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There are times when the vision in front of you takes you breath away and everything, the lighting, the setting, the mood, and the camera allows you to capture ...
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There are times when the vision in front of you takes you breath away and everything, the lighting, the setting, the mood, and the camera allows you to capture the rarest of moments.
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Contest Finalist in Candle Light Photo Contest
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Contest Finalist in Image of the Year Photo Contest by Snapfish
People's Choice in Inspiring Places Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Inspiring Places Photo Contest
Winner in Inspiring World Photo Challenge
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My Best Shot Photo Contest Vol 3Top 10 rank
My Best Shot Photo Contest Vol 3Top 10 rank week 2
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World Photography Day Photo ContestTop 10 rank
World Photography Day Photo ContestTop 10 rank week 2
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Untold Stories Photo ContestTop 10 rank
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Monthly Pro Vol 18 Photo ContestTop 20 rank
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Covers Photo Contest Vol 26Top 10 rank
Covers Photo Contest Vol 26Top 10 rank week 1
Image of the Year Photo Contest by SnapfishTop 10 rank
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Image of the Year Photo Contest by SnapfishTop 10 rank week 1
Inspiring Places Photo ContestTop 20 rank
Inspiring Places Photo ContestTop 20 rank week 1
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jogar
 
jogar August 19, 2015
Stunning capture Devin!!!
GeoffColeImages Platinum
 
GeoffColeImages August 20, 2015
Love your Burma images. Outstanding work Devin.
kenderby Platinum
 
kenderby August 20, 2015
Sweet photo!
trainwoman PRO+
 
trainwoman August 22, 2015
Beautiful capture of young monks deep in study...Spectacular
Robb PRO+
 
Robb August 22, 2015
magnificent ....this is damn near perfect my friend
pamdarley
 
pamdarley August 22, 2015
love
Jillybean56
 
Jillybean56 August 23, 2015
An amazing photo. Nat Geo worthy!
garytreg
 
garytreg August 24, 2015
They've got the poster, now they just need to make the movie! Wonderful photograph.
vonHoeckerPhotoArt
 
vonHoeckerPhotoArt August 25, 2015
Wow, beautiful colors and lighting...magical image!
Raeleky
 
Raeleky August 25, 2015
Deep!
JoseFSandoval PRO
 
JoseFSandoval August 25, 2015
This is a masterpiece..
UglyShoePhotography
 
UglyShoePhotography August 29, 2015
Fabulous!
karenpphotography PRO+
 
karenpphotography September 03, 2015
One of your best shots! Love this!
marionsteve
 
marionsteve September 09, 2015
Love the moment, the meaning and the light you captured here!
KevinStiffler PRO+
 
KevinStiffler September 14, 2015
Truly timeless! Wonderful work....
FredGramoso Ultimate
 
FredGramoso September 14, 2015
Superb work!
MarissaJane
 
MarissaJane September 29, 2015
Congratulations on your feature :)
Martien_Bakens
 
Martien_Bakens October 20, 2015
Amazing work. you have the eye.. wow
snowdon PRO
 
snowdon October 22, 2015
Congratulations on your Finalist Win in Inspiring Places... Well deserved
FromTheHighCountry PRO+
 
FromTheHighCountry October 22, 2015
Congrats! Great image.
lizziemellis Platinum
 
lizziemellis October 22, 2015
Congratulations on your finalist win Devin..inspiring places, has to be the winner, well done:-)
zwaves PRO
 
zwaves October 22, 2015
good job!
KimAnkerstedt PRO
 
KimAnkerstedt October 22, 2015
Congratulation to your finalist win! Well deserved and fingers crossed that you win the whole thing :-)
beverlyhicksburch PRO+
 
beverlyhicksburch October 22, 2015
Devin, this is very touching. Congrats!
justinecahnfenu
 
justinecahnfenu October 22, 2015
Congratulations! Truly magical!!!!
SvetlanaKarakina PRO+
 
SvetlanaKarakina October 22, 2015
Congratulations!!!
martalauradesigns
 
martalauradesigns October 22, 2015
Congratulations!
trainwoman PRO+
 
trainwoman October 22, 2015
congrats on the win
RuwanFonseka PRO
 
RuwanFonseka October 22, 2015
Congratulations. Extremely well done.
Lulumareeimages PRO+
 
