Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC: Blog https://www.ericwessman.com/blog en-us (C) Eric A. Wessman (Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Sat, 28 Jul 2018 12:12:00 GMT Sat, 28 Jul 2018 12:12:00 GMT From the Journals… More from Singapore. February 22, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/8/from-the-journals-more-from-singapore-february-22-2016 Prayer ServicePrayer ServiceMonks lead prayer service in Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, Singapore. While I was inside the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, people started filing in around the perimeter and then filling up the middle. A ceremony was beginning, and they didn’t seem bothered by having outsiders observing. I tried to be unobtrusive as I walked around and quietly took some photos.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia buddha tooth relic temple chinatown se asia singapore southeast asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/8/from-the-journals-more-from-singapore-february-22-2016 Mon, 13 Aug 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Singapore. February 22, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/8/from-the-journals-singapore-february-22-2016 Buddha Image TrioBuddha Image TrioSmall Buddha images in Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, Singapore. I had poked my nose in here on a previous trip, but there wasn’t much going on then. Today, however, there was a festival of sorts. I was aware of a parade of worshippers building outside around the building. I got a few details shots inside while I was waiting to see what happened.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia buddha tooth relic temple chinatown se asia singapore southeast asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/8/from-the-journals-singapore-february-22-2016 Fri, 10 Aug 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… More from Singapore. February 19, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/8/from-the-journals-more-from-singapore-february-19-2016 Pretty PathPretty PathFountain and sculptures on path in Gardens by the Bay, Singapore. We spent a few hours in the garden walking around. There is some beautiful landscaping with dramatic views of the city, as opposed to when I was here 2 years ago and from a distance couldn't see much more than the funky supertrees. We finished at an exhibit called The Future of Us, which is looking at the Singapore of the future. These people are dreamers, planners, and doers!

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia gardens by the bay se asia singapore southeast asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/8/from-the-journals-more-from-singapore-february-19-2016 Mon, 06 Aug 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Singapore. February 19, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/8/from-the-journals-singapore-february-19-2016 Window to a Green WorldWindow to a Green WorldChinese gardens in Gardens by the Bay, Singapore. We took a bus and the MRT to Gardens by the Bay. Since we were hungry again, we walked through the park headed towards Satay by the Bay, a food court with good reviews. It had been raining lightly, but there was a downpour while we were enjoying lunch (I had a laksa and tried chendol for dessert) and we were happy to have the shelter of the food court. It was great to be able to look out and see a pond and lots of greenery and the rain coming down, all while staying dry. 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia gardens by the bay se asia singapore southeast asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/8/from-the-journals-singapore-february-19-2016 Fri, 03 Aug 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… More from Sangker River, Cambodia. February 15, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/7/from-the-journals-more-from-sangker-river-cambodia-february-15-2016 Watery CommuteWatery CommutePeople in boat on Sangker River, Battambang, Cambodia. We spent most of the day looking, talking with our fellow travelers, and resting. We stopped for a lunch and bathroom break around 1. After that, the river got narrow and shallow and our progress slowed considerably. That's okay, it's all part of the adventure. At one point the captain and assistant were both in the water pounding the propeller back into shape with a mallet. 

 

There were several times when they were out pushing the boat. Two of the British guys on board hopped in the water to help. I didn't expect to be on the boat so long, but we were there for the nice afternoon light. We arrived at 6:00 and shared a tuk tuk to the center of town. 

 

I had been applying sunscreen 4 or 5 times during the day, and had been using my umbrella for shade since 12:30, but I got burned and was red and a bit sore at the end of the day. I was really dehydrated as well, so as soon as I checked into the 333 Guest House, I headed out looking for drinks and food. I ended up at the noodle shop recommended by LP. I had fried dumplings which were very good.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia cambodia sangker river se asia southeast asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/7/from-the-journals-more-from-sangker-river-cambodia-february-15-2016 Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Sangker River, Cambodia. February 15, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/7/from-the-journals-sangker-river-cambodia-february-15-2016 Taking a BreakTaking a BreakMan rests in bow of his boat on the Sangker River. Battambang, Cambodia. Eventually we were picked up by a couple of vans and driven for about 30 minutes to the docks. We boarded our boat, a long, thin, high-speed ferry, similar to what I had been on when I was here before. Those who wanted to were able to sit on the roof, and that's what I chose to do. I like the sun, wind and the view for photos. 

