U Bein Bridge is at the ancient Burmese capital of Amurapura, near Mandalay. It’s built from teak and is the world’s longest wooden bridge. The footbridge is the quintessential Burmese picture-postcard location, especially before dawn.
Most foreigners visit the bridge at sunset and so it gets crowded then, with lots of people jostling on the rickety bridge and lots of longboats on the lake posturing for the best sunset camera position.
It’s far better to get up at 4:00 am, skip breakfast, and get to the lake at 5:00 am. You can then relish the pre-dawn glow in the sky, the sheen of the lake and the mirror-perfect reflections of the bridge with no-one else about. You will have the sunrise completely to yourself.
The film was shot hand-held using a Sony FS5 Mark II camera, with a 18-105mm lens fitted with a Tiffen Black Pro-Mist filter (⅛ density).
The film was shot in 4K and was composed in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio.
Edited, colour-graded and sound-mixed using DaVinci Resolve Studio 17.
The narration was spoken by Bruce Hamilton.