Photography on the Go: Capturing Cambodia’s Landscapes While Cycling
Cycling through Cambodia offers a unique perspective on its breathtaking landscapes, from the ancient temples of Angkor Wat shrouded in morning mist to the bustling life along the Mekong River and the serene, untouched beauty of the Cardamom Mountains. For enthusiasts of both cycling and photography, this provides