Bunny Laden  

Angkor Wat by Bunny Laden

November 2020 - Angkor Wat

November 2020 - Bunny Laden


About the Image(s)

Monochrome image. Panasonic DMC-FZ200. Fixed zoom lens. ISO 400 76mm 1/2000 sec at f4.5.

Topaz tools for noise reduction and sharpening. Photoshop for cropping, cloning out branches, dodging, burning, sepia filter, and vignette.

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14 comments posted

Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
(Groups 4 & 58 & 72)
Bunny, very nice image and you were lucky not to have a herd of people walking around the ruins. We were there a couple of years ago, and we got to the site around 5:00 AM way before sunrise, but there was already an agglomeration of visitors, so it was very difficult to get a spot to set up the tripod for the actual sunrise, plus it was a cloudy day. Your image is sharp and your vantage point shows all the 5 pinnacles.   Posted: 11/04/2020 13:04:36
Bunny Laden   Bunny Laden
Thanks Isaac. My husband and I had a local photographer as a guide. We, too, hiked into the site in the dark, but on a side he said was a little less populated. He would not let me use my tripod, but showed me some techniques for getting a good shot without one. I was using a prosumer camera, not the fancier camera with interchangeable lens that I have today. Wonderful place!   Posted: 11/04/2020 15:08:01

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Good job to include the reflection, and very little sky, so as to fill up the frame with the subject matter.
We were there about a dozen or so years ago, so this is a nice memory to see. Did you get to see other local temple remains?   Posted: 11/04/2020 17:09:12
Bunny Laden   Bunny Laden
Hi Stephen, Yes I did. Because my husband and I had our own private local guide (and Tuk Tuk) for several days, we went to all the major and many minor, temples in the area. We also went to a very rural area where we walked around a small village and then visited the grade school. The people there knew our guide, so they were very welcoming and allowed for photos.   Posted: 11/04/2020 17:18:16

Terry Campanella   Terry Campanella
Bunny, what a serene image! It sounds like you had an amazing adventure. The fact that you captured the reflection really put it over the top. The detail in the building is amazing especial since your camera was hand held. Although I like the sepia version, my eyes found it hard to separate the trees from the building. I went back to your original and used the Nic large detail extractor and also the Gradual fog tool.   Posted: 11/05/2020 16:01:40
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Bunny Laden   Bunny Laden
Hi Terry, Thanks for the comments. When I made the choice to render the image as monochrome, I knew that I'd lose the separation of trees from building. But I was going for more of an impression--a silhouette of sorts. I also made a version that was completely silhouetted but thought this emulated the old style better.   Posted: 11/05/2020 16:16:19

Joan Funk   Joan Funk
What an exciting place to take a picture. And what a beautiful structure you photographed - with an equally lovely reflection. I love seeing the photograph, because I am unlikely to see it in person.

My only nit-pik is that it seems so flat. I know it was a triumph to capture this without any people, but I almost wish there were a few native people, or something like a boat or a duck in the water, to give the image some depth.   Posted: 11/09/2020 16:49:39
Bunny Laden   Bunny Laden
Hi Joan,
If you look closely, you will see that the temple has lots of tourists walking up the front and into that main door. They are tiny. People aren't allowed to walk on the grass nor have boats in the water. I don't even recall seeing birds in the water! However, if I took 10 steps back I could have photographed 50 photographers all lining up the same shot. That might have been interesting! Next time!   Posted: 11/09/2020 17:51:20
Joan Funk   Joan Funk
Bye Bunny. Sorry to see you go. Enjoy your monochrome group.   Posted: 11/30/2020 12:53:45

Dr V G Mohanan Nair   Dr V G Mohanan Nair
Very nice panoramic view. I liked the B/W picture. The reflections look very nice. The image is sharp and did not see any distractions. The lighting looks OK. A little adjustment with shadows may look better. I would prefer a burning of top sky portion than the vignette.   Posted: 11/14/2020 03:25:06

Kathleen Sims   Kathleen Sims
I think your original is your best image. Your post processing is flat and is less sharp. Sounds like you had a fantastic life experience you will never forget.   Posted: 11/19/2020 16:53:48

Walter Naumann   Walter Naumann
I'm sure it was a memorable location and you captured what was there very well. It all is difficult to separate in the monochrome. I prefer the colored version.
  Posted: 11/19/2020 18:14:16
Bunny Laden   Bunny Laden
Thanks for the feedback. It is interesting for me to hear that many people prefer the color version. I think I will submit it to my local club in a future Travel competition. However, I notice that most judges prefer to see people in travel photos. We'll see!

The monochrome image just won an award in my local camera club.   Posted: 11/19/2020 19:47:52

Bogdan Bricelj   Bogdan Bricelj
I like your scene and reflections in calm water. I miss some more sky. I would prefer color version, just a little bit more saturated then original.

I know camera FZ200. It's not fixed zoom lens. It's quite an usual compact camera with 24x zoom. It just doesn't have exchangable lenses.

Although hand held capturing you didn't need 1/2000s. It would be better to lower ISO to 100 and use 1/800s. Higher ISO at these cameras decrease quality of photo a lot.
  Posted: 11/20/2020 16:13:14