In late afternoon on 3rd day, we returned to Angkor Wat temple for another sunset. When monks show up, it always stirs interest because the orange robes in strong light is striking to the faded grey of the temple stones. So when these 4 young monks passed by, many photographers requested for a pose. Here they were facing the later afternoon sun, just before entering the temple proper. I mostly prefer not to have people in pose because they tend to be stiff and nervous. But for this day, monks are really hard to come by, so I could only take a pose from them. And I also prefer old wise monks than these young learners. I learn that you can become a monk without shaving your head and return to normal life after 3 years. One thing is interesting : do they carry wallets? Their food is from donation, so all they have as a monk will be a robe, slippers and daily given food. Interesting way of life especially in regions like Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Mynamar. Thank you for viewing.
iso200, FL200mm Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8
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devimeuxbe (58557) 2009-04-03 7:35
i like the nice light you get on the monks and also the amazing contrasts of colors with the grey stone.
It's a beautifull report on Angkor
mauro61 (52855) 2009-04-03 7:40
un ottimo lavoro .
L'effetto e' ottimo e l'attenzione e concentrata sui quattro soggetti di questo perfetto taglio verticale.
Manamo (3708) 2009-04-03 7:59
definitely not the most original composition. However, It still does it for me, I'm still impressed by them!
The light is way too strong to shoot at this time of the day...However, like you said, you take the occasion when it passes!
I'm really not a fan of partial desaturation, especially here we can see some colors that was not desaturated around the monks on the left.
This photographer at the bottom and that arm on the left is annoying a bit.
Oh, I loved Angkor, and I like your pic. However, I think it could be better.
Aedorian (105) 2009-04-03 8:06
Superb capture. Rich details and very sharp. The contrast between the monks' saffron robes and the surrounding structure leaves no doubt which the subject is.
besnard (56030) 2009-04-03 9:12
Un bel assortiement de couleurs entre les vétements oranges des moines et le gris du bâtiment. On dirait que les moines posent pour le photographe.
Merci pour le partage et bonne journée.
Longroute (19396) 2009-04-03 9:17
Undoubtely an appealing composition where the colour of the monk robes is enhanced by the desaturaton of the rest. I like also the light here which makes everything sparkles. A fine travel photo.
patdeph (35748) 2009-04-03 9:35
I guess that this place is very crowdy,as we can see an arm on the left and at the bottom,but we forget them very quickly with the splendid orange colour of tthe monks dreses,superbly enhanced by the sunlight,and also by the partial desaturation!This is very well framed,as we can see the wonderful sculptures on the top of the door!Very well done!
brano14 (2923) 2009-04-03 9:46
Even we can agree with Manamo, still it is a great photo, monumental building and very good story.
carper (96) 2009-04-03 10:19
I like it Bill
the idea with the black and white dof is nice, good composition, fine photo job, have a good weekend.
UlfE (14641) 2009-04-03 11:29
I really enjoy your post-editing job with this picture. it really makes the young monk's yellow robes stand out. I understand that this is a snapshot where you could not always could take a perfectly composed picture, but you have really done the best of the situation. TFS and have a nice weekend!
TopGeo (38216) 2009-04-03 12:00
Hi Bill! A frame in the frame and a technique that impresses. I believe that you gave with this your combined place the age of building and the young person of nuns. Impress the representations! Good idea Great work...
cfreire (11741) 2009-04-03 16:02
Very nice shot with these people dressed by orange clothes then it resulted an excellent contrast against the desatureted background. Creative job. Best regards, Consuelo
pierrefonds (64782) 2009-04-03 18:09
There is a good contrast between the orange colors of the monk robes and the colors of the stones of the temple. The picture is clear and sharp. The colums are framing well the monks. Well done, have a nice day.
