Cambodia – Part One: Phnom Penh City

From Bangkok I flew to Phnom Penh, beginning the second half of an epic 6 week South East Asian sojourn. At the time I didn’t know how long i would stay in the country – with 3 weeks remaining I was torn between exploring Cambodia or fitting in a trip out to Burma (Myanmar).

View from Remork-Moto of traffic, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Strolling out of the airport with backback and camera bag on my shoulders I was approached by a ‘remork moto’ (tuk tuk) driver offering his services, he had a cool hat so I went with him, where else in the world can you get a taxi into the city centre for $6?!

Portrait of Remork-moto Driver, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

I did his portrait at the end of the journey, I’d been hoping to get a shoot done on this first evening here but the visa process at Phnom Penh airport dragged on.

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Out the next morning nice and early, with no place in mind, just seeing what I could find, only a couple of lenses and the camera..

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Meat in Food market, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

I stumbled across this morning market, always a great place to get started photographically in a new country.

Fresh Limes at Food market, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Getting in close and waiting for the money shot.

Food market, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Fresh fruit and vegetables at Food market, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Fresh fruit and vegetables at Food market, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Fresh fruit and vegetables at Food market, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Fresh fruit and vegetables at Food market, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Throne Hall, Royal Palace, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

 Throne Hall, Royal Palace, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Sometimes its good to include people in the shot – I exposed a frame without this mother and daughter but kind of like the eye contact and expression of the child as they walked away from the Throne Hall.

Throne Hall, Royal Palace, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

This was a warm up for the next week in which I would spend photographing mainly temple sites in the Angkor region. This was shot with the Nikon 14-24mm Wideangle and the verticals were corrected in Lightroom.

Throne Hall, Royal Palace, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Throne Hall, Royal Palace, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Royal Palace, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Lotus Pond, Royal Palace, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Nikon D800E with 14-24mm at 15mm, 1/800th at F/4, ISO100

In the end I was glad I’d spent a couple of nights in Phnom Penh, there was a lot to see and I returned later in the trip for more, many people skip the capital and make straight for Siem Reap for the UNESCO sites of Angkor but they are missing out..

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