Wrapping it up at Siem Reap

Wrapping it up at Siem Reap

By |2017-09-29T10:17:06+00:00Nov 14th, 2012|

The Story

We finished our last shooting adventure in Siem Reap, Cambodia by taking a balloon up in the air and shooting sunrise over the Angkor complex. Before heading up, the balloon operator asked if we even wanted to go up since fog had begun rolling in and Angkor Wat wouldn’t be visible. That’s where the photographer in you really needs to kick in. We were there, we had our cameras locked and loaded, and the thought of fog sounded awesome.

Inclement weather is all part of the game when trying to get shots that are different from the pack. I’ve seen tons of images taken from this balloon when the conditions were clear and perfect. I don’t really care for clear and perfect all the time. Some of my favorite images that I’ve taken were due to less-than-ideal weather conditions.

With the fog rolling in, we were instantly greeted to some gorgeous, moody atmosphere. It allowed me to really exploit the hillside and sprawling rice paddies. It also helped me really play the warmth of the foreground off of the coolness of the background. In all honesty, I couldn’t have asked for better conditions to shoot the complex. And so, we are now getting ready depart Siem Reap and return to Phnom Penh, where we will take a break and do nothing until tomorrow evening when we board the first of a three leg flight back to Portland.

In terms of processing

All stylization was actually done in Lightroom 4.3 RC. I didn’t want to change the look too much.

Because of my elevated position over the countryside, I did, however, send the image to FocalPoint 2.1 by onOne Software to add a very slight tilt look and invoke that miniature world feel.


  1. James Black November 14, 2012 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    WowWowWowWow, amazing.

  2. Tazein Mirza Saad November 14, 2012 at 6:00 pm - Reply

    Very nice picture, dear +Brian Matiash

  3. Gail Beerman November 14, 2012 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    Great image +Brian Matiash –I did a hot air balloon ride in the Valley of the Kings–it was magical!

  4. Sandra Parlow November 14, 2012 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    gorgeous!   I've enjoyed living your trip vicariously through you +Brian Matiash  and I can't wait to see more when you get home!

  5. George Nqgolov November 14, 2012 at 6:10 pm - Reply

    Amazing ….

  6. lesslie moreno November 14, 2012 at 6:14 pm - Reply


  7. Amy Heiden November 14, 2012 at 6:23 pm - Reply

    You were right, this fog is amazing. Really awesome!

  8. thanh đinh November 14, 2012 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    i was came Cambodia 1 week ago! one nice country!

  9. Өгөдэй Оюунжаргал November 14, 2012 at 6:33 pm - Reply


  10. orasa rodpipat November 14, 2012 at 6:38 pm - Reply


  11. Eric James Leffler November 14, 2012 at 7:04 pm - Reply

    Holy shite dude…what an experience!

  12. Amy Braswell November 14, 2012 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    Very cool.  I've really enjoyed your photos from your trip.

  13. agus skywalker November 14, 2012 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    asi se ve aca x mi casa en estos dias vivo en tecamac edo de mexico

  14. Arjun singh November 14, 2012 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    very cool

  15. Brian Bonham November 14, 2012 at 8:10 pm - Reply


  16. Sandra Parlow November 14, 2012 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    are you excited +Brian Bonham ??  he's coming HOME!!!!

  17. Brian Bonham November 14, 2012 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    Haha +Sandra Parlow.


  18. Christopher Germano November 15, 2012 at 12:33 am - Reply

    without that fog rolling in this would have been a nice shot, but not necessarily anything special or unique – this is definitely special.

  19. Harshita Naithani November 15, 2012 at 1:12 am - Reply

    Amazing shot……..

  20. Azam Shah November 15, 2012 at 4:28 am - Reply


  21. Mayi Lenz November 15, 2012 at 7:48 am - Reply


  22. Hans Reurings November 15, 2012 at 8:15 am - Reply

    Beautiful landscape. Thanks for the story

  23. M.E. Langlands November 16, 2012 at 12:31 am - Reply

    Beauty with a touch of menace.

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