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Allan Edward Hinton ✈  Quit the London office job, sold possessions and embarking on a life of travel & 📷. 47 months in. Now 🇩🇪 📧 allanedwardhinton@gmail.com

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Fisherman taking a smoke break early morning on the peaceful Inle Lake, Myanmar — I think this is one of my favourite portraits from the trip. I felt lucky to come across these guys in this situation but then I realised how much research I’d done prior to my trip and recognised the fact that I’d had to travel far to get here and also get up at a ridiculously early hour and to take an absolutely freeeeezing cold boat ride to find them. The more I travel and get into photography the more I appreciate what it takes to create a decent shot. I’m still so far away from achieving what many full time travel photographers have but I’m enjoying pushing myself, aiming high and improving as I go along. — big thanks to @nikonschooluk /@nikoneurope for having faith in me and working with me as I sought to create this recent Myanmar project.

From a cold but sunny wander this morning around Berlin. David was assisting me on a shoot but I decided to turn the lens his way. Set myself some new photography goals this year and forcing myself to take portraits as frequently as possible. Often I don’t share these kinds of shots on my main account but I feel it’s time to as it could be a way to push myself to take more varied types of shots and to help to myself to grow as a photographer. It’s easy to fall into a trap on Instagram and only share what you think others want or to photos that fit a brand you’ve tried to create. I personally change all the time and although I’ve had a travel focus for years I honestly get a little tired of taking and seeing one kind of genre. My favourite accounts on here now are ones that show variety too. Admittedly I’ve also had lengthy periods where I don’t post photos as I’m not travelling but I need some new projects that get me out the house when I’m home.
— have you been on Instagram for years and have your tastes changed?

Fisherman at sunset — I wrote some words about my recent “Moments of Myanmar” campaign, share some photos, and offer some tips on how I shot. It’s up on my blog now via the link in my profile. Cheers!

But first coffee, and more coffee — after 3 months away from home I spent my final night of travelling staying at The Old Clare Hotel in Sydney. Fitted with vintage furnishing and offering a heated rooftop pool was quite the way to bow out in style. I was mostly obsessed with these cushions though.
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Wondering what’s next in store for 2018. I came away with the aim to make a plan for the year but somehow got distracted with having fun! Myanmar made me fall in love again with discovering a country that’s so culturally different to what I’m used to and I felt it help me challenge myself and grow as a photographer. Where should I go next? I’d love to finally get to Morocco, Iran and I’m seriously thinking of heading back to my beloved India and spending time in Rajasthan. Decisions decisions...

Local cow-and-cart taxi man in Mingun, Mandalay, Myanmar.
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I think he looked concerned as he wasn’t quite sure how to best sell his service to tourists with his broken use of English whilst at the same time trying not to come across pushy or aggressive.
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Balloon rides over the temples of Bagan — for sure one of the most incredible mornings I have had in my entire life. What a magical place Bagan is.
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Being from the U.K. I was intrigued with the monks in Myanmar, but also they themselves were quite fascinated with me — being 6ft3 with a huge red beard is something quite novel to them. Here this monk had asked for my picture so in return I asked if I could take him to this wonderfully coloured tree to capture him. He kindly obliged.
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Last light in Bagan. It was so much fun driving around Bagan on a motorcycle and stopping at impromptu moments to capture scenes such as this moment where the light magically glowed through the trees. The dust and dirty roads making the scene even more atmospheric. #MomentsofMyanmar #D5600 #Nikon #NikonD5600 @NikonSchoolUK

One of my highlights of my trip to Myanmar was the stunning Inle Lake. Truly one of the wonders of SE Asia. Capturing the local traditional fisherman whilst on the job was fascinating and fun. At one point I somehow managed to convince one of them to let me on his boat.
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To capture these shots at all sorts of angles I used Nikon D5600’s vari-angle screen. I was able to get the camera low to the water and reach forward without going off balance and falling off the boat. It’s touch screen which allowed me to easily set the main focus point.
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Getting to know all kinds of friendly locals here in Myanmar!
— In all seriousness the kindness of the Myanmar people was a true highlight of my visit here. I felt so welcomed and safe at all times and their smiles are super infectious.
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A monk running to service at the huge and decaying Prathodawgyi Pagoda, Mingun. This incomplete monument is the remains of project by a former king who wanted to build the biggest monument in the world. The king stopped the project due to a deep superstition that once it was finished the world would end. Crazy.
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I edited the above photo whilst on the move using Nikon’s Snapbridge feature, so I could share the image instantly, whilst on the go. I simply set the app to automatically send photos to my phone.
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Monks and tourists taking photos at sunset along the U-bein Bridge, Mandalay — the world’s longest wooden footbridge. The Nikon D5600 has great low light shooting capabilities, with an ISO range of 100-25600, and an expanded ISO sensitivity of 6400 in Night Landscape mode. This allowed me to take this shot handheld by simply upping the ISO levels
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