Angkor Wat Gallery Posted

Angkor Wat Gallery Posted

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Actually it is a Cambodia gallery and it is posted HERE. Very little images spoke uniquely of Angkor Wat so I titled the gallery Cambodia. I will admit, with so many folks writing how they were excited to see 5D images of Angkor Wat, I am more than a little nervous. Remember, I photograph people, not ruins.So, if you are looking for dramatic shots of old rock, keep looking. Quite frankly the trip was so fast, I only really shot two and a half days total and only returned with 888 images, not what I was expecting. I was hoping for more like 1,500 to 2,000. I found it hard to find my “vision” or in other words my “groove”. I don’t think you will be disappointed, but I look forward to going back someday.  Let me know your thoughts. Enjoy.

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  1. Aleksei Saunders

    Matt,

    That first image is a stunner and the treatment is wonderful (as a bonus it really makes the scaffold blend into the temple). Love that last one too.

    Cheers,
    Alex

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  2. Ashley

    Great pics – I really liked the one with all of the statues with the nice bokeh after the first one.

    Ashley

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  3. Nicole

    Looks like you’ve still got a decent-sized gallery even out of 888 images. Thanks for posting those Matt.

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  4. Matt Brandon

    Nicole, I think I am please with the quality. Just wished I had more of them to play with. But man! are these 5D files big! Going to have to buy another2 TB RAID drive just for the 5D images.

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  5. David duChemin

    Heading over there now (to the gallery, not Siem Riep) but not holding out hope for the speed of this internet. Bring yer iPod and images to BKK so we can do a geek session. I LOVE the monk in the hammock. You should be proud to have it in your portfolio. Well done, young grasshopper. 🙂

    See you in two days!

    -d

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  6. Peter Pham

    Hi Matt;
    Too bad you didn’t have time to stay there longer, but you did managed some very nice pictures and portraits. The 5D Mark II is great from the look of the images. I am holding out on it, because it took me a lot of time just to process my 5D Angkor Wat images. Did you have to upgrade your computer to handle the big RAW file? Just wondering what system are you currently using to process images. I use the iMAC with 3GIG and it is slow in Lightroom with old 5D file.

    Thanks for sharing the Cambodia images….

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  7. Jeffrey Chapman

    I’d say that 888 is a lucky number for you. Perhaps you have Chinese blood!

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  8. Peter Pham

    Hi Matt;
    Too bad you didn’t have time to stay there longer, but you did managed some very nice pictures and portraits. The 5D Mark II is great from the look of the images. I am holding out on it, because it took me a lot of time just to process my 5D Angkor Wat images. Did you have to upgrade your computer to handle the big RAW file? Just wondering what system are you currently using to process images. I use the iMAC with 3GIG and it is slow in Lightroom with old 5D file.

    Thanks for sharing the Cambodia images….

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  9. Matt Brandon

    Hey guys, thanks for the encouragement. David, you mock me? You know my iPod was stolen, you cruel man!

    Jeffrey, Maybe it is living with so many Chinese here on the island.

    Peter, I do find it much slower, and the space will end up being an issue I can tell. I am currently using a 17″ MB Pro 2.16 Ghz Core Duo, 2 GB of Memory. I store the images on a 2TB RAID Drive by Western Digital (Drobo hasn’t stepped up to sponsor me yet!. On the field I store the images on two Fire Wire 800 OWC 250GB, 7200RPM portable drives.

    Does Lightroom move slower, yes. Significantly. I wish there was a RAW option that was smaller than the 21 mgs but larger than the next option of 10mgs. Say 15mgs.

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  10. Nicole

    Matt, no kidding about the huge files! Guess that’s the price you pay, huh? Although sooner or later we’re all going to have files that big, so you might as well start now.

    Have a great geek session! (David and Matt) Sounds like fun!

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  11. Matt

    Nicole – Did you just call David and I “geeks”?! I am shocked!

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  12. Nicole

    No no, I would never…

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  13. Chris Ward

    I guess I am in the minority… I like the monks on the steps the best. They really pop off the image. Did you have to do much (desaturate the background?) to get that?

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  14. Matt Brandon

    Chris, After I ran the whole image through Lightroom there was a blue cast on the left side of the image. I then pulled out some blue. But that is pretty much the way it looked. The wall looks pretty much like what you see here. It was that “popping” of the monks that caught my wife’s eye and she drew my attention to the shot. Glad you like it. Did you see the others in the gallery?

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  15. Chris Ward

    Yes I did, you have some wonderful shots in there. You definately look like a people photographer based on the Cambodia gallery. I am always in awe of people like yourself, and your band of “geeks” (sorry, you don’t know me well enough for me to join in the joke probably) that can take such warm expressive pictures consistantly.

    PS. My desktop saw a big improvement when I was able to squeeze an extra gig or ram in there (to 3gig). If your laptop supports 3 or 4 gig, prices are pretty reasonable to upgrade your memory. That won’t help file transfers or the speed of your hard drive, but it might help.

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  16. Mike Huffstatler

    Hey Matt, thanks for posting these shots from Angkor! I think you did quite well despite your comments to the contrary. A couple of the shots really brought back some memories for me…the monks sitting in the corner with all the asparas behind them, and the girl in the straw hat. I have several shots of that corner wall in Angkor sans the monks unfortunately, and the vender girl is one that took a particular interest in my (then) 14 y.o son! I’ll have to post some of those shots for you sometime soon.

    Again, thanks! I can’t wait to get back over there in June.

    Mike

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