Sunday, November 25, 2012

Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm, Cambodia, 2011

In the environs of Siem Reap, Cambodia, there are numerous temple sites within an hour of each other. The most famous is Angkor Wat, pictured top. I had a great idea. Why not get up at 4:30, get a tuk-tuk out to the ruins, and get some shots before the crowds get there? Except, if you've been there, about 1500 other people have the same idea. This was a frustrating morning. To keep the people out of the pictures, I had to expose for the sky, throw the temple into silouette and then crop out the bottom. When we went back later after breakfast with our group and a guide, it was much better. The middle photograph is from Ta Prohm, also famous for its use as background in "Lara Croft, Tomb Raider." What a stinker! Ta Prohm is difficult to photograph because of the masses of people posing, one after another, in front of everything I was trying to shoot. not to mention the lack of any color but green and grey. Still, it was an amazing sight. I can't remember the name of the bottom site, but it was pouring rain and I only got a few shots here. The rain helped put a little color into the scene, though. Nikon D90 

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