I posted 100 photos in 4 years. That's a slooooooow rate! But I just could not go any faster. And I don't want to. But anyway, it has been a fun ride. So, I would like to thank everyone who made it funny, who helped me with my photography and who even became friends along the way. Thanks a lot!
It's not my first post of a sunrise over Angkor. However, I feel like both give a distinct feeling.
You have to wake up early to be there in time...I woke up at 4h45 and got there around 5h15...I was told that the best light is during winter. This is when you get the deepest blues and the richest reds. So, the eve of your morning shoot, make sure that you hire a tuk-tuk driver for the next morning. That way, you make sure you have one when you're ready! He'll be there at your hotel before you wake up and he will bring you everywhere you want to go and he'll wait for you while you visit the various temples. Just make sure to pay him only AFTER you are back to your hotel...;)
It is a temple complex at Angkor, Cambodia, built for the king Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and capital city. As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious centre since its foundation—first Hindu, dedicated to Vishnu, then Buddhist. The temple is the epitome of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country's prime attraction for visitors.
Angkor Wat combines two basic plans of Khmer temple architecture: the temple mountain and the later galleried temple, based on early South Indian architecture, with key features such as the Jagati. It is designed to represent Mount Meru, home of the devas in Hindu mythology: within a moat and an outer wall 3.6 kilometres (2.2 mi) long are three rectangular galleries, each raised above the next. At the centre of the temple stands a quincunx of towers. Unlike most Angkorian temples, Angkor Wat is oriented to the west; scholars are divided as to the significance of this. The temple is admired for the grandeur and harmony of the architecture, its extensive bas-reliefs and for the numerous devatas (guardian spirits) adorning its walls.
The modern name, Angkor Wat, in use by the 16th century, means "City Temple": Angkor is a vernacular form of the word nokor which comes from the Sanskrit word nagara (capital), while wat is the Khmer word for temple. Prior to this time the temple was known as Preah Pisnulok, after the posthumous title of its founder, Suryavarman II.
Angkor Wat lies 5.5 km north of the modern town of Siem Reap, and a short distance south and slightly east of the previous capital, which was centred on the Baphuon. It is in an area of Cambodia where there is an important group of ancient structures. It is the southernmost of Angkor's main sites.
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LeeLoo (0) 2010-05-14 17:43
Dear Marc Cloutier!
Amazing sunrise. Wonderful light and shadow. Excellent mirror. Mysterious architecture. Original work.
humayun (2991) 2010-05-14 18:01
A VERY BEAUTIFUL PICTURE............
GREAT IMAGE REFLACTOR.............
SKY LIKE DREAM CLOUDY...................
adores (45717) 2010-05-14 18:58
It's always great to see Angkor, especially with such a sky and reflection. The symmetry is just perfect! You have chosen the moment really well!
cobraphil8 (82) 2010-05-15 1:00
tu veux me faire pleurer avec tes photos d'Angkor Wat ou quoi!!!
Comment as-tu fait pour avoir un ciel pareil?
C'est vraiment superbe, bravo pour avoir été là au bon moment.
Je posterai quelques photos de ce magnifique site dans quelques semaines, mais le ciel n'était pas au rendez-vous.
riclopes (35577) 2010-05-15 3:13
You made it!!!!! Congratulations, Marc :) I imagine how exhausted you must be right now, but it doesn't matter because...you made it!!!! :)) Take your time now, because we'll be admiring this photo for a long time. Sometimes the stormy skies are the best and this sunrise is an incredible show. I'm glad that you belong to the very short group of crazies that wake up so early for this, so we can all admire this beauty. You can go to bed now, it's still dark... ;-)
All the best,
sayeed_rahman (6459) 2010-05-15 4:19
hey, there you are, think this means more than just posting another 100th, there was a reason why you refrained yourself from doing it for a long time, and there was the great battle. conflict which is now over and youve finally come to terms with a certain frame of mind, a consensus that that makes me happy. While it would be a breach of privacy, i would not want to know the reasons or what the conflict was about..
All i see now is a milestone that you have flagged. its more than just the dark colours of angkor. this post is a celebration, it truly is..
Am not glad, i am happy youve made it..
Sergiom (81881) 2010-05-15 5:02
C'est beaucoup de travail pour cette photo, mais le résultat en valait la peine. Le soleil qui se lève derrière les bâtiments est superbe et les ombres qui s'allongent dans l'eau pafaites.
