Feature Photograph

Sunset at Angkor Vat

This weeks feature photograph was captured at Angkor Vat in Siem Reap Cambodia.  I’ve been holding back on Angkor Vat images because I couldn’t decide how to present them, but this week I decided to share some of the more interesting ones in the Feature Photograph and Outing sections.  I hope you enjoy them.

This image is significant because it was about having a vision and exercising the patience to effect the capture.  Most of us familiar with Angkor Vat have seen this particular scene before.  But have we ever seen it presented in such a way?  Perhaps, but I was trying for something very different.  I studied the time of sunset and the angle the sun would take to this scene.  Once satisfied I arrived 90 minutes early, set up, and waited for the sun to shine in from a very low angle and light up the inside of the root structure while casting a bright light on the flat surfaces of the stones.  Because of the angle of the light this created a significant amount of contrast to the other parts of the scene.  Careful processing brought out the detail and patina of the stones adding to the image.  Nothing is perfect, and you can see the bright part of the sky almost blowing out amidst the branches.

What could have made the capture more interesting?  How about a wider angle revealing more of the stones?  You be the judge which one is the better image.

Sunset at Angkor Vat