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Circles at Angkor Wat

Circles at Angkor Wat
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Copyright: Hans Spruijt (GreenBaron) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3009 W: 919 N: 12213] (52777)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-15
Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment, Mood
Camera: Nikon D70s, Sigma 18-50 3.5-5.6 DC, SanDisk Ultra-II 1Gb, Hama 58mm circular polarizer
Exposure: f/11, 1/125 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: My Trip Through south east Asia
Theme(s): Green Baron's most recent pictures on TL, Friday theme 2007/11/23 "Circles", Round trip through Indochina [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-23 0:33
Viewed: 5885
Points: 112
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Circles at Angkor Wat

Today I had a total different posting in mind, but than I realized Smurfies theme "circles". So at last I digged in to mast last pictures taken in Asia and found this one appropiate for the theme. Hope you too...

Shot taken just after sunrise in Angkor Wat while Kilted-Arab was fiddeling with his C*n*n (he was reading the manual or so...) took I some shots of the yellow observation balloon over Angkor. Hope you like this shot.

Cropped, adjusted contrast and brightness. Resized and sharpenend. Add frame and text.

In the WS you can find a picture of the more or less same scene with a different view, but now without resharpening. Let me know what your opinion is.

Camera settings:

Used 18-50mm Sigma lens

ISO: 200
White balance: auto
Shutter speed: 1/125
Aperture: f/11.0
Focal length: 50mm

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Morning Hansie

Ha ha a well spotted (circled) image for the theme here, lovely colours and reflection too.

TFS and for joining in the fun today.

regards Smurfie

Ha! I was thinking of posting my version of this scene sometime soon, I'll sit on it for a while now!

Yes, I may have been reading my manual, that is because you bneed one with a Canon, it has so much functionality. Doesn't apply to nikons :-)

Great position of the baloon and lovely capture of the reflection. The quality of the light was fantastic and you have captured that very well. A lovely "looking away from Angkor" shot - well done my friend!

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  • KrL Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 504 W: 135 N: 502] (7619)
  • [2007-11-23 0:45]

Bonjour Hans,
Excellente photo pour le thème !
C'est superbe ce jaune en contraste avec ce ciel.
Bonne journée


Hi Hans,

Lovely perspective with clear reflections . .
Yellow baloon stands out from the surrounding . .
At the moment I am trying to get circle to participate on this week theme, but still can't find the good one . .
Well done my friend ..


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  • Fons Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1165 W: 2 N: 215] (16615)
  • [2007-11-23 1:02]

Een prachtig zicht !Licht en donker spelen een mooi spel!

Hi Hans,
Really nice capture which is well framed. Your effects so good. Note too.

Thanks for share,


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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2007-11-23 1:21]

Hi Hans

A nice yellow vs blue colour contrast with superb sharpness & reflections. Tfs!

Hi Hans,
Beautiful shot,

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  • Ruut Gold Star Critiquer [C: 254 W: 8 N: 33] (1277)
  • [2007-11-23 1:37]

Hallo Hans,
Zojuist je foto bestudeerd: kleuren vind ik mooi, maar heb moeite met de onscherpte van de mensen langs de waterkant, dit maakt het beeld voor mij onrustig. Ik begrijp dat je gefocussed hebt op de ballon, maar dit is ten koste gegaan van een ander deel van je compositie.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2007-11-23 1:41]

Oh, it's a balloon Hans. How good - and the reflections show up so well too. Not bad for a Nikon... So Richard got you up early for the sunrise!!!
Well done

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  • dareco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 16 N: 832] (15528)
  • [2007-11-23 1:53]

VERY beautiful. I love the colors! Perfect reflection and a gorgeous scene. TFS

The light and colours are really superb in this compo !

ps.The trees are looking a bit strange. Is this a severe crop ? Or, maybe, you've used some noise reduction ?

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  • Jens Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 555 W: 53 N: 1139] (4663)
  • [2007-11-23 2:48]

Hi Hans
Great shot, wonderfull light with excellent reflections in the water.
Well done and well presented. Compliments.
ps. hope you are having a good time in the far east.

