiles and mirrored walls reflected the warm sunrise. The resulting warm/cool color contrasts add an extra dynamic to the image. The presence of the human element helps provide a sense of scale and introduces a narrative to the image. I feel the red plastic chairs add a sense charm, albeit somewhat kitsch, to the image. 

Next time you’re in Mandalay consider a visit to Mandalay Hill. Best visited for sunrise or sunset, the experience can be very peaceful and quite sublime.

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography

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6 Responses

  1. Beautiful light in this photograph. Capturing the right angle of the sun is so important in architectural photography. I don’t think it would be the same at any other time of day.

  2. Very artistic rendering of composition! The reflection and lighting are amazing too. =)

  3. Thanks Paula,
    I agree. Light is absolutely essential to the success of all our photos. I find it’s transforming power particularly magical.

    All the best,

    Glenn

  4. Hi Melisa,

    Glad you like it. Being on a hilltop, with nothing to block the light at the edges of the day, probably helps. It really was a wonderful site to behold. What’s more the light seem to linger. It was a great experience and the memory will remain clear for years to come.

    All the best,

    Glenn

  5. Hi Glen,

    I love this. The contrast between the cool and warm colours is stunning.

    Warren

  6. Hi Warren,

    Glad you found my site and thanks so much for the positive feedback. Feel free to spread the word about the site.

    All the best,

    Glenn

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