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Featured: 'Images of Cambodia' by datagov

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by datagov, Jan 24, 2015.

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  1. datagov

    datagov Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2012
    New York
    The temples of Angkor Wat are wonderful, but it is the people that bring me back here. They are warm, kind, and incredibly generous. I love photographing them and try to capture a little of their magic.













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  2. Richella

    Richella The Wandering Scotsman

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    Aug 21, 2011
    Kuala Lumpur
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  3. plaatje

    plaatje Mu-43 Regular

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  4. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Bob
    Absolutely, I always prefer photos of people. These are excellent - well done! :thumbup:
     
  5. Harvey Melvin Richards

    Harvey Melvin Richards Photo Posting Junkie

    Feb 15, 2014
    Southwest Utah
    Beautiful photos. Is it Flickr or this site that is scrunching them up?
     
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  6. daum

    daum Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 26, 2011
    I visited the my motherland last feb. but was too busy taking pictures of things and places and not the people. :( it's going to be more about the people next time. Awesome photos though!
     
  7. datagov

    datagov Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2012
    New York
    Thanks everyone. We left today and are in transit in KL and I am already planning my next trip back in a year. What a magical place. I am updating the photos with some more from the last days.
     
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  8. hazwing

    hazwing Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 25, 2012
    Australia
    +1

    Your photos posted here appear to be 'scrunched up' or distorted. When clicking throught to flickr, they seem fine.
     
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  9. DigitalD

    DigitalD Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jan 10, 2014
    Miami
    David
    Just wonderful.
     
  10. Nam-in-Sonoma

    Nam-in-Sonoma Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 23, 2012
    Penngrove, CA
    Nam
    I too returned back to the motherland in 2011 after 36 years. For some reason I couldn't bring myself to take picture of the people.
    I have to say these pictures are beautiful.
     
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  11. Harvey Melvin Richards

    Harvey Melvin Richards Photo Posting Junkie

    Feb 15, 2014
    Southwest Utah
    And they look good on my iPad.
     
  12. rklepper

    rklepper Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Dec 19, 2012
    Iowa, USA
    Robert
    Wonderful. you have really captured the local people. Thanks for sharing.
     
  13. datagov

    datagov Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2012
    New York
    It is a wonderful honor to have your photos featured on this site. Thanks for the recognition. It was a wonderful five days in one of my favorite places to visit. I took most of the photos on Saturday morning in Angkor Wat. We got up before sunrise, and made it to the western entrance, but the sky was cloudless and hazy and there were already hundreds of photographers lined up in the same spots taking the same photos. We made our way to the southern "elephant gate," where we met the first man who was very eager to have his photo taken. He spoke some French, but no English. Later, we walked ot the East and around the Island, where I met a Laotian Monk at the North entrance to Angkor Wat. He was carrying a Canon 7D, and we talked for a while about Laos, his life in Thailand, photography, and his visit to Cambodia. Budist monks are tech saavy, and fun to talk to. He took my photo and I took his and we exchanged gmail addresses and went our way. I met the women and children on Sunday morning, walking around the sidestreets near my hotel. It was the most fun of a very fun trip. Now I'm flying back to NYC just in time for Winter Storm Juno. Yuck.
     
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  14. Huff

    Huff Mu-43 Regular

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    Sep 30, 2014
    Mike
    Great collection, and like others have said, the people there are amazing. I had a few cases where they didn't want to have photos taken, but usually nobody cared. With a little common courtesy...sometimes just pointing to the camera and then pointing towards them (never "at" them...that can be take as an aggressive gesture in some areas) with a smile works great.

    I hate to do this, but I have to comment about the first photo. While I really want to love it, it's simply not sharp and if included in a collection maybe it should be down the list a bit.

    Thanks for sharing! Makes me want to go back and revisit some of my own.
     
  15. datagov

    datagov Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2012
    New York
    Sharpness isn't everything
     
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  16. bolospecs

    bolospecs New to Mu-43

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    Oct 31, 2014
    Maybe not, but a first impression is. Always lead with your best shot (which, imo, is #2 with the monk, the most evenly-lit and least-yellow of the bunch). I agree w/ Huff, #1's the weakest photo and I'd axe it completely because leaving it in weakens the entire series. But if you insist on keeping it, bury it in the middle.
     
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  17. datagov

    datagov Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2012
    New York
    Noted. And ignored. Thank you.
     
  18. tosvus

    tosvus Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jan 4, 2014
    Great series, but why so defensive about constructive feedback?
     
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  19. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    I think #1 is one of the strongest shots despite not being sharp.

    As for unwanted criticism offered and how it is taken, this is always a tricky thing on a photography forum.
     
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  20. datagov

    datagov Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2012
    New York
    Amin, I welcome feedback, and am grateful for folks pointing out the yellow cast to the photos. The light in Cambodia is very warm and the earth is red, making ambient and reflective light very yellow. But I found a way to remove the yellow cast after it was pointed out here and it does improve the photos. Many thanks.

    The advice to delete the first photo was fine. I disagree. That's it.
     
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