Discovering Angkor Wat...Cambodia

We had 24 hours last weekend in Siem Reap, Cambodia,
 give or take a few.

Our objective was to participate in the 
We had a few choices.
I was asked if I was going to run in the 21K marathon?...ah, no.
The 10K marathon?...ah, no...but Mr. H did.
The 3K Family Fun walk?...ah, yes. 
It's a long story, involving a sore foot...but more importantly, 
the race was in aid of children and the disabled in Cambodia...
a very worthy cause. :)

My son and I took a half day tour of Angkor Wat, 
a World Heritage site and the largest Hindu temple complex in the world. 
It was a sight to behold and most definitely requires another visit.

In between your Christmas shopping, 
decorating and I hope a latte break..
here a few shots to hopefully inspire you to visit.

My favourite photo, 
was the moment this Buddhist monk walked into my shot.
Talk about timing...

Photographing Angkor Wat is a challenge. Stone is stone and to make the most of it
you need the right light. I was off by a few hours. Take note...if you are planning to 
visit..I would recommend taking in sunrise over Angkor Wat, 
I hear it is magnificent and perfect lighting for photographs.

We started at 8:00am and finished at noon.
The sun started to cast heavy shadows..which
worked in some shots and not in others.

Photography aside, it is hard not to be in awe of this magnificent structure.
I hope to one day spend time taking a closer look...binoculars preferred.
Siam Reap is only an hours flight from Ho Chi Minh City...
so I am counting on a next time.

I had to laugh when the umbrella worked it's way into my photo. 
There were more tourists than you could possibly imagine...bus loads. 
Another challenge when you are looking for quiet, reflective shots.
I hope to return when the tourists are few...
the rainy season should just about do it for me.
They say it is lush and peaceful...with very few tourists.
Sounds perfect to me.

Yes, I admit, I did add a filter to my camera lens on this one (below) a treat in the
sun but is problematic when you forget to take it off when shooting indoors.

Through the crowds, I zoomed in on this Cambodian beauty. A 200mm zoom lens
was perfect for this location. I use it like binoculars, looking closely and then
snapping images I like.

With a cheeky glint in his eyes
he toppled over backwards into the water, much to the delight
of the tourists milling about.

I hope I peaked a little interest in Angkor Wat. 
If I can answer any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

In the meantime, 
from my home to yours...wishing you all the
best as you prepare for the holiday season.

Race morning...bright and early, sunrise over Angkor Wat.

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