J'aurais cru une plus longue exposition.
mvdisco (17794) 2010-05-16 20:04
Quel beau ciel dramatique et ses réflections dans l'eau!!
Belle photo prise au lever du jour qui donne de beau résultat,
beau contraste, lumière chaude et de belles silhouettes,
C'est très jolie...et de beaux souvenirs de voyage du Cambodge
rikko77 (10861) 2010-05-17 7:48
100 pics in one year is a good rate...means that you are not addicted to TE and, especially, you let people take their time to enjoy your pics.
As for this, it's a perfect reflection with a very good balance betweed hi key and low key areas.
PS. I see you went to Cambodia in October...what if I go there in August? would you reccomend me that period to go there?
have a good day
artesia (959) 2010-05-20 13:09
Dramatic sky over Angkor Wat! Reflections perfectly shows all the trees and the temple. It's all worth waking up in the morning, I'm happy for you for this photo. I was there and never once wake up for sunrise, that's probably why I only have one Cambodia photo posted :-P Cause there rest are dull :-)
yeln (11516) 2010-05-22 0:32
good shot with wery good reflections!
pittsenbarger (307) 2010-05-22 16:59
This is probably one of my favorite photos of Angkor that I have seen. When I went I was hoping to get a good sunrise shot but there was never any good skies, was this during the wet season?
magalik (6103) 2010-05-24 10:47
Bonsoir Marc !
100 photos en 4 ans, on peut dire que tu n'es pas un foudre de guerre !! :-) Enfin un membre de TE qui n'a pas un rythme trop effréné pour moi !! :-)
Ceci dit, quand tu en postes une, elle ne passe pas inaperçue ! Quel spectacle ! Ça valait le coup de se lever tôt ! Les couleurs ne sont vraiment pas ordinaires. Très étrange comme atmosphère, un peu surréaliste. On a l'impression que le ciel est en feu.
Je rêve de découvrir le Cambodge et les pays voisins. J'aurais pu être enseignante là-bas, il aurait fallu qu'il y ait un désistement pour cela. Mais je ne sais pas si à l'époque j'aurais eu le courage de me lancer dans une telle aventure.
Très beau paysage qu'il n'est pas donné à tout le monde de voir et qui est donc d'autant plus appréciable. Merci pour le partage...
bostankorkulugu (42440) 2010-06-11 7:26
a bit late may be but many happy returns! >:P...
okay it is a nice postcard but i prefer "the others" from you...
keep going mister...
Longroute (19396) 2010-08-29 2:11
This place is fine enough by itself but with this sky and sunset atmosphere plus the fantastic reflections becomes an out of the world scenario! Great capture and a masterful composition and work. A deserving photo to celebrate your 4 years in Te... better slow but with fine photos than a lot of mediocre ones... (:-)
seve_1 (31) 2011-01-14 9:33
outstanding photo great reflection and the colours in the sky look great too.
mkamionka (37855) 2011-01-16 11:09
very impressive work. I am so jealous. Incredible sky doubled in the 100% reflection. The famous silhouettes look fantastic set against this sky. You were in a great place at the perfect time and you have well used the opportunity,
brianmcc (6219) 2012-08-29 12:50
congratulations on your 100th post. you have some fantastic pictures in your gallery. reading your notes, you have taken a lot of effort to get this image. the symmetry is superb and very appealing. i love the colours in the sky, and reflected in the water. there is such a sense of drama and atmosphere in this image.
Noel_Byrne (31674) 2014-12-07 7:44
I have seen many photos of this place, but this really is in a league of its own. I love silhouette image and what could make a more Evocative one than this. In addition to the subject, the Armageddon style sky looks like omething from another world. Stunning colors and the reflection really is the icing on the cake. Thanks for sharing
jcpix (13930) 2015-07-30 16:17
A popular site, no doubt...and one that has been shared in picture form many times over. That being said, you've set yourself apart with this one...what a beauty!! The dark tones and soft touches of warm color really set a wonderful and mysterious mood. I can only assume the atmosphere here is incredible to begin with, and this result strikes quite a chord in my imagination.
A quiet stunner! All the best. Take it easy.
- Copyright: Marc Cl (Manamo) (3710)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-10-30
- Categories: Architecture, Ruins, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D300, 18-70mm F3.5-4.5G ED AF-S DX Zoom Nikkor
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/125 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2010-05-14 17:13