Yesterday, we shot two gorgeous temples, Ta Nei (pictured here) and the ‘Bad Omen’ temple, Ta Keo. Both offered oodles and oodles of targets to photograph. These were the sixth and seventh temples, respectively, that I’ve shot on this Cambodia trip thus far. What I’ve noticed is that it is very easy to get lost in the grandeur of these places. Between the visual stimulants to the mental ones (as you process just how enormous and old these structures are), it can become difficult to make sense out of it all.

As photographers, it is our responsibility to try and tell a story for the viewer. It is what we try to do every time we press the shutter button. We spend our lives constantly refining how we tell our stories frame by frame. So, when you’re presented with so much amazement in one sitting, how do you even begin to tell your story?

For me, the first thing I did was move away from the wide angled perspective. I felt that too much of what I wanted to share was lost by cramming a lot in. So, I decided to focus on detail. I wanted to showcase bits and pieces with the hops of giving you an idea of what the ancient Buddhists and Hindus experienced when they occupied these structures during the height of their civilization in the 10th, 11th, and 12th centuries.

I’ve got a lot of images like this one and I can’t wait to share my version of this story with all of you.

This is a seven exposure tone-mapped image using Photomatix Pro.

I stylized using Perfect Effects 4 by onOne Software. For this image, I globally applied Thermopylae, Tonal Contrast, and Charge More glow, as well as masked in Green Enhancer onto the moss.

Final touches were applied in Lightroom 4.3 RC1