Well it is official now, Angkor Wat is not one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Here in Siem Reap, the town just down the road from the Angkor Temples, there is of course a lot of disappointment. But the news does not stop the tourists and the photographers from arriving here in ever increasing numbers.
Unfortunately this is the extremely rainy part of the rainy season, so I have stuck close to the town and not had a chance to explore the temples yet on this trip. What I have done so far though is put together an on-line trip report about traveling overland from Thailand and generally enjoying the town of Siem Reap, in those moments that the rains decide to let up.
My trip reports can be found at - http://dpmac.com/angkor/
My traveling camera is a Nikon D40, I decided beforehand that my main lens for this trip would be the Nikkor 12-24mm DX. I have several other lenses with me but so far I have not used them and have now decided to just leave them in the room while I go out, so I can travel lighter. I am doing a lot of walking, so even a few ounces less weight is making a big difference.
I took my trusty Mac laptop with me on this trip and to make things easier (in case I take a lot of pictures) I exported my previous catalog (image database) out of my computer (to an external hard disk drive and a DVD) and started with a clean catalog for the trip. I also took a small (80GB) FireWire pocket drive with me for back-ups, this drive is powered by the computer so no extra power supplies are needed, only the one for the computer.
Every time I come back to my hotel room, I immediately download my memory cards to my internal and external drives and then import the new images from the internal drive to the Lightroom Library. I still don’t let the application do the import and back-up directly from memory cards (old habits die hard) and I import directly from the internal drive file location (choose the - Import photos at their current location - selection of possible file import methods). This leaves plenty of room on my internal drive for more new images.
My first task in Lightroom after importing the images, is to find suitable images for my daily trip reports. Since I am limited on computer time while traveling and the trip reports are mainly aimed at cross-country travelers, I just do some very quick editing of the images in Lightroom. The editing mainly consists of Crop, Exposure, Lightness, Clarity, and maybe a Curve or two. I then I export the images to the appropriate file folder in the on-line version of my website. After placing the image on the page, I then add some descriptive text and upload the new pages and images to my website.
As a side note of interest to photographers, I am currently staying at the Peace of Angkor Villa in Siem Reap, which is run by British photographer Dave Perkes and specializes in providing services and tours for photographers visiting the Angkor Temples.
The Peace of Angkor Villa - http://peaceofangkor.com
Next week we will hopefully have a report on photographing (and processing in Lightroom) the Angkor temples themselves.