Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC: Blog http://www.ericwessman.com/blog en-us (C) Eric A. Wessman (Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Mon, 11 Jun 2018 12:13:00 GMT Mon, 11 Jun 2018 12:13:00 GMT From the Journals… Ta Som, Angkor, Cambodia. February 13, 2016 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/6/from-the-journals-ta-som-angkor-cambodia-february-13-2016 The Jungle is GainingThe Jungle is GainingTree takes over stone entrance gate, Ta Som. Angkor, Cambodia. This is such a cool thing to watch the buildings get sucked up by the jungle. Although this is an HDR image (see previous post), the hardest part about this one was waiting for all the tourists to get out of my way!

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) angkor archaeology architecture asia cambodia religion roots ruins se asia southeast asia ta som tree http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/6/from-the-journals-ta-som-angkor-cambodia-february-13-2016 Fri, 22 Jun 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Even More from Preah Kahn, Angkor, Cambodia. February 13, 2016 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/6/from-the-journals-even-more-from-preah-kahn-angkor-cambodia-february-13-2016 Sinking TempleSinking TempleRuins of Preah Kahn. Angkor, Cambodia. This is one of many images I took using a technique called HDR, or High Dynamic Range. It involves taking multiple frames of a subject at different exposures. These are then combined in the computer to capture the wide range of brightness levels that our eyes see, but could not be otherwise controlled in a single photo.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) angkor asia cambodia preah kahn ruins se asia southeast asia http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/6/from-the-journals-even-more-from-preah-kahn-angkor-cambodia-february-13-2016 Mon, 18 Jun 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Still More from Preah Kahn, Angkor, Cambodia. February 13, 2016 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/6/from-the-journals-still-more-from-preah-kahn-angkor-cambodia-february-13-2016 Sunlit DevataSunlit DevataRuins of Preah Kahn. Angkor, Cambodia. Here is another devata carved into the stone blocks of the ruin. I like how the sunlight was spotlighting this one.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) angkor asia cambodia preah kahn ruins se asia southeast asia http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/6/from-the-journals-still-more-from-preah-kahn-angkor-cambodia-february-13-2016 Fri, 15 Jun 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… More from Preah Kahn, Angkor, Cambodia. February 13, 2016 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/6/angkor-asia-cambodia-preah-kahn-ruins-se-asia-southeast-asia A Long BattleA Long BattleRuins of Preah Kahn. Angkor, Cambodia. Tree by tree and wall by wall, the jungle is slowly winning.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) angkor archaeology architecture asia cambodia hdr preah kahn religion roots ruins se asia southeast asia tree http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/6/angkor-asia-cambodia-preah-kahn-ruins-se-asia-southeast-asia Mon, 11 Jun 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Preah Kahn, Angkor, Cambodia. February 13, 2016 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/6/from-the-journals-preah-kahn-angkor-cambodia-february-13-2016 Seen Better DaysSeen Better DaysRuins of Preah Kahn. Angkor, Cambodia. I definitely prefer walking around the ruins that have not been restored. It gives me the feeling of discovering it for the first time. It also shows the power of nature and how the jungle reclaims everything.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) angkor asia cambodia preah kahn ruins se asia southeast asia http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/6/from-the-journals-preah-kahn-angkor-cambodia-february-13-2016 Fri, 08 Jun 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… More Again from Angkor, Cambodia. February 13, 2016 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/6/from-the-journals-more-again-from-angkor-cambodia-february-13-2016 Devata DetailDevata DetailRuins of Preah Kahn. Angkor, Cambodia. This is one of thousands of sculptures carved into the stone walls all around Angkor. This is a devata, the Hindu term for deity. The temples at Angkor were originally Hindu before most of this part of the world became Buddhist and the temples were used by the Buddhists.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) angkor asia cambodia preah kahn ruins se asia southeast asia http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/6/from-the-journals-more-again-from-angkor-cambodia-february-13-2016 Mon, 04 Jun 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… And Yet Again from Angkor, Cambodia. February 13, 2016 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/6/from-the-journals-and-yet-again-from-angkor-cambodia-february-13-2016 Gone Explorin'Gone Explorin'Ruins of Preah Kahn. Angkor, Cambodia. It is fun to explore around these extensive ruins, especially when I was alone and didn’t have to wait for people to get out of my frame.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) angkor asia cambodia preah kahn ruins se asia southeast asia http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/6/from-the-journals-and-yet-again-from-angkor-cambodia-february-13-2016 Fri, 01 Jun 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Yet Again from Angkor, Cambodia. February 13, 2016 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/5/from-the-journals-yet-again-from-angkor-cambodia-february-13-2016 ObstaclesObstaclesRuins of Preah Kahn. Angkor, Cambodia. As I was exploring, I would often be drawn down a hallway to check out what was behind each new doorway. In this case, that option was not available and it was time to turn around.