The Story

Day 5 in Cambodia was fantastic. It all started with a trip to the famous Bamboo Train in a little village outside of downtown Battambang. Rudimentary is a kind word to describe these little speedsters. It starts with the driver placing two axels onto a set of train tracks that are barely visible through the overgrown vegetation. Next, a platform made of bamboo sticks is placed on top of the axels. We board the platform and the driver uses a rope to start the engine. At that point, we are taking off down the track.I estimate that we reached a velocity of about 25 MPH with a top speed of 31 MPH.

There were several small villages that we passed along the way to our destination – one of them even had a lovely ceremony taking place with music blaring. It truly was an excellent experience. All in all, this was just another example that illustrates how resilient and ingenious the Cambodian people are.

In terms of processing

I applied Magic Fores to the entire shot and masked Tonal Contrast onto the driver and bamboo platform. I also masked Deep Forest glow onto the surrounding trees.

Find touches were applied in Lightroom 4.3 RC1

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I recorded a short video that shows you what riding the bamboo train is like. I hope you enjoy it!