The Story

I am so fortunate to be surrounded by planners. It borders on tragically comical at how little I actually plan when going on a shoot. Part of it has to do with wanting that spontaneity of creativity when arriving somewhere with fresh eyes. But mostly, it has to do with getting preoccupied with any number of other things [read: I have a paper thin attention span]. So, when I end up going somewhere with others and those others happen to be planners, the virtue of their work is almost always immediately apparent. From knowing the ideal time to shoot a location to ensuring we don’t get lost getting there, planners make predictability enjoyable.

Such was the case when I recently found myself in Cambodia. The group of us intended on leaving Phnom Penh to head out to Battambang. The drive usually takes approximately four hours when accounting for the miserable road conditions, from the gigantic pot holes in dirt roads to the chaos of their traffic system. Ultimately, the trip took us almost eight hours and it wasn’t due to any sort of road conditions.

Rather, we had a plan to take things slowly. We intentionally left the latter end of the day empty so that we wouldn’t have any reason to rush to Battambang. Beyond having to check into our hotel, we were free to take our time on the road and that plan paid off with dividends. When we saw a pack of water buffalo grazing in a beautifully vibrant rice paddy field, we had no problem asking our driver to pull over so that we could shoot them. We ended up killing about 30 minutes here whereas if we had an agenda requiring us to speed along, we’d totally blow by these beautiful creatures.

It’s something to consider when you travel and plan for shooting. The destination is often great but if there is one thing that I learned on this trip, it is that the journey is often as good… if not better.

In terms of processing

You can watch the entire workflow video of how I stylized this image here:

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