Angkor is the foremost national symbol in Cambodia and is even present in its national flag. That’s why the temple becomes a sort of pilgrimage site during national holidays.
Angkor is a region of Cambodia that served as the seat of the Khmer Empire, which flourished from approximately the 9th to the 13th centuries. The word Angkor is derived from the Sanskrit nagara, meaning "city".
Angkor Wat meaning “city temple”, is a Hindu temple complex at Angkor, built for the king Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and part of his 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 the god Vishnu, then Buddhist. The temple is at the top of the high classical style of Khmer architecture.
Visiting Angkor Wat was very hectic for me. I was so excited by the incomparable beauty of the setting and the richness of the mixture of its people and its architecture that I forgot the notion of time. The funny thing is that, instead of post-card shots, I realized that I mainly shot people scenes, including the grass-movers seen on this picture. :-)
Cropped, increased sharpness and saturation, applied blue toning in the sky.
Sources: Angor , Angkor Wat
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holmertz (34563) 2012-09-14 8:30
I think it was certainly a good idea to take photos of people instead of the monuments which have been photographed so many thousands of times already. In this very well balanced composition you have combined a nice portrait with a blurred view of one of the many temples. I always find a cheerfully smiling living person more interesting than a piece of dead stone.
(All right, that was a drastic expression. I was overwhelmed by the Angkor temples just like anybody else. Maybe you understand what I mean).
leo61 (0) 2012-09-14 10:04
a fine portrait of her and a may be too much blurred background.
any way,nice portrait.
- Copyright: Erdem Kutukoglu (Suppiluliuma) (3863)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-10-12
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-09-13 23:00