Bagan Sunrise by Gina Ruttle  (Whalegeek)

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Photographed from a balloon, the 8000-plus pagodas in Bagan, Burma take on a dreamy quality in the dry season when dust, heat and haze create a sepia-toned image.

A visual treat for photographers, Bagan offers subject material around every curve of the path one takes. Ancient pagodas dot the landscape. Virtually everywhere one looks, there are more pagodas, many of them still in use by worshipping Buddhists.

Bagan, Burma (Myanmar), SE Asia

March 2, 2010

Canon 50D, Canon 100-400mm lens, shutter 1/800, f/8.0, exposure bias -0.67, focal length 170mm, ISO 400


asia, black, brown, orange, pagoda, ruttle, sepia, silhouette, sunrise, whalegeek

It is my sincere wish that visitors to my portfolio experience the beauty and wonder of nature. Moreover my hope is that my photographs will inspire viewers to be proactive toward the protection of wildlife and its habitat, those efforts ultimately making a far better world for all beings.

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  • JohnGo
    JohnGoover 4 years ago


  • John, thank you VERY much! I was sort of bummed by the haze in the sky but managed to “make lemonade with the lemons” I was given that particular early dawn.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • headygirl
    headygirlover 4 years ago

    woaaaaaah, this is absolutely gorgeous :]

  • Thank you very much, headygirl! Glad you liked this image. I was struck by the massive amounts of pagodas that stretched in all directions. It was a beautiful sight.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture with great atmosphere, well done!

  • Thank you, Konstantinos! The view from aloft was dreamy, watching and listening to the village below come alive. I wish I had had more than a week to return and photograph these lovely pagodas.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • coseven
    cosevenover 4 years ago

    simply beautiful!

  • Corinna, thank you ever so much. Good to hear from you!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

    JUSTARTover 4 years ago

    wonderful shot

  • Thank you, Justart! It’s good to be back on the Bubble after my short hiatus. Glad you enjoyed this photo!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Lisa Baumeler
    Lisa Baumelerover 4 years ago

    So beautiful! Great capture whalegeek!

  • Lisa, thank you. I’m delighted you enjoyed this image. I was told to return to Bagan in or after the rainy season for clearer skies but I must admit that the hazy in the dry season air added a different character to the scene.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Babcia
    Babciaover 4 years ago


  • Babcia, good to hear from you again! Thank you so much for your comment and for stopping by!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökover 4 years ago

    Outstanding view and capture!

  • Bela, thank you for stopping by. Been away…it’s good to hear from you again!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Barb White
    Barb Whiteover 4 years ago

    gorgeous (but where are the whales? just kidding) – wonderful tones!

  • Barb, what a bummer about no whales!!! I tried to even see a whale in the image’s shapes but no dice. From time to time I forsake my favorite beasties but stay tuned…there should be some whales appearing in a few months. :-))) Thank you for making me laugh this morning, Barb.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Eeva47
    Eeva47over 4 years ago

    Interesting work.

  • Thank you, Eeva47.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

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