The sun sets over Angkor Wat

By |2012-11-10T06:39:18+00:00Nov 10th, 2012|

The Story

As Day 6 began, we left Battambang and made our way to Siem Reap, the fourth largest city in the Kingdom of Cambodia. Despite being relegated to #4, Siem Reap still commands the largest number of tourists in the country. I guess when your city houses one of the Seven Wonders of the World, you get some bragging rights.

Our tour guide knew we wanted to shoot sunset in this area. We were hoping to find a location that would give us an elevated position, if there was one. His recommendation was to visit a temple at the top of a nearby mountain area called Phnom Bakheng. From here, we were afforded a very nice view of Angkor Wat, although it didn’t stay lit very long before the trees blocked the golden light. On top of that, we had to battle hordes of other rather mindless and haphazard tourists which really set the tone for what we will expect when shooting around these wats in the coming days.

After doing what I could with shooting Angkor Wat at that distance, I turned my attention to the other side of the temple to see if I could make something work with the sun itself. I knew that a silhouette was in order but I didn’t have much of anything in my foreground besides a gaggle of other tourists. And then I saw the trees in the nearby background. I was immediately thankful that I left my Canon 70-200mm lens on. With it, I was able to get in really tight and use compression to my advantage. I found a nice frame with the sun positioned the way you see it, flanked by the jungle trees.

When I looked back at this image on my camera’s LCD, I chuckled. While this may not be the most typical sunset shot of Angkor Wat, it still reminds me of just how gorgeous Cambodia really is.

In a few hours, we’ll be starting our 4AM quest to shoot sunrise at the Reflection Pond by Angkor Wat. Fun times!!!

In terms of processing

Nothing done here other than some tweaking in Adobe Lightroom 4.3 RC1. Other than some cropping and exposure/color adjustments, this is SOOC.

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  1. Shawn Highfill November 10, 2012 at 6:33 am - Reply


  2. Maryam Abbasian November 10, 2012 at 6:39 am - Reply

    wow perfect view

  3. Dana Wirglová November 10, 2012 at 6:41 am - Reply

    This is a very beautiful sight that stir the soul.

  4. Lotus Carroll November 10, 2012 at 7:04 am - Reply

    So lovely.

  5. Daniel Uh November 10, 2012 at 7:04 am - Reply

    Wow wonderful view

  6. violet wartika November 10, 2012 at 7:10 am - Reply

    lovely capture

  7. Pini Gold November 10, 2012 at 7:12 am - Reply

    Beautiful photo of a sunset and an interesting story

  8. linh châu November 10, 2012 at 7:16 am - Reply


  9. Iraci Almeida November 10, 2012 at 7:23 am - Reply

    Lindo, simplesmente bela.

  10. Eclectic ArtistACS November 10, 2012 at 8:23 am - Reply

    Love it

  11. Grace Regan November 10, 2012 at 8:29 am - Reply


  12. Karolina Melich November 10, 2012 at 8:46 am - Reply

    wow :)

  13. Sandy P November 10, 2012 at 11:26 am - Reply

    Hermosa vista

  14. Mary Broussard November 10, 2012 at 5:12 pm - Reply


  15. joel cleare November 11, 2012 at 7:01 am - Reply

    It's great you can share you trip with us. I'm having a great time reading your blog.

  16. Jeff Revell November 11, 2012 at 7:13 am - Reply

    So did you ride the elephants up or hike the hill with your gear. I made the hike but wish I had taken the elephant ride, just to say I had done it.

    Enjoy the temples. Even with all the tourists the magic still comes through.

  17. Huyền Trịnh Thị November 12, 2012 at 4:14 am - Reply

    dep qua hoang hon!

  18. Iraci Almeida November 12, 2012 at 8:12 am - Reply

    Parabéns, ficou lindo seu trabalho.

  19. Anastasia Ortiz November 12, 2012 at 12:44 pm - Reply

    love it it is mystical

  20. Linet Majanga November 16, 2012 at 8:26 am - Reply

    Wow!that's totally awesome !

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