Photograph of the Day: Banteay Kdei Views

After a hectic day visiting Angkor Wat, we finished up at a remarkable temple, Banteay Kdei. Still used by some as a Buddhist temple, this ancient monastery is a remarkable place to visit.
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Photograph of the Day: Banteay Kdei Views

Before our visit to Banteay Kdei, we spent a hectic day visiting various locations around Angkor Wat.  We started our day before sunrise getting our ticket to visit the area. 

Then off to catch a sunrise (not spectacular) over Angkor Wat, to returning to our hotel for breakfast.  Following breakfast we returned to Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, the Thommanon.

Then off to Ta Tao and Ta Prohm and finally finishing our day at Bantaey Kdei.

Like Ta Prohm, Banteay Kdei is partially reclaimed by the surrounding jungle. It is not a heavily visited location, providing more time to explore without waiting for large crowds to pass through.

And while there, I found a Buddhist nun tending to an altar in one of the two towers, with an active worshiper present. I decided that it would make a wonderful photograph, and it can be seen and read here.

This particular photograph I found compelling. The large tree with it’s roots growing under the entrance to the monastery, the dappled sunlight, the ancient towers of the temple, all work together to create a beautiful scene of a wonderful place to visit.

Photographer’s Notes

I took this photograph with the thought of framing one of the towers with the tree on side and it’s branches above the tower, and framing the same tower on it’s left side with another tree – resulting in a tower essentially framed on three sides by trees. The dappled light of late afternoon gave this photograph a warm and interesting appearance, as the play between shadow and light provides some visual interest to the scene.

I took this photograph using a Sony A7RII with the Sony FE 24-240 F3.5-6.3 OSS Lens using a focal length of 51mm.  My exposure was set at f/3.5 at 1/640 second shutter and an ISO of 100.

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Like Ta Prohm, Banteay Kdei is partially reclaimed by the surrounding jungle. It is not a heavily visited location, providing more time to explore without waiting for large crowds to pass through.

And while there, I found a Buddhist nun tending to an altar in one of the two towers, with an active worshiper present. I decided that it would make a wonderful photograph (and is available as part of my Portfolio Collection.

This particular photograph I found compelling. The large tree with it’s roots growing under the entrance to the monastery, the dappled sunlight, the ancient towers of the temple, all work together to create a beautiful scene of a wonderful place to visit.

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Like Ta Prohm, Banteay Kdei is partially reclaimed by the surrounding jungle. It is not a heavily visited location, providing more time to explore without waiting for large crowds to pass through.

And while there, I found a Buddhist nun tending to an altar in one of the two towers, with an active worshiper present. I decided that it would make a wonderful photograph (and is available as part of my Portfolio Collection).

This particular photograph I found compelling. The large tree with it’s roots growing under the entrance to the monastery, the dappled sunlight, the ancient towers of the temple, all work together to create a beautiful scene of a wonderful place to visit.

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Fine Art Print, Canvas Gallery Wrap, Metal (Satin Finish), Metal (Glossy Finish)

Size (in inches)

8.5×11, 11×14, 20×26, 20×30, 24×36

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Why David Frequently Changes The Prints Offered for Sale?

Frankly, David get bored seeing the same photographs. So David is always out shooting new photographs, so old photographs are constantly being replaced by newer work. David likes to keep things fresh. David has even been known to replace existing Open Edition Collections just to keep the prints offered for sale fresh and current.

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David works on a professional, high-resolution computer monitor, carefully calibrated for color accuracy. The professional printers and photo labs that he uses also carefully monitor their color output. David strives for ultimate quality in every step of the process, from image capture to print rendering, resulting in eye-catching photographs with amazing clarity, sharpness and color.You will be completely satisfied with your print. If not, you can return it for an exchange or refund, minus the cost of shipping.

David's Artist Statement

My earliest memories of photography was high school, where I took black and white photographs for the yearbook. I remember the hours spent with chemicals, tanks and trays and the wonderful enlarger that could take you places you didn’t know existed. It was fun, at least for a teenager!