Hello Hans,

Very interesting composition with so colors colors and reflection. TFS


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  • WMcK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 663 W: 11 N: 1718] (6837)
  • [2007-11-23 3:02]

Lovely colour and very nice for the theme. Super reflections captured. I like the composition and the historic information. TFS

Sjee, die gele luchtbalon spettert werkelijk van het scherm af... zelfs in the thumbnail!
Mooi idyllisch plaatje met mooie reflecties.

Toch vraag ik me een beetje af wat ermee gebeurd is. Als ik naar de stenen in de muur boven het water kijk en in de bomen dan lijkt het wel of er iets niet helemaal goed is gegaan bij de bewerking... Zou dat kunnen?


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  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1995 W: 141 N: 3390] (13665)
  • [2007-11-23 5:32]

Hello Hans

This is a great shot, worth your trip to Angkor Wat, the excellent warm light and dark sky give it a great contrast mood. Nice reflections. TFS


Hello Hans,

Two for the price of one!
An intriguing circle and a beautiful scene all duplicated in the water!

Wonderful light and colours!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • tibig Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 657 W: 26 N: 681] (7565)
  • [2007-11-23 7:08]

Beautiful composition and reflection. At first I thought it is the moon but it ended up as a balloon! :)

Hi Hans,
A well presented landscape of the theme Circles Theme, Excellent point of view and reflections,lovely colours ans sharp picture..great shot..very well done..

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  • ttreen Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1317 W: 129 N: 3792] (15759)
  • [2007-11-23 7:19]

Hello Hans,
Perfect reflection not only on the circular balloon.. which could double as the sun! But on the trees and that wonderful wall! Nice idea for Helens FF post


  • Janone Gold Star Critiquer [C: 3409 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-11-23 8:27]

Hoi Hans.
Het had zo mooi kunnen zijn.!

Hi Hans!
As usual very good shot!

Hello Hans,

Excellent shot, very nice composition, lovely reflections, vivid colors and nice presentation.
Well done!
TFS,Greetings from both of us,

Hi Hans,
Original posting. Great mirror effect and good colors.

je bent populair
vraag me daarbij af of men nog wel kritisch naar je foto's kijkt
in de basis is het weer in een prima foto, maar weer die rare onscherpe waas die er over heen hangt

Hi Hans (Greencanon)
Nice shot my friend, I prefer this shot from the two, nice colours and the reflection is great.
Well done
Regards Andy

Hey Hans !
I like the reflections here - very good exposure and interesting combination of the ambient light and the relatively dark cloud in the back :-)

Best regards, Daniel

I LOVE IT!! Great shot here Hans! I really like how the yellow balloon stands out so good against the dark sky! Great reflections off the water!

Hi Hans

Nice refelctions and great travel phtotrography....I like it

Amri HMS

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  • Tomek Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1264 W: 44 N: 3160] (18766)
  • [2007-11-23 17:50]

Good for theme and better than the one in WS.
Very good POV Hans and idea, also very attractive reflections.

Strong colours Hans and very good reflections. Nicely composed and that balloon certainly stands out. TFS,

Many thanks for your comment on ‘Circles of colour’

Luminosité tout à fait étonnante et excellent cadrage.
Bonne journée.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
  • [2007-11-24 2:53]

The intensity (and contrasts) of the colours is what attracts me, Hans.
Although the image is not superbly sharp (a problem that may be due to the web and the need to reduce our detailed photos too much), it is still the colour and depth that keeps me looking. It attracts


P.S. Thanks for your kind words on my "Circles of Life"

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2007-11-24 4:14]

Hello Hans, great contribution to the theme with a great shot from your last journey. Good reflections, very good light and good composition.Thanks !


