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Man in Cambodia

Man in Cambodia

On my visit to Cambodia with the youth volunteers of Rakan Muda in 2006, I spent time in 2 villages, Kampung Kandal and Kampung Thom. During my stay in Thom, the volunteers were busy building a community center. There were kids running all over the place, hugely fascinated by these foreigners in their midst. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on January 20, 2010 in Musings

 

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Girl in Cambodia

I like going back to images taken I’m the past and applying knowledge of new processing technique. I took about 7 pictures of this girl on Cambodia in 2006 and I never really paid much attention to this image. There’s a kind of moodiness to her. A sense of longing.

 

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You improve your photography not only by taking pictures but by studying what pictures you have taken…

Take all of the images you have taken and select the best 100. From the 100, select the best 20. From the 20 select the best 6. These 6 images becomes your all time greatest images you have taken so far. Ask yourself the question, ‘what do these 6 images tell the viewer about me’? I learnt more about my photography by doing this then I did taking thousands of pictures.

For me I always return to these 3 image I took in Cambodia,

Cambodia December 09, 2007-781-Edit-5

Cambodia December 08, 2007-261-Edit

Cambodia December 08, 2007-107-Edit

There are more ‘happier pictures’ that I took in Cambodia during that period but they are less memorable to me. What does it say about me?

 

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Post shot processing

It’s been awhile since I wrote something here. I have been busy experimenting with new stuff both at the shot stage as well as the processing stage.

I bought the book ‘Skin‘ awhile back and have only been able to look through the book recently and learn new stuff.

I have to say that I wish I had paid more attention to this book especially in the area of processing portrait shots as my output (both prints and for the internet) has changed dramatically. Below are examples of a portrait shot I took during my trip to Cambodia. The image was processed based on what I knew then as far as post processing work is concerned and this was image I uploaded in the internet many almost a year ago.

Directly below the image is the new version based on what I learned from the book. The differences in the look as well as the feel is amazing to me.

Cambodia Portraits

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Portraits Of Cambodia

Portraits Of Cambodia

I love this image. The colours have popped out very nicely and the background is very ‘rusty’. This was part of a series of shots I took of the kids in Cambodia. They were lining up one after another and I told them to just squat down and look at the camera. It was mid afternoon and the sun was blazing so I had to be careful with the lighting. The sunlight bounced of the ground under me to the girl who was in a shade and she was standing about 3 feet from the wall behind here. I really enjoyed taking these pictures and it was so uplifting to see their reaction when they were shown their picture.

Canon EOS 30D EF 70-200mm f/2.8 at 110mm
f/2.8 1/200th ISO 100 Aperture Priority

 

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First pic of me in Cambodia

Reza In Cambodia

This is me in Cambodia. Lots and lots of pictures which I will upload soon.

 

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In Phnom Penh

Well. I am in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and the last 3 days have been an awesome experience. Over 27 gigabytes of pictures so far and some of them quite brilliant. My camera gave up on me (error 99) and I had to borrow from a 30D from someone. Canon is going to get an earful from me. A 1 series body is not supposed to break down in the field. 

 
 

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