ChrisJ (111602) 2009-04-03 18:12
I've been to these temples, & the colour is nothing startling, so it was a good decision to partially desaturate. I'd crop from the left to improve symmetry. Good sharpness & tonal range. Tfs!
parbo (11092) 2009-04-03 18:37
This is wonderful one. Splendid contrasts after your skillful PP. I liked enviable clarity and sharpness while another photographer completing your scene perfectly. This is very natural and its hard to eliminate or crop it for me too. The light all over frame, especially with orange on them. Congratulations. Have a nice weekend.
phwall (6785) 2009-04-03 18:41
A good effort at using a particular post technique to rescue this capture. For me there are a few issues that have already been pointed out by other critiques, most notably the photographer in the lower right. The other point for me is, I'm surprised you haven't equally spaced the columns in your composition, normally you are very attentive to this type of detail. To be honest with you, you have done much better work than this.
gunbud (34066) 2009-04-03 18:50
Amazing contrast between the vibrant orange robes of the monks and the cold gray of the temple walls.
The light is expertly managed bring out intricate details and clear natural colors.
siamesa (28117) 2009-04-03 19:03
I like very much desatured pictures like this. It's beautiful when is very well done like you did here. Congratulations.
syrus_persia (2270) 2009-04-03 23:48
Amazing shot. Amazing photo job. Good focus.
dip (23888) 2009-04-04 0:40
nice shot with beautiful and interesting architectural details and light,
I always like this vivid orange color of the monks robes,interesting note too,
very well done!
pablominto (53746) 2009-04-04 2:46
The yellow fellows will stand out in any surroundings, but for some reason they seem more at home in these ancient buildings!
A well composed presentation with amazing details in the temple, elegant framing and a fine sense of depth...
siolaw (38292) 2009-04-04 2:48
It looks like the stone walls are desaturated and that makes the orange monks pop out of the screen! Good timing to catch them in that position... The framing is also excellent!
Greetings from Bangkok (Marilyn iis already back to India...)
Bluejeans (64251) 2009-04-04 2:56
Hello My friend
Que beleza de trabalho em photoshop a foto a preto e branco e os monges coloridos o contraste de tons ficou magnifico , gostei muito da textura das paredes,parabéns !!
Um abraço Gonçalo
ahmetgedikli (25603) 2009-04-04 3:59
Excellent portraits! Wonderful colours, light and very good POV. Nice work!
Have a great weekend.
papagolf21 (98636) 2009-04-04 4:32
Bonjour, cher Bill,
Excellente initiative d'avoir joué avec les couleurs. Les jeunes moines ressortent à merveille et font ressortir l'environnement architectural d'une très belle façon.
Une très belle réussite.
CMJC (4036) 2009-04-04 5:27
was it indispensable tio desaturate the monument?
what i like at most in your shoot is that we saw the other photographs (2 little parts of them...) and that is a posed photo; why don't you choice to swo us must part of the photographers?... an other POV but with your question from last day I thing it's in the same way...
belido (19934) 2009-04-04 5:44
I like your choice for the partial desaturation. The monks pop up in the frame! Very well framed. Actually the b&w enhances the shapes and textures of the architecture. Nicely done!
bobocortis (16024) 2009-04-04 5:46
Nice idea, the monks are really shining.
Why have you cropped the right column?
JCG (35129) 2009-04-04 7:09
A beautiful desaturation which highlights the tunic of the monks posing for posterity in a beautiful place. Nice glance and thank you for the interesting informative note, thank you Bill.
With all my friendships and a very good WE,
sayeed_rahman (6370) 2009-04-04 10:10
Good approach bill to bring out the essence of the composition...well i see its a paparazzi's session :))..another head in the fg..you could have included the head of that person in front..would add an element..no harm...the compo want it to be there...but good approach again..
have a great weekend
Cricri (117273) 2009-04-04 12:13
Une très belle lumière sur la tenue jaune des moines renforcer par la désaturation du temple, intéressante note, une image belle et réussie
Good weekend for you
Nicou (139040) 2009-04-04 14:08
superbe compo, ces moines qui psoent pour l'éternité devant cette superbe entrée, le cadrage est mangigique, très beau boulot.
