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Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways

10 Aug

This week on the daily post, photographer Jeff Sinon wrote an interesting article on photography composition i.e. finding that perfect shot in portrait or landscape.  And then the interesting weekly challenge followed – One Shot, Two Ways where we need to capture one scene / subject in two images — a horizontal and a vertical version.

I captured both these shots from the same spot in Siem Reap, Cambodia in the famous Angkor Thom or the Bayon temple. The horizontal image is of the entire temple complex and shows the detailing of the carvings and a glimpse of some of the 54 pillars with 216 faces of the Buddha.

Angkor Thom temple

Angkor Thom temple

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The Temples of Angkor – Day 1

15 Jul

I was introduced to Cambodia quite by chance. A couple of months ago I saw a friend’s pictures of the Bayon and Angkor Wat; and was immediately smitten. Somehow as Paulo Coelho would say, the universe conspired with my wish and it was granted 🙂 I got to visit Cambodia 🙂

We spent 6 days here (less for such a beautiful place) with 3 days in Siem Reap and 3 days in Phnom Penh. In Siem Reap we decided to tak 2 full days and explore quite a few of the temples that it is so famous for. We didn’t want to make it a hurried trip and cramp everything in one day, nor did we want to just sit and see all the temples at a leisure. Hence 2 days worked best for us.

All the temples in this place are a mix of Hindu and Buddhist mythology. Since the Kings here kept converting between these 2 religions, all the temples carry quite a bit of Hindu mythology (very similar to that in India) and you see the stories from Shiva, Ramayana, Mahabharata etc depicted all over these temples. However the most common is the 4 faces of the Buddha (always resembling their King then) and the sagar manthan / ocean churning between the devas and the asuras.

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