Shot with the Fujifilm X-Pro1 in jpeg straight into b/w. Normally I shoot in Raw but I also like to test the camera in the fine (jpeg) setting…
From the latest countryside tours last weekend…
When not on tour I’m busy decorating my new gallery / office / studio (opening end of the month?) A gallery to show clients my personal favorits (framed and un-framed), a place to do editing workshops, taking high quality portraits my style in my own small studio…
Yes, a bit of a red-and-grey look inside indeed.
I’ve had a long time experience shooting with Nikon especially the Nikon D700. Love that camera. But I got into something else… Fujifilm.
Bought the X20 early November last year for my trip to Hongkong, nowadays I’m working with the Fujifilm X-Pro1.
Some of my clients already rented the X-20 during tours and all were very enthusiastic about that little repro look one… “Can we buy yours…?”
Both Fujifilm cameras are really handy while on tour. And my Nikon D700…?
Only for studio shoot outs in the near future…
70 tours and workshops the last couple of months. Busy times. It’s the high season. And yes I loved every single day of it. A good mix of temple tours, photoshoots with monks, days in the countryside and once in a while a trip to a remote temple. Great days! Great clients! And many more to come the next period of time…
Here are some new reviews from Tripadvisor mixed with a selection of photographs from different tours / workshops the last months…
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“Amazing teacher and tour”
Our day with Eric was great! He is very knowledgable and is able to push you to get the most out of your camera to get the best shots. Great teacher for photographers of any level. We wish we had more time with him. Please consider using this tour, you will not regret it and will go home with amazing shots for your wall!
“One fine photo workshop in an amazing place”
I booked the ‘One Day at the Temples’ workshop. Eric de Vries will show you round to catch views of nooks and crannies of the Angkor area where very few people go and he will advise you on technique and composition. We enjoyed even the famously crowded Angkor sunrise from a quiet location with only a handful of people. I really loved being at Preah Kahn early and having all the time to work on composition and detail. The walk through lesser known parts of Angkor Thom was also fun for shooting. Eric’s program is flexible: I advise to take your snapshots the days before, so that you can fully enjoy working on the finer points with him and deliver pro-grade photos.
Visited January 2014
“A memorable photographic tour”
Photographer Eric de Vries took our family out on the countryside tour. This was a wonderful experience for all of us, including my 20 and 23 year old kids who have been taking photos since they were young children. We all received personal attention from Eric and learned much about how to improve the quality of our photography and maximize the use of our cameras. Furthermore seeing the Cambodian countryside, away from the bustling crowds of Siem Reap, was a real treat. We wandered through a local market, peeked into an elementary school, took a boat through an authentic and non touristy floating village and visited a pagoda. There was even a picnic in the middle of the day although if you do not eat meat, best to mention this beforehand! All in all, a terrific and memorable day and do we have a lot of photographs to sort through!
Visited January 2014
“What an experience!”
Earlier this month I went with Eric de Vries on a full day photographic tour of the countryside surrounding Siem Reap. We visited a village, a Pagoda and the less touristy but spectacular floating village, Me Chrey. All of these were a feast for the senses and as an enthusiastic amateur photographer, I was in my element. Eric’s advice has helped me considerably, especially in taking portraits, and the photos I took that day are the best I’ve ever done. Even in the days following the tour with Eric, my photos improved considerably – I wish I had done this tour at the start of my trip, rather than near the end! I can highly recommend this photographic tour to anyone who enjoys taking photographs and who wants to step away from some of the more touristy areas.
Visited January 2014
“Book this tour!”
We traveled for a month in Cambodia and Vietnam in last january. This tour is the highlight of our trip, Eric was so nice with us and so patient with our daughter. We left Cambodia with a lot of beautiful shots. He help us to improve the quality of our photos. Thank you Eric.
