The Story

Two weeks can mean so much or so little depending on the context and circumstance, right? There have been so many times when I’ve wished my life away for two weeks. Oh, if only it were two weeks later so that… I think we’ve all been guilty of this.

But when I think about the two weeks that have just transpired, I am in awe. I can barely remember landing in Phnom Penh or taking that first taxi to the hotel and beginning the first leg of our tour throughout this country. I’ve seen extraordinary people living in rather extraordinary living conditions. I’ve been privileged to walk down halls of ancient temples and see firsthand just how powerful nature really when it is pitted against manmade structures. Two weeks seems like it can be so easily squandered. I’m so thankful that the past two weeks has been such an enriching experience in every single way.

I hope these images that I’ve shared has helped give you a taste of Cambodia and whet your travel bug. I, for one, can’t wait for the next adventure to begin. I’m about to begin my 33 hour trip back to Portland and so I’ll leave you with an image taken at Angkor Wat about 20 minutes after sunrise. As you can see, it pays to get to these temples early. Tourists do love their sleep. :)

In terms of processing

This is a seven exposure tone-mapped HDR image using Photomatix Pro. I converted to black and white using Perfect B&W by onOne Software and added a very slight blur, simulating a shallow depth of field, using FocalPoint 2.1.

Final touches were applied in Lightroom 4.3 RC.

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