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12/11/2017 06:05:37 AM · #1
After spending a week in Siem Reap I ended up with a nice collection of images of some of the temples in Angkor. I eagerly entered a few in various challenges starting with the November free study. I was so disappointed with the result that I withdrew the rest but I have been here long enough to know not to equate challenge results with image value.

So I decided to use this collection as the subject for my first attempt at Spark and an very happy with the results. I've only shown to a few people on FB but it has been shared and now stands at 200 views. So for anyone else interested in viewing the images in a non-voting environment you can find them here:
Mysteries of Angkor
12/11/2017 06:49:13 AM · #2
Those photos are gorgeous and nicely presented in the Spark. I think the quality of the image on DPC is nowhere near as good - it feels like there is too much structure/clarity/sharpening.
12/11/2017 09:24:27 AM · #3
Beautiful presentation, Michael.
12/11/2017 09:28:55 AM · #4
Love the Spark presentation... I do agree with Sarah, the processing on the Spark images is much more to my taste than the DPC entry.
12/11/2017 05:43:43 PM · #5
Originally posted by kirbic:

Love the Spark presentation... I do agree with Sarah, the processing on the Spark images is much more to my taste than the DPC entry.

+2 (the DPC processing was way, way too crunchy IMO).

For those who are wondering, here's the DPC version:

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12/11/2017 07:45:38 PM · #6
In the mid-60s my parents traveled around the world and among the places they visited was Angkor Wat and Angkor Thor Temple in Cambodia. I believe this was one of the highlights of their trip. Thanks for sharing.
12/11/2017 08:21:57 PM · #7
Fabulous place. You picked one way to look at these and created almost a tapestry look. Everything is sharp and seemingly in the same plane.
Ta Phrom image is astonishing. Andre Malraux would have been thrilled to see these. The Spark presentation is the way to show it although even there sometimes the sharpening is too pronounced and the ruins look like decoupages. Nevertheless, a formidable collection.
12/11/2017 10:01:21 PM · #8
Thanks for sharing.
12/12/2017 01:20:29 PM · #9
Thanks for posting this Michael. Very interesting. I noticed your processing, too. With the super clear/sharp/saturated elements, the precise/realist presentation, the absence of ambiguity, it looks to me like you are using landscape processing. These structures are 900 years old, the 7th Wonder of the World--we've all seen pictures & recognize them on sight. Angkor is a very tough subject. Good for you, for what you've accomplished. How did you get such great pics without any tourists/people?

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12/14/2017 04:01:35 AM · #10
Hey everyone thanks for your feedback. If anyone would like to have a crack at their own version I've placed the 30mb original here.

As for not having any tourists in my shots I used 3 well-known techniques.

1. Start out as early as possible and hit the main sites first before the hordes, then head to the lesser known and you will usually find sites just as good if not better all but deserted.

2. There's no getting away from the fact that you will come across tour groups clogging that once-in-a-lifetime shot. When I find them I just keep going and often around the corner the scene is almost identical but deserted. After scouting out any other possible shots I re-visit the previously crowded one on the way out to find that it is now nearly empty.

3. Multiple shots - I used this method in the last shot of the Spark of the grand staircase at Pre Rup which was crawling with tourists, a tripod helps but is not absolutely necessary. I placed my focus point on a recognizable point in the frame and held as steady as I could, then as people went up and down the stairs different areas of the staircase would become clear and I would shoot a frame. After about 8 frames and 5 minutes I had it all. In post load all the shots as layers into PS and align them. Then just erase the tourists on each layer and you should end up with a clean shot, don't forget to crop as the alignment will shift a little.
12/14/2017 03:55:32 PM · #11
The thing on my bucket list that I want most....will prolly never happen, though.

I have done so much I'm grateful but I'll have to see Angkor like this.

Thank you.....gorgeous images!
12/22/2017 12:36:38 AM · #12
Originally posted by MichaelC:



So I decided to use this collection as the subject for my first attempt at Spark and an very happy with the results. I've only shown to a few people on FB but it has been shared and now stands at 200 views. So for anyone else interested in viewing the images in a non-voting environment you can find them here:
Mysteries of Angkor


Awesome photos and thanks much for sharing your photos with us.
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