We both like taking photos and we did some research on internet before we arrive in Siem Reap. We decided to contact Eric through email and do a half day tour since that the only available time he can fit us in. We arranged to meet at hotel lobby and he arrived on time and took us to one of favorite temple in a Tuk Tuk … he then explain how it will work for the rest of the day and what temples he will take us to. He definitely show you how to frame the photo, what to look for, the hard light/the soft light and how they impacting the photos. He will ask us to take the photos and they show him … comment and discuss and then take more photos until we are all happy before we move on to the next stop. Even in the short space of time, we learnt a lot from him and we got many great photos from that afternoon. As well as the next two days when we were going around other temples and using his tips and advise … great fun taking photos and great satisfaction seeing the results. This is a great way to enjoy and learn the art of taking photo. We would highly recommended Eric for those who like to learn and improve your photography skills.
Visited November 2013
“Beng Melea and Koh Ker”
I do photography as a hobby, and when I heard about photographic tours in the Angkor region, I soon started to look around for something be appropriate for me. The type of programme offered counted and so did the photographer’s overall approach to photography. I tend to like a more ‘classical”, not much digitally “enhanced” type of photography. Checking Eric’s site, I thought it could be a good match. In fact, I had a very enjoyable day trip to Beng Melea and Koh Ker with Eric and his high spirited driver, Ken. What a formidable team! We left for the temples early, which was a good idea considering the popularity of Beng Melea. We could thus avoid the crowds and concentrating on the pictures. Eric was very helpful in giving ideas on how to approach the temples photographically and provided interesting suggestions on composition and on using and playing with available light. I did not feel pressured and could take my time “feeling” the surroundings and figuring out how to best capture them. Eric also offered constructive critique, indicating ways on how to enhance my shots. Also precious was his advice of what other temples I should visit during my stay in Siem Reap. Altogether a very positive experience which I highly recommend.
Visited December 2013
“Best experience ever – Worth every penny!”
My boyfriend and I (25 years old) traveled to Cambodia in August 2013. At first we were conflicted about booking a photo tour because on one hand we were on a budget, but on the other hand we had new cameras that we didn’t really know how to use well. Eric was 100% worth the money. We booked the temple store the first day and were so thrilled with how much we learned and how great our photos were that we booked the floating village tour the next day. Both were once-in-a-lifetime experiences. The temple tour is great to see all of the tourist must-sees in Siem Reap. However, the floating village tour included a trip to a local market and to the non-touristy floating village — and that tour was probably the coolest thing that I have ever done. I loved it best because we were up-close and personal with the locals and really got to see the culture of rural Cambodia. I would recommend Eric to anyone and everyone. We went on a three month trip and traveled all over the world and his tour was the highlight of our experience and our photos. I was not very experienced at photography and Eric taught me all of the basics I needed to know to capture a great shot. All of the photos in this review were taken by me on Eric’s tour.
“The best investment you’ll make in Cambodia”
I went out today from Dawn till the golden afternoon. You hear about discovering the “insider” tips and “secrets” of great photography … Not only will you find the best locations, he’ll walk you through the perfect shot and introduce you to the Angkor Wat you would otherwise miss. Being a compact camera or DSLR, chuck on your basic wide/zoom and marvel at what you can learn and do. I cannot recommend this enough. Door to door, perfect spots, and far from the madding crowds. — “Nice” —
“Excellent instructional tour”
Thank you Eric for introducing my husband lionel to some of the more technical aspects of photography and taking him and daughter kathryn to wonderful locations.their resultant photos have already received praise and the shots of the monks in situ a highlight. Lionel says that he now better understands photo composition,exposure compensation and ISO thanks to Eric.a wonderful birthday present from the family.
Visited December 2013
…as part of the Street Photography Session.
Yes, I like taking portraits. Mostly in B/W but here I also show you how they look in color. Portraits of beautiful people, posing or just captured at that moment. All pictures were taking during half day Street Photography sessions last December in a poor area just north of Siem Reap. And the people? They absolutely loved it…