In my last few posts, I gave you some tips for traveling to Siem Reap and within the Angkor Wat temple complex. Today I tackle how to snag the ultimate unicorn: the elusive Angkor Wat sunrise photo. Many have tried to capture it, but here is what you need to know in order to bag your own Angkor Wat sunrise trophy.
An Assessment of Each Angkor Wat Temple
From a Photographer’s Perspective
If you have a Tomb Raider-style photography adventure to Cambodia in your future, then this Angkor Wat temple guide will come in handy. In February I spent a week in Siem Reap visiting virtually every temple in the Angkor Wat complex. I visited most of the temples multiple times, and came back with some tips on when to go and how to get the best photos. From my lips to your ears, here are my temple-by-temple recommendations for photographing Angkor Wat.
Tips for Traveling to Angkor Wat From a Photographer’s Perspective
When I was researching my own trip to Cambodia, I did not find a lot of Angkor Wat travel tips from a photographer’s perspective. Even though Angkor Wat is one of the most photographed places in all of the world, I never found a key set of instructions saying how to best capture this iconic spot. In today’s blog I remedy that with a list of Angkor Wat travel tips from THIS photographer’s perspective.
Siem Reap is the Las Vegas of Southeast Asia. As opposed to quieter destinations in this part of the world, Siem Reap is all about neon lights, loud noise, and sensory overload. If the temples of Angkor Wat are on your list of must-see destinations, then this town is a necessary evil as there is no other place to stay. In today’s blog, I recount my tales and give you a few Siem Reap travel tips to help you navigate the chaos.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the colors of the rock formations and mountains in Death Valley. But that said, the lunar landscape of the area offers wonderful opportunities to explore texture once the color has been removed. Here are a few highlights from my trip to Death Valley as seen in black and white.
I am always in search of new adventures, and there are few places I would venture to twice. Top of my list of exceptions, however, is Death Valley. The lunar landscape of the desert is unlike almost anything on earth, and I came back from my trip with some spectacular photos as well as a few tips if you are planning a trip there yourself.
Happy Labor Day! Is summer really over? A final photo from my July trip to North Carolina. This was a spontaneous stop just outside Dillsboro, as I was driving on my way to Cherokee for the annual pow wow. I saw these sculptures and assumed it was an old graveyard. Turns out this is simply yard art. The owner caught me as I was just leaving, and he was not too happy about my trespassing. Lovely yard that was worth the risk.
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It’s been, what, a month and a half since I returned from vacation in North Carolina? Well, it’s a beautiful day out and of course I’m inside editing photos. The good news is that I have finally finished editing my photos from the Biltmore Estate in Asheville. These photos were taken as part of a series I call, ‘My Fellow Tourists’ in which I am most interested in the people within a place rather than the place itself. Countless photos have been made of the asylum; it’s the inmates that interest me most. Here is my perspective on the Biltmore.
Today I took a walk through the city, but with a different view. A few weeks ago, I had ordered a set of prisms online. Wedding photographers have started using prisms to add an abstract edge to their photos and enhancing the bokeh. While I tried the look at my last wedding, the small prism and large lens of my camera made the process of getting a decent image difficult. I kept getting my fingers in the photo, and needless to say, this did not add the right artistic touch. To use a prism with my large DSLR will require a larger prism to cover the entire lens. In the meantime, I thought to use my tiny prism with my cell phone. There is no magic to using the prism: I simply held it in front of the lens and moved the prism around until I got the look that I wanted. Here are the images I created today.
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