I am ok with waiting. When you predominantly shoot landscapes, you sort of have to be ok with it. Photographing people, though, is a different story. A lot of times, I find myself very impatient, mostly because I tend to get self-conscious about pointing my lens at someone which results in me not taking the time to capture that elusive decisive moment. Ultimately, I end up walking away with subpar images that are blurry or lacking in any sort of meaningful emotion. These images will never see the light of day.

So, when I had the opportunity to travel around Cambodia for two weeks, I let myself get immersed in the friendliness of its people. I had never met such an amiable group. As soon as someone saw my lens pointed at them, they’d beam a smile and cordially stand there, seemingly happy that I was noticing them. It was wonderful. For a novice portrait photographer, this was extremely helpful. It helped me feel more comfortable with taking my time and it is directly how I was able to get this image.

First, I took my time to analyze the steps this woman was taking to create each sheet of rice paper. Fortunately, it was pretty mechanical, albeit very manual. Once I got in tune with her rhythm, I lifted my camera up, fired a few test shots to get the right exposure, and then I waited until just the right moment as she started pouring the rice liquid onto the hot surface.

This was a really important lesson that I still vividly remember and hope to keep in the forefront of my mind going forward.

In terms of processing

To view the entire workflow video of how I stylized this shot, click here: http://www.ononesoftware.com/learn/inspiration/episode37/

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