 

We followed the river out to the Tonlé Sap. Even though it is just the narrower northern section, we could still not see all the way across. Suddenly our boat felt small. There were a bunch of floating houses and businesses, but we soon had passed them and were by ourselves. 

 

We eventually entered the mouth of the Sangker River, which we would be following for the rest of the day. We passed a settlement of floating houses, and I took some pix even though the light was fairly intense by then. We got seriously bogged down by the fields of floating green plants, which is cultivated but got out of control in some places.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia cambodia sangker river se asia southeast asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/7/from-the-journals-sangker-river-cambodia-february-15-2016 Fri, 27 Jul 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Still More from Angkor, Cambodia. February 15, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/7/from-the-journals-still-more-from-angkor-cambodia-february-15-2016 Ruins Getting RuinedRuins Getting RuinedThe jungle takes over the ruins of Banteay Kdei. Angkor, Cambodia. I moved on to Ta Keo, but it was quite hot there and the light was harsh. Nevertheless, I climbed a good part of the way up for a look around. My last temple was Banteay Kdei. I took a couple of pix of the big trees growing into the stone walls. I called it quits at noon and drove my Scoopy motorbike back to town.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) angkor asia banteay kdei cambodia ruins se asia southeast asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/7/from-the-journals-still-more-from-angkor-cambodia-february-15-2016 Mon, 23 Jul 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Even More from Angkor, Cambodia. February 15, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/7/from-the-journals-even-more-from-angkor-cambodia-february-15-2016 The Jungle is WinningThe Jungle is WinningThe jungle takes over the ruins of Ta Prohm. Angkor, Cambodia. Restoration work has been done here, which I guess is good so things don't completely fall apart. However, it takes away from the "my discovery in the jungle" feeling. 

I moved on to Ta Keo, but it was quite hot there and the light was harsh. Nevertheless, I climbed a good part of the way up for a look around. My last temple was Banteay Kdei. I took a couple of pix of the big trees growing into the stone walls. I called it quits at noon and drove my Scoopy motorbike back to town.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) angkor archaeology architecture asia cambodia hdr religion ruins se asia southeast asia ta prohm tree https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/7/from-the-journals-even-more-from-angkor-cambodia-february-15-2016 Fri, 20 Jul 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… More from Angkor, Cambodia. February 15, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/7/from-the-journals-more-from-angkor-cambodia-february-15-2016 Stepping StonesStepping StonesThe jungle takes over the ruins of Ta Prohm. Angkor, Cambodia. Things were okay early, but when the groups of tourists started arriving around 9 it got to be overwhelming. Lots of Chinese and Japanese tourists. One person gets an idea to be photographed between big tree roots, then the other 15 people in the group feel compelled to have their photo taken in the same spot. It gets played out quickly.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) angkor archaeology architecture asia cambodia religion roots ruins se asia southeast asia ta prohm tree https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/7/from-the-journals-more-from-angkor-cambodia-february-15-2016 Mon, 16 Jul 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Angkor, Cambodia. February 15, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/7/from-the-journals-angkor-cambodia-february-15-2016 Fading Into the PastFading Into the PastThe jungle takes over the ruins of Ta Prohm. Angkor, Cambodia. Another early start for sunrise at Angkor. Still not early enough to get a good spot for pix at 5:40. I squeezed in where I could and another photographer claimed I was blocking his spot. He could have shifted over a foot to his right, but instead his wife was determined to stand in front of me to block my shots. Good thing she was short. 

