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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