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Photo Essay
Khmer Art
Kyoto Gion
Whenever he was en route from one place to another, he was able to look at his life with a little more objectivity than usual. It was often on trips that he thought most clearly, and made the decisions that he could not reach when he was stationary.
The Sheltering Sky, Paul Bowles
Truth in Advertising

What we've tried to do with this site is to share some of the more unforgettable experiences we've had throughout our travels.

Actually, that's not completely true. This website is also our shameless way of showing our pictures around to anyone who would care to see them. Plainly speaking, we just like talking about our travels and showing people our pictures.

Not to say that they are any good. We're hardly professionals. In truth we've only recently picked up photography and found that it blended nicely with our other passion -- travel.

We continue to take inspiration from the discipline and dedication of the many professional photographers we've read about or encountered on our trips. It takes a lot of grit to carry a heavy tripod, to wake up at ungodly hours, to carry a bag of filters, to get soaked in the rain, to trek for long miles and to risk life and limb -- all to get that magical, one-of-a-kind shot.

We've tried to apply some of this discipline on our own photography but find ourselves inevitably lapsing back into tourist mode. It's certainly tough to resist the other lures of travel like shopping, seeing shows, and just plain sleeping in while we're on vacation.

It's a good thing we don't make our living from photography. A sentiment that will probably be echoed by the real pros who will no doubt see all the flaws in our images.

Use with Caution

Which brings us to the second point. Feel free to use all the images here as you see fit. We'd be flattered if you thought our pictures were good for something other than our own vanity. Just remember that these are amateur photos, taken by starry-eyed tourists like yourself. They're not likely to bring you any commercial benefit.

Our only request is that if you use anything on SnapshotAsia, tell people about our site (http://www.snapshotasia.com). We'd love to have new guests visit our online living room.

Read the Fine Print

Now for the technical stuff.

These photographs were taken either with a Canon EOS 500 or an EOS 5. Canon lenses we used are as follows: 1) EF 28-135 USM IS, EF 50 1.8 Mk.II, EF 85 1.8 USM, and the EF 200 2.8 USM. We've also experimented with lots of film including Kodak Gold 100 and 200, Fuji Superia 100, Fuji Velvia, Kodak Tri-X 100, Kodak CN 400, and Ilford XP2.

We tried using a red filter early on for some of our black and white shots but gave up. As a consequence, no filters, polarising or otherwise, were used in producing this website.

Pictures were first scanned at 2400dpi on an HP Photosmart Scanner 2, then cleaned up on Adobe Photoshop 5.5, then re-sized to 300dpi.

Credit Where Credit is Due

Many thanks should go to Timi Siytangco -- HTML guru, user experience advisor, A-1 pep talker, ego booster, breakfast buddy and all around nice person. It's fair to say that without her, we probably would not have started this site.

If You Got This Far...

Just as the header says, if you're this deep into this text, you must be thinking of programming your own travel/photo website. By all means e-mail us if you have any questions and to the extent we can help, we will.

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