 

I had breakfast there after the sky did its thing, then moved on. I made brief stops at the South and Victory gates of Angkor Thom and the Bayon for pix. My main destination was Ta Phrom, the site where the trees have taken over.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) angkor archaeology architecture asia cambodia hdr religion roots ruins se asia southeast asia ta prohm tree https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/7/from-the-journals-angkor-cambodia-february-15-2016 Fri, 13 Jul 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Yet More from Angkor, Cambodia. February 14, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/7/from-the-journals-yet-more-from-angkor-cambodia-february-14-2016 Battle StoriesBattle StoriesReliefs on stone telling of history, Angkor Thom. Angkor, Cambodia. In addition to the “big picture” scale of the ruins, there are lots of smaller details that should not be overlooked. I find the carvings on the walls depicting historic events to be very interesting. When you consider the number of ruins around the entire temple complex and figure that there is loads of room for these smaller carvings, we must be talking about hundreds of thousands of these. Just my guess—nothing official here!

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) angkor angkor thom asia bayon cambodia ruins se asia southeast asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/7/from-the-journals-yet-more-from-angkor-cambodia-february-14-2016 Mon, 09 Jul 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Still More from Angkor, Cambodia. February 14, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/7/from-the-journals-still-more-from-angkor-cambodia-february-14-2016 Bayon GuardiansBayon GuardiansFaes in the stones, Angkor Thom. Angkor, Cambodia. I went to the West Gate accidentally as I was searching for Baphuon. I had to back track and park near the Terrace of the Elephants. It was too hot and the light was too harsh. I walked around with my umbrella for shade but didn't take any more pix. 

 

I was quite hot and ready for an iced coffee and lunch when I got back to town at 1:00. Now I am just finishing up a siesta and will head out again.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) angkor angkor thom archaeology architecture asia bayon cambodia religion ruins se asia southeast asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/7/from-the-journals-still-more-from-angkor-cambodia-february-14-2016 Fri, 06 Jul 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Even More from Angkor, Cambodia. February 14, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/7/from-the-journals-even-more-from-angkor-cambodia-february-14-2016 Deep SleepDeep SleepMysterious stone face on the Bayon ruins. Angkor Thom, Angkor, Cambodia. It was getting hot around 9 when I finished at Angkor Wat, so I had an iced coffee at one of the many restaurants on site. I next went to Angkor Thom to check out the Bayon. It was also very crowded, and the heat and harsh light kept me from going too crazy with pix. 

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) angkor angkor thom asia bayon cambodia ruins se asia southeast asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/7/from-the-journals-even-more-from-angkor-cambodia-february-14-2016 Mon, 02 Jul 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… More from Angkor, Cambodia. February 14, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/6/from-the-journals-more-from-angkor-cambodia-february-14-2016 Temple CompanionsTemple CompanionsApsaras adorn the walls of Angkor Wat. Angkor, Cambodia. Although Lonely Planet says sunrise and early morning are time to beat the crowds, that certainly wasn't the case here. Since I was here I decided to explore the temple despite the crowds. It is impressive, but I preferred yesterday morning's quiet exploration of Preah Kahn. 

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) angkor angkor wat apsara asia cambodia carving ruins se asia southeast asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/6/from-the-journals-more-from-angkor-cambodia-february-14-2016 Fri, 29 Jun 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Angkor, Cambodia. February 14, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/6/from-the-journals-angkor-cambodia-february-14-2016 New Day, Old BuildingsNew Day, Old BuildingsTemple of Angkor Wat at sunrise with lilies in foreground. Angkor, Cambodia. An early start today to catch sunrise. I left the hotel on my motorbike at 5:15 to head to Angkor Wat. I was amazed at the crowds there. There are enough to visitors to warrant breakfast and drink bars, which I was pleased to patronize. However, I was not prepared for the thousands of people who had walked up close for sunrise viewing. I don't remember for sure, but I think when I was here last time there were only about a half dozen people around for sunrise. It blows me away!

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) angkor angkor wat archaeology architecture asia cambodia religion ruins se asia southeast asia sunrise https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/6/from-the-journals-angkor-cambodia-february-14-2016 Mon, 25 Jun 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Ta Som, Angkor, Cambodia. February 13, 2016 https://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 https://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 https://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 https://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 https://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 https://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 https://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 https://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 https://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 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/6/from-the-journals-preah-kahn-angkor-cambodia-february-13-2016 Fri, 08 Jun 2018 12:00:00 GMT