Indochina 2012 tickler

Canon 5DMKIII, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS @ 60mm, 1/400, f/8, ISO 800, Tiffen Digital HT Polarizer, BlackRapid Sport, Clik Elite Pro Express

The above image is titled “6 Faces” and is from The Bayon in Angkor Thom in Cambodia.

We visit Indochina (Laos, Vietnam, & Cambodia) every October.  This is one of the best times to visit the region because the rainy season has just finished, the heat is not too oppressive, and the tourist rush has not hit yet.  We love the region and this trip is ALWAYS one of our highest rated tours annually.

In this brief post we just want to give you a peek of what is to come in our upcoming posts about the trip.  We’ll Blog about our visit to each country and share our images and trip stories with you.  Hope you look forward to 3 great posts and some compelling stories to go along with the images.  To quote one of our happy guests this year “I have literally never seen anything like this before!  It was a life changing trip, to say the least.  Mike Gulbraa thanks again for a truly amazing experience!  M&M Photo Tours really delivered in every way.” A. Tompkins NY, USA

Laos – is all about the people and the simple but happy life they lead.  The first image below is of the Monks of Luang Prabang collecting Alms early in the morning and poor and/or orphaned children kneeling “asking” the Monks to show mercy on them by sharing a small portion of what they collect:

Canon 5DMKIII, Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 OS @ 104mm, 1/10, f/22, ISO 1600 (handheld in very low light), BlackRapid Sport, Clik Elite Pro Express

We next went to Vietnam and spent a wonderful week in country and came away with some awesome memories and images.  The first image here is of a little girl in a market in the hills near the Chinese border a few hours away from Sapa.  Colorful and such a simple, innocent look.  The eyes and innocent face make the image.

Canon 5DMKIII, Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 OS @ 200mm, 1/64, f/4.5, ISO 400 (handheld), BlackRapid Sport, Clik Elite Pro Express

This next image illustrates that the rice harvest n Vietnam is still done mainly by hand by many people.  This woman took a break to catch her breath as I fired away trying to capture the essence of her work.  The scythe in her hand, the bunch of fresh-cut rice, her clothes to protect her from the sun, and the vast rice field surrounding her tell us a story and what her task is.

  Canon 5DMKIII, Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 OS @ 137mm, 1/160, f/9, ISO 200, Tiffen Digital HT Polarizer, BlackRapid Sport, Clik Elite Pro Express

The highlight of the trip each year is our visit to Cambodia.  Don’t get me wrong, Laos and Vietnam are awesome.  There just seems to be an extra something about our visits to Cambodia and the experiences and images we come away with each year.  Case in point – the floating villages outside Siem Reap always impress our guests and we always see something new.

Canon 5DMKIII, Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 OS @ 70mm, 1/1600, f/5, ISO 800, Tiffen Digital HT Polarizer, BlackRapid Sport, Clik Elite Pro Express

And then there is always the allure and mystery of the Angkor complex temples like Ta Prohm where the jungle battles the man-made edifices and the power of Mother Nature is evident in the massive roots entangling and swallowing up many sections of the temple.

Canon PowerShot G15 @ 35mm, 1/60, f/2.8, ISO 80, BlackRapid Sport, Clik Elite Pro Express

We hope this post gets your attention and you’ll look forward to the following posts about our visits to the three countries in the coming weeks.  Thanks for following us and letting us share our experiences and images with you.

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