Photographer's Note

Day 3 at Ta Prohm temple ruins. Dead tired after so many relentless walks and climbs up and down those temple steps. So please take a seat. Oh no please, not that seat. It is taken. This old tree seems to be doing just that, taking a comfortable seat on the temple gate. [It looks more like Alien from Mars sitting there to you?] I had to wait quite a while to clear all the visitors, so many would snap portraits with this tree root. Some restoration works are still going on in many of these temple sites. I was not able to frame the whole tree within such close distance, so I had no choice but to crop that tree, furthermore the top was not really that interesting because of the dull sky of that day. I had to say shooting in the forest here is easier than tropical Malaysia rainforest for light control.

After visits to Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Bayong and all the temple ruins, many visitors sighed in disbelief at the giant trees of Ta Prohm and you could hear them enjoying this break of temple ruins by the trees. For me, my 1st impression of Angkor Wat and Cambodia came from the on-location movie scenes of this place in Indiana Jones and years later, Tomb Raider. I have to say that after relentless 3 days of non-stop exploring and looking at stones and ruins, my travelmate lost interest in many of the smaller temples almost gave up. Whereas I kept my spirit alive with a good mix of portraits of local people and tourists, and TREES.

2009:03:06 11:25:56, 1/400s, F/2.8, ISO200, FL70mm

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