Dilemma

I've been debating whether or not to buy the Canon 5D Mark II, 24mm tilt shift and 17-35mm lens. In the end, of course traveling won out. I'm not nearly professional enough to rationalize buying new equipment when I can just rent when I shoot weddings or portraits. I look at my pictures and they may not have the greatest picture quality or the amount of depth that I'd like... but my pictures make me happy nonetheless. They're pictures that, in 60 years when I'm showing my grandchildren how crazy their old granny used to be, I will love and cherish and bask in the old school digital camera I used to have. When people see the grain or the out of focused subjects, I'll see me. It'll warm my heart to remember the experiences I was able to capture with my little o' 30D. :)

So there you have it. Peru + China + Ireland + Greece + Israel + Egypt won out.

Because someone once told me posts are boring without pictures, here's an old picture of Cinque Terre from my trusty point and shoot.

RPTE 39: Dr. Jones!

Raddest Photo Trip Ever Day 14: Cambodia

We ended this day in Cambodia with a visit to the temple used in "Tom Raider" and "Indian Jones".  The approach to this temple was nothing but amazing.  It was right before the sun was about to set, so the lighting was magical.  I walked through the temple, appreciating every nook and cranny... trees growing everywhere.  I loved this temple.

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Love backlight and lens flare

The tomb raider and indiana jones temple!

I absolutely trees.  This temple was an amazing experience because the trees were growing with the ruins.

I love this picture.

This root was huge!

Tree + ruins = architecture I love

The trees in Cambodia are gorgeous

There were ornate carvings everywhere.

Nick and Andrea were matching.  Cute.

To see other pictures from other photographers on this trip check these out..... Bobby Earle // Richelle Dante // Erika Lindroth Amy Martin // Katie Lewis

RPTE 38: People

Raddest Photo Trip Ever Day 14: Cambodia

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The best thing about the Raddest Photo Trip Ever was meeting and interacting with the locals. This particular man at Bayon Temple was exceptionally kind. I love old people.

To see other pictures from other photographers on this trip check these out..... Bobby Earle // Richelle Dante // Erika Lindroth Amy Martin // Katie Lewis

RPTE 37: Temple Frenzy.

Raddest Photo Trip Ever Day 14: Cambodia

This particular day was our first full day of temples in Cambodia! It was glorious.

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I love the contrast between this leaf that was once alive and the ruins of this temple that was once alive with ancient culture.

Erin found this bug, and I think it's magical. If only my picture of Erin's hand next to the bug was in focus, you'd see how big this bug was.

I'm all about contrast. The contrast of shiny hats with the dark ruggedness of the ruins speaks to me.

peekaboo!

The architect in me loves the details in buildings.

These sculptures were amazing!

An intricate carving on the wall.

He's smiling with his eyes!

I love how the sash pops!

I love architecture

Wee little baby monkey that we came across on our ride home.

This monkey was a bit gimpy, but very friendly as you can see two people are petting it.

To see other pictures from other photographers on this trip check these out..... Bobby Earle // Richelle Dante // Erika Lindroth Amy Martin // Katie Lewis

RPTE 36: Sunset, anyone?

Raddest Photo Trip Ever Day 13: Cambodia

On our very first night in Cambodia, we headed out to Angkor for a brief hike to enjoy the sunset from one of the temples.  There were lots of tourists.  The sunsets were spectacular.  All the sunset pictures in this post weren't post-processed, so these are straight out of the camera.  The sunset was just that amazing.  (The last three pictures were processed though!)

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This one Chinese lady kept crowding me and getting in my pictures, so I thought hey... she's more interesting than all these generic sunset pictures I've been taking!  So this is my picture of her taking her 100th sunset picture...  :)

How awesome would this be!  Hot air balloon ride at sunset.  Riding in a balloon is on my bucket list.

This picture can't even come close to how amazing the actual sunset was.  Everything's better when you're in a foreign country.

Red at night, sailor's delight!

I love this picture.  The colors are amazing.

Here's Bobby doing his thing and setting up for a group picture.

Me + sunset on Amy's sunglasses

Amy enjoying the ride home in the tuk-tuk

My green helmet buddy (Mr. Kun) taking us home!

To see other pictures from other photographers on this trip check these out..... Bobby Earle // Richelle Dante // Erika Lindroth Amy Martin // Katie Lewis