A different approach

A different approach

By |2012-11-13T06:39:36+00:00Nov 13th, 2012|

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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  1. Shelly Gunderson November 13, 2012 at 6:11 am - Reply

    This is really nice with the color of the sky and the interesting silhouette.

  2. Angelite M. November 13, 2012 at 6:21 am - Reply

    This really is an amazing shot! Love the colors.

  3. Tamara Pruessner November 13, 2012 at 6:21 am - Reply

    It almost looks 3-D with the silhouettes having a 'cut-out' effect!  Love it!

  4. saqib ali Khan November 13, 2012 at 6:28 am - Reply

    really good

  5. fall cherif November 13, 2012 at 6:34 am - Reply


  6. Tony Teng November 13, 2012 at 6:38 am - Reply


  7. Ursula Camp November 13, 2012 at 6:43 am - Reply

    beautiful view

  8. joel cleare November 13, 2012 at 6:47 am - Reply

    That's one for the home wall. It's perfect to add to any decor. Nice work.

  9. Jim Denham November 13, 2012 at 6:59 am - Reply

    Excellent – you’ve created a shot that I’ve not seen from that area and one that shows off the moment you were in! Well done – the site looks great too Brian!

  10. Paul Johnston November 13, 2012 at 7:01 am - Reply

    Nice !

  11. 刘威 November 13, 2012 at 7:06 am - Reply


  12. Rosie Barnett November 13, 2012 at 8:00 am - Reply

    Amazing <3 view

  13. Randima Nuwanthi November 13, 2012 at 8:06 am - Reply


  14. Jill Lavegner November 13, 2012 at 8:16 am - Reply

    Awesome, It's good

  15. Michael Bolognesi November 13, 2012 at 12:29 pm - Reply

    Awesome take on it Brian!! Run against the crowds is a brilliant idea on such a heavily photographed object.

  16. Amy Heiden November 13, 2012 at 3:07 pm - Reply

    Beautiful shot. I love the silhouette.

  17. naovarat vessuvan November 13, 2012 at 11:25 pm - Reply


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