Golden Dawn

Equipment Info
Canon Canon EOS 5D Mark III
3/1 sec. / ISO 640
Nearest Area
Angkor Wat
Siem Reap
Brief Directions

It's helpful to have a guide or get a taxi to take you out to the countryside to this temple because road signs are often in Cambodian only.


The first time I tried going out to Angkor Wat temple near Siem Reap, Cambodia, I based my arrival time on the sunrise. Little did I know that the temple opens well before sunrise, and by the time I got to this reflecting pond, all the strategically good spots for photographing the temple with the reflecting pond in the foreground were taken. This time, I timed my arrival based on when the temple doors open. In fact, I got there so early that when I went through the main entrance, there was a security guard sleeping in a hammock and I totally startled him awake. He practically fell out of the hammock and straightened his uniform out. Yes, he had been sleeping in his clothes at his post. I was first to arrive at the reflecting pond and got to pick my spot. A beautiful sunrise ensued. By the time the sun was coming up, there was a gigantic crowd of people packed in behind me, jostling me to try to get up closer. I was able to stand my ground and get this beautiful image, but I was not able to move my feet for an hour as there were so many people around me. I couldn't even remove my camera bag because it was so crowded and there was no room. Well worth the early morning trip to the temple.

Date Added
December 18, 2017
Date Taken
December 18, 2017

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