Indiana Jones for a Day 3


This morning was the earliest wakeup call of the entire expedition so far. At 4:00am my iPhone played one of my favourite songs as I dragged myself out of bed. I was planning on putting the Temples off for a few days to give my body and mind a rest after the whirlwind that was China. The problem is that it is the Lunar New Year in a few days and the traffic at the temples will be insane as every Cambodian makes their way to Siem Reap, the cultural heart of the country.

Two cans of Nescafe coffee and a multivitamin later, I arrive at the gates. I shower myself in insect repellent and head into the pitch black morning. The walk over the moat surrounding Angkor Watt was an experience in itself. You could hardly see a thing but in an instant, the light came over the horizon and outlined the gate of the temple. That is the panoramic first picture below. Imagine a black sky turns to that in a few seconds. It was incredible.

The long walk to the reflecting pool was peaceful, even with the other tourists and photographers around me. You could hear millions of insects filling the air with their calls. As I arrived at the reflecting pool, it looked like a camera show. In addition to all of the tourist class cameras, there were tons of professionally equipped photogs out there. All the major brands were represented. Canon, Nikon, Manfrotto, Lowepro and many more. I even saw someone shooting with the 17mm Canon Tilt Shift I have my eye on!

As the sun broke over the horizon, you could actually see the colours changing, both in the sky and on the temple itself. The perfect mirror of the reflecting pool made for some great shots. After blowing through about 8GB of memory in the first 20 minutes, I stopped and reflected as I just checked off another bucket list item, “Watch the sunrise over Angkor Watt”. It was more beautiful than I had imagined.

After exploring the complex, my driver took me to the next temple, Angkor Thom. I found some traditionally dressed locals that I was able to photograph and I loved the colourful images. From there it was off to Ta Prohm, the location they used to shoot the movie Tomb Raider. This is where I felt like Indiana Jones. Around every corner, there were moss covered statues, relics and walls. Images of the opening sequence from “Raiders of the Lost Ark” ran through my head I walked through the giant trees and collapsed and weathered structures.

By this time it was only 9:30am but I had already been up and running around for 5 hours. I needed some gas in the old tank and my driver promised to take me to a traditional restaurant for a great meal. I was treated to fragrant Beef Lok Lok and a fried egg served with steamed rice.

Being around thousands of tourists all morning left me feeling a little ripped off from the real cultural experience, so I asked my driver to take me to somewhere off the beaten path. We visited a lotus flower farm and then a village about 20km from Siem Reap. Children were playing in the streets and locals were harvesting and drying rice. It made for some great shots.

By the time the clock struck high noon, I was completely spent. I rested for a while and then got right to work on the images. As you will see, there are tons of them and I could not wait to get them up on the Blog to share them!

The Gate of Angkor Watt as the Sun Breaks the Horizon

The Gate of Angkor Watt as the Sun Breaks the Horizon

Sunrise over Angkor Watt

Sunrise over Angkor Watt

The rising sun changing the colours of the temple

The rising sun changing the colours of the temple

Angkor Watt

Angkor Watt

All types of Photographers

All types of Photographers

The Rising Sun

The Rising Sun

The Angkor Watt Complex

The Angkor Watt Complex

Angkor Watt

Angkor Watt

Details

Details

Locals in Prayer

Locals in Prayer

Relief Carvings

Relief Carvings

A prop in the middle of the temple

A prop in the middle of the temple

The North Gate of Angkor Thom

The North Gate of Angkor Thom

Locals at Angkor Thom

Locals at Angkor Thom

Locals at Angkor Thom

Locals at Angkor Thom

Locals at Angkor Thom

Locals at Angkor Thom

Incense and Statues

Incense and Statues

Landscapes

Landscapes

Locals

Locals

Locals

Locals

Locals

Locals

Tomb Raider and Ta Prohm

Tomb Raider and Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm

Beef Lok Lok

Beef Lok Lok

A Local Lotus Farmer

A Local Lotus Farmer

The Farmers Daughter

The Farmers Daughter

The Farmers Daughter

The Farmers Daughter

Growing and Drying Rice

Growing and Drying Rice

Local Kids

Local Kids

More Locals

More Locals

Small town Cambodia

Small town Cambodia


About Andrew Pateras

Andrew has lived in the GTA all his life and a good portion of his adult life has been devoted to sales. He studied Business Information Systems Management at Ryerson University. From there, he worked in sales for tier one organizations such as Hewlett Packard, Epson and Intel. Then as North American Sales Manager for GAP Adventures, he gained even more experience in negotiation and client service. Andrew has been a licensed real estate sales person since 2006. In 2007, Andrew also began a new venture in professional photography. Over the next number of years, he travelled on assignment all over the world. This is why he is meticulous when it comes to your marketing images! To say Andrew's travel and photography experience is extensive would definitely be an understatement. He has journeyed to remote and exotic locations in 48 countries on all six continents in search of adventure and authentic cultural experiences. Whether it is diving with great white sharks in South Africa, in a cage with Bengal tigers in northern Thailand or perched atop a land cruiser, photographing rhinos and lions in the Serengeti, he has likely photographed any holiday experience you can imagine. In 2015, Andrew earned the Directors Platinum award from Royal LePage for outstanding sales performance. Andrew's commitment as your real estate professional is to provide you with the specialized real estate service you deserve. Whether you're buying or selling, contact him with any questions that you may have. His promise to you is that your experience will be both stress-free and enjoyable. His focus is always YOU and the results you can expect from him.


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3 thoughts on “Indiana Jones for a Day

  • marmilki

    the photo of the little girl with a peace sign is my favourite. that and the one of the other little girl clad in a summer-blue dress running through the field barefoot. LOVELOVELOVE.

  • Digital Lady Syd

    This is a beautiful grouping of pictures. They give a good overall feeling of what it was like to be there. I really liked the mix. Thanks for sharing!

  • Becks

    Love the “people” pictures! Especially the one of the little girl and then the one of her running back down the path.