Weekly Photo Outing

This week we visit Angkor Vat in Siem Reap Cambodia.  This is a very popular tourist destination and has been featured in countless documentaries, books, and even nominated as one of the wonders of the world.  A huge sprawling religious complex, arguably the largest in the world, built hundreds of years ago.  The main complex in Siem Reap is the best known, but in future Outings I’ll take you 20-50km’s outside of Siem Reap to ancient structures in the jungle rarely visited by anyone except Indiana Jones and Laura Croft types.

Black and white seems the most natural.

Angkor Vat in B&W

Root structures are everywhere, giant roots growing over stone structures, coming out of the top of walls, and running underfoot.

Angkor Vat in B&W

Sometimes the roots reveal hidden art.

Angkor Vat in B&W

The local children are often curious.

Angkor Vat in B&W

Angkor Vat in B&W

Old wooden bridges and more modern forms of transportation.

Angkor Vat at 4am

Every morning you’ll want to rise before 0400 and head to one of the major lakes inside the park and wait with hundreds of other tourists as the sun rises illuminating the day with brilliant colors.  Sunsets such as the one below are pretty special also.

Temple corridor through a wide angled lens

Inside the temples you’ll need to set up on a tripod and carefully estimate the available light and direction.

Angkor Vat before sunrise

Before the sun rises, while its still dark, long exposures reveal hidden colors.

Angkor Vat before sunrise

Angkor Vat before sunrise

After sunset, when the sky is dark to the naked eye, hidden colors can be revealed by long exposures.

Angkor Vat after dark

Ancient trees and footpaths can be found with little trouble.

Angkor Vat in B&W

After my first 4-5 visits to Angkor Vat I wanted to try some different types of captures that made the more common sights a bit more interesting.  I brought along some of my infrared filters, set up on a tripod for longer exposures, and using a wide angle lens tried for something different.

Angkor Vat in B&W

Angkor Vat in B&W

The view of the main structure in infrared was very different indeed!

Angkor Vat in B&W

Angkor Vat in B&W

Sound wide angle techniques such as having a foreground as well as an interesting background work well for infrared images as well.

Angkor Vat in B&W

Angkor Vat in B&W

I hope you’ve enjoyed the images from Angkor Vat.  This is truly a special and unique experience.  If you’re ever heading that way and need a reliable and knowledgeable guide who speaks great English send me a email and I’ll set you up with a great guide who I’ve developed a great business relationship with.