Its taken longer than expected to arrange and finalise, but my Cambodia Ancient Temples Photo Workshop is finally up and ready for booking. I’ve totally re-engineered the workshop this year, so it’s completely different to last years Vietnam and Cambodia Tour. I found trying to see all of Vietnam and Cambodia in two weeks was too much and we couldn’t spend enough time in any location. Plus there was lots of flying and changing hotels which eats up valuable time and is very tiring. So this year I’ve focused (excuse the pun) on the part of last years tour that was my favourite, the few days we spent in Siem Reap and the Angkor ruins in Cambodia.
Angkor Temple Complex.
On last year’s tour we only spent a few days in this amazing place, and I found it was not enough. So much so that after the completion of the tour I returned by myself to spend another two full weeks exploring Siem Reap and particularly the Angkor Temple complex and I loved it! Angkor is over 400 square kilometres of ancient cities and temples buried under the jungles of tropical Cambodia and is the most amazing lost city I have ever seen. I love ancient ruins and lost civilisations and I have explored quite a few, from the jungles of Central and South America, and the desert plains of the Maya in Mexico to ancient Roman, Greek and Byzantine ruins in Europe. Angkor beats them all! Read the rest of this entry »
Of all the ruins in the amazing Angkor complex, the ancient monastery of Ta Prohm would have to be my favourite. Ta Prohm has been left in a semi ruined state with giant fig trees growing out of temples and huge roots clambering over roof tops and slowly pulling the buildings apart. It is the most atmospheric of all the temples in the main Angkor complex of Cambodia, and I would guess thats why it featured so heavily in the film Tomb Raider…
Photographic Tour Dates for 2014
I took this image on my last photographic tour to Cambodia and Vietnam in May this year, but I’ve only now got around to playing with it a bit. We only spent 3 days in Cambodia on the last tour, something I regretted at the time and something I will be correcting on the Cambodia Photo workshop for 2015. Then we will be spending more than a week in Cambodia, with a lot of it around the unique temple ruins of Angkor and beyond, including a couple of early mornings at Ta Prohm! Details will be going up shortly for the 2014 dates for this tour, and also my 2014 Photography tour to Bhutan.
Image was shot on the Hasselblad H4D-60 with a 28mm f4 lens.
Well so much for regular entries whilst on my photographic tour of Vietnam and Cambodia! There just never seemed to be any time with so much to see and do. So here I am back in Cambodia again, post tour, researching next years tour… honestly, i’m working!
Hoi An Fisherman
Sunrise on the Hoi An River
One of the Highlights of Vietnam for me was an early morning river trip we took with a local photographer I found whilst wandering the streets of Hoi An in Central Vietnam. Thai Tuan Kiet was born in Hoi An and runs a photographic gallery on one of the main streets, that features his own photographic work shot over many years, he unfortunately doesn’t have a website (yet) but his work is beautiful.
First Big fish of the morning
I got talking to him and it turns out he does day tours for Photographers in the countryside around Hoi An and particularly up the river to the fishing villages where no tourists go… Luckily our tour has a lot of flexibility, and everyone was keen to get up at 4am to grab this opportunity… perhaps not keen, but certainly willing… Lucky for hotel wake up calls!
Back to work
We had a perfect morning for our boat trip, no wind and some beautifully shaped cloud that gave the sky some fantastic personality. The fisherman were all very friendly and keen to show us their catch for the day so far.
I took the Hasselblad H4D-60 out on the boat and shot all morning with it hand-held, its just such a lovely camera to use I was loathe to put it down. In fact the only time I used the canon 5D Mk II for the day was when we visited the fishing village and I needed something a bit more manoeuvrable.
All these images have just had a quick workup in Lightroom on the laptop, so when I get home to a nice big screen I’ll spend some more time and refine them further.
Travelling through Vietnam right now on my Photographic tour of Cambodia and Vietnam. We left Cambodia a few days ago and I have just a few minutes to put up a couple of images from some of the temples of Angkor.
Ta Prohm, The original Tomb Raider Temple. Angelina was unavailable
We spent 3 days in Siem Reap exploring some of the ancient site of Angkor which is over 400 square km, so we didn’t get to see all of it.
Angkor Wat wall carvings
Some of the temples in the complex are over 1500 years old and the amount and complexity of the carving is outrageous, the Khmer builders decorated nearly every square cm with intricate bas relief carvings, so while the sheer size is impressive, its the level of detail that really captures my imagination.
Angkor was also a great place to play with the Hasselblad H4D-60, and here I finally put it on a tripod!
Even Monks can be tourists!