Independence Monument - Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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    Last night when I was walking through the gardens near the Phnom Penh shoreline, I was struck with the way the lights played on the Independence Monument. I had brought my cheap little tripod with me (I bought the tripod at the local market in March for 10 dollars), so I whipped it out and took a few shots. I've never really done any night photography, so I'm learning as I go. Last night I learned that I need a lens hood to keep out the glare from street lights. :) Any thoughts or suggestions on night shots in general, or this one in particular?

    Cambodia gained its independence from French rule in 1953, and this monument was built five years later.

    Taken in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

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    1. Steven Martin 71 months ago | reply

      I have no advice, just admiration. Great shot!

    2. eatstickyrice 71 months ago | reply

      Nice shot! One thing you could do differently is to go with manual exposure and base your exposure on the sky at dusk. That usually produces a nice glowing blue feel to the sky.

    3. Khmer dude បុរស​​​ខែ្ម 71 months ago | reply

      perfectly executed shot, don't see this shot often enough, well done :)

      Great Shot! as seen in:

      earth asia (Post 6 give 3 awards)

    4. Paul Cowell 71 months ago | reply

      Great exposure and composition Ethan

    5. sothy81 71 months ago | reply

      Sharp, and beautiful light and colors!

    6. maurofaraoni 71 months ago | reply

      Wow! This is really great shot. Very well done...

    7. James Wellman Photography 71 months ago | reply

      Very nice! Almost looks HDR. Another winner!

    8. I Prahin | 70 months ago | reply

      Good night shot. I try to tone down the 'temperature' in Photoshop elements for night shots depending on the type of lighting.

    9. Ricardson Williams 70 months ago | reply

      great shot! I went to Siem Reap but no time to go to Phnom Penh.

      Seen on your photo stream. (?)

    10. Atsushi* 69 months ago | reply

      Wonderful shot, nice timing.

    11. kirikkikku 65 months ago | reply

      this is a great shot with lights at night i've seen. may i use it to represent "Phnom Penh" on my website? Just a while.

    12. Ruedi of Switzerland 63 months ago | reply

      This Great Photographic Art was made by a Diamond Class Photographer!
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    13. eddy_ibanez 62 months ago | reply


      I would like to use your pictues on my travel and tour website,
      can you contact me at

      My name is eddy.


    14. Gianfrancost 62 months ago | reply

      great photo.. if you want see my album

    15. melenama 57 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Cambodia by tips4travels, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    16. I Prahin | 48 months ago | reply

      Beautiful night capture of the monument.

    17. Sana, Oung Ty 34 months ago | reply

      Nice picture: I have one too :)

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