After a week in Siem Reap I was ready for a change from photographing temples dawn and dusk, I caught the bus to Battambang a sleepy city on the road between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. Initially I couldn’t see much photographic potential but as I explored on foot this town began to reveal its potential. So often when travelling it can be tempting to move on without giving a place any time. My first hour or two wandering through Battambang yielded little but eventually I found the disused Railway station, and then the crumbling facades on the other side of town, and it all started coming together…
Nikon D880E with 24-70mm at 60mm, 1/200th at F/4, ISO100
Panning shots of traffic outside Coloniial style buildings, Battambang – D800E, 24-70 at 70mm, 1/30th at F/20, ISO50
Abandoned Railway Station, Battambang
I’d read about the bamboo train when researching Cambodia and if in this area its a must do! The disadvantage of single track railways is that if trains are coming in opposite directions there is no way for them to pass – so these bamboo trains were invented, whoever had the most cargo got priority and the other guy would pull his train of the tracks. Nowadays it only runs as a tourist attraction (and photo op).
D800E with Nikon 14-24mm at 14mm, 1/400th at F/11, ISO100
The sun setting over the Cambodian countryside
Portrait of Jay, Battambang – Nikon D800E with 24-70mm at 70mm, 1/160th at F/2.8, ISO320