Vietnam, Thailand, and Cambodia Trip
Angkor Wat did not disappoint. The photo to the left is the first photo in this series because, ever since I first picked up a camera, Angkor Wat has been high up on my photography bucket list and I spent most of the trip visualizing the shot. To get this view, Molly and I woke up at 4:00 a.m. and arrived at Angkor National Park at 4:50 a.m. We carefully waited side-by-side in pitch-black by one of Angkor Wat’s two reflecting pools. One step in the wrong direction and we would have ended up in the pool. Unfortunately, I didn’t bring a full-size tripod on the trip and was forced to crouch on the ground with a mini-tripod. Eventually, after waiting approximately one hour, the mental image that I would continually visualize throughout the trip matched the physical view in front of me. Angkor Wat was silhouetted by a fiery sunrise and was simultaneously reflected in the pool right in front of me. I clicked my shutter and captured my second favorite image of all-time.
I enjoy traveling because I get a comparative perspective on my life. Seeing first-hand different countries’ economic and political institutions, property rights, social services, infrastructure, and cultural and social norms allows me to better understand the privileges that I enjoy on a global scale. It also reminds me about the things that we lack or can work to make better once I get back home. Because the past deeply effects the present, travel also forces me to learn about the history of the areas that I visit. On this trip, Molly and I visited Hanoi and Ha Long Bay in Vietnam, Bangkok and Ayutthaya in Thailand, and Siem Reap in Cambodia.
We used a combination of cameras, including a Fuji X-T1, two Fuji X-E1s, Fuji x100s, Samsung Galaxy 6, and iPhone 6. We used the following lenses: Fujinon XF35mmF1.4 R, Fujinon XF56mmF1.2 R, Rokinon 12mm F2.0 NCS CS, and Rokinon 85M-FX 85mm F1.4.
A view of Hoan Kiem Lake