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.
This 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!
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.
A classic Angkor image with jungle, tree roots and those enigmatic 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 for ages for a tourist-free shot then going in low season and/or travelling with an expert is essential.
Interesting perspective on what would otherwise be a standard shot of the picturesque moat around Angkor Tom ancient city. Simple but effective.
Ditto above; – an imaginative take on a classic and iconic Ta Prom view with the wide-angle emphasising the impressive roots.
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.
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.
All images by Jeff Perigois taken on a recent Images of Cambodia photo tour.