30 pictures from Shetland

Scotland, Shetland

Lean back and wander over the beautiful islands of Shetland. Click on the image below to enter the full gallery.

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Shwedagon Pagoda

Burma/Myanmar

The Shwedagon Pagoda is a 99 metre tall gilded stupa in Yangon situated on Singuttara hill. Shwedagon is the most sacred Buddhist pagoda in Burma. It is said to enshrine eight strands of Buddha’s hair. Shwedagon Pagoda was constructed more that 2,600 years ago.

xxburma_shwedagon-4982In Buddhism the most important date is the weekday you are born. There are eight days a week (wednesday is divided in two parts, before and after midday). Around Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda eight statues of Buddha along with the relevant animal for the day of birth are situated clockwise. Buddhist believers go to their birthday corner and water the Buddha and the animal to gain merit for the afterlife.

xxburma_shwedagon-5444Buddhist nuns walk around Shwedagon Pagoda, Burma’s most sacred site.

xxburma_shwedagon-5010A father has just taken an image of the Shwedagon Pagoda, Burma’s most sacred place, and shows it to his daughter. The Golden Pagoda is said to enshrine eight strands of Buddha’s hair inside.

xxburma_shwedagon-5382A young Burmese girl is sitting in front of one of the pilgrim-shops in Shwedagon Pagoda. The girl’s face is covered with Tanaka, a paste made out of wood’s bark used for cosmetics as well as protection against the sun.

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xxburma_shwedagon-5002A young Buddhist girl is praying in Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda, the most holy site of the country.

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xxburma_shwedagon-5051Buddhist believers walk clockwise around Shwedagon Pagoda, Burma’s most sacred place. The Golden Pagoda is said to enshrine eight strands of Buddha’s hair inside.

xxburma_shwedagon-5375The Shwedagon Pagoda seen from Kandawgy Lake.

New Facebook Page

Burma/Myanmar

I would like to invite you to follow my new Facebook page where I will post images and stories of my travel & documentary photography. In the future I will share my recent work as well as images from the archive, write about personal experiences and keep you updated on travels, adventures and interesting news in photojournalism and photography.

stolenbeauty_michaelbiachphotography-7141BURMA. The name Intha is said to mean ‘children of the lake’. The Intha are famous for their highly individual rowing technique. Fishermen wrap a paddle around one hand and leg and use this to propel the boat, while balancing precariously on the other. This position leaves them with one hand free, allowing them to drop a large conical net over passing fish in the shallow waters of the lake.

Silence

Austria, Urban Exploration

All photographs below were taken at St. Marx Cemetery in Vienna, Austria. 

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30 pictures from Istanbul

Turkey

Finally I found some time to go through the images of my last trip to Istanbul. Take some time and dive into the streets of this fascinating city. Click on the image below to enter the full gallery.

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The Belvedere

Austria, Urban Exploration

The first snow of 2017 has finally come to Vienna.

20170108_austria_vienna-8746Belvedere. Vienna, Austria.

The Motorcyclist

Laos

michaelbiach_laos-1020266A woman riding a motorcycle in remote Xieng Khouang province, Laos. 

Elephant

Nature & Wildlife, Sri Lanka

michaelbiach_srilanka_elephant-6919An Elephant is protecting from midday sun in Udawalawe Nationalpark, Sri Lanka.

Vendor in Jaffna

Sri Lanka

srilanka_jaffna_michaelbiach-7670A fish vendor outside of his shop in Jaffna, Sri Lanka.

30 pictures from Burma

Burma/Myanmar

The second dispatch from my travel section 30  pictures comes from Burma/Myanmar. I hope you enjoy the images. Click on the image below to enter the full gallery.

michaelbiach_30picsfromburma-7189Pa-O women wearing a traditional black tunic and a brightly colored turban. The turbans are often simply scarves or towels bought at local markets and then are wrapped in a traditional style. According to an old legend the Pa-O are descendants of a father who was a supernatural being and a mother who was a dragon. The women’s trademark turban is a manifestation of the creation myth. The Pa-O, also known as Taungthu, are the second most numerous ethnic group in Burma’s Shan-State.

 

The Mechanic

Burma/Myanmar

michaelbiach_30picsfromburma-6911An old man is opening his mechanic shop in Mandalay, Burma. 

Bird of Joy

Nature & Wildlife, Scotland

The Atlantic Puffin is doubtless one of the most adored seabirds in the world. Clown-faced with a body of black and white the cute birds only spend time on land while breading, which is from late April to early August. After their chicks have learned to fly and how to catch fish on their own, puffins simply vanish for months into the North Atlantic just to return a year later, often to the same partner and burrow. What Puffins are doing during wintertime is a mystery.

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2016_Shetland_MichaelBiach_Puffins-5589A Puffin picks up blade of grass to line its burrow.

2016_Scotland-5979Puffins often wait nearby their burrows before returning back with sand-eels in their mouth to watch out for gulls and other seabirds that may steal their food.

2016_Shetland_MichaelBiach_Puffins-5899.jpgAtlantic Puffins catch up to a dozen fish or more, mostly sand-eels, to bring a meal for their chicks. 

2016_Shetland_MichaelBiach_Puffins-5609Puffins rub their beaks to show other seabirds they are a brace. 

2016_Shetland_MichaelBiach_Puffins-5556.jpgPuffins burrow near cliffs for an easy access to the sea.

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2016_Shetland_MichaelBiach_Puffins-5655.jpgA puffin brace with their chick which has not yet the significant large orange beak.

2016_Shetland_MichaelBiach_Puffins-5832.jpgAn Atlantic Puffin exits its burrow near the open sea. Burrows are several feet deep to keep eggs or chicks safe.

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More information on the Atlantic Puffin on National Geographic.

30 pictures from Scotland

Nature & Wildlife, Scotland, Uncategorized

I have created a new page on my blog called 30  pictures which will be devoted to travel photography and will feature thirty single images of one country or destination.

The first dispatch comes from SCOTLAND. Click on the image below to enter the full gallery.

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Welcome to the Blog

Bangladesh

Dear friends,

after haven’t posted in a while I have decided to rearrange my photography blog. In the future I will post regularly about my travel & documentary photography, share my recent work as well as images from the archive, write about personal experiences and keep you updated on travels, adventures and interesting news in photojournalism and photography.

I will also open a new page called 30  pictures which will be devoted to travel photography and will feature thirty single images of one country or destination.

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Chittagong, Bangladesh.