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  • jawa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1273 W: 0 N: 1] (12005)
  • [2007-11-24 4:47]

Hallo Hans
Wat een prachtig licht in deze foto en een mooie comp.
Gr Jos

Well, Hans, this would have been a quality landscape in any event. Very good lighting, and the symmetry and reflections add to the beauty. Good cropping and framing complement the composition. Add the yellow balloon, and you've got a crowning touch. Nice!

-- Jim

Good evening Hans,
Beautiful colors and atmosphere. Amazing reflections and lighting.
CAME BACK to say that you were commenting on mine as I was commenting on yours! :D

Hi Hans, elegant composition with splendid reflections and superb light, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Hans,
Fantastic shot with the flying golfball. :) Perfect compo, nice warm colors, great reflection on the water... what else do we need? Yeah, sharpness. Sometimes we're suffering the disadvantage of the 200 KB filesize-limit, and what's sharp as razor as a normal-sized photo, not sharp enough when transformed off. Or we use too much of "sharpen more" effect or noise reduction - that's the case here with the background. But the composition itself is so good that I don't care about this, in this case, minor problem. I like the image as it is.

Tfs and best regards, László

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  • Mitra Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1153 W: 70 N: 1116] (16)
  • [2007-11-24 16:54]

A nice yellow vs blue colour contrast with great sharpness & reflections. Well done.

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  • jone Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2365 W: 178 N: 0] (32781)
  • [2007-11-25 7:48]

Hi Hans ;)
...just perfect...Compliments,
J ;)

Magic and fabulous .
perfect shot all the way
I love this post

Hello Hans!
Wonderful light and beautiful colours in your picture!
Nice atmosphere and good point of view!
Excellent done!
Best regards!

Mmm sunrise Hans, and the place is already jam-packed with people - not that you really would know, because this picture has an air of timelessness and peacefulness, and Richard playing with his C***(I really would not know the N's and the C's) and manuel is not disturbing in the least.
So all in all a very enjoyable picture with 2 bright yellow circles to nicely fit in with the theme.

Hi Hans! This is a much better image than the full frame snap that I saw earlier. The closer shot gives more pixel detail to the subject. Very good exposure and composition, highlighting the foreground and subject against a dark backdrop. This shows that it's in the photographer that gives life to the presented image rather than the camera's capabilities. It's either you have it or you don't have it. You certainly have it! A very good addition to the Cirles Theme :)
Freddie :)

Hello Hans

Wonderful postcard.
the light here is wonderful, as much as the scenery.
Excellent capture and composition!
Lived colors and diamonds.


Hola Hans.
Unos reflejos fabulosos.
Bello el colorido y la composición.
Saludos amigo, JL.


Hi Hans,

surprising view with a colored spot catching our eyes like does its reflection.

Well done!


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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 114 N: 2985] (16653)
  • [2007-11-27 23:46]

Great shot Hans,

Nice reflection and colours, and I sure like the title...:D and look like you and Richard have a great time...:D


Hi Hansie,

Excellent shot ! I like the effects on the trees and the nice reflections on water. Thanks for the yellow balloon :)

  • janneman Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 314 W: 7 N: 164] (1054)
  • [2007-12-01 13:28]

Deze vind ik mooier dan de WS !
De WS lijdt aan dezelfde ziekte als ik :
centraal onderwerp.
De compositie, meer bepaald de symmetrie realiteit-reflectie spreekt me aan.
Ook de verzadigde kleuren voelen nog steeds natuurlijk aan.
Contrast ballon vs lucht is altijd een " winner " ;-)
Minpunten ? Spijtig ... heb er geen LOL



Hi Hans. Beautiful reflection! Nice colors and light. Regards, Yvonne

High class Photography. Baloon is like a sunset sun. Saturation and clearity is superb.

Great capture, and that yellow balloune, had a nice touch to a beautiful scenerie, will be back with points. Here the points..

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  • lavan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 710 W: 2 N: 153] (4208)
  • [2008-04-19 3:08]

good colors
great sharpness
nice picture

Hello Hans.

Excellent picture, nice composition and colors.

Jose Luis.

Hello Hans
This is a great shot,wonderfull light with excellent reflections in the water.

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