It’s that time. The call of the wind and the waves and the sea, the call to adventure.
Some of the most wonderful photographs and memories are often the simplest. I’m known for dipping a spoon into my morning coffee and using it to making a little drawing in my travel journal. This quirky ritual has given me many of my longest lasting travel memories.
The still life is underrated in photography and it’s a subject that I’ve been working with for a really long time. Seemingly simple, it’s difficult to get a pleasing result. I always depend on spontaneity in my photography. I never set up shots so I was happy when everything came together, at least in my mind, in the above photograph. Taken at breakfast after the oatmeal and fruit. New Delhi, India.
Everybody wants to travel to Cambodia and experience the beauty and grandeur of Ankgor Wat. The area is quite large and crowded so be prepared to do a fair amount of walking to explore the complex of lakes, moats, out buildings, and main temple.
Sunrise photography seems to be the thing to do. Guide books will tell you to arrive at the complex as early as 5AM in order to photograph the main temple complex. The problem is that everybody will be lined up in front of one of the lakes at the entrance and the sunrise will occur in the east, in your face, backlighting the all the buildings. There will be no beautiful morning glow, only silhouettes. Perhaps there will be clouds in the sky with an interesting orange patina, but honestly if you’re not prepared, it can be really disappointing.
Christy and myself hadn’t realized we would be facing in to the rising sun when we got up at 4:30AM to take our tuk tuk over to Angor Wat. I had prepared as I typically do by ensuring that my gear was cleaned, batteries charged and everything was in order the night before. I even took the time to assemble my tripod and get out my 24mm landscape lens for the first time in months.
When we arrived at shortly after 5AM, there was already a large crowd, and looking at the sky I realized that the light would be all wrong for what I had envisioned. Perhaps some lovely silhouettes? If I were to prepare to photograph Ankgor Wat at sunrise again, I would do a time laspe. Ultimately though, if you want to photograph the temple complex in beautiful light, late afternoon is the time to go.
On our most recent visit to Japan, we visited the Studio Ghibli Museum in the town of Mitaka. There aren’t any cameras allowed inside the museum and that’s completely understandable, so you’ll just have to take our word that a visit to the museum is a must and well worth the trip. I managed to do a little street photography while touring the town and found this joyous face.
We are tremendous fans of the films of Miyazaki and the museum pays tribute to both the spirit and playfulness of his films while offering a rich interactive experience. I had a great time playing inside a life sized Neko bus from “My Neighbor Totoro.” My favorite Miyazaki film is “Nausicaa Valley of the Wind.”
The saffron robes of buddhist monks are gorgeous, but even more beautiful are their serene faces.