My next encounter with photography was with a Canon AE-1 fitted with a niffty 50mm f/1.4 lens that I used to take slides (yea, Ektachrome 64 to be exact, and yes I also did film, Velvia 50 which I loved for the richness of the colors). Thousands of slides later, I still have that camera. Many of my photographs from my time in Spain, Italy and Greece still survive as Ektachrome 64 slides that I will someday scan into digital.

All photography is about light. All photographers state that they “paint” with light. I look for more than just light, I look for textures, tones and colors. I find that the quality of light at the moment I click the shutter will bring out or reveal a color, tone or texture that wasn’t obvious just minutes before and will disappear minutes after. I revel in the glorious world around me, and sometimes I feel like a kid in awe of the simple beauty that I see before me.

I now capture and print images digitally – the same eye that I developed as a younger man but hopefully a wiser eye, bringing out the subtle or bold colors depending on how I have envisioned the photograph, incredible papers each designed to bring out special qualities of the photographs that I see. Each photograph is the work of my own hands. I do all my own printing and framing, and I do it to archival standards, which means my photographs will look like new for many years. You will pass these photographs on to your children and hopefully to your grandchildren when their time comes.

However, none of this is important if the photographs don’t engage you, don’t grab you, don’t claim you. Each one is an invitation to participate in a story. I just don’t take photographs, I make photographs – ‘memories’ of places and scenes that I share and pass on to you.

Peace,

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

OK, let’s put this most asked question to bed. Are these photographs enhanced?

Short answer – Yes. Unapologetically!

Long answer – ALL PHOTOGRAPHY requires that there is processing of some kind. Development process (film), Lens corrections, color correction, sharpening, setting black and white points – these are just a few basic processing actions required. Sometimes I apply various filters (at capture and in post processing), I dodge and burn (both digital and film), I crop, etc. to get the photograph I envisioned when I did my capture.

My basic philosophy of photography is that I work to capture an impression of a location. Sometimes a photograph doesn’t need much work and sometimes it does. I am not interested in simply documenting a location, otherwise I’d be a photojournalist, which I am not.

Ansel Adams once said that we don’t take photographs, we make them. This is my attempt at making photographs, which in turn is making art.

Are these photographs or is this art?

Huh?  Seriously, art is in the eyes of the beholder, art is what you make of it. For me, my work is art. For you, who knows but you!

As for photography being art, that question has been settled for almost a hundred years. Yes it is, pure, plain and simple as that.

What kind of cameras do you use?

I use a variety of digital and film cameras. Most notably Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 5DS r, Canon 5D Mark IV, Canon AE-1 (film), Canon EOS A2 (film), Sony A7rII and Sony A7rIII. My current camera for those who are interested is the Sony A7rIII.

Have you been to all these places? (Yes, people do ask me this!)

Ahhhhh . . . yes!  Sometimes many times over several years! I often find myself going back again and again to try to get the photograph’s I know I can get at any particular location. As always, we are limited to weather and the sunlight cooperating to get the best images. That is why I return – frequently!

How come my pictures don’t look like these?

To quote Ansel again, I don’t take photographs. . . I make photographs. That means sometimes waiting around for hours for the right moment, it means composing the scene, it means making lens decisions, it means determining my aperture or my ISO setting, it means some serious time spent in post processing (color corrections, dodging and burning, cropping, etc) and good print processes.

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A little bit about me . . .

Back in 1982, my Air Force roommate was in desperate need of some cash, and he had a camera. And I was in the market for a camera as I had TDY (Temporary Duty) orders for Cyprus and was looking for a good camera to take with me. So over some beers and some negotiations with my roommate (and a few hundred dollars later), I found that I had become the owner of a brand spanking new Canon AE-1 camera with an assortment of lens, including a Canon 50mm, a 35mm lens, as well as a telephoto lens.

Fast forward to today, and I am now an owner of a Canon 5D Mark II (looking to upgrade, but can’t decide on my next camera) and a bunch of Canon glass and I am primarily a landscape and travel photographer. Yea, that means that I get up before the sun rises and am out after the sun sets. Makes for interesting times!

Thank you for joining me on this photographic journey and hope to hear from you!

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