Racing Against the Sun: Angkor Wat

If you’re planning a trip to Siem Reap in Cambodia (and even if you’re not), chances are high that you’ve come across fabulous pictures of the sun rising from behind the towers of the Angkor Wat in its orange-red glory and painting the sky with its colors.

Needless to say, sunrise at the Angkor Wat is on the checklists of everyone visiting the area and every morning, hundreds of tourists undertake the ritual walk to the moat at the entrance of the temple before the break of dawn, armed with their photo equipment to capture that magical moment. The most enthusiastic i.e. the ones determined not to let people strolling around ruin their shots (really hard, btw) obviously make their way to the site in the pitch-dark, but most others (like me) end up reaching the site much later as the sky starts to light up just a little bit.

Here’s a shot of my fellow (moderate) sunrise enthusiasts making their way to the site – quickening their pace, to get a better vantage point than the others and worrying that they’re too late to capture the event, as the pink tinges of the sky start to come into sight behind the temple gate.

(the actual sunrise took another 30 – 45 minutes to happen, so this was a bit of a false alarm)

Motion

More action-filled shots here: “Motion.”

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