Authentic and enriching travel experiences are what our photography tours and workshops are all about.
Discovering new cuisines goes hand in hand with travel photography… Do you dare!!!!
Khmer Cuisine. Classic Sour soups rich in fragrant herbs such as lemongrass and lime leaves Fish Amok, a green coconut curry dish is all not to dissimilar to it’s neighbouring country, Thailand but surprisingly without the spice that the Thai’s love.
But for an authentic experience you may like to try a local snack such as deep fried Tarantula… Tastes like beef jerky and the the females abdomen laden with eggs is particularly offering a texture likened to caviar.
Across Southeast Asian countries, insects are a great source of untapped protein and may be part of a solution to global food shortages.
Anything that moves is fair game, and there is hot debate on how this all started. Many locals claim that it became necessity through famine in the years of the civil war, but there is much evidence to suggest that insect eating has been going on globally since prehistoric times.
As festivities approach such as Khmer New Year, house holds serve “Special Dishes” all in part of the celebrations.
Fertilised duck embryos to start , crispy fried starlings, rounded off with a few crispy spider legs and if you’re invited to partake, it’s extremely impolite not to indulge!
The vastness of the Angkor temple complex often presents itself as a challenging photographic subject to capture the “essence” of the Angkor complex of temples. Try not to capture the vastness, but rather focus on the details.
Strangely enough the best time to visit Cambodia is during the “OFF PEAK” (late Aug to Oct) – the tail end of the rainy season when Cambodia is most beautiful, Rain has washed the country clean and although a tropical downpour (which is fun in itself) may hold up proceedings for a few minutes this is more than outweighed by iconic images. Fluorescent, water laden rice paddies reflecting barmy rain baring clouds, silhouetted palm trees set against burning orange skies. The air is fresh and temples at their “Indiana Jones” best with shady areas covered in moss (watch your step). And guess what? – by definition “off peak” means less people – more choices, better service and better prices.
All our photography tours in Angkor are catered for photographers in mind, and timed to miss the crowds wherever possible “Spirit gate” A gate set aside for spirits to enter in and out of Angkor Thom. Far from the madding crowds in a peaceful pristine part of the forest.
Histograms are very useful to us in determining a balanced tonal distribution of exposure, particularly outdoors in bright daylight as we cannot trust our eyes to see if the picture is correctly exposed form our display as our pupils dilate in bright sunlight. Simply by having the Histogram information displayed next to the picture is a quick and easy way to determine if our exposure is balanced.
New to photography, you will learn about not “clipping highlights”, and spike to the extreme right on the histogram and students often get distressed when they see a spike to the right telling them that their exposure is not within printable range.
So don’t get het up and hot under the collar while histograms are useful and good practice there are certain situations where clipping is totally “acceptable” and you should let the histogram overshadow your primary objective, “taking pictures”.
Acceptable clipping situations are specular highlights, setting sun, Indoor portraiture where you may be using the natural light and want to let the outside detail to “blow out” the background information window light.
This is a real photo adventure to a wonderful area untouched by tourism. Photograph stunning views of rice terraces in the mountains, friendly villagers, farmers, Fantastic and sunsets.
In collaboration with photography Mentor Mike Browne http://photographycourses.biz, we begin in Hanoi and drive north to Lao Cai and the mountains on the boarder with China. Tourists don’t come here so it’s completely un-spoilt and the people welcoming and friendly. Nothing is ever too much trouble and they are happy to be photographed going about their lives.
We visit and shoot in H’mong villages, Black Dzao and Nung tribes where you’ll get stunning images of daily life and an insight into this rarely visited region.
For full details please download an itinerary. In brief…
We’ve always advocated shooting into the sun, creating stunning results. Watch the film Revenant with Di’Caprio with outstanding cinematography and you’ll understand why. An Oscar for sure.#oscar.cinemaphotography#actor#best
We have more megapixels that we need in any given camera or smart phone these days. We highly recommend a camera that can be used manually with both aperture and shutter speed priorties for greater creative control . Functions aside, It’s what we do with it that counts.