The Story

This is Prasat Banteay Samrae in Siem Reap, Cambodia. We only spent about 40 minutes here because of its relatively small footprint. It was also the only temple where we were prohibited from using our tripods, which was certainly a change of pace. This was one of the last series of brackets that I was able to rifle off before being told to stow my tripod.

As I go back through my images from these temple visits, I am still reeling from the thought of how much effort must have gone in to building these gorgeous and ornate structures. As you walk down the corridors and take a minute to look closely at the details that are everywhere, from the bas-relief to larger scale carvings, awe is inevitably going to set in. On top of that, simply taking in just how old these structures are compared to anything that we have built in the US – it is staggering. I couldn’t help but wonder what these very same corridors were like in their prime, at the height of its civilization. It’s truly an amazing place.

In terms of processing

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

Stylization was achieved in Perfect Effects 4 by onOne Software. I applied Lord of the Rings and Havana to the temple structures and a slight Blue filter to the sky.

Final touches were applied in Lightroom 4.3 RC.

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