The Lure of Ta Phrom
There are hundreds of temples in Angkor complex, Siem Reap, Cambodia. Angkor Wat is mandatory, but the lure of Ta Phrom is a must-visit temple in Angkor complex. It is one of a kind, photographically, at this moment.
Ta Phrom is temple of giant trees, where their roots are the proof of nature supremacy. It is the reason people calls Ta Phrom as The Jungle Temple. The artistic visualization of ruins and giant roots above it were one of the reason for Tomb Raider movie chose it as one of location set.
Both morning and afternoon are best time to shoot, as the contrast would be less and side light might be more friendly. But as a temple in the hit list of Angkor visitors, there would be people everywhere photographers point their camera.
What I did was find my point-of-interest, chose my angle and wait for other visitors to fade away. The moment last for only a minute or less. Within that moment I had to made some shots in several alternatives composition.
There are mostly dark and narrow passages inside Ta Phrom. Pay attention to signs and direction, obey the “no access” borders and you would be fine. It is not worth such an effort to find unusual angle by climbing over the ruins or cross “no access” area.
Wide angle lens helps a lot. The space of shooting is mostly narrow. Go as wide as you can. One body of camera and one lens would make it easier to browse around.
In my previous visit to Ta Phrom on November 2008, there were some areas under renovation. In my latest visit on July 2010, there were more areas under renovation. Off course, the scaffoldings are distracting for photography. Fortunately, there were still some corners and giant roots available without any distraction.
Don’t get lost in Ta Phrom.
Original post of the picture above in Fotografer.net: Over-riding