Ta Prohm Temple, Angkor Wat, Camobodia

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Ta Prohm Temple, Angkor Wat, Camobodia

Marti de Alva 2/8/2006 8:51:39 AM

This is a haunting image Scott. It leaves me wondering if I am seeing something you actually saw and photographed, and if so, where? It has a Jerry Uelsmann-like quality to it, which leaves me wondering if you have created the image somehow by collage or montage techniques. Can you tell me more? #388602

Scott Stulberg 5/15/2006 4:13:55 PM

This is Ta Prohm temple, near the main Angkor Wat Temple in Cambodia. This has always been my favorite temple in Angkor Wat because it is so stunning from every angle. It is also one of the few temples that has not been cleaned up and restored. You get to see what the Earth can do to a manmade object after hundreds of years of neglect. If any of you have a chance to go to Angkor Wat, you will not only see one of the ancient wonders of the world, but the most amazing place in all of Asia. Absolutely breathtaking...

As far as how I shot this shot: It was with black and white Kodak infrared film with a #25 red filter and a very wide lens. I sepia-toned it later and love the intense grain that shows through in the sky. Shooting infrared film is something I miss very much since going digital!

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Laura Clay-Ballard 6/11/2006 6:41:17 PM

totally awesome shot! #2882759

Athena Carey 6/14/2006 3:00:10 AM

This is stunning Scott. Extra special for me to see it in infrared, as I've stood in this very spot myself. Angkor Wat is a most amazing place.

Have you been to Bagan or Borobudur? #2893694

Jennifer A. Lambert 1/5/2007 10:56:01 AM

WOW...that is all I can say. What a sight !!
Blessings, Jenny #3784765

Marti de Alva 1/5/2007 2:27:08 PM

Hello again Scott. I just received notice of activity on this thread, and looking in on it, I noticed a discrepancy between the information on how this image was shot when it appears as a thumbnail ("Used Kodak Black and White infra red film with a #25 red filter), and the way it appears when you click on it to view the enlarged version (Made with Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II Digital SLR Camera). I assume this latter piece of information is incorrect.

This caught my eye because I love the look of infrared, but even in my film days, never shot it. So my options now are finding a way to create the feel or effect in my Canon 30D (filters? Photoshop??), or using a film body that will shoot infrared film, and scanning it, or having someone else print it.

So my next question is, if digital infrared is not do-able with my 30D, and if go back to a film body (an inherited Mamiya 645 camera) and shoot infrared film, can the developed negatives be scanned in the same way as other film can? (I have an Epson 4870 with film adaptors that would accept the 645 format film.)

I would appreciate your perspectives. Thanks!

Shari Kelly 10/6/2007 9:07:42 AM

Truly a mysterious feel to this photo...Absolutely mesmerizing...almost scary...but Beautiful...How have you been Scott??
Have a laugh today~~~Your SC friend~Shari =0) #4889796

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Used Kodak Black and White infra red film with a #25 red filter on an amazing day at Ta Prohm Temple, April 1996

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