Ta Prohm in the Angkor Wat complex is a fascinating place. Though you may not recognise it by name, you have no doubt seen images of the temples overrun by nature which is reclaiming the land that was built upon many years ago; roots wind their way through stone, and trees grow carelessly within, around and on top of the man-made structures.

As I wandered around I found I found it quite difficult to capture the grandeur of the location and represent what I was seeing with what I was catching on the camera, and so I decided I needed to stop trying to focus on the bigger picture. Instead I switched out the 14mm for the 70-200mm and decided I would walk around attempting to find details instead.

I found myself in a stone corridor which was quite aesthetic, and which a few other people were taking selfies of each other in. Resisting the urge to switch back to my wider lens my eyes eventually found this leaf suspended in a web in part of a doorway. I climbed up a few pieces of stone at the end of the corridor until I was at the same level as the leaf, and zoomed in fully to 200mm to shoot it from afar.

It’s good sometimes just to take a step back and focus on the little things.

  • Camera: “Canon EOS 5D Mark II”
  • Shutter speed: 1/100s