Everyone zigs. You zag

By |2012-11-27T21:04:51+00:00Nov 27th, 2012|

The Story

After a very long day of traveling from Battambang to Siem Reap, you’d think that sleep would be the first item of business. But how can you sleep when you know that a few miles from your hotel lies a complex of jaw-dropping temples that are thousands of years old? So, the plan was made to photograph sunset from atop Phnom Bakheng, a hilltop temple that overlooks the famed Angkor Wat.

What I didn’t come to expect was the throngs of other tourists there. It’s not that I was hopeful for anything different. I just didn’t think there would me so many others. In fact, if it wasn’t for our amazing guide, who knew to get to the Phnom Bakheng staircase early, we’d definitely not make it. Only a certain number of people are allowed to climb to the top each evening and we bore witness to that as we saw a stretch of people stranded at the base by the time we reached the top.

True to form, most everyone congregated on the corner of the temple that overlooked Angkor Wat and that was just fine with me. The first thing I did was grab a few shots of the temple from this distance knowing full well that I’d be there for sunrise the next morning. Instead, while everyone was preoccupied on that side of the temple, I made the most of having most of the other side to myself. I was able to get this wonderfully atmospheric shot of the jungle clearing as the fog rolled over the hills. For me, this was an pretty of a sunset as I could have hoped for.

In terms of processing

This image was processed using Perfect B&W by onOne Software. I applied a slight Ambrotype toner to give it this particular shade.

Final touches were applied in Lightroom 4.3 RC.

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  1. Sadhan Adhikary November 27, 2012 at 9:06 pm - Reply

    nice picture.

  2. Abby Wood November 27, 2012 at 9:11 pm - Reply

    Beautiful. Thanks for telling your story.

  3. Alice DaU November 27, 2012 at 9:14 pm - Reply

    Nicely done!

  4. Christopher Germano November 27, 2012 at 9:26 pm - Reply

    really like the layers upon layers of trees in the fog.

  5. Arthur Poole November 27, 2012 at 9:28 pm - Reply

    looks like a dream.. nice

  6. Javier I. Sampedro November 27, 2012 at 9:41 pm - Reply


  7. Sébastien Beun November 27, 2012 at 11:18 pm - Reply


  8. Tazein Mirza Saad November 28, 2012 at 12:36 am - Reply

    Beautiful +Brian Matiash

  9. Sadhan Adhikary November 28, 2012 at 12:40 am - Reply

    realy its beautiful

  10. Michael Bonocore November 28, 2012 at 12:50 am - Reply

    Sick shot +Brian Matiash!

  11. Anirban Bhattacharjee November 28, 2012 at 1:50 am - Reply


  12. hyun joung yoo November 28, 2012 at 5:57 am - Reply


  13. Eriatna Esther Calle November 28, 2012 at 5:58 am - Reply

    q vista, tan bonita**

  14. Amy Braswell November 28, 2012 at 7:06 am - Reply

    Really cool shot, +Brian Matiash

  15. shami lohe December 2, 2012 at 10:37 pm - Reply

    chantings of peace

  16. Isabel Barros December 5, 2012 at 8:31 pm - Reply

    uma janela para a verde pura a naturesa
     window to the green for nature

  17. Sadhan Adhikary December 6, 2012 at 4:24 am - Reply

    hi who r u ?plz send me ur mgs in english.

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