The Glorious Sunrise at Angkor Wat

|||The Glorious Sunrise at Angkor Wat

The Glorious Sunrise at Angkor Wat

By |2019-01-12T14:05:16+00:00November 20th, 2012|Categories: Travel|Tags: |47 Comments

When you’re traveling on a mission to photograph things you’ll probably never see again, you tend to get very few, if not one, opportunity to capture that moment. And when you’re up at 3:30am to photograph a sunrise of one of the most iconic sunrise spots in the world, you cross your fingers that it’s beautiful.

For me and Brian Matiash, lady luck was definitely on our sides.

We woke up at an ungodly hour, met up with our guide at 4:00 am, drove out to Angkor Wat and he showed us to the best location alongside the pond to set our cameras. And wow, was he spot on. In about an hour the pond was flooded with literally hundreds of other people trying to sneak in and get a few snapshots of the same scene (why people think their flash will actually reach the temple God only knows). Thankfully we had our guide protecting our gear, which was literally right behind us on a mat, preventing us from tourists pushing in too close (we didn’t exactly want to end up in the water). It didn’t stop a woman from pushing her camera in so close that when I turned my head it bumped into it, lol.

But it was all worth it. This, I do believe, was the most beautiful sunrise I have ever seen … and to compare it to all of the sunsets I’ve witnessed (which definitely outweighs sunrises) it’s still the most beautiful I’ve ever seen.

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,


  1. Steve Boyko November 20, 2012 at 10:24 pm - Reply

    Wow – glorious indeed.

  2. Rob Hallifax November 20, 2012 at 10:25 pm - Reply


  3. Ari Duxans November 20, 2012 at 10:25 pm - Reply


  4. José Carlos Gargalhone November 20, 2012 at 10:26 pm - Reply

    Beautiful reflection, quiet moment even

  5. Chris Smith November 20, 2012 at 10:26 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous! Love those sky colors and the shapes in the silhouette!

  6. Roswitha Böhmer November 20, 2012 at 10:27 pm - Reply

    beautiful light, love it

  7. Bundit Duke November 20, 2012 at 10:41 pm - Reply

    U r in Cambodia?

  8. Vincenzo D C November 20, 2012 at 10:41 pm - Reply

    Wonderful photo and such a beautiful simmetry in this reflection!

  9. nik harwood November 20, 2012 at 10:48 pm - Reply

    Beautifully serene…

  10. Rick Takagi November 20, 2012 at 10:48 pm - Reply

    wow…this is great!

  11. Lou Perz November 20, 2012 at 11:00 pm - Reply

    A truly magical place

  12. Mary Broussard November 20, 2012 at 11:12 pm - Reply

    Oh beaautiful!

  13. BEDOO O November 20, 2012 at 11:21 pm - Reply


  14. Felipe Silva November 20, 2012 at 11:22 pm - Reply


  15. Michael Bolognesi November 20, 2012 at 11:45 pm - Reply

    Wow thats a truly epic shot!

  16. Diamond Jade November 21, 2012 at 12:10 am - Reply

    I love the colors

  17. Ed Law November 21, 2012 at 12:12 am - Reply

    You only go this way once and you got the moment!!

    Well done!

  18. Emilie Hémery November 21, 2012 at 12:24 am - Reply


  19. Gordon Jones November 21, 2012 at 12:25 am - Reply

    Glorious morning moment.

  20. Shelly Gunderson November 21, 2012 at 12:45 am - Reply


  21. daniel daube November 21, 2012 at 12:50 am - Reply

    Makes those early hours worth it!
    If you are still looking for photo back-up TWIP had an interview on Mosaic Archive. Might be a tad pricey but sounded like it would handle your needs-not sure about seeding?

  22. Brian Thomas November 21, 2012 at 1:38 am - Reply

    Yes, one of the great sunsets

  23. Busarin Poolpipat November 21, 2012 at 2:08 am - Reply

    perfect reflection, very nice

  24. Jamie Harmon November 21, 2012 at 2:34 am - Reply

    love everything about it! Thanks for sharing…

  25. Erika Beagle November 21, 2012 at 2:36 am - Reply

    Love the reflection and the sky line. Beautiful.

  26. Amy Heiden November 21, 2012 at 2:45 am - Reply

    Man, what an incredible sunset. Love this shot; the colors and the silhouette. It's so awesome when everything comes together and turns out so beautifully.

  27. Nanda Linn Aung November 21, 2012 at 3:41 am - Reply

    just beautiful.. now i got an idea.. it should be taken very late or very early because the small lake is idle and sometimes the temple is wrapped with renovation linens.. hope I can visit again and at least take a beatiful photo like you did. thanks for sharing. a photo with a note.

  28. Guno Kang November 21, 2012 at 3:57 am - Reply


  29. timothy butrum November 21, 2012 at 4:38 am - Reply

    perfection #myopinion

  30. Abbas Tehrani November 21, 2012 at 4:43 am - Reply


  31. Girish Vk November 21, 2012 at 4:49 am - Reply

    nice place………

  32. tikh ahmad November 21, 2012 at 5:35 am - Reply

    wow, very nice shot :)

  33. Edwin Tulalian November 21, 2012 at 8:37 am - Reply

    What a beautiful scene!

  34. Rakesh Thapa November 21, 2012 at 11:27 am - Reply

    Nice shoot…!

  35. sushma su November 21, 2012 at 3:09 pm - Reply


  36. Nick Nieto November 21, 2012 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    Beautiful image. I love traveling and having stories like this behind me images. It makes it all the work worth it. This is on my list of places to visit in the next few years. I’ll have to get that guides information from you.

  37. Sin Ty November 22, 2012 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    Amazing! My hometown!

  38. Professional Photography November 22, 2012 at 11:32 pm - Reply

    I must say this is eye catching.

  39. Pramod Kushwah November 24, 2012 at 7:35 am - Reply

    I love my india

  40. Kamal Alkatheri November 27, 2012 at 2:48 am - Reply


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  44. Donald Trojanowski December 17, 2012 at 9:41 am - Reply

    Nicole that is a very good picture thank you.

  45. Direk Rerkrai January 8, 2013 at 9:05 am - Reply

    So beautiful & wonderful for human potentiality but – perspective took a lot of poor doing.

  46. Donald Trojanowski January 8, 2013 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    It is a very nice picture thank you for sharing

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