Along the Tracks – Phnom Penh

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The slum district along the railway tracks leading out of Phnom Penh through Toul Kok is rumoured to be developed after all the people are moved out.

It is an area I have documented quite a bit over the years and I thought I had better go take a fresh look before it disappears under concrete and glass. Apparently, there are plans to redevelop the railway lines that run through it and the people will be required to move.

The Stuff of Life – The Trey Riel

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Small mud carps or “Trey Riel” (Henicorhynchus entmema and H. siamensis) are the most commercially important keystone species in Cambodia, according to Wonders of the Mekong project. These two species are also very important to the ecology of the Mekong River basin and the food security of people living in the region..

In Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake, anyone with the permission of the government can catch Riel for only five to six days from the 8th day of the dark moon to before the full moon, based on the Khmer calendar. After dressing the Riel, Khmer women put the fish in bamboo containers and crush it with their feet, similar to wine made by stepping on grapes.

Cambodian riel (Money). Popular belief suggests that the name of the currency comes from the Mekong river fish, the riel (“small fish” in Khmer). It is more likely that the name derives from the high silver content Mexican real used by Malay, Indian and Chinese merchants in mid-19th-century Cambodia.

Making Pictures of the things I see.

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I walk a lot around the city of Phnom Penh. It’s a big, colourful and in many places a dirty city. Most of my images document the happenings in people’s everyday lives, where they lives and how they display their wares.

The Human Face

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facial expression is one or more motions or positions of the muscles beneath the skin of the face. According to one set of controversial theories, these movements convey the emotional state of an individual to observers.

Facial expressions are a form of nonverbal communication. They are a primary means of conveying social information between humans, but they also occur in most other mammals and some other animal species

The eyes are often viewed as important features of facial expressions. Aspects such as blinking rate can possibly be used to indicate whether a person is nervous or whether he or she is lying. Also, eye contact is considered an important aspect of interpersonal communication. However, there are cultural differences regarding the social propriety of maintaining eye contact or not.There is controversy surrounding the question of whether facial expressions are a worldwide and universal display among humans. Supporters of the Universality Hypothesis claim that many facial expressions are innate and have roots in evolutionary ancestors. Opponents of this view question the accuracy of the studies used to test this claim and instead believe that facial expressions are conditioned and that people view and understand facial expressions in large part from the social situations around them. Moreover, facial expressions have a strong connection with personal psychology.

Viltrox 13mm f1.4 for Fuji

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First Impressions

I bought this lens after reading the very positive reviews on the net over several weeks. I have one other Viltrox lens the 23mm f1.4 that I have found to be capable of excellent results. It was time for me to find out if this was an isolated incident of a cheaper lens giving excellent results.

I could not find a used example here in Cambodia so I decided to purchase a new lens from my camera supplier in Phnom Penh. The images here are the first taken with this lens, straight from the X Pro3 in JPEG.

Over the next few weeks I will be putting this lens through its paces but my fist impressions are ” I’m Impressed “.

Get up close and wide open with VILTROX AF 13/1.4 XF, a professional, portable prime lens. With a focal length equivalent to 20mm, it’s the perfect choice for sprawling landscapes, the sights and sounds of the street, and everything else in between. Be ready for any creative outburst with lightning-fast autofocus, a wide F1.4 aperture, and unmatched optical design. AF 13/1.4 XF is ready to go wherever your adventures take you and fully capable of extracting every last bit of detail from your X Series mirrorless camera.