I spent two days with Regis on the Hidden Angkor and Beyond Angkor day tours on the 23rd and 24th Dec. From my first attempt at star shots over Angkor Wat before sunrise to fishermen casting their nets against the backdrop of a blood red sundown at the end of the second day, 1500 shots later, this was my most photographically rewarding 2 days in around 30 years of travelling and photography. Regis was constantly focused on helping me get the best shots and the most out of my camera settings. I learnt a lot about light composition and Regis pointed out many angles and subjects I would have totally missed. He was encouraging and a 100% focused on my process yet allowed me the space to be creative in my own way. On the first day, I hardly noticed the crowds of peak season as Regis and his team are so skilled at avoiding the crowds through their timed visits to get the best light and uncluttered scenes at each site.
The following day was street photography through markets, monasteries and the floating village. Regis was able to guide me through portraiture and candid moments which kept materialising before us due mainly to the locals being so comfortable with him. With Regis able to speak Khmer, it helped me to photograph people in a more natural way as they interacted with us. The meander down the dusty street of the floating village amongst the locals and the boat trip through the floating forest were very special and photogenic moments. By the end of the two days it felt like travelling with an old friend. I would love to do it all again. If you have limited time and want to seriously photograph Angkor beyond what a mobile phone can do, then I highly recommend these guys.
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