Being booth keen amateur photographers when we recently went to Cambodia we booked well ahead on a good friend’s advice with Eric for two of our twelve days in Siem Reap. One of those was around the temples where he and his trusty tuk tuk driver Took us to the best spots to see the best bits at the best times. We started with sunrise over Angkor Wat. Eric then took us off the beaten track to lesser known spots,where we not only avoided the crowds but where there was nobody. We learnt about how to get the most memorable photos including difficult and hard to capture photos as well as getting the opportunity to photograph those sought after monks!
Eric taught us about camera technique, getting good shots and where to go for excellent coffee. He gave us tips for what to do when, when by ourselves to get the best out of our numerous trips to the temples as well as stuff to do around town which he followed up with an email.
Our second day with Eric was in the country and what a real adventure we had! We started with people working in the rice fields and then on to local villages where once again we were able to get exceptional pictures and experiences with Eric’s help because of his own local knowledge and connections to the people.
threatening sky over floating village
(c) eric d vries / photo cambodia
After our lovely picnic lunch prepared by Eric’s wife we shook, bounced and slid up the bumpiest muddiest dirt track into the increasingly threatening rain, dirtying the drivers brand spanking new shiny red bike to where the long boats waited to take us up to the floating villages. It made for more great photos. When we stopped at the appointed floating shop house for a drink the heavens finally opened and we experienced a taste of real tropical flooding rains from under a noisy roof. Eric probably organised that too!
All in all we found Eric to be easy going, apparently casual, personable and helpful at every level. His tour was highly organised in a way that made us feel like it was just a naturally evolving wonderful adventure. We got way more successful shots than we ever imagined. Only drawback is we are finding it really difficult to cull them now we are home.
Thanks Sonja and Di, lovely 2 days with you…
“An Amazing Perspective Of Angkor Wat”
In July 2015 my husband and I participated in the a Temples photography course with Eric. On this course he expertly led us around the 3 major temples (Angkor Wat, Ta Promh, and Bayon in Angkor Thom) and to many of the smaller temples and ruins. Eric gave us a unique photographers perspective of the area with many helpful tips and directions for a beginner photographer (me) and my husband, a more experienced photographer.
Eric seemed to always keep us away from the tourist crowds (albeit in low season) and keep us in the best light possible for the different temples, we often returned a second time to places when the light was better. The pace of the tour was well timed, we never felt rushed or pressured to move through at a faster pace, Eric gives you time to shoot until you are happy. Through his guidance we now have an incredible array of photos that highlight all aspects of the area, from the grandiose splendour of the the iconic Angkor Wat (reflected in the pond) to the tiniest detail of the apsara dancers on the temple walls.
The highlight of the tour was the private photo session he arranged with 3 monks in a secluded area of temples. They are easy to work with, taking direction allowing you to create your perfect unique shot.
Travel was provided by Tuk Tuk, with readily available cold water, and each day we stopped for coffee break and lunch at local eateries which were both welcoming, clean and with excellent food. Toilet facilities within the complex are free and clean, with flushing toilets and running water. All of the day’s activities are included in the quoted price.
I have no hesitation in recommending this tour to anyone with an interest in photography looking for the best perspectives of Cambodia.
Thanks Narelle and Nathan
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Lovely day in the countryside yesterday with two lovely ladies from Australia. A bit of street photography, portraits and visiting a pagoda before our home made lunch.
The water level towards the floating village is getting higher because of the rainy season so we took the big private boat at the harbour in the afternoon. We kept it dry all the way with dark clouds above us until the rain came down the moment we reached the floating restaurant. Perfect timing…
Here are some shots of that beautiful day…
HIGHLIGHT OF OUR TRIP…
“My friend and I searched through the numerous Siem Reap Photo Workshop Courses which are reviewed in Trip Advisor and it did not take long for us to home in on Eric d Vries who seemed to have consistently good reviews – he did not disappoint.”
“From the outset Eric had us taking consistently great shots and it was not long before our confidence was such that under his careful eye we were off shooting subjects whilst making our own composition and camera settings.”
“The highlight of our time with Eric was the Monks Photoshot set amongst the ruins of a small Temple this was brilliant and even the Monks enjoyed Eric setting them in various poses for us to shoot.
There is no doubt that this was the highlight of our trip to Siem Reap and it was a joy to have a professional like Eric sharing his experience.”
“Next year we are going back for another Photo Workshop but we got so much out of the day course that we plan to go with Eric on his 1 Week Tour of Cambodia which we think will be awsome.”
Thanks Jim and Gary… See you next year!
More reviews in Tripadvisor here…
this charming monk of 94
I know him for many years
and he’s still there at the
same spot at Wat Bo pagoda
From yesterday’s tour
(c) eric d vries 2015