Everyone is a Photographer

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Everyone is a Photographer

By |2018-07-30T11:25:22+00:00November 11th, 2012|Categories: Photography, Travel|Tags: |19 Comments

Canon 5DMkIII, Canon 70-200mm f/4L IS lens, 1/750 sec at f/4, ISO 100 — © Nicole S. Young (nicolesy.com)

I hiked up Phnom Bakheng in Siem Reap, Cambodia last night with Brian Matiash to photograph the sunset, not exactly knowing what we would see. We have an awesome tour-guide who recommended it (and made the hike up with us) and when we got there it was, as I suspected, flooded with tourists. Not only that, but even though the sunset was beautiful, it wasn’t exactly photographable (there wasn’t any decent foreground, aside from a mob of tourists basically in the way of the good stuff).

So … I focused my attention on the tourists themselves.

Luckily for me the monks also make sight-seeing trips up to the temples and, like most of us, capture their own photographs along the way. I saw this monk climb up on some stone with his camera with the sun still setting behind him and knew exactly what to do.


About the Author:

Nicole S. Young is a professional photographer and published author whose love of photography and teaching has grown into an online business where she creates training materials and resources for other photographers. Nicole is best known for her books on food photography, but is widely versed in a variety of photographic genres, including landscape, travel, lifestyle, and even underwater photography. You can learn more about Nicole's work on her website, nicolesy.com.


  1. Hark Nijjar November 11, 2012 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    Love this silhouette +Nicole S. Young have fun in Cambodia and look forward to seeing more pics from your adventure!

  2. Vladimir Marinov November 11, 2012 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    Wow, awesome shot, thanks for sharing

  3. eleisa barbour November 11, 2012 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    Brilliant. Perfect use of the sunset. This will be a better reminder than what all the tourists will look at again when they view their photos from the journey once home. <3

  4. nika bushelashvili November 11, 2012 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    you  are beautiful.

  5. Richard Harlos November 11, 2012 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    Congrats on a wonderfully in-the-moment image, +Nicole S. Young

  6. Luigi Cusano November 11, 2012 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    Amazing image.Thank you sharing such a great moment

  7. janice meyers foreman November 11, 2012 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    taking lemons and making lemon-aid! greatimage that tells the story!

  8. Shawn Highfill November 11, 2012 at 4:00 pm - Reply

    Cool shot and story. Just because your first idea may be dashed, don't give up. There is always something, to quote Lemony Snickets.

  9. Jan Kabili November 11, 2012 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    My apologies to the monk, but the first thing I thought was  Alfred Hitchcock was back.

  10. Clive Camm November 11, 2012 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    I agree with +Jan Kabili. My first thought was Alfred Hitchcock.

  11. Didit Mehta Pariadi November 11, 2012 at 7:59 pm - Reply

    what always interesting to watch is your "photographer eye"… how many times when we finished shooting and them we realized that we missed this kind of shot… this is a great inspiration…

  12. Robert Forrister November 11, 2012 at 11:12 pm - Reply

    Great photo. Keep them coming so we can live vicariously through your eyes.

  13. max man November 12, 2012 at 2:12 am - Reply


  14. tikh ahmad November 12, 2012 at 5:10 am - Reply

    nice capture

  15. Ana María Niculescu November 12, 2012 at 10:26 am - Reply


  16. Brian Thomas November 12, 2012 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    This is superb, with only the silhouette telling you the color of  his dress!

  17. Syaefullah Kamal November 13, 2012 at 6:00 am - Reply

    great foto

  18. Ana María Niculescu November 16, 2012 at 9:44 am - Reply


  19. Cole Cruz November 17, 2012 at 9:35 am - Reply

    What he do ?

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