Myanmar 2020









Myanmar continues to be the “must see” destination of Southeast Asia. Much like undiscovered Iceland of just 10 years ago, Myanmar is a true photographic feast with images to be taken at most every turn in the road. Temples, people from all walks of life, colorful markets, mountains, rice fields, brightly dressed monks, and smiles everywhere. We will travel through Myanmar by plane, tuk-tuk and hired car depending on the destination and much like all of my other workshops, we will travel towards the best possible shooting opportunities based on the weather, location and even allow for the unexpected, even if it means getting that great shot! And speaking of the weather, this time of year finds Myanmar to be sunny dry and for the most part, average daytime highs of 83 degrees with very low humidity.

Travel schedule:

You will fly into Yangon, (formerly Rangoon, Burma) where we will spend our first two days and it is here where we will meet on Tuesday, November 3, 7pm in the lobby of the Best Western Chinatown Hotel.

Chinatown Best Western Hotel in Yangon
Make your booking for three nights, Nov 3, 4 and 5. We check out the morning of the 6th and fly from Yangon to Bagan.


Aye Yar River View Resort in Old Bangon 
Make your booking for three nights, Nov 6,7,8. We check out the morning of the 9th and fly from Bagan to Inle Lake.

Inle Resort and Spa, in Inle Lake, four nights Nov 9, 10, 11 and 12, check out
morning of 13th and then take one-way flight from HEHO airport in Inle Lake to either Yangan or up to Mandalay. Both Mandalay and Yangan offer international connections through Bangkok or Singapore.


NOTE: YOU are responsible for getting your airfare from Yangon to Bagan, one-way ticket  for November 6th and also airfare from Inle Lake to either Yangon or Mandalay.
Where you choose to go when the workshop is over is up to you. I am happy to suggest ideas if you wish to stay over in Myanmar or in SE Asia.

To facilitate your hotel and airline bookings, I have found that has worked the best.

To make this workshop the most enriching experience possible, I am strongly recommending that your basic camera kit include the following:

1) Camera Body…(it is not necessary that you have two camera bodies but IF you do have two camera bodies you are certainly welcome to bring both.)

2) Lenses: For those of you who have a crop sensor camera, i.e. Canon 70D, Canon T3, Nikon D5300, Nikon D7200, Nikon D500, you will benefit immensely if your current lenses offer the focal lengths from 18mm-300mm BUT, if you have focal lengths from 12mm-300mm, AND a macro lens and/or a set of Kenko Extension Tubes there will be no subject matter that is out of your reach.

For those of you with a full frame camera i.e. Canon 5DMarkIII, Nikon D810, Nikon D750, you will benefit immensely if your current lenses offer the focal lengths from 28mm-300mm, BUT if you have focal lengths from 14mm-400mm or 500mm AND a macro lens and/or a set of Kenko Extension Tubes, there will be no subject matter that is out of your reach.

3) IF you own a portable flash, bring it, but if you do not own a flash, DO NOT buy one for this workshop

4) Filters: You will need a circular polarizing filter, an FLW magenta filter. These other filter’s may come in handy but DO NOT buy them but IF you already own then do bring them: a 4-stop ND filter, a three-stop LEE Graduated ND filter BUT the additional LEE Holder is arguably NOT necessary as one can often just hold the filter up to the lens for most shooting situations.  And finally the optional 10-stop aka “Big Stopper” ND filter Links to these filters can be found below.

5) You will need a light-weight but sturdy tripod along with a sturdy tripod head.

6) Although most of your time will be spent shooting DO bring your laptop IF you are enrolled in any of the workshops that are THREE DAYS OR LONGER. DO NOT bring your laptop IF you are enrolled in a TWO DAY WORKSHOP.

7) You will need at least 128GB of memory card(s). I have yet to have any student fill up a 128GB card in a given day, so I am using the 128GB card as the daily threshold. Each night you will of course have the opportunity to download your images and start anew the next morning with a clean card.

8) Extra Batteries, fully charged as well as your charger and DON’T FORGET to bring the necessary electrical adaptors for your charger when doing workshops outside of North America.

9) A camera bag to keep all of the above.  If you prefer to carry on your back, or use a camera bags with wheels, it matters not to me, but for obvious reason, when walking along beaches or mountain trails camera bags with wheels can be a bit challenging.

10) A LOCKING electronic cable release for all of your blue hour and nighttime photography, ESPECIALLY WHEN SHOOTING THE NIGHT SKY, so go to your favorite camera store or camera store’s website and search for a locking electronic cable release for YOUR specific camera i.e, “Locking electronic cable release for my Canon 70D…”

We are going to make some lasting memories together-PROMISE!

All my best-

Bryan F Peterson

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