The Naga of Wat Ek Phnom

By |2013-02-11T23:19:49+00:00Dec 9th, 2012|

I remember being so thankful to have access to this Wat. The sun was out in full force and I was positively soaked from the heat and from carrying a full complement of gear in my F-Stop Satori EXP bag. I was cooling off in the shade provided by this wat when I noticed this cool pattern of shapes, leading lines and colors. These naga play a huge role in the architecture of the wats dotting the Cambodian landscape. I was happy to have the opportunity to find such ornate ones that have been preserved in good condition.

In terms of processing

This is a seven exposure tone-mapped HDR image, processed in Photomatix Pro. Using onOne Software Perfect Effects 4, I masked in Cyberpunk onto the blue in the stairs and on the naga and applied Return of the King to the rest of the scene.

Final touches were applied in Lightroom 4.3 RC.

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  1. Pedro Ricardo December 9, 2012 at 9:07 am - Reply

    Amazing hdr. As it's supposed to be used.

  2. Ana Maria Gomes Vieira December 9, 2012 at 9:09 am - Reply

    architecture beautiful.

  3. Jeff Hirsch December 9, 2012 at 9:10 am - Reply

    Wow. That's a stunner, Brian. I hope to be in Siem Riep in June and Ek Phnom is on our route. Did you have to do anything special (or be somebody special) to get access?

  4. Jason Lucey December 9, 2012 at 9:12 am - Reply

    Really nice.

  5. Brian Matiash December 9, 2012 at 9:15 am - Reply

    +Jeff Hirsch Cheers! Nothing special other than paying the entrance fee. I think it was $3.

  6. farooq khalid December 9, 2012 at 9:22 am - Reply

    Very nice

  7. هشام سعد December 9, 2012 at 9:24 am - Reply


  8. Karthik Nagaraj December 9, 2012 at 9:29 am - Reply

    Wow +Brian Matiash what a colorful photo. HDR brings out the dynamic range in it.

  9. David Baker December 9, 2012 at 9:30 am - Reply

    Thats an image full of detail for sure, well toned HDR

  10. Shelly Gunderson December 9, 2012 at 9:34 am - Reply

    Wow!  Beautiful and very ornate!

  11. Debbie Ingle-Garland December 9, 2012 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    beautiful on all aspects.  Love the blues.

  12. Alex Allen December 9, 2012 at 1:07 pm - Reply


  13. Christopher Germano December 9, 2012 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    love all the horizontal and vertical lines in this as well as the bright colors.

  14. Barry Blanchard December 9, 2012 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    You're having far too much fun +Brian Matiash

  15. Joe Dolister December 9, 2012 at 8:17 pm - Reply

    Yeah! +Brian Matiash This is Gorgeous! "Escher" like in full color! Love it!

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