Photographing The World Behind The Scenes continues today with Episode 15. In this episode, we are finally able to leave Hong Kong (after our disaster with Vietnam Air in last weeks episode) and we arrive in Cambodia. We captured some amazing images and lessons in Cambodia and Elia almost gets his face bit off by a monkey.
When we arrived in Cambodia, I really didn't know what to expect. I assumed it would be my least favorite stop during our journey simply because it wasn't going to be as "nice" as the other locations we had been to. I can certainly appreciate "roughing it" at times, but I am also the first to admit that I enjoy good food, a hotel room, and air conditioning; three things I wasn't sure I would get in Cambodia. Luckily the food in Cambodia was amazing (aside from the snake and spider we ate in this episode), our hotel was extremely nice for just $60/night, and it was air conditioned as well.
After arriving in the hotel we immediately went outside to catch a "tuk tuk" (a scooter with a cart) to some local temples. It was outside our hotel that we first met Chom, our driver. For $11/day Chom would take us anywhere we wanted and wait for us to come back.
Over the course of our week in Cambodia we became good friends with Chom, and in next weeks episode we begin to include him in all of our activities, including a gun range and a hot air balloon ride.
Our first two temple experiences were great for us, but bad for the tutorial. I was amazed that these temples still existed and they allowed people to walk all over them. The problem arose when we tried to begin filming. Apparently tripod pan heads are the line at which gear becomes "professional" in Cambodia. Even though Elia was using a $1300 carbon fiber tripod and mine was only $300, the locals forced me to stop shooting because I looked like a professional.
When I launched the drone and our second temple we were instantly surrounded by six or seven people who asked us to stop. At this point I was certainly enjoying my time in Cambodia but I was wondering if we would be able to film anything for the tutorial.
The next day we hired a driver to take us to a few different temples two hours outside of the city. These temples were completely deserted and we were able to film freely.
Elia was able to capture a very simple shot of a temple being overrun by tree roots. In post he gave the image a desaturated sepia tone.
At this point we had only been in Cambodia for two days, but we still had much more to see. Subscribe to our Youtube channel to see next weeks episode, when we experience much more of the city with our tuk tuk driver, and Elia wakes us up at 3:30am to film the most amazing sunrise I have ever experienced in my life.