What to do in one and a half day

I’ve been out with my Canadian clients to Angkor Park and the countryside near Siem Reap a few days ago. Although changing, the countryside is still worth going to. Interacting with the locals for some nice portraits, talking to the monks at their pagoda and visiting an unspoiled floating village futher down the road. Still lovely…
The following day I showed them around my favorite temple spots trying to avoid the big crowds. It looks like there are more visitors by the day and I wonder how the authorities will handle it in the very near future… Anyway… we found our ways and left the park with great shots with no tourists in them…
More info of the tours/workshops I provide right here…

Some shots…


@the floating village


a village girl at the local market


preah khan colours


@the market


around the corner…


inside the pagoda


in front of his shop…


late afternoon light

(c) eric d vries / 2017

From my German fans…

“Lehrreich und schön: Photoworkshop mit Eric”

“Ich hatte mit meiner Frau zusammen einen zweitägigen Fotoworkshop gebucht- ein Tag Ankor und ein Tag Landleben mit Tonle Sap. Da wir nur eine Kamera hatten, konnten wir von Eric kostenlos eine Kamera ausleihen – super Service.

Das Erlernen bzw Verbessern der Fotografie erfolgt direkt in der Praxis. Gleich zu Beginn mit manuellen Einstellungen der Kamera, die uns Eric anfangs vorgab. Das Erlernen von optimalen Settings, Bildaufbau etc erfolgte quasi nebenbei in der Praxis – macht Spaß und garantiert schnell Erfolgserlebnisse. Preislich völlig angemessen.

Eric als Lehrer und Person eine Wucht! Einprägsame Merksätze werden wir nicht mehr vergessen : get darker- get closer…

(on TripAdvisor / Visited January 2017)

Thanks Thomas and Ursula

A Perfect Day

“What a perfect day – phototour with Eric!”

I found Eric´s tour and workshop here on TA and I am so glad that I did!

Being an amatour/hobby photographer I booked my first phototour ever wanting a great tour around Angkor with a professional photographer who could show and teach me more about photography in the middle of a great wonder – the Angkor complex!

Had a full day tour – Eric picked us up at 5:00am heading for sunrise at Angkor Wat.
During our day we also visited Preah Khan, the Terrace of the Leper King, the Bayon temple and a great photoshoot with monks at Prasat Kleang.

Eric knows the complex very well and picked the perfect timing for visiting the different temples. I was very glad that he took us to places less crowded and with few other tourists, making the photo opportunities even better and I could take my time..

Eric was a great teacher – pointing out great objects, creative compositions – thought me to work with the elements, the light and made me thinking in new ways choosing my photo objects.
And not to forget – he was very patient with me – thank you Eric, you´re the best!

We had a great lunch in the middle of the day and cold water was provided for on a very hot day. We returned to our hotel around 4:00 pm after a great day out!

Looking back on that day and at my photos – going on the photo tour with Eric was dollars very well spent!
“Make it darker” has been ringing in my head since this day – AKON Eric!

A day I will remember forever! Highly recommended, you will not regret it!

(on TripAdvisor / visited November 2016)

Thanks Grete

Do Not Cross

Some images from last week’s photo tour to Koh Ker and Preah Vihear (a full day trip)

Prasat Pram at Koh Ker is still my favorite place to shoot and in my opinion better than crowded and wasted Ta Prohm. Also… no tourists at the pyramid of Prasat Thom!

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We only saw a handfull of tourists at the uphill temple of Preah Vihear close to the Thai border.

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All images (c) eric d vries

The water level drops

The water level of the Tonle Sap drops, the water goes back to the Mekong. That means the floating houses of Mechrey have to move towards the lake. Here an impression of 2 countryside photo tours of the last week… And… the weddings are on…






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All images (c) eric d vries

A World Class Experience

The Photography Tour You’ll LOVE

Eric picked me up at my hotel very early at 5 am and from there he guided me through the ins and outs of Angkor Wat. I can’t even begin to explain how talented and thoughtful Eric is. He guided me through EVERY SINGLE situation — coaching me on settings, explaining light, all of the mechanics needed to take stunning photographs. He’s really a fantastic teacher, he’s really among the best I’ve ever had. He’s patient and understanding. Once you get the hang of things, he’ll push you to take new approaches. I highly recommend taking his tour if you want to increase your photography skills, learn a bit of history about the temples and gain new perspective. Top to bottom, it was a world class experience and my friends and family are raving about my photos. This is a MUST-DO experience in Siem Reap for any photographer.
Visited December 2016 / TripAdvisor

Thanks Derrick