Tour to the Tonle Sap lake

Tour to the Tonle Sap lake

It was Tuesday 9.30am whenĀ  I received a call from one of the guesthouses in Siem Reap. One of their clients saw my brochures at the front-desk and he was interested in taking the tour starting at… 10am. So there was not much time to prepare anything. I called my TukTuk driver, took my camera and headed towards the guesthouse to pick up the client (whose name was Thomas as well). We started the tours at my studio where I explained a little bit about the post production workflow (I know, this should usually be a topic for the end of the workshop). After that we went to a great temple in Siem Reap where we played with aperture settings trying to create a nice bokhe when photographing the statues. At around 1pm we drove all thew way down to the lake. Most of the trip goes along a river that flows directly into the lake. This river is a hidden treasure for a photographer. Not only because the river is almost hidden by the jungle. You can find fisherman doing their job and you can find a lot of kids plying in the water. In addition, if you keep an eye on the river, you can find fishing boats laying in the water waiting to be photographed. The great thing when taking pictures at this river is that the canopy of the jungle blocks most of the sunlight allowing some few rays to break through.

As mentioned earlier, you can find a lot of fisherman along the river. Most of them use nets for fishing. It is quite an art to throw the net in a way that it covers a much water surface as possible. The net has a metal chain at the edges which helps spreading it properly. After the net sinks down to the bottom of the river the fisherman slowly pulls the net out of the water catching all the fish that was below it. If the fish is too small the fisherman throw them back into the water.

After spending the afternoon at Kampong Phluk, the village on stilts, the tour ends at the open water of the lake taking pictures from the great sunset. Because there are many boats out on the open water you really have to make friend with your captain to bring you to spots, where you have a clear view to the horizon.