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| p.1 #18 · Which Lenses should I take for shooting the Angkor Temples in Cambodia? |
Kinda OT, but if I were you I'd make sure to check out Lake Tonle Sap, a short hop from Siem Reap. There are floating villages and fishing lots that are quite a sight, and they are poised to change dramatically in the near future. There are plans to extensively dam the Mekong, dampening the seasonal flooding which these villages, and associated fisheries are built around. This is actually a rather historical moment for the region, so it'd be worth seeing some of these things before they potentially change forever. Further, the fishing lots are one of the most exciting things I've every photographed--kind of like Deadliest catch meets Mad Max. Anyways, just wanted to put that out there.
Also, when I was at the temples a year or so back, there was scaffolding on a lot of the temples, so wide-angle shots were a bust. My favorite thing to photograph at the temples were the carvings on the walls. Looking back, I wish I'd had a couple speedlites to cross-light the carvings with and bring out their texture.
One other thing is that domestic animals can provide really interesting photos in this area. In a gas station I came across juvenile herons fighting with each other, and there are water buffalo and other cool critters in the rural areas.
I brought the whole kit, but ended up using a walk-around zoom (17-55 on a crop sensor) 99% of the time.