Cambodia in 20 Instagram Photos

I’m currently hard at work sorting through the 4,000+ images I snapped during my visit to Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. However, while the final “National Geographic Standard” shots are starting to go up on flickr (view them here) I’ve been posting Instagram edits taken during the trip. For those that follow my photography, for Instagram I post unique images, a blend of dSLR and iPhone 6 captured shots and/or HDR edits of the photos you’d see on flickr in a more true-to-life format. So, without further delay, here are 15 of my favorite Instagram shots from Cambodia.

 

An old Cambodian gentleman resting in front of Aangkor Wat.

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Not Your Usual Pelican Photo – Weekly Travel Photo

I find that there are a lot of subjects out there that are beautiful, but so overly photographed or seemingly every-day that getting a photo that stands out is almost impossible. Pelicans are a great example of this.  Photos of Pelicans are prolific, though usually taken of them in flight or as full body shots. They’re a bit of a challenge to get close to, which discourages ultra-closeups and not always exactly the most gorgeous of birds which detracts somewhat from the allure of getting super close for a photo. So, I was thrilled with how my recent photo series came out. This photo in particular really stood out because it gave me the chance to take a Pelican photo that was not only cropped in quite tight but which also avoided the traditional silhouette-profile-style shot that I see most often.  I love how a very thin band of focus leaves the Pelican’s forehead, beak, feathers, and neck out of focus while capturing its gorgeous eyes in perfect clarity.  He also looks like he has one heck of a goofy hairdo don’t you think? 

The Copenhagen Color Run – Weekly Travel Photo

What is the old saying? Boys will be boys? In June Copenhagen hosted the Color Run, a very laid back (don’t let my friends in this photo fool you) social marathon that focuses more on crazy outfits and colored powder than times or athletic dominance.  Inspired heavily by the Holi Festival which is a Hindu religious festival, the Color Run made for a fantastic afternoon with friends and strangers alike, covering each other in bright colors and enjoying the beautiful Danish weather.

The Almost Brave Warthog – Weekly Travel Photo

Warthog Meets Elephant - Chobe Safari
The banks of the Chobe River in Botswana were home to a rather amusing series of events.  As we floated along and watched things transpire, we watched curiously as a rather bold warthog casually strutted in the general direction of what I believe was a young male elephant.  Full of swagger and strut the warthog marched right up in the general direction of the elephant, who at first ignored the approach and then as the warthog neared, turned a more attentive eye.  After a brief pause and standoff in which the two stared each other down, the elephant’s ears flared out and the warthog did a shockingly quick 180 before setting an energized pace for a hasty retreat.

The View From Assisi – Weekly Travel Photo

Assisi - Cathedral and Fields

Situated in the heart of the rich Umbrian countryside the hilltop town of Assisi embodies the aura, charm, and personality of Italian hilltop cities.  The view from the historic city is enchanting and takes in a vista that includes carefully manicured fields, Assisi’s new town, Italian villas, vineyards, and a number of historic buildings including perfectly maintained cathedrals that are several hundred years old.  Despite the grandeur of the view, it is all flavored by the humble ideals and mentality of the Franciscans, who have served as the city’s dominant religious group for hundreds of years.

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Would you like to see previous Weekly Photos? View past travel pictures here. This photo was taken on a Canon T3i (600D) Camera.

Rooftops in Perugia – Weekly Travel Photo

Streets of Perugia - Umbria, Italy

Tile rooftops, winding streets built upon the collapsed ruins of ancient city walls, aqueducts, and fortifications all combined with the hustle and bustle of a vibrant Italian city.  The streets of Perugia are the embodiment of everything that comes to mind when one closes their eyes and pictures Italy.  This photo captures the discordant layers that give the roof line of Italy’s historic cities a romantic charm and is a glimpse of the views which capture the imagination.

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Would you like to see previous Weekly Photos? View past travel pictures here. This photo was taken on a Canon T3i (600D) Camera.

Danish Tulips – Weekly Travel Photo

Women Relaxing - Copenhagen, Denmark

It is currently winter here in Copenhagen.  The weather is floating between 0 and 6 degrees Celsius and has me dreaming of summer.  This week’s photo was taken this past spring in Copenhagen and showcases the gorgeous forms of a sea of tulips in the Danish national colors (red and white).  In spring the city’s parks are full of people relaxing and soaking up the warm afternoon sun. Looking at this photo reminds me of afternoons spent in the park, nostrils bombarded by the scent of freshly blooming flowers and the heavy aroma of fresh cut grass.

Make sure to head over to flickr to see the rest of the album.

Would you like to see previous Weekly Photos? View past travel pictures here. This photo was taken on a Canon T3i (600D) Camera.

The King and Queen of Belgium – Weekly Travel Photo

Royalty in Bruges

During a recent visit to Bruges, Belgium I found myself wandering around the city.  I hesitate to call myself lost, especially in a city as small as Bruges and given my generally excellent sense of direction.  Rather, I’ll chock it up to my usual approach aimlessly of ambling through historic cities while enjoying the various surprises that await me.  On a typical day, this usually includes a surprise run-in with a lazy cat, the discovery of a scrumptious eatery, or the crumbling remains of a beautiful UNESCO world heritage site. So, it was with some interest that I found myself standing on a bridge over one of Bruges’ many canals facing a small army of Belgian police.   With a harmless smile and upraised eyebrow I inquired what the event was. I was quickly and politely informed that the police, and a  few thousand folks standing shoulder-to-shoulder along the fall-kissed canal behind them, were waiting to see the Belgian King and Queen who were visiting the city. They were due to float by on a canal tour in the next few moments.

While I lack the adoration for royalty that my Danish friends and the Belgians harbor – who can pass up the opportunity to see a King and Queen up close? So, I found myself a small niche sandwiched between an older gentleman with some 15 or 20 war medals pinned to his suit coat, an old woman who appeared to have a slight mustache, a crop of young children, and an aged tree with golden leaves.  We waited some 5 minutes or so before King Philippe of Belgium and his wife Queen Mathilde floated by with a smattering of local officials.  Though, unfortunately, largely cut from the photo there was also a woman who had an absolutely fantastic outfit and hat on.You can just see her face and a hint of the hat in the photo above.  It reminded me of the fabulous hats worn to formal events and days at the races. Not to be out done, another member of the royal party – I presume an adviser of some sort (not in the photo), had on one of the most fantastic old-world hats I’ve ever seen outside of a museum.

The Belgians generally seemed to adore the nobles and for their part both the King and Queen seemed to be genuinely friendly, open, and sociable folks who were happy to be there and were enjoying the moment.

It just goes to show – you never know what your day will bring!