Photographing Prasat Phanom Rung Temple in Thailand’s Isaan region is a joy. Visiting the temple at dawn, when only the temple dogs are awake, is a sublime experience. When we visited a few months ago there had been overnight rain and the sky was quickly clearing.
We took our time exploring and photographing the temple and we were there alone for more than an hour before any other visitors arrived at the temple complex. This made for a more relaxin visit than when a sight is busy and you want those classic photos where it looks like there is only a couple of people — if any — there.
While magazine and guidebook publishers expect me to deliver the ‘money shots’ of the sights we’re covering such as the Prasat Phanom Rung Temple and the other temples in the region, they are always keen to get detail photos as well, to make up a page where there is say, four or eight photos.
Once again I sound like a broken record when I say wide shot, mid-shot and close ups — but if you’re doing this professionally — coverage is what makes the difference between the photographers who get one gig and the ones that the magazines will use over and over again. You have to give the art directors as much to play with as possible.
On our way out we noticed another small temple structure. The structure itself wasn’t of much interest, but the overnight storm had strewn frangipani flowers over the path. I spent about 20 minutes just photographing the flowers where they lay. It was just as satisfying as photographing Prasat Phanom Rung itself.
Various photos from this morning have been used in magazines — it really pays to notice and photograph the fine details.
Camera and Lenses for photographing Prasat Phanom Rung Temple:
Details: Nikon D700, 80-200mm F2.8 @145mm @ F4 @ 1/100th second @ ISO320.