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) angkor asia cambodia preah kahn ruins se asia southeast asia http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/5/from-the-journals-yet-again-from-angkor-cambodia-february-13-2016 Mon, 28 May 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Again from Angkor, Cambodia. February 13, 2016 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/5/from-the-journals-again-from-angkor-cambodia-february-13-2016 Lifesize PuzzleLifesize PuzzleRuins of Preah Kahn. Angkor, Cambodia. Some of the ruins at Angkor have been restored and others have not. I think it’s more fun to poke around in the ones that haven’t been because it feels like I am discovering them for myself.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) angkor archaeology architecture asia cambodia preah kahn religion ruins se asia southeast asia http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/5/from-the-journals-again-from-angkor-cambodia-february-13-2016 Fri, 25 May 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Yet More from Angkor, Cambodia. February 13, 2016 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/5/from-the-journals-yet-more-from-angkor-cambodia-february-13-2016 Temple in the JungleTemple in the JungleRuins of Preah Kahn. Angkor, Cambodia. It seemed that everywhere I turned there was something else to photograph. I had been here in 1999 and loved it. On of my goals for this trip was to use new equipment, techniques, and knowledge gained in the ensuing 17 years to see how I could improve upon my work.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) angkor archaeology architecture asia cambodia hdr preah kahn religion roots ruins se asia southeast asia tree http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/5/from-the-journals-yet-more-from-angkor-cambodia-february-13-2016 Mon, 21 May 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Even More from Angkor, Cambodia. February 13, 2016 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/5/from-the-journals-even-more-from-angkor-cambodia-february-13-2016 The Jungle ReturnsThe Jungle ReturnsRuins of Preah Kahn. Angkor, Cambodia. I just love the way the roots of the trees were slowly winning the battle with the ancient walls, leaving the crumbled stones to tell the story.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) angkor archaeology architecture asia cambodia hdr preah kahn religion roots ruins se asia southeast asia tree http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/5/from-the-journals-even-more-from-angkor-cambodia-february-13-2016 Fri, 18 May 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Still More from Angkor, Cambodia. February 13, 2016 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/5/from-the-journals-still-more-from-angkor-cambodia-february-13-2016 Empty HallwayEmpty HallwayRuins of Preah Kahn. Angkor, Cambodia. It was a crazy productive day! I started out exploring Preah Kahn. Early in the morning it was a comfortable temperature, and fairly tourist-free. That changed around 9:30 when the tour busses started rolling in. At least until then I felt like I was experiencing the thrill of discovery.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) angkor asia cambodia preah kahn ruins se asia southeast asia http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/5/from-the-journals-still-more-from-angkor-cambodia-february-13-2016 Mon, 14 May 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… More from Angkor, Cambodia. February 13, 2016 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/5/from-the-journals-more-from-angkor-cambodia-february-13-2016 Jungle TempleJungle TempleRuins of Ta Som. Angkor, Cambodia. At about 8:30 I could actually see the steam in the air as the sun hit the forest and I could feel it warming up. Next up was Preah Neak Poan, the monument surrounded by 4 pools. I didn't think it was that great. We continued on a clockwise circle, visiting Ta Som, East Mebon, Pre Rup, and Sras Srang. The later it got, the fewer photos I took.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) angkor asia cambodia ruins se asia southeast asia ta som http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/5/from-the-journals-more-from-angkor-cambodia-february-13-2016 Fri, 11 May 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Angkor, Cambodia. February 13, 2016 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/5/from-the-journals-angkor-cambodia-february-13-2016 Guardian of the BridgeGuardian of the BridgeAsura sculpture on bridge, Preah Kahn. Angkor, Cambodia. We headed out towards Preah Kahn by way of Angkor Wat. The sun was a pinkish red ball just behind Angkor, so we stopped for a few pix. Preah Kahn was really impressive, and I took a bunch of photos, including a lot of HDR shots. It was nice and cool and there were interesting bird calls in the surrounding forest. Not too many tourists out at 7:15, but that picked up as time went on.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) angkor asia asura sculpture cambodia preah kahn ruins se asia southeast asia http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/5/from-the-journals-angkor-cambodia-february-13-2016 Mon, 07 May 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… More from Kampong Cham, Cambodia. February 9, 2016 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/5/from-the-journals-more-from-kampong-cham-cambodia-february-9-2016 Grazing HorsesGrazing HorsesHorses grazing on the bank of the Mekong River, with Bamboo Bridge in background. Kampong Cham, Cambodia. I walked back towards, and then a bit past my hotel to the Smile Restaurant where I am now writing this. I had a very tasty beef loc lac sitting on the sidewalk watching life go by. 

