Cambodia (Part 4): The Jungle Temples


My previous posts from Cambodia focused on the temples near Siem Reap. This makes sense because that is where some of the most spectacular and most accessible temples are. But, one of the nice things about hiring local photographers to show you the ropes is that they tend to know about or can get you to places that you would never be able to get to on your own. I owe a huge amount of credit for this post to the folks at Peace of Angkor because without them I would never have gotten to these places.

I would also like to thank the folks at Sleeklens. I was recently approached and asked to give a review of their Through The Woods Lightroom workflow (for non-photographers Lightroom is an Adobe editing and file management software). While this post doesn't have a ton of landscape shots I did use their workflows on some shots that have been giving me a bit of trouble. I'll talk more about the photos and my process when I get to them.

Without further ado, off to the temples...

Our first stop was the spectacularly detailed Banteay Srei. This smaller temple was made out of a red sandstone. This has two effects. One, is that the color of the temple is unique compared to the other Angkor temples and the other is that the soft stone allowed the builders to be much more detailed in their carvings and reliefs.

Banteay Srei

Banteay Srei

Banteay Srei

This last shot is one of the first I used the Sleeklens workflow on. I was having a hard time with the colors and light. The one on the left is my original edit and the one on the right is the one I came up with using aspects of the Through The Woods workflow. What do you guys think? Let me know in the comments below.

Banteay Srei
Banteay Srei