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
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.
I have been quiet because I have been in Cambodia since Monday. With my schedule in Thailand I haven’t had time to edit but I have been actively shooting. Which is why this site now gets updated when it gets updated.
I had an opportunity to go to Cambodia for 5 days so I took it. Traveled light with just my Sony RX10 and and my cell phone. First day was a bit of a wash due to weather so no shooting was done. I finally got a chance to do some stuff today but no way to edit.
With that said, I decided to record the video of my tuktuk ride to the Royal Palace (Well part of it). Guy got me for $2 for about a 15 minute walk. In the end it worked out because I got the video. On the way back I did a bunch of street photography and generally just took my time until I felt my face start to burn. Then ducked into a riverside cafe and had 2 .65 cent draft beers to cool off and chill out.
Enjoy the video.
Apologies for no image today. I have no power where I live in Thailand. The entire floor is without it.
One of the joys of Thailand is that things happen when they happen. Trying to fight it is like trying to stop a raging river. In this instance I was told power man was coming at 11 in the morning. Which would be great but it was 11:30 at this point. It became Noon.
I write this on my phone where I am eating breakfast. I thought it would be better than nothing.
I will share a video clip of what likely caused this electric issue. It rained a wee bit here last night. That was the raging new river I named Auronthai 4 after the street it was flowing down.
I have stuck with Brookside Gardens this week for the images. The images were shot about a month apart so you can see how much things change in 1 month’s time. You got from mostly green trees to the image today.
I snapped this just because I liked the colors. You get this bare tree just standing out by itself in the middle of a field. Most of its leaves gone and on the ground. It’s why I picked the title. Reminds me of bones without the flesh.
Editing wise nothing special. I shot this on my Sony RX10. I just did a curves adjustment and then local dodging and burning.
This is another shot from the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. I happened on this view while discovering everything else was closed and my $20 was spent for naught. The river is the Caloosahatchee and I just like how the shot was framed between the palm trees.
In Meadowlark Gardens all the benches and chairs are memorials to loved ones. They are dotted all around the place and I just liked how these two were hanging out just outside a trail I was on. They just sit back and seem to watch the world go by and taking it and enjoying it all.
I shot a lot of landscapes while in Fort Myers. Shot about 45 minutes after the threatening sky shot. I really wanted the Manatee Zone sign to be readable and when you do HDR it tends to really darken the shadows up. So I masked in a non-HDR original and brushed it in. Little bit of lightening the houses on the opposite bank. Ran it through Intensify Pro and done!
So ends the journey back in time with my Chicago images. From the same boat but with evening setting in. I look at these images and cringe inwardly and want to shake my past self and ask what the hell was I think? Photographic masterpieces these aren’t. I just like them warts and all. Sparkly lights are cool!
Knowing what I know now versus then I know I could have pushed ISO higher to get faster shutter speeds. I also didn’t use spot metering back then (WHY?). You can shoot low light with spot metering versus any other. You just need to know what the hell you are doing. If anyone wants to learn about spot metering go get yourself a cheap point and shoot and put it into spot metering mode. Then go out and shoot. Trust me, you will learn how it works better than any fancy camera or class it going to teach you.
As a reward, I promise on Friday something every flower lover out there will enjoy. After that, I’ll start on the new stuff I shot.
Thanks for sticking out the time warp with these pictures.
This series is winding down. Tomorrow will be the last of it. I promise.
This time its not nearly as architectural heavy. There are some generic landscapes tossed in but all shot in Chicago. These images were shot on a boat that was cruising the river and the lake. It was a staff outing and I took advantage of it. I used a Panasonic 25mm 1.4 (50mm equivalent) and a 14mm 2.5 (28mm equivalent) with a Olympus EM5.
It’s funny to look at 3 year old images and just cringe. Just shooting for 3 more years and learning the craft of photography along with editing means its a continual process. You will never stop learning. The gear is nice and all but learning how to use it and proper technique are more important then the gear itself. I can see the mistakes I made with this images. I can see where my skills and confidence have grown.