The Late Night Movers ‘n Shakers of Phnom Penh

By |2013-01-16T17:54:00+00:00Dec 13th, 2012|

I found that Phnom Penh had such a wonderful clash of architectural styles. The best way I was able to experience it was from a rooftop. Even as we sailed along on the Tonlé Sap, it wasn’t hard to notice the juxtaposition as gorgeous, historic wats were placed right next to ultra modern, cubic structures with undulating windows and whose purpose eluded me.

If there is one thing that I took away from Phnom Penh, it’s that the town really comes alive at night.

In terms of processing

This is a seven exposure tone-mapped HDR image. I used Photomatix Pro for the tone-mapped. After this step was complete, I masked in one of the original brackets to retain the sharp line streaks using Perfect Layers 3 by onOne Software.

Next, I applied a touch of Blue Dawn and Havana with a Soft Light blend. I also masked in a custom Tone Enhancer effect to bring out detail and shadow recovery in the cooler-toned buildings.

Final touches were applied in Lightroom 4.3 RC

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  1. Vincent McMillen December 13, 2012 at 11:34 am - Reply

    wicked +Brian Matiash. Loved that city. Especially since there's what?… 1 or 2 stop-signs/lights in Cambodia, driving there makes it… interesting

  2. Bradlee Poohl-Jensen December 13, 2012 at 11:50 am - Reply

    Wow that's really neat. I love the colors. Excellent photo!

  3. Maria Nuñez December 14, 2012 at 9:50 am - Reply

    where is this place? this beautiful

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