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Pnomh Bakeng II

Pnomh Bakeng II
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Copyright: Chris Jules (chrisJ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-01
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Pentax Me Super, Pentax 28mm f:2,8, Fuji 100, Polarizer ø28mm
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-03-13 1:05
Viewed: 3348
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Pnomh Bakeng is one of several artificial hill temples emulating the sacred Mt Meru in Hindu religion & mythology. Pnomh Bakeng is adjacent to the more well known temples of Angkor Wat & Angkor Thom. (built 9th or 10th century ad / ce).

It is reached by a steep climb up several flights of steps, or by elephant 'mahout'. Taken just before sunset, so there is no intense polarised blue sky, & the red bricks & dried yellow grass, are catching the last of the sunlight. Notice the saturation in the bg & shadows. There are several people examining the towers in the background, top right.

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NOTE: there are another 5 flights of steps from the terrace where this was taken, to the plain below. (to the right).

I've added a slight blue cyan tint to the white sky. The temple at right is wearing a hairpiece of dried grass.

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Hello dear Chris!

Great shot in lovely details and beautiful vivid colors. Great shot of the ancient design and architecture. Only that the sky is little OE.

TFS, indeed lovely shot!

Best Regards,

Hello Chris,

I have heard the word 'pnomh' before so researched it to find that it means mountain.
Very interesting notes to accompany the shot.

The pov is good, taking every advantage of the repeating conical structures, which mimic the upper part of the temple on the right.
The inclusion of the person helps us to assess the massive scale of the structure.

For me, the saturation is too intense.
I popped it into PS and with saturation -20% I think it looks great. I didn't post it as a w/s as you would easily be able to do this yourself.

Have a good w/e,
Bev :-)

Hello Chris,

Beautiful colors and excellent light.
Interesting historical place.
Excellent work.
Congratulations and TFS

Hello Chris,
Wonderful historical place with nice warm tones and amazing sharpness,the details are stunning and well captured shot with nice framing,beautiful contrast colors and a love;y presentation,well done my friend.
Best Wishes,

Hi Chris,

Wonderful temples with perfect details!
I like the golden tones of the landscape, shown with well done sharpness and managing well balanced light.

Very well seen!
best regards,

Hello Chris
Interesting place well captured details ans well contrasted tones
Selahattin E

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  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2010-03-13 6:14]

Hi Chris,

As always, your composition is spot on. The partial wall to the left provides a good anchor, while the raised area leads into the shot nicely. Something didn't look quite right to me with the colors, but I see that this has been discussed and explained.

Have a great weekend.


Hola Chris
Buena imagen de estas ruinas del templo que estan bastante abandonado ,es una lastima porque tenia que ser una fanstastica construccion , gracias por por compartir
Buen trabajo
Buen fin de semana

Hi Chris,

I joined TL as a result of a web search on Cambodia - I was then planning a trip, someday I will scan a shoebox of my analog Cambodia photos. I don't think I visited Pnomh Bakeng. The ruins depicted are impressive and glow in the early morning light. Cheers.


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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2010-03-13 8:14]

Hello Chris,
What a interesting architectur and historical place.You have shown this here first-class with nice colours and very good sharpness in the morning day with the light, wonderfully.
Best regards and Have a good weekend.

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2010-03-13 8:17]


merveilleuse iamge, quelle vieux temple, quel rendu dan sles tons, ce jaune sur l'herbe en premier plan. ce pierre, fantastique compo.

Bravo et amitié


Hi Chris,
A wonderful historical view with great old architecture.TFS.


Bonjour Chris.
Un bon commentaire accompagne cette superbe image prise dans un environnement sauvage et naturel.
Attention à ne pas trop accentuer la netteté, mais aussi garder un peu de douceur dans les traits.

Bonne journée.

Ciao Chris, great POV on splendid temple, fascinating architecture, wonderful light and colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Chris,
I like the rugged look the light of the setting sun offered you here. The ruins actually appear as what we would imagine ruins to look like in the jungled area of SE Asia. The strong light offered even stronger color, and with the rock fortification of the temple it is a great shot.
Well Done...

Hello Chris,

Excellent photo of this very interesting place.
Excellent sharpness, light and colors.

Best regards,

Hi Chris,
Beautiful presentation of this old temples Pnomh Bakeng,
great colors and light,
nice details and note too.
well done.
Michel bonne journée

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  • hains Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 4 N: 95] (4859)
  • [2010-03-15 12:33]
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Hi! Chris

A beautiful temple caught with talent. The polarizing filter is made all the details with precision and enhanced the image of this historical subject


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