Lake Inle in the Shan State is the second largest lake in Myanmar which covers 44 square miles (116 km squared) and is at an altitude of 2,900ft (880m), with welcome fresher and cooler air than Mandalay. I decided to stay in the gateway town to the the lake, Nyaungshwe as I did not want to be trapped just on the lake.
I have an unwritten rule about the location I stay for a shoot, if I can`t get photos within a 5 minute walk from where I am staying then I am in the wrong place. My stay at ViewPoint Lodge didn`t let me down as local life passed over one of the bridges over the canal to Inle lake right outside the lodge.
My first morning on the lake was a pre dawn start making sure I was in position for sunrise. I was mesmerised by the sheer beauty of the lake and its surroundings and the stillness of lake life. The fishermen on Lake Inle have a unique rowing style as they row with their legs, the fisherman silhouetted against the rising sun my first capture.
Even though I`ve been a travel photographer for 25+ years Myanmar was one of the best locations that I have ever visited. It was certainly a country that kept me photographing every day of my month long trip. I can`t wait to return this November with photographer guests on my Digital Photography Holidays.