Bravo et amitié
danyy (0) 2009-04-04 22:40
il ne seraient pas passés inaperçus, mais le post processing les fait encore mieux ressortir dans cet encadrement de pierres.
Des moines qui se prêtent sympathiquement au jeu des photographes.
Belle composition un rien originale.
Have a great sunday.
CLODO (33838) 2009-04-04 23:52
Welcomed to Angkor by the orange monks just in front of their beautiful carved door. You're really lucky.
bracasha75 (24589) 2009-04-05 0:08
Double great view
Excellent present and excellent color effect
This is realy good shot
Thanks for sharing
ymrk (15051) 2009-04-05 2:14
Wonderful local desaturation,i like a that graphical access hatch...Very attractive done!
jlbrthnn (76037) 2009-04-05 2:15
The splendid color makes really a very strong contrast with the temple. Framing is pleasant. I like the detail of the sculptures of the pediment. Excellent Work, perfect realization. Cheer.
Have a nice day
delpeoples (57264) 2009-04-05 3:31
HI Bill, I am really enjoying your monk series. The colours are beautiful anyway, but made even better by the colour-popping (ont sure what the tech term is). I like the use of the vertical and the detail you have captured in the architecture is superb. Great job, Lisa
skippy007 (12510) 2009-04-05 3:33
Hello Bill, I like this one, almost BW except for the colour of the four monks, the yellow is very striking & very effective. Superb image, Nice PP work. Thank you
SC4 ?, ;-)
paura (47186) 2009-04-05 7:02
The colours PP treatment is very nice here. More than a nice composition, the visual outcome is excellent. Well done.
Gerrit (51935) 2009-04-05 8:08
excellent group portrait in a wonderful setting,
well controlled light/
danos (96091) 2009-04-05 9:07
nice the snapshot of the four Monks that pose to you in front of the main entrance of the temple.Really their orange robes are an eye catcher and in the same time create a perfect contrast with the grey colours of the temple.Well done.
Have a nice week,Danos
jmdias (62917) 2009-04-05 12:04
I liked the idea of let the monks in color while the temple was Black and white, but I guess the contrast is very strong here, I guess it would be better with a little less saturation in the colorful area. Anyway it is a nice job. I liked the pose, it isn't artificial of hard despite they were posing. nice framinng, pov and colors. beautiful work
Disabled_A (0) 2009-04-05 16:09
the combination of bright orange monks' robes and grey/black/white background makes it a very bright and interesting image. The orange colour emphasizes the sunshine and the bright day! especially as seen against the almost black bg, inside the temple.
Concerning the monks' posing for photographers, I think in this case their posing looks fairly natural :) and you chose a very good composition.
And an interesting Note, as always!
and I wish you a nice week!
aadilj (18102) 2009-04-05 22:06
I like the contrasting colours Bill and the way you have captured this lovely looking scene. the colours have freshness and the entire composition is well handled
jafadabret (56501) 2009-04-06 0:21
Excellent post traitement pour aboutir à un décor en B&W pour ces moines en couleurs.
Beau travail !
AiresSantos (56155) 2009-04-06 5:53
Fine multiple portrait of the Monks in orange. Excellent sharpness, details and contrast.
Well chosen the vertical format
TFS and greetings
sacavem (18620) 2009-04-06 6:34
Beautiful composition with the boys very well positioned :)
Great portrait with amazing colours and the light very well managed.
