Tour to the temples of Angkor Wat

Tour to the temples of Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat and all the surrounding temples are definitely one of the places one has to visit at least once in a lifetime. Our recent tour started early in the morning, in fact it was 5am, in order to take pictures of the sunrise behind the temples. Our driver Thy is a guy that anyway wakes up early. However, it was not so easy for me and Iulia. Nevertheless, we managed to get it done. After we arrived we found around 500 tourists doing exactly the same thing – shooting the sunrise behind the temples of Angkor Wat. Luckily, we found a spot where I could set up the tripod and the camera. The shot was taken with a gradient filter reducing the brightness of the sky compared to the temples. All in all I took around 20 shots making sure that I dont miss the best light condition.

After this shot we decided to have breakfast. At the temples there are quite a number of restaurants but to be honest, the breakfast s.cks. The coffee is terrible but pricy. Anyway, I wont let them spoil my day. So we headed back toward the temples. During this photography tour we tried to really take care about the position of the sun. If you know a bit about photography you know that taking pictures against the sun seldom results in good shots. So we made sure the sun stays in our back throughout the day. What is really remarkable is the fact, that some of these fine stone carvings still exist in full beauty.

And of course, you find lots and lots of Buddhas. All over the place. Buddha here, Buddha there. For the next shot I applied the so called “Rule of the Thirds”. Using this rule the main subject is not positioned in the middle of the picture. What you do is sectioning the picture in 3 same size sections vertically and horizontally. Where the outer lines cross is the perfect spot for positioning your subjects main features.

But apart from more or less dead stone you can also find a lot of other photographic subject at the temples. This time we found a rather giant spider. Actually, a giant wood spider. This spider was probably more than 10 centimeters long and located in a quiet place at the temples. A friendly guide from another group showed us the place (thanx to the unnamed hero).

At around 3PM we decided to head home. Mainly for two reasons. First, it was hot. Second, it was hot. My camera including the lens has around 5 kilogram and was hanging on my shoulder. I was also carrying a wide angle lens, a couple of filters, a flash, a tripod and some small accessories. So somehow I was packed with around 10 kilogram of photographic equipment. And when you walk for almost 10 hours, the whole stuff becomes even heavier. While driving home with our TukTuk (the local transportation vehicles) we found a number of monkeys sitting on the road eating their bananas and some other fruits. Because those animals are more or less used to people they did not behave shy. In fact, they posed like professionals! When I think about the problems I had with models I really have to say those monkeys where easy to handle 😉

The next thing we did was…… taking a shower! A well deserved one I would say! Stay tuned for my next update….