Lulumareeimages October 22, 2015
Devin...another awe inspiring photo! Congratulations and thanks for sharing a world few get to see :)
rpdhjja
 
rpdhjja October 23, 2015
Congratulations for the award.
smunited
 
smunited October 23, 2015
Contgrats!!!! Well deserved.
Thebazile_gonzo
 
Thebazile_gonzo October 24, 2015
Congratulations for being one of the finalist!!
FieldsOfGreen
 
FieldsOfGreen October 24, 2015
Congratulations Devin, well deserved!... and verification of my good taste lol.
ovosphotography
 
ovosphotography October 26, 2015
well done!
msmyzr
 
msmyzr October 29, 2015
Congratulations Devin! Breathtakingly perfect!
OwenJFitzpatrick
 
OwenJFitzpatrick October 29, 2015
Fabulous shot. Viewbug have used it as a feature shot for '50+ Shots Of Inspiring Places'. Well done.
karaleverman
 
karaleverman October 29, 2015
Congrats! Wonderful photo
tejapan
 
tejapan October 30, 2015
Beautiful capture. It speaks for itself. Tells a story :)
thewanderingshutterbug
 
thewanderingshutterbug November 03, 2015
Wonderful shot!
adavies PRO
 
adavies November 13, 2015
Great capture! Beautiful! Congrats on your people's choice win!:)
Candlelight
 
Candlelight November 13, 2015
Very Spiritual atmosphere - great story telling!
KariLynn
 
KariLynn November 13, 2015
Congrats on "The Peoples Choice"...your photos are truly inspiring.
Kazza60
 
Kazza60 November 13, 2015
congratulations on another well deserved award
KayBrewer Platinum
 
KayBrewer November 14, 2015
Congratulations, Devin! People's Choice Inspiring Places contest. Well-deserved.
Motherofdeez
 
Motherofdeez November 14, 2015
Congratulations on winning people's choice for this photo.
KimAnkerstedt PRO
 
KimAnkerstedt November 19, 2015
Nice! Did you know that VB put this one up on Instagram today? ;-)
emmawylie
 
emmawylie December 06, 2015
Beautiful and Inspiring!
estercastillo08
 
estercastillo08 December 06, 2015
Great Image, voted Image of the Year
spacenut
 
spacenut December 28, 2015
Great photo as usual, congratulations on been a finalist.
rnjoel
 
rnjoel December 28, 2015
Great work. Glad to see this one get the recognition it deserves.. Congrats.
leckie45 Platinum
 
leckie45 December 28, 2015
WOW!! Congratulations on being a top finalist in " Image of the Year Photo Contest" My friend ... a well deserved award ... Love this shot ... Cheers Trish
Kazza60
 
Kazza60 December 28, 2015
Congratulations on being a finalist in the Image of the year .. such a great composition Devin
LeytonPlante PRO
 
LeytonPlante December 28, 2015
Congrats!!
Jillybean56
 
Jillybean56 December 29, 2015
Congrats on being a finalist for photo of the year! This hole series s worthy of the honor. Jill
Thebazile_gonzo
 
Thebazile_gonzo December 29, 2015
congratulations for qualifying on the best images of the year! Have a blessed 2016!
carrie00813 Ultimate
 
carrie00813 December 29, 2015
Congratulations on your photo voted as a Finalist for Image of the Year Devin!
snowdon PRO
 
snowdon December 29, 2015
Many congratulations on your Finalist Win in Image of the Year contest ... I am so pleased for you :)
msmyzr
 
msmyzr December 29, 2015
This has got to be the most beautiful images ever, I really love it! Devin, my friend, Congratulations on Image of the Year finalist!
KayBrewer Platinum
 
KayBrewer December 29, 2015
Congratulations, Devin - Image of the Year Finalist!!
NatGold
 
NatGold December 29, 2015
Well done Devon, nice one.
SoulFoodFotomat
 
SoulFoodFotomat December 30, 2015
Well done on getting into the final. It really is an amazing shot
MikaJC PRO+
 
