Tuesday, November 18, 2008

HDR of Angkor Wat & Bakheng Hill

Going to these places, with a very prominent sun tends to turn the sky a very lighter shade of blue / white.

Bumming down /up the Exposure (EV), you either save on your sky, but in return a very darken image or screw the sky and get your details.

So photographers use a technique called Exposure Blending; this merges 2 images together, shot in different EV to give you the details but still save the sky...

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Cambodia # 16 - Finale

On the last day, it was off to visit the Cultural Village. Below are what captured my attention there.

And finally, pictures of the streets outside the restaurent where we ate on the last day. As one can see, motorbikes rule the streets, not to mention the fact the streets are dusty due to the amount of mud lying around.
This shot shows the condition of the street better.
And that's it folks. It ends here... Hope you have enjoyed what I've put up.

Cambodia # 15 - Angkor Wat #3

Little men to make you sooooo envious of the craftsmanship!
We now head towards the back of the complex...
But not before passing another wall of superb stone carvings... you can see that it stretches all the way to the other end of the wall.
And finally, a view from the back...
Next up, shots from Cultural Village...

Cambodia # 14 - Angkor Wat #2

As promised, a close up crop.
And finally, the main towers in Angkor Wat itself. Unfrotunately, one was not allowed to climb the same insane steps again. Notice the chain and the No Entry sign at the bottom? Reason why it was disallowed was due to the fact that many that climb had gotten themselves injured on the way down. So...
Apsara Goddess...
The 3 main towers that you see adorned in ALL Angkor Wat photo's / painting /depictions...
Sure you wanna climb?
Angkor Wat #3 - Finale coming up!

Cambodia # 13 - Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat is huge. Massively huge with wide open spaces and intricately well done stone carvings which you will see... This picure was taken inside the massive complex. There is actually a moat and a bridge before this, which, I didn't take due to the amount of tourists milling around, even @ 1400H! Needless to say, yours was one of them!

If you thought the previous carvings was well done, you ain't seen nothing yet. The below is just a sample that adorns a wall that is about 30meters long...
A crop of the above. If you look closely, you can actually see the faint line which ends this block of stone and connects to the next stone. Truly amazing craftsmanship!

Even on the banisters(?), you can see carvings as you will get to see in the next post...
Angkor Wat #2

Cambodia # 12 - Bayon

Next up, Bayon. This temple is considered by far the most well preserved temple. What it lacks in size, it makes up in faces... as you will see shortly...

Each out 'tower' has 4 faces, facing each direction.
Lots of faces all aligned!
Whilst in the Elephant Terrance you see small blocks of stones and carved to fit in, this one is of a larger piece. So while not as intricate, still as detailed!
And finally a shot from the back of Bayon.

Next stop - Angkor Wat...

Cambodia # 11

From Ta Prohm, we head on over to the Terrace of the Elephants. While there isn't anything huge or grand, one thing that would strike you is that if one were to look at the below picture, you would realised that each stone is carved and put in place. Imagine the work needed to do this and the precisement needed. Jigsaw puzzle, 3D stone block style!

I am told that everytime there is a new king, one has to read the below declaration which is something still in practice to this date and time. Cool!
Care to decipher? :)
This is the temple of the Snake Lady(?) Yours truly was more interested in anything / everything else except the story / reason. So forgive me. Story goes that the king would visit this lady every night and keep her here, enclosed...
For those that want to climb, you're in luck! But yours truly unfortunately had no time to climb...
To Be Continued...

Cambodia # 10

I crop this image out just to show the insane steps one would have to venture out if you wanted to climb to the top of the temples. Here you can see this person practically hugging the steps...

And the view of the temple from further out...

Cambodia # 9 - Ta Prohm #2

Claimed by moss...Imagine a tree sitting on these stones.
And reaching out into the sky...

To Be Continued...

Cambodia # 8 - Ta Prohm #1

The next day had us visiting Ta Phrom (hope I got it right!). It's basically a temple, huge one, reclaimed by moss and tree's as you will soon see. What is interesting is that the tree's either grow on it; and this is massive when you think of the weight the stones have to bear...

But before that, the beautiful craftsmenship to admire 1st!



Next up, tree's on stones...

Cambodia # 7

From BakHeng Hill, we now head on for dinner @ this buffet site called Amazon Angkor as you can see below.

Talk about slow dancing... really sloooooooooooooooooow movements!



And here comes the 'boyfriend'... :)
"Run Eliza Run" comes to mind...
To Be Continued...

Cambodia # 6 - BakHeng Hill

BakHeng Hill - A temple sits at the top on the hill with a glorious view. People are there to watch the sunrise/sunset. Unfortunately for us, we arrived late. So whilst we were trying to go up, ppl were coming down the steep/narrow insane steps...

The following was taken with my trusty old Sony S90 digicam... which was taken by my dear girl girl.
After climbing up, you get this...
Doorway to the future? Another dimension? Portal? Multi/parallel Universe? :)

To Be Continued...

Cambodia # 5 - Tonle Sap #3

I was actually taking the boat... and didn't realised that there was a flock of birds in the background...

Lake Tonle Sap is considered the largest lake in South East Asia. Huge isn't it? As all these lake shots show you. Previously was all about boats and people... Looks like an ocean from here.
Anyone in need of some heavenly guidance? Church is available here...
Parked boats.

To Be Continued...

Avillion @ PD - 2nd Round visit!

Does this look familiar??? It does? Yup. We are back @ Avillion PD. We loved it so much, that we decided we would love a revisit. So, he...