Excellent details, very well framed and done
TFS and greetings
stego (24132) 2009-04-06 9:17
A pretty group portrait, wonderfully framed by the decorated big stone portal. The colours and clarity are great, specially taking into account the strong sun light. The partial desaturation looks very appropriate here, enhancing the sense of antiquity of the architecture and making the orange of the robes stand out.
claudeD (37772) 2009-04-06 10:15
excellent fotojob which you are presenting here.Excellent contrast of grey and orange tones.Excellent sharpness.My compliments.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
Kielia (24077) 2009-04-06 11:20
your view on Cambodia is very fascinating, you have selected very individual impressions by now. This is also a very beautiful composition, especially the contrast between the orange and grey colors is wonderful. Your POV is excellent and the management of the light gives nice results inside the building. I also enjoyed reading your note. And the title is nice too. TFS!
mafegan (8624) 2009-04-07 3:44
I personally am a bit of a fan of partial desaturation having by chance just posted one myself. You are obviously aware that you have gone over the edge a little. In this case I find the 2 contrasting colours quite striking - there are no other colours to distract. Tfs, Marlene
leo61 (0) 2009-04-07 11:53
The desturation worked well here and I like the composition with the four monks in this ancient doorway.Good contrast with the grey tones and nice stonecarvings on top.
mvdisco (17794) 2009-04-07 14:44
Belle présentation et composition,
Excellent cliché et détails,
jolies couleurs naturelles et lumière,
jusninasirun (17162) 2009-04-08 0:47
Very good work in isolating the striking robes of these monks in front of the beautiful entrance. I guess they won't be needing wallets because I have yet to see them being IDed by the police. The guy on the far left might be wearing a wristwatch, I think :-). Well framed in leaving the space for the detailed architecture to be seen.
TFS and warmest regards,
foozi (7101) 2009-04-08 6:33
this is really wonderful shot of the monks in ther oranges. excellent colour contrast and the details are superbs. with D700 this is really splendid. you have composed it very veery well depicting the beauty, the historical aspects and not forgetting the photographic skills and elemrnts of yours...
the framing to ehnace and reinforce the beauty of thimage cery well. What an excellent shot. i bet you have your years of reserved photos in this exciting country.
NB: Sorry for late reply...too much work and get tired easily these few weeks.
Well, should you come to Kedah...im just an ordinary man with ordinary living style. the only lavish thing
i can afford is a 105mm Sigma macro.
when are you caming here?
luighi (5297) 2009-04-08 6:36
Hola Bill , fantastico disparo , genial idea de saturacion parcial en esta fotografia de estupenda composicion, bravo.
jorgi (3810) 2009-04-08 11:36
you achieved fantastic result by partial desaturation, a combination of BW background and colourful monks. They do create excellent graphical accent and make the whole result most effective. You probably done that to minimaze the disturbance of surroundings (hardly noticable photographer at the bottom) and i think it was a very smart choice. Still i think the best quality here is the light and its sharp appearance. It creates vibrant atmosphere and makes the whole photo despite classical composition much alive.
marietom (34609) 2009-04-08 13:39
ces tuniques orange, dans cet univers de pierre, ressortent très bien. Superbe composition.
mikele_pl (2400) 2009-04-11 10:28
tihs is excellent, I like the strong contrast between them and the surrounding temple walls. Well done!
batalay (38549) 2009-04-12 16:35
Excellent photograph and compelling post processing. The brilliant golden garb worn by the novitiates contrasts well with the b&w surrounding. Of course, the irony is in their living such simple and anti-materialistic lives, and enjoying anything but opulent life styles.
serp2000 (43586) 2009-04-14 21:12
And what is real colour of this wat? I like your idea, this is very nice artwork! Excellent contrast!
Rafer (0) 2009-04-17 23:14
Espléndidos colores y composición...saludos
Focales (22) 2009-04-27 1:19
I'm touched by this shot... I love Cambodia !
jemaflor (95343) 2009-05-27 12:15
Very nice result, superb contrast with these colors, good idea well managed.
Merou (4726) 2009-06-01 14:30
I like the colors and the contrast with the rest of the photo
jimkil (1706) 2009-06-05 15:19
The light is gorgeous here, I think the partial desat has boosted the scene very well. The detail is second to none here Bill, excellent work.
All the best
karthikcs (271) 2009-06-07 23:47
Very nice shot .. Lovely selective desaturation.