The Story

Yesterday was our fourth day in Cambodia. We woke up really early (something that is proving to be extremely easy for me with my body clock still jiggered for the PacNW) and headed to a quay along the Tonlé Sap. Our goal was to visit Silk Island and see how the locals spin silk from its rough start to its beautifully smooth finish.

After a few minutes of negotiating, we were able to charter our own huge ferry to take us from Phnom Penh over to Silk Island. It was so wonderful having the entire ship for just the four of us. While sailing along the Tonlé Sap, we were treated to a bevy of fishermen on their boats, surrounded by their family and friends, all trying to reel in the day’s catch. I’ve seen many images like this one and I was hankering to create my own.

In the end, Silk Island proved to be as wonderful as it the name would suggest. We spent our time at one small shop and watched as these women worked magic with their tools. They shared all of the details around how they create their beautifully ornate silks. On top of that, they saw just how perspired I was and went to great lengths to ensure my comfort – something that was truly appreciated. They even fed us a veritable feast of fruit picked right from the trees that grew on their property. I had my first fresh coconut, jackfruit, some amazing papaya amongst other delicacies. Afterwards, we made our purchases of scarves, table liners, and various other silk goodies and returned to the ferry. I have such fond memories of that place and I look forward to sharing more of them with you in the days and weeks to come.

For our fifth day, we’re departing Phnom Penh and heading to Battambang. Not too sure what to expect there but I suspect that it’ll be beautiful.

In terms of processing

I applied Golden Hour Enhancer and a bit of Vecchio here to give the image its golden tone. A custom Tone Enhancer was used to bring out detail in the lower third of the frame. This was done in Perfect Effects 4 by onOne Software.

Next, I brought the image into FocalPoint 2 to render the background just slightly out of focus.

I then brought the image back into Perfect Effects 4 to apply the Rice Paper Light texture. I did in this order so that FocalPoint wouldn’t blur the texture.

Final touches were applied in Lightroom 4.2.

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