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This one's clearly an echo to your previous upload, Francis ;-D ... Perhaps my critique was also influenced by the conditions and the light I experienced on my own. Anyway I like this kind of lateral soft light.

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Mandalay market, fourth floor, here's the place where the cheap market tailors operate. Anything you give them is made within an hour where home it would take a week at best if you're in good terms with the boss.

One of my best purchases in Myanmar was a burmese side shoulder bag tailor made to the dimensions of the padding of my photo bag. Hence I could remove it from the unconvenient backpack my photo rig was tucked in, have all my lenses a move of the hand away and say goodbye to backsweating.

As days where passing by in Burma I more and more had the look of a monk, I first noticed I wore similar tongs to the official monks model, then I had the burmese side bag. A week later, I would have considered shaving my head, two weeks more and I'd write this caption in Pali... naaah maybe not...

The best part was the cost of my handmade photo bag : 1,70USD for the whole piece of heavy duty cloth (and I gave back half of it), 0,30 USD for the measuring and sewing :-0 ...

When we paid the girl who sewed my bag, I had in mind the price I paid for a taxi in Paris taking us home to the airport : 65 Euros, about 80USD... the taxi driver didn't even say hello or thanks or sorry when we almost had an accident as he drove up on a sidewalk "he didn't notice" (???)... while Asia is 0,30 USD and a smile away.

In these two experiences, nothing to compare of course... just perspectives, slices of life in different countries, thoughts as fall and winter are breathing on my neck...

I think tomorrow I will go out eating at a thai restaurant next door.. in need for some nam plaa urgently...

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