A dusty dry season dawn created orange hues in the sky over thousands of ancient Buddhist pagodas. Due to the haze in the air, my preferred photos from a hot air balloon flight were crisp silhouettes of ancient temples standing stalwart against fiery dawn skies. When life hands one hazy sky lemons, make lemonade with silhouettes!

Bagan, Burma, SE Asia

March 2, 2010

Canon 40D, Tamron 28-75mm lens, shutter 1/500, f/11, exposure bias -2, focal length 33mm, ISO 200. I saturated the color slightly during editing plus darkened the image to enhance the silhouette’s dramatic contrast.


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  • Braedene
    Braedeneover 4 years ago

    OMG- brilliant – what a superb silhouette – terrific capture – love you quoted comment. Liz

  • Thank you, Braedene! I’m delighted you enjoyed this image. Darn, I cannot recall which pagoda this is but it is one of Bagan’s biggies.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Babcia
    Babciaover 4 years ago

    Oh, so beautiful!

  • Thank you, Babcia! Spring is here. I know you’ll be out photographing all the little migrating birds in your backyard. Take care, Gina

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • JHRphotoART
    JHRphotoARTover 4 years ago

    Great work

  • Thank you very much!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • doubleheader
    doubleheaderover 4 years ago

    Awesome silhouette Gina.. well done …cheers, Bill

  • Bill, your words always bring big smiles to my face. Thank you ever so much!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Lisa Baumeler
    Lisa Baumelerover 4 years ago

    Just gorgeous!!

  • Lisa, thank you so much! Glad you liked this.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Linda Jackson
    Linda Jacksonover 4 years ago

    Beautiful! Aren’t you just the world traveler! take care, Linda

  • Well Linda, I’m tryin’! Moss doesn’t have much of a chance to grow beneath my feet…:-))) Glad you liked this. P.S. It would be a much better image if it contained a whale!!!!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Rosalie Scanlon
    Rosalie Scanlonover 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture and colors.

  • Rosalie, thank you very, very much!

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Martin Smart
    Martin Smartover 4 years ago

    Awesome shot Gina, really beautiful!

  • Thanks, Martin but it’s not a whale…:-(((( Just kidding. I love these types of images but you know my heart is with wildlife.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • CJTill
    CJTillover 4 years ago

    Awesome shot Gina

  • Thanks a bundle! I’m delighted you enjoyed this fiery “lemonade” image…:-))

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Kim  Calvert
    Kim Calvertover 4 years ago

    Oh excellent silhouette ..beautiful orange sky.

  • Kim, thank you! Lately I have silhouettes on the brain, thus the series of new silhouette postings.

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

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