I’ve only recently been tinkering with photoshop to see what happens when I convert photos into grayscale. I think I like the results. Getting the contrast and lighting effects to work was a bit of a challenge, but I’m getting the hang of it. Cambodia is definitely not a monochromatic place, but some of these portraits turned out well. My top 10:
A laborer at Orussey Market. I was clowning around with this guy and managed to capture a good smile.
Taken in rural village outside Kampong Cham. Easily the best hair in Cambodia.
Kid hanging out at Orussey Market. He was much friendlier than his expression would suggest…
Fruit vendor at Ochheuteal Beach in Sihanoukville. I usually struggle mightily with backlit portraits, but this one was the sole exception from a batch of failures.
Can collector at Ochheuteal Beach. Experimented with lighting effects to focus attention on her face and darken the rest of the image.
A porter at Orussey Market. Same technique with this one.
A senior monk presiding over a blessing ceremony in Kampong Chhnang. The stuff in the foreground is a little distracting, but it was the only angle I could get without disturbing the ceremony.
A woman in a rural village outside Kampong Cham. The only one of the lot taken with the PowerShot. The swivel screen is essential as it lets me shoot from the hip without distracting the subject.
A boy with his bicycle in rural Cambodia, just outside Kampong Cham. There’s something about this one that I really like, I just can’t pinpoint it.
Two young garbage scavengers at the Stung Meanchey municipal dump. I got really lucky with this shot. I didn’t have time to change lenses, and the telephoto almost couldn’t handle the distance. Would’ve liked to get the whole eye from the kid on the right.