Ankgor Wat Back Yard

Ankgor Wat Back Yard. The best part about exploring Angkor Wat is finding places where no one else is around. Completely deserted except for you, the trees, and the mosquitoes. Maybe its because I was there in off season, but except for the main ruin where everyone goes for sunrise, I found most of the ruin locations empty of tourist. Or at least empty enough that with a bit of patience I was able to get shots with absolutely no tourists present.

This shot was taken in the ruin where Tomb Raider was filmed. I can’t remember the name of it right now, but there are many locations where the trees have grown into the and around the buildings. The sensation of age is overwhelming. Though it is a ruin, there is still a feeling of permanence. When I walk through the ruins I am constantly wondering who walked there before me. How many centuries of civilization used the buildings. What were each of the rooms used for. How many ghosts still hang out in the area…

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This image is HDR taken on my Sony. Processed in Aurora HDR Pro, Lightroom, and final touches done in Photoshop.

So, I’m going to cut this post short as I am going through one of my regular cycles of lusting after new gear. This time is the Fujifilm X-Pro 2. I know that my Sony is an amazing camera, but there are a few things that really annoy me about it. Add to that its not all that much smaller or lighter than my Canon 5DM3, especially if I end up getting a bigger zoom lense, and the Fuji starts to look like a really great alternative as a travel camera.

If you are interested in seeing what I am talking about check out this video.

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Growing up one of my biggest dreams was to explore the world. Honestly I never thought this would become reality. But at the end of 2014 I quit my job as a project manager to do just that. I sold most everything I own, packed up the remaining boxes in storage, and set out to see the world. My goals while traveling are to meet people everywhere I go, work on becoming a better photographer, and attempt to stay where the weather is not freezing. Along the way I am posting photos at Pixelbip.com and writing about my experiences at EarthToKeir.com