Jack Florence Jr  

Siem Reap Cambodia by Jack Florence Jr

November 2023 - Siem Reap Cambodia

About the Image(s)

These statues line a bridge, near Angkor Wat. Taking them individually with the water as a backdrop removes the sense of scale, and creates a hopefully interesting image. I shot this in RAW with my iPhone 13 so may still need some color and contrast work.

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6 comments posted

Steven Jungerwirth   Steven Jungerwirth
I confess I needed to Google Angkor Wat to find out where it is! Interesting image - I agree it's a little flat - i think you could darken the sky a bit - and perhaps bring out more detail in the statue. In my mind - the subject is really the statue - and the bulk of the frame and the brightest parts are the sky. Sounds like an an amazing vista - agree with you that focusing on one statue removes the sense of scale/place; not sure which would be a better photograph? Perhaps a drone would have been needed to capture the whole scene.   Posted: 11/05/2023 10:53:25
Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
I agree with your comments, Steve, thanks.
Regarding scale, that's kind of the point of the image, to make the statue look like a large single statue overlooking the river. I'll post a wider shot.   Posted: 11/08/2023 22:02:25
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Ruth Holt   Ruth Holt
Jack, that must have been a wonderful trip. After seeing your wider shot, I like the image you first entered even more. There are few spots on the right side that could be fixed (the ear and down) Also the reflection of the sky adds depth.. Looks like he is the king of a big area. Very nice.   Posted: 11/17/2023 09:52:10

Kieu-Hanh Vu   Kieu-Hanh Vu
Hi Jack,
Your image brought back to me all the memories of my visit to Angkor Wat more than a decade ago. I still remember those statues lined up along the bridge at the temple gate.
The angle you shot makes the image more interesting. Thanks for sharing your nice image!
My question is: Was the statue of your image reconstructed by Unesco project (since all the statues there looked more muddy and had darker colors)?   Posted: 11/27/2023 18:26:34
Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
Thanks, Kieu-Hanh. I was wondering about the condition of the statue as well, thinking maybe it was just luck to find one or two in good condition. But your comment makes me think maybe it was in fact reconstructed. I wish I knew for sure!   Posted: 11/28/2023 11:41:27

Pat Centeno   Pat Centeno
I am glad you posted the "overall view" image, which makes me appreciate even more the way you selected one specimen of the statues to focus attention on. I think the only thing I would add is a slight vignette in the upper corners.   Posted: 11/30/2023 12:08:20