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Cambodia photo tour images; Angkor

First in a short series of posts of Cambodia photo tour images by Jean-Francois, (Jeff) Perigois. So many to choose from but can’t post them all so, in no particular order, here’s just a small selection.

Pre dawn at Angkor Wat
Pre dawn at Angkor Wat

Demonstrates perfectly that you can still get some stunning images even if you’re not lucky enough to get a sunrise full of vivid reds and oranges!

The Terrace of the Leper King
The Terrace of the Leper King

A sometimes problematic aspect of Angkor, from a photography angle, is the extreme contrast of light and shade created by the tropical sun on the stone walls and jungle but if you know what you’re doing – or have someone to provide advice – then this can be used to enhance the atmosphere such as in the above image taken at the Terrace of the Leper King.

Ta Prom
Ta Prom

A classic Angkor image with jungle, tree roots and those engimatic carved faces all in one shot at – we think – the north gate of Ta Prom. Having someone who knows the temples is a major advantage since it’s going to allow you to reach those spots you wouldn’t normally find by following a regular guide or guide book. High season in particular can get very crowded at some of the more popular temple sites. Unless you want to wait ages for a tourist-free shot then going in low season and/or travelling with an expert is essential.

The moat at Angkor Tom
The moat at Angkor Tom

Interesting perspective on what would otherwise be a standard shot of the picturesque moat around Angkor Tom ancient city. Simple but effective.

Tree roots at Ta Prom
Tree roots at Ta Prom

Ditto above; – an imaginative take on a classic and iconic Ta Prom view with the wide angle emphasising the impressive roots.

Ta Som
Ta Som; East Gate
One of the lesser visited sites Ta Som Temple still displays some spectacular vistas
One of the lesser visited sites Ta Som Temple still displays some spectacular vistas

The various Angkor temples on our itinerary generally have very different appearances; with some 500 years of evolving designs and building materials; some ruined, others intact, some coated in vines and roots, others cleared so plenty of variety. If you want to vary things further then Jeff’s black and white treatment of the Ta Som site seems to complement the moody atmosphere perfectly.

Elderly local women and a Buddhist nun take a break
Elderly local women and a Buddhist nun take a break
Police also taking a break from their guard duties
Police also taking a break from their guard duties

A few words of Khmer will help to break the ice with the locals. With villages and farms still situated within the Angkor complex, plus of course the vendors and staff there’s no shortage of human and local life options to vary your subject matter.

Jeff lead an ‘Images of Indochina’, Vietnam and Cambodia photo tour.