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The Love Issue

Cover for Lift- Love issue

Cover for Lift- Love issue

Some photos taken from the Royal University of Phnom Penh for the Love issue of Lift Magazine which is a supplement that is targeted towards university students in Cambodia.

Cambodia’s oldest and longest university, the Royal University of Phnom Penh is a photographers dream to shoot. All of the buildings were constructed in the style of New Khmer Architecture which was an architectural movement in the 1950’s and 1960’s spearheaded by Vann Molyvann.

Check out Ka Tours for examples of New Khmer Architecture and if you are in town, book one of their tours or download a walking tour of central Phnom Penh.

The cover is above but I put a couple good ones below for your perusal.

Looks like a band cover

Looks like a band cover

On the bridge at RUPP

On the bridge at RUPP

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Shooting the Chairman

I had the opportunity to take a portrait of the new Post Media Ltd chairman David Armstrong in their offices a couple of days ago. It all came about with a phone call the previous afternoon I took from Rick, Photo Editor of the Post who called to inquire on lighting the office.

The shot he wanted was a bit tough in terms of lighting. A long office with lots of fluoro lighting along with lots of chairs and desks to throw wierd shadows all over the place. So we met up an hour before the chairman arrived to work out the placement of the lights.

After much trial and error we ended up with this setup.

Phnom Penh Post setup

Lighting setup at the Phnom Penh Post

PPP shooter Heng Chivoan gets the credit for shooting the setup and thanks go out to Rick for limping around (broken foot) to be my lighting model. Lighting Rick was pretty easy. A 250W mono in a softbox set up at his 2:00, a goboed Viv 283 at his 7:00 for a rim light and another goboed Viv 283 fired onto the whiteboard at his 11:00 just to fill in the shadows on the left side of his face.

Lighting the office was a different story. Its just too damn long. Luckily, there are windows that cover the east side of the office so it gave me enough ambient for the long office but in the office area that covers the Khmer edition of the paper, there is an indentation that gets no light. Hence the brollyed mono sitting on the left side of the pic above.

Once it was set up, all we had to do was wait for the chairman to show up. A quick coffee, cigarette (for Rick) to wait for David to show. We wanted to do two separate shots. The first would be during the daily story meeting which usually happens around 10:30 or so.

Portrait of David Armstrong at the Phnom Penh Post

Portrait of David Armstrong at the Phnom Penh Post

The second and also the one Rick ended up using was of the newsroom with people working at their desks.

Portrait of David Armstrong at the Phnom Penh Post

Portrait of David Armstrong at the Phnom Penh Post

You can see the finished result here.

Since journalists want to be in the limelight and won’t ever admit to it, having a camera and lighting setup was putting a flame up in a room full of moths. So some goofy shots from the office.

Phnom Penh Post intern/multimedia specialist David Boyle

Phnom Penh Post intern/multimedia specialist David Boyle

Phnom Penh Post Khmer Edition Editor Kay Kimsong

Phnom Penh Post Khmer Edition Editor Kay Kimsong

Phnom Penh Post journalist Irwin Loy

Phnom Penh Post journalist Irwin Loy

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Sigma 12-24 aka Popeye aka The Really Freakin Wide Lens

Sigma 12-24 lens

Sigma 12-24 lens

A long time ago, digital SLR’s were only available with a crop sensor. This meant that if you wanted to go really wide, you had to get a REALLY wide lens.

One of the only options around was the Sigma 12-24 3.5-4.5 lens. I had it for a year or so and was very impressed with the image quality and build. The only problem I had with it was the front lens element which made me extremely paranoid when walking around in a crowd. Seriously, no wonder the lens is nicknamed “Popeye”. Back when I was still shooting with a crop sensor, I thought the lens was very wide. Check out the examples from the coronation of King Sihamoni in 2004.

Students gather at the coronation ceremony of King Sihamoni

Students gather at the coronation ceremony of King Sihamoni


RCAF soldiers stand at attention at the coronation of King Sihamoni

RCAF soldiers stand at attention at the coronation of King Sihamoni

Nice and wide at 18mm’s.

The other day I happened to be at the Phnom Penh Post dropping off some photos and ran into Heng Chivoan, one of their shooters. He had the Popeye sitting on his 40D and let me put it on my 5D.

What a difference 6mm’s makes…

Phnom Penh Post offices

Phnom Penh Post offices

Rick Valenzuela hard at work at the Phnom Penh Post

Rick Valenzuela hard at work at the Phnom Penh Post

Heng Chivoan on his laptop

Heng Chivoan on his laptop

a 12mm shot of Rick Valenzuela 3 inches from his chin

a 12mm shot of Rick Valenzuela 3 inches from his chin

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Press events gone by

Around an hour ago, I received a very broad request for images and started looking through my image archives. While perusing through the photos, I started reminiscing about past events documented through my lens. I don’t really take many press photos anymore having diverted my focus to commercial and travel photography but working with the reporters and the camaraderie I felt with the other PJ’s working next to me is something I truly enjoy.
With that in mind, I have collated a few images that I have taken over the past 4 years.

