Wat Phnom

I shot these last year when I was in Phnom Penh for a couple weeks. Wat Phnom is the main temple everyone goes to if they are in Phnom Penh. It’s a mixture of a tourist trap and a local temple. There is an entrance fee of $1 (Cambodia uses the US Dollar) but you can easily just step over the rope and avoid paying it. I saw a lot of cheap ass tourists doing this, it is a dollar and if you have money to fly into Cambodia or South East Asia you can afford a dollar to get into the temple. The dollar would just mean one less beer on the river during happy hour or just find a spot that offers the .50 cent beers instead. Yes, Cambodia does have .50 cent draft beers!

There isn’t a lot to say about Wat Phnom, to be honest, it’s run down and rather dirty. Cambodia doesn’t have the tourist income like Thailand does so their temples aren’t as lavish. When you factor in cheap asses avoiding the $1 fee you can see why the temple isn’t that great. Still, recommend a visit. There are monkeys running around but I could not get a shot. Just ignore the usual temple beggars and try not to let the trash that is a around distracts you from your visit.

All images shot on a Nikon D5500 with a Sigma 17-70mm 2.8 – 4.0

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Random Temple In Bangkok

I honestly have no idea what the name of this temple is in Bangkok. All I know is that it was off Khao San Road. In Thailand, a temple or a wat in Thai are a Baht a dozen.

To be fair, once you seen one wat you kinda of seen them all. There are only a few that stand out. The trick is to wander around the grounds until you find something different. Granted, I didn’t do that with this set but there was a Chinese Temple next to this one and I got a few shots.

Shot on a Nikon D5500 and a Sigma 17-50mm 2.0 – 4.0.

Enjoy.

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Bangkok Buildings

It seems appropriate to publish this set of images today because I will be on the final leg of my flight back to Thailand when these go live. I don’t live in Bangkok and it’s not my favorite place due to the traffic and congestion. Still, it represents the final portion of my sojourn to get home. From Suwannaphum Airport or BKK back to Jomtien where I happily live.

Shot on a Nikon D5500 and using the Sigma 17-50mm 2.0 to 4.0 lens around Sukhimvit Soi 4 and Khao San Rd. The Sigma 17-50mm 2.0 to 4.0 is a great little lens that gives you a great focal range to work with on a crop sensor.

Only 5 shots after the marathon of 12 I published on Monday.

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People Of Bangkok

Bangkok Streets

I shot these last June when I was in Bangkok for a few days. I’m not the worlds biggest fan of the Big Mango as Bangkok is known. It’s also known as a city suffering from horrible air quality. The Bangkok Metropolitan Authority is trying everything to clear the air. Including spraying the air with molasses with drones. I wish I was making that up.

These were shot around Sukhimvit Soi 4 and Khao San Rd. using my Nikon D5500 and the 17-50mm lens.

Enjoy.

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Kneeling Before Buddha

I took this when I was in Bangkok earlier this year with some friends. We were near Koh San Road which didn’t impress me much but I’m not the world’s biggest fan of Bangkok. We wandered off the path and happily found this little temple. Since Koh San Road is a major tourist area there wasn’t a lot of people around so I had the place to myself.

Enjoy.

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Sunset Over Manila

I am going to try and start posting again. I am sitting on a ton of backlog of stuff I have shot over the months. Will see how it goes.

I was in the Philippines in June of this year. Not my favorite place to go but was with friends who were over in Asia so I figured I tag along. This is one of the only images I shot because I just didn’t enjoy the Philippines.

This was taken at Ninoy Aquino International Airport while waiting for my flight back to Thailand.

Enjoy.

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Royal Tomb Stairs

This is from the Silver Pagoda which is attached to the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh Cambodia. No idea whose tomb it is since I didn’t take the offer of the tour and just did my own thing.

This image is almost purely out of the camera. Beyond using a profile setting and doing some slider adjustments I was happy with it. I did use a gradient for the sky and dodging and burning but that was all. Sounds like a lot but trust, me the Sony RX10 did all the work.

I will confess to using a polarizing filter on the camera to get the sky that blue. Otherwise, more or less what I shot.

Enjoy.

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Palace Temple

This is the actual temple for the Royal Palace in Cambodia. The thing is you can’t take any photos inside. I once got yelled at in the Bangkok Royal Palace because my tried to take one quietly, they know what shutter noise sounds like. With a mirrorless I could have done it but living over in South East Asia now I understand some things aren’t done so don’t push it.

I just like the roof of these temples, they are so intricate in their design. While this one isn’t the most elaborate it’s still a very cool roof. The inside is where the good stuff is but as I indicated, no photo zone.

Nothing but pure Photoshop on this since none of my plugins are working. So I’m going purist for thet time being until my schedule permits me the time to shift over to a PC and get things working.

Enjoy.

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One More Sunset

Shot this the same time as yesterday’s sunset. Bit of a different view from yesterdays as this is in landscape format and pointed at a different section of sky.

While I use my Nikon D810 and my Sony’s for professional stuff now, I use my little Nikon D5500 for a lot of other stuff and with the crop sensor and the 55-200 lens it makes it a great combo that is light and gives you a lot of reach. I could not image how bad the camera would be with the 70-200 2.8 on it. The D810 is bad enough.

Again, all done in Photoshop, nothing via a plugin because they are all broken. May have to do a reinstall which pains me. I know it is likely the Adobe upgrade that broke them.

So just a curves adjustment, lots of dodging and burning and calling it done.

Enjoy.

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Red And Gold Roof

No idea if this roof was part of the palace or the temple at the Royal Palace in Cambodia. There were so many parts sealed off and I was using a zoom lens that I can’t remember.

Based just on the architecture my guess is it’s a palace building roof. The temple used a slightly different style architecture but I’m not 100%. Still, the way royal and temple buildings are done in South East Asia are really elaborate. I could totally live in a house with a roof like that. Repairs may be a bit costly but I figure I can afford a roof like that repairs may not be an issue.

Editing this I went with a quick run through with Aurora HDR 2017 so it has a bit of HDR in it. Then I went ahead and did a bit of dodging and burning and called it a day.

Enjoy.

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