MikaJC December 30, 2015
Congratulations, Devin!!!
awoisoak
 
awoisoak January 03, 2016
Great photo
cmsimon Premium
 
cmsimon January 04, 2016
Great job Devin. I love your photography!
pedronunoferreira
 
pedronunoferreira January 06, 2016
Congratulations on winning Contest Finalist in Image of the year photo contest by Snapfish, Peoples choice in inspiring places photo contest, Contest Finalist in Inspiring places photo contest and Inspiring world photo challenge.
lulupac Platinum
 
lulupac January 06, 2016
congratulations on your finals photo.Great shot
lizziemellis Platinum
 
lizziemellis January 07, 2016
Congratulations Devon on your finalist award:-)
LightandLovebyJoy
 
LightandLovebyJoy January 07, 2016
Congratulations!!!!
estercastillo08
 
estercastillo08 January 12, 2016
Congratulations Image of the Year Finalist, good luck !
bearinmybackyard
 
bearinmybackyard January 14, 2016
simply magnificent voted goodluck
luis_soares_photography
 
luis_soares_photography January 15, 2016
Amazing!
billiefromthebeach
 
billiefromthebeach January 20, 2016
your the man!!!!
martinquintero
 
martinquintero January 22, 2016
nice photo hawaiiii
angelafrance
 
angelafrance January 22, 2016
Very cool.
Dreammerchant
 
Dreammerchant January 23, 2016
So beautifully captured.
thierry05
 
thierry05 January 24, 2016
perfect!
lesliehhproduce
 
lesliehhproduce January 24, 2016
absolutely perfect, what a photo!
christinasimoniastraarup
 
christinasimoniastraarup January 25, 2016
Amaxing!
arifunsal
 
arifunsal January 25, 2016
Breathtating capture! magic moments
pamlampe
 
pamlampe January 30, 2016
Love it, Devin. :)
CSKphotography
 
CSKphotography February 01, 2016
Devin there is contest what ends tomorrow .."Untold stories photo contest" I think this would great fit there too:)
Coshooter PRO+
 
Coshooter February 02, 2016
Cool Capture Devin!
Jay_Eves
 
Jay_Eves February 03, 2016
Having spent a significant amount of time in South East Asia, (before I caught the shutter bug) your shots are inspiring me to go back. So great.
rosaposa
 
rosaposa February 03, 2016
Wonderful shot!
estercastillo08
 
estercastillo08 February 05, 2016
Voted Untold Stories
BestShot
 
BestShot February 15, 2016
Congratulations for this picture and all the wins dear Devin!!! Red, Beige and Light is sooo inspiring!!!
esconore
 
esconore March 02, 2016
Absolute Perfect !!!!
IanB Platinum
 
IanB May 18, 2016
Breathtakingly beautiful. Congratulations on all of your well deserved rewards.
Betty_A
 
Betty_A June 26, 2016
Wow, Devin! HUGE Congratulations on ALL your WINS!!! This is awesome. I've been gone for quite a while, and even now am only in an out. You've really done well. I'm so proud for you. You have a great future in front of you. Sorry I haven't been around as much as I used to, but I'm so glad to see how well you've done.This is definitely a world-class image.
HoneyLaine
 
HoneyLaine September 08, 2016
superb use of light. you really captured the quiet atmosphere and somber mood. love this.
StephenLittlePhotography PRO
 
StephenLittlePhotography March 07, 2017
Amazing
httppluto
 
httppluto April 04, 2017
Beautiful
STAR38 PRO+
 
STAR38 May 01, 2017
What a great capture !!!!
leckie45 Platinum
 
leckie45 August 10, 2017
Congratulations on your Finalist placing in the "Candle Light" Contest my friend ... this is such an amazing shot, it deserves all the wins and places it has won ... Cheers Trish :D
inesgardea Ultimate
 
inesgardea August 17, 2017
Congrats Devin on being one of the finalist.