From what I have seen so far, I'm not really impressed by this town. If I can avoid an overnight when I pass through in a day or two, I will.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia bamboo bridge cambodia se asia southeast asia http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/5/from-the-journals-more-from-kampong-cham-cambodia-february-9-2016 Fri, 04 May 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Kampong Cham, Cambodia. February 9, 2016 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/4/from-the-journals-kampong-cham-cambodia-february-9-2016 Bamboo BridgeBamboo BridgeA seasonally-built bamboo bridge across the Mekong River connects an island to Kampong Cham, Cambodia. We departed on schedule and arrived inKampong Cham shortly after 3. A tuk tuk driver offered to take me to the appropriate bus station to purchase a ticket for Kratie, then to the Mekong Hotel. The hotel is very large, with a lobby on each floor large enough to host a soccer game. 

After checking in, I went to the nearby Destiny Cafe for an overpriced iced coffee. (It had been recommended by LP. After that if went for a walk along the roadside park overlooking the Mekong. Again, plenty of families out enjoying the holiday. I took a few pix by the area near the Bamboo Bridge to Koh Paen island.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia bamboo bridge cambodia se asia southeast asia http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/4/from-the-journals-kampong-cham-cambodia-february-9-2016 Mon, 30 Apr 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… And Yet Again from Kâmpôt, Cambodia. February 8, 2016 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/4/from-the-journals-and-yet-again-from-k-mp-t-cambodia-february-8-2016 Into the UnknownInto the UnknownBoat trip up the Kâmpôt River, Kâmpôt, Cambodia. I like the feeling of entering uncharted territory that this image conveys. I boosted the sharpness and contrast to show more fine details.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia boat cambodia kâmpôt river morning palm trees river se asia southeast asia tropical tropics http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/4/from-the-journals-and-yet-again-from-k-mp-t-cambodia-february-8-2016 Fri, 27 Apr 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Yet Again from Kâmpôt, Cambodia. February 8, 2016 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/4/from-the-journals-yet-again-from-k-mp-t-cambodia-february-8-2016 River ManRiver ManBoat captain poses with his trusty craft on the Kâmpôt River, Kâmpôt, Cambodia. My boat captain proudly poses with his trusty craft. He took me for a nice tour up the Kâmpôt River which led to this series of images from my last few posts.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia boat cambodia kâmpôt river man morning se asia southeast asia tropical http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/4/from-the-journals-yet-again-from-k-mp-t-cambodia-february-8-2016 Mon, 23 Apr 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Again from Kâmpôt, Cambodia. February 8, 2016 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/4/from-the-journals-again-from-k-mp-t-cambodia-february-8-2016 Buddha Greets the Day.Buddha Greets the Day.Detail of stucco carving on gate to Buddhist temple. Kâmpôt, Cambodia. I stepped off the boat for a bit so I could explore a very quiet wat, or Buddhist temple. This photo is the top of the gateway arch leading in to the way.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) architectural detail asia cambodia gate kâmpôt river morning se asia southeast asia temple http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/4/from-the-journals-again-from-k-mp-t-cambodia-february-8-2016 Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Yet More from Kâmpôt, Cambodia. February 8, 2016 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/4/from-the-journals-yet-more-from-k-mp-t-cambodia-february-8-2016 Tropical MorningTropical MorningPalms along the Kâmpôt River. Kâmpôt, Cambodia. We rounded the corner into a small tributary of the Kâmpôt River and I found myself looking at this very tropical scene. I boosted the contrast and added a bit of a glow to this image.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia cambodia green kâmpôt river morning palm trees se asia southeast asia tropical http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/4/from-the-journals-yet-more-from-k-mp-t-cambodia-february-8-2016 Mon, 16 Apr 2018 12:00:00 GMT