The Story

Just about every image that I had seen when I performed a Google image search for ‘Angkor Wat Sunrise’ returned hits of the gorgeous structure and its mirrored reflection in its foreground pond. Almost every piece of photographic research I did pointed to shooting this scene with its reflection… and, don’t get me wrong for a second, I did exactly that. I shot it horizontally, vertically, wide and tight. How could you not? We were so freaking lucky to have such a picture-perfect sunrise.

The problem was that after about 15 minutes, I ran out of reflection shots to grab – and that’s when the fun shooting started. Once I abandoned the need to get every possible type of shot that I had seen during my research, the creative juices really kicked in. I had already captured the beauty of Angkor Wat. Now, I was able to focus my attention on the dance of colors in the sky and the shapes of the clouds as they moved on through my frame. I was able to use Angkor Wat as an ensemble cast member instead of the lead role.

It was a wonderful mental and creative practice that has helped me greatly when I’ve been out shooting the surrounding temples.

In terms of processing

The only editing done here was in Lightroom 4.3 RC. Otherwise, it’s pretty much SOOC.

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