Tag Archives: Phnom Penh

In memoriam of the original Gonzo

Today is the 6th anniversary of Hunter S Thompson’s death. So I have uploaded some Gonzo inspired images taken from a 7 Days fashion shoot.

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Why I love AutoPano Pro

Panoramic view of Hun Sen park

Panoramic view of Hun Sen park

Taken on a 5 minute break from a shoot a week ago.

Handheld.

AutoPano Pro

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Duch verdict

Duch stands for the verdict

Duch stands for the verdict

After months of deliberation and years of wait, Cambodia has managed to obtain a slice of justice for the victims of the Khmer Rouge. Kaing Guev Eak otherwise known as Comrade Duch was found guilty by the Khmer Rouge Tribunal and sentenced today to 35 years in prison but will only serve 19 of them for time served and an illegal 5 year detainment.

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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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A day learning how to be social

Its been a great morning learning and teaching a bit about social media with Minority Voices. So far, there have been some hiccups with my teaching as I talk way too fast (maybe because I had a triple espresso before i arrived).
Now back to teaching and learning!

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Shots at the Independence Monument

These were taken awhile ago but thought they were worthy of putting online. These were tester shots for an upcoming that were taken at the Independence Monument at sunset.
Rick Valenzuela and Maria Jarina were kind enough to come along and be my models.

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Overseas Press Club of Cambodia function

If anyone is in Phnom Penh and is interested in chatting up with some former journalists and photographers that covered the Vietnam and Cambodia conflicts from the 1960’s and 1970’s, come to the Himawari Hotel around 7:30.

OPCC reunion flyer

OPCC reunion flyer

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Strobist session

Had a little strobist session with Rick Valenzuela from the Phnom Penh Post in the evening. This might turn into a regular event as its nice to throw ideas back and forth on lighting.
First up is Rick. Lighting was a gridded Viv 283 (1/2 power) at Rick’s 10:00, a gobo’ed Viv 285 (1/16 power) at Rick’s 2:30 and another Viv 283 (1/2 power) on Rick’s hands for an interesting effect. Looking back a day after, I should have thrown another flash just above Rick just to give his hair a bit more oomph. Well, there is always next time.

Rick and a light globe

Rick and a light globe

Second is a portrait shot with Brian Calvert who works at VOA. Lighting is simple with a gridded Viv 283 (1/2 power) at Brian 2:00 and a Viv 285 (1/8 power) at his 7:00.

Brian profile

Brian profile

Lastly is Brooke who also works at the Phnom Penh Post as a journalist. Before that, she worked as a model in London and Milan. I had the pleasure of working with her on a previous shoot with the Post on a Hunter S Thompsonesque theme. Lighting is another three flash combo with a gobo’ed Viv 285 (1/4 power) at Brooke’s 11:00, a gridded Viv 283 (1/2 power aimed at her face) and a monster Sunpack 622 Super (1/4 power) that can light a whole city block directly at Brooke’s 6:00.
Also, to Brookes immediate left and right are a couple of helpers using a broken down Anchor box as fans to flip up her hair.

Brooke and her hair

Brooke and her hair

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