Behind The Lens

Location
I had a travel window open for August in which I was planning on traveling to central Vietnam, hopefully to shot the caves system there. A week before my launch date I received news that the area I was planning to shoot was flooded due to a heavy Monsoon season. I immediate shifted plans to another of my "must see" destinations, Myanmar (Burma). After two trips to Angkor Wat Cambodia, I was kind of hooked on the ancient culture thing. This shot was taken in the Old Bagan area.
Time
This shot was taken in a Chedi (Buddhist Stupa like structure) which is estimated to be over a 1,000 years old. It was mid day and the temperatures inside was well over 100 degrees.
Lighting
The lighting was provided only by the candles. My flash and accessories were is my checked in luggage which didn't quite make it to my final destination. This required me to get creative with my exposure. Due to the small size of this temple room (about 10"x10") I had to position myself in the entrance tunnel.
Equipment
I shoot with the Fujifilm system, Fuji X-T1. For this trip I purchased the 10-24mm wide angle (used for this shot). A tripod was used and a stack of cleaning clothes to wipe off the sweat I dripped on my equipment.
Inspiration
I fell in love with Southeast Asia a while ago and have been so fortunate to stumble into great opportunities to interact with the locals and the community. I want to try to capture the essence of their culture, life styles, and the stories of the people. I prefer to shoot in a more natural, un intrusive way. I want to capture the everyday moments. For this shot it was a bit of luck to be invited to the Monastery which these novice monks lived. I spent a few days with them getting to know them and for them to get accustom to me being around. Soon I was able to shot without being noticed of their day to day activities. In this shot they were setting up for a Senior Monk to test their knowledge of the different prayers offer at different Buddhist images. While waiting I was able to capture them during their studies.
Editing
I am fairly new at this so I haven't made the leap to Lightroom or Adobe yet. This was my first time shooting in RAW only so the images did require some sharpening and contrast adjustment. These were done in iPhoto and Intensity App.
In my camera bag
My love for photography and travel has set my requirements for the camera system I choose to shoot with. In traveling I tend to venture into the outback a bit and decided on a mirror-less APS-C sensor Fujifilm X-T1. Coming from a rescue background, weight is alway a big factor when deploying. The Fuji system gives me all the things I was looking for in a camera, shock proofing, weather resistance, and cold weather tolerance. Its metal build feels great. I am not afraid to take it into the extremes, heck I even used it to fend off an irate wild monkey once. With the Fuji X-T1 I carry 18-135mm (on the camera a lot), 10-24mm wide angle, 35mm F1.4 (great from my street work and low light), a 56mm f1.2 (my portrait lens) and a 28mm f2.0 attached to my Fuji X-110T, which also serves as my back up camera. Extra batteries, SD cards, filters and associated equipment all fit nicely into my Pelican 1510 (airlines approved carry on size). I suggest to those looking for maximum protection for their equipment consider this case. It once fell of an elephant during a trek across a river. I jumped in only thinking about the gear and ended up using it as flotation. On location I will usually switch this gear to a back pack for my day shoots, trying to anticipate the need for the day to reduce the weight. I have just purchased the new Fujinon 16-55mm and the 50-140mm pro glass, but debating if the images quality gained with these lenses will make the weight of them and the two lenses for one (these may replace the 18-135mm for travel) worth the extra load and space they'll take up in my kit. I do have one extra camera that seems to find itself in my kit a lot, is my Nikon AW-1 underwater camera. Its been Johnny on the spot for me on a few occasions. Flashes and travel reflectors and diffusers are only packed when I anticipate needing them. Also, not to forget the tripods, I always take with me my Carbon fiber tripod and a small Gorilla flexible tripod (sometimes and some places discourage large full tripods).
Feedback
Each of us has visions of images that we would love to capture and they differ for each place that we visit. Be adaptable enough to be able to adjust that vision to the place your at. Know your gear! I missed some wonderful shots due to rookie mistakes. There was a set of images that were blurred, not from anything external but the simple fact I placed my camera on a tripod without turning off the lens image stabilization. I was confronted with the challenge of having to shoot in very low light. Without much experience I fell back on the basics that I knew. I keep my ISO at 200 the whole time. This created a situation where the next two adjustments were critical. If I was to adjust the F stop it would shorten my depth of field too much, so that left only shutter speed to play with. Low light under these adjustments will require lengthened exposure time. Shooting people in a natural situation at long exposure times will most often give you a blurred result as people naturally don't remain still (even if trying). Now that I know my camera system a bit better, I could have dialed up my ISO to 400-600-1000 comfortably without any noise that would have given me the options of varying shutter speeds and reducing body moment blurring. Anticipate the shot. There were moment when I just happened to have the wrong type of lens on when I could have anticipated the shot that was presenting itself and have a better suited lens on.

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