I hiked up Phnom Bakheng in Siem Reap, Cambodia last night withto 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.