Another image from my favourite temple in the Angkor complex… Angkor is often misnamed Angkor Wat, when in fact Angkor Wat refers to the largest single temple within the Angkor temple complex (Wat means temple in Khmer). As impressive as Angkor Wat is, due to sheer size and grandeur, it’s often hard to appreciate it due to the vast number of tourists pouring through it, often it feels more like Disney Land, with screaming and yelling and total chaos.
Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm
When I go to places like Angkor, I like to wander quietly through the incredible ruins and wonder at the long dead builders of such a vast and elaborate work of art, and the culture that created it. The temples of Angkor really are beyond compare, certainly to anything I have ever seen. Every square centimetre is covered with detailed and intricate carvings, it’s almost impossible to comprehend the size and complexity of it all.
So the last thing I want is to be there with a bunch of screaming disrespectful idiots, that really breaks the spell and makes me want to leave. Fortunately most of those idiots are on large organised tours that all follow the same itinerary, and they all arrive around the same time… 9.30 in the morning when it’s stinking hot and so humid you almost need to be a fish to breath! Since I have been at the temples since 5am, thats a perfect time for me to head back to the air conditioned comfort of my hotel room in Siem Reap to download images and have a sleep until about 3pm Then I head back to the temples just as those same dehydrated and exhausted tour groups are leaving… strangely quiet now.
The Temple of Ta Prohm doesn’t get anywhere near the numbers of Angkor Wat, but it is still a popular spot for the Disneyland tour groups, so you do have to get there early or late. Fortunately that’s the best time to be there in every sense, light, temperature, humidity and quiet! This image was shot early in the morning on my last Photographic tour to Cambodia and Vietnam on the Hasselblad H4D-60 with a 28mm f4 lens.
I’ve been planning a photographic Workshop in Cambodia since returning in 2013, those plans have come to fruition and the page is up, you can view all the details here>>
This is the third revisit from the images of the fisherman images from Hoi An Vietnam taken on my Photographic tour of Vietnam and Cambodia earlier this year. I posted this image in a previous post with about 4 minutes work done in Lightroom, and looking back at it now it looks pretty ordinary. with just a few more minutes work in Lightroom the image improves dramatically. I have posted the before image here again so its easy to compare the difference, and it really is only a few minutes work in Lightroom to go from before to after, imagine what you could do actually exporting it to Photoshop and really working it up!
Cambodia & Vietnam Tour 2014
I am in the process of preparing the tour itinerary for Cambodia and Vietnam for 2014 right now. The tour will be in July 2014, and quite different to this last tour the same region. We will spending much more time in Cambodia this trip, with more focus on the out of the way non-touristy locations, including more of the far flung ruined temples outside the Angkor temple complex. You can read about the last tour here, and this same page will be updated with final dates and itineraries for the 2014 tour soon… Saty Tuned!
Image was shot on the Hasselblad H4D-60 with a 100 mm f2.2 lens.
Just to finish off the series of the Hoi An fishing trip on the recent photographic tour to Vietnam and Cambodia, I have the last images in the series.
After beating the fish out of the sides off his nets and collecting the catch from the bottom, the fisherman came over to our waiting boat to show us what he had caught for the day and to chat to our guide.
He was very shy and obviously not used to westerners with cameras (especially big cameras like the hasselblad H4D-60!), but he knew our guide and we were all polite and respectful so he warmed up to us.
As is the current custom in Vietnam, we all gave him a small tip, which would have amounted to more than he would normally make in several days fishing, but for us the experience was priceless!
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!
I have a few places left on the photographic tour to Vietnam and Cambodia I am leading later this year, departing Perth 27th April 2013 and arriving back in Perth 11th May 2013. This tour will be a combination of fantastic photo opportunities, cultural experiences and culinary delights combined with lots of free time to explore these locations in your own time and to download images, To read more about this photographic tour (with the full itinerary) click HERE>
Photographic tour to Vietnam and Cambodia Information Session
I am having an information session on this Photographic tour to Vietnam and Cambodia on Thursday 24th January in Leederville (morning and/or afternoon sessions). If you would like to register for this info session please call Maxiema on (08) 9382 5049 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo Tour of Bhutan 2013 dates released
We have also finalised the itinerary for the Bhutan Photography tour for 2013. This photo tour will be a full 15 days in Bhutan from October 12-26 2013 with a completely re-designed itinerary specifically to enhance the photographic and cultural experience, you can read about the full Bhutan photographic tour for 2013 here, or you can call me for more information on (+618) 9336 6102, or email me at email@example.com
Prayer Flags and no Depth of Field
Im back from my first photographic tour of Bhutan. What an amazing country full of lovely people and spectacular scenery, Bhutan really is a photographers paradise. The problem is, I took 5000 photographs, well, thats not actually the problem, the problem is choosing which image to put up first! So i’ve begun pretty randomly with the first images that caught my eye when i was editing in Lightroom this morning. Read the rest of this entry »
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Exciting news! I have just finalised the details for an amazing Photographic tour of Vietnam and Cambodia for 2013. Their will be a whole page going up about this with loads more details (very soon), but i wanted to get this up straight away. The tour is 15 days/14 nights and leaves Perth 27th April 2013, includes just about everything and costs just $3950 (twin share) per person. You can read more about this photographic tour here>
We are having an information night this Thursday evening 23rd August in Leederville. I know its short notice, but if you would like to come along Give Maxiema a call on (08)9382 5049 or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org Even if you cant come to the info night but you would like to know more Maxiema will be happy to send you some information.
Sorry folks, I’ve been off the air for ages, i’ve been doing a major renovation on my house and it seems I’ve barely had time to check my emails let alone make blog entries! I could do a series of posts on why you should never renovate your house, but that would be a little off topic, lets just say it was a huge learning experience. The biggest thing I learnt was never to do it again. I hope somebody will remind me of that next time i decide to renovate…
Back on topic… The Photographic tour of Bhutan for 2012 has sold out.
Photographic Tour of Bhutan 2013
The good news is if you really wanted to go to Bhutan but couldn’t make it, or just missed out due to this years tour filling up, I will be running this tour again in 2013 October 12 to 26th October, You can read the full Bhutan photo tour Itinerary and information right here. If you would like some more information, or simply to book for my Bhutan photography tour call me on (+61 8) 9336 6102 or you can email me at email@example.com or you can keep an eye on this site, since now i’m not a full time builder, i will be posting more. In fact, i am about to put up a whole new home page for the workshops and tours that will make finding the latest information really easy, you can find that page here>