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Photo Friday Documentary Winner – Noel!

What camera did you use? Canon EOS 1000D with the Canon 75-300mm.

What settings did you use? ISO 800, Focal Length 300mm, Aperture f/5.6, 1/3200 shutter speed.

What inspired this shot? This was taken during my last visit to my hometown Myanmar (Burma). At this stage I was developing my passion for photography and just wanted to travel and discover the world. My ambition was to capture the cultural lifestyle and diversity of the country by portraying it through my photographs reflecting on the way of life. I travelled to one of the many Buddhist Monk Monasteries and expected to see Monks praying or doing daily chores. I was surprised to see the young Monks having leisure time activities and i managed to capture them playing in the fields with bicycle tires which proved to be a great opportunity to photograph action shots. The expressions and joy on them made me realise they enjoy the simple things in life.

Did you edit this image, if so what did you do and with what program? I was still not familiar with the camera settings as I had just only purchased the camera and shot this in JPG so I couldn’t make too many adjustments unless I shot in RAW. I used Adobe Lightroom to crop and slightly adjust the exposure, shadows and highlights. I applied a cooler tint to the image as it had a strong orange tone in addition applied a slight vignette to draw attention to the subject.

Do you have any advice for our community of photographers? This shot was taken with an entry level camera so it comes to show that you don’t need all the top gear to get perfect shots. Knowing your camera settings is always handy and by thinking outside the box will bring out your creative side. I have come a long way from when i first began and through a lot of practice I know how to use my gear and understand the concepts of photography.

Where was this photo taken? Myanmar (Burma)
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