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Watching the sunrise over Angkor Wat is a virtual pre-requisite of any visit to Siem Reap and mine was no different. Sunrise at Angkor has been well documented on TE, yet I decided to go ahead with this post at the risk of being termed cliché. It is an experience which is difficult to describe as I am sure all those who have been witness to this magical experience would agree.
It was 4.45 in the morning when I climbed aboard a 'tuk-tuk' and we were off. Despite the early hour and the darkness, the streets were already alive with procession of locals making their way into the temple complex by bicycle. The cool breeze helped to wake me up as we drove along the seven kilometre road to the temples. I was one of the first to arrive as the security guards opened the gate for the day. I settled myself on the stairway. Before me lay the inner courtyard with a 350 metre long paved walkway leading to the central complex, where the sun was due to rise above the five massive towers. However, at the time of my arrival, none of this was visible. I waited patiently as tourists began to trickle in. As dawn broke I realised there was some cloud cover behind Angkor which proved to be a blessing in disguise, providing more variation in terms of colour and sky patterns. I changed position to photograph the rising sun from different angles with the changing colours, luminance and the silhoutte it provided. As I said, words can never do justice to the whole experience. I hope my photographs in someway compensates. This is almost as I saw it, not much post processing except sharpening and contrast adjustment.

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Additional Photos by Sabyasachi Talukdar (sabyasachi1212) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3140 W: 281 N: 5210] (19779)
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