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Cinematic times at Yangon Station

In March of 2018, I spent almost two weeks in Myanmar, mostly in and around Yangon, as Unit Stills Photographer on a short film.

The movie is a love story. The Japanese male lead, Hasegawa Hiroki, plays a guy working at a development company. His love interest is a seamstress.

A lot of the story was based on how Yangon is changing, specifically how the railways are due a significant upgrade.

I love trains. I love stations. And Yangon has a beautiful, old colonial era railway station. We hung around there, scouting and shooting, for a few whole days.

I think and see cinematically pretty much all of the time, whether I'm working on a movie set or not. My job on set was to shoot portraits of the cast, shoot behind the scenes and to capture the landscapes and locations.

I've spent a lot of time since the shoot making photos in super panavision and other cinematic crops, narrower than 16x9. The Hasselblad 'XPan' format available in the X1D-50c camera is about 2.39:1 and is a truly gorgeous aspect ratio to shoot in.

It's a ratio I see in a lot of the time. Growing up watching lots of films in 70mm and Super Panavision instilled the ratio in me from an early age.

Jim Morrison once said 'Have you had a good life? Enough to base a movie on?'

Life is a movie, in many respects. And there's something very special for me about seeing cinematically and producing photos in a way that emphasises the movie-like nature of life.

Tech stuff...

This shot was taken on my Nikon D800e and 80-200mm f/2.8 ED IF lens.

Cropping and post-production done in Photoshop with Exposure X5 plugins.

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