Angkor Wat First Light

Angkor Wat First Light

First is a series from my recent trip (24th December to 2nd January 09/10) to Cambodia and Vietnam. This is the famous Angkor Wat complex – one of the most photographed scenes in Cambodia. I, alongside about 300 other photographers, was lining up along the pond-bank to get the sun coming up behind the main complex.

I had my camera set to JPEG rather than RAW to allow me to take more photos during the trip, and I felt more like a happy-snapper than a photographer because of it. So this image wasn’t the sharpest, or best exposed one I took (there were about 50 shots taken), but it had the best composition.

Shadow/Highlight, USM, Color Balance, Rotate, Crop, Levels/Curves.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: NIKON D2X
  • Taken: 26 December, 2009
  • Focal length: 24mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/30s

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