First off is Mia Farrow’s failed attempt to place flowers in the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh. It was a complete media circus. About 30 or so photogs and equal amounts of journos. And in the middle of it all was Mrs. Chhay Channyda, working with the Cambodia Daily. Practically every shot I had was with her standing right next to Mia Farrow (she is to the right of Mia with a striped shirt on). Channyda is currently working with the Phnom Penh Post.

Theary Seng, Mia Farrow and Chhay Channyda

Theary Seng, Mia Farrow and Chhay Channyda

The second photo is of Mrs. Kuch Naren and James Welsh covering the 2008 National Elections. Both still kicking ass at the Cambodia Daily. Much love for Naren who quite possibly has the highest pitched voice in Cambodia and is also one of the best journalists I have had the opportunity to work with. As for James, well, he’s a dirty pirate hooker.

Kuch Naren and James Welsh

Kuch Naren and James Welsh

Third set of photos were taken during the first weeks of the border dispute at Preah Vihear temple between Cambodia and Thailand.
Below is Charles Fox, a UK based photographer that spends quite a bit of time in Cambodia. This trip was planned on a whim and took no less than 2 hours to prepare. On a side note, do not, never ever, go to Howies at 4 in the morning sober.

Charles Fox

Charles Fox

Charles posing for the camera

Charles posing for the camera

The third Preah Vihear photo is editor-in-chief of the Cambodia Daily Kevin Doyle, hanging out with some Cambodian soldiers.

Kevin Doyle, editor-in-chief of the Cambodia Daily

Kevin Doyle, editor-in-chief of the Cambodia Daily

The fourth set is another Preah Vihear themed set but taken 2 years later.

First is Rick Valenzuela aka Pretty Ricky. A former stills guy, he is now a full fledged video shooter working with the Phnom Penh Post.

Rick Valenzuela setting up a shot

Rick Valenzuela setting up a shot

The former photo editor of the Phnom Penh Post, Tracey Shelton is in the next shot, hamming it up for the camera. She is currently working in Iraq training photojournalists.

Tracy Shelton hamming it up for the camera

Tracy Shelton hamming it up for the camera

Heng Sinith is the focus of the next set of photos. A veteran agency shooter, Sinith has seen it all. He is also a bit eccentric which comes off in the photos.

Sinith singing in media tent at Preah Vihear temple

Sinith singing in media tent at Preah Vihear temple

Sinith in front of a very heavy police presence

Sinith in front of a very heavy police presence

Sinith carrying a very long lens at the first session of the ECCC

Sinith carrying a very long lens at the first session of the ECCC

Lastly are some various photos of different events and people.

Reuters photographer Chor Sokunthea at the Democrats Abroad 2008 Election party at the FCC

Reuters photographer Chor Sokunthea at the Democrats Abroad 2008 Election party at the FCC

John Vink from Magnum at the first session of the ECCC

John Vink from Magnum at the first session of the ECCC

Former editor-in-chief Michael Hayes at the first session of the ECCC

Former editor-in-chief Michael Hayes at the first session of the ECCC

Liam Cochrane and Peter Harris at a post-election Sam Rainsy Party rally

Liam Cochrane and Peter Harris at a post-election Sam Rainsy Party rally

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High heeled shenanigans

One of the great features of the Ricoh GX200 is the intervalometer which allows me to shoot photos in timed intervals. Its great if you want to show some great time lapse footage. I might put them up later but for the time being, you will have to be satisfied with Jessica acting aggressive.

Jessica in heels

Jessica in heels

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August 13 2009 – Plagarism on the riverside

I took a share taxi ($10 for the front seat) from Kompong Thom to Phnom Penh and had a shock upon entering the city.
For a little background, I took some photos for the inaugural issue of 7 Days, which is a weekly lifestyle magazine put out by the Phnom Penh Post. One of the photos, which is has Sapor Model Nai holding a Cosmopolitan ran as the cover.
So imagine my shock when I discovered that the same picture was plastered on a banner on the riverside advertising cheap cocktails at a restaurant. The problem is that copyright laws in this country are non-existent and it looks like there is no legal recourse I can take about this. Will have to think about it.
Anyhoo, the offending banner:

plagarism on the riverside

plagarism on the riverside

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The Hangover

Last night was a bit of a doozy and I have been paying for it all day.
So instead going and taking a photo, I am posting some of the unused photos I have from the Phom Penh Post 7 days shoot.
Hope you like them.

Nai

Nai

kunthea walking

Models supplied by Sapors Modeling Agency

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Group 78 The Aftermath

Two days after the deadline for the eviction of Group 78. Taken at the Phnom Penh Post office.

Two days after Group 78 eviction deadline

Two days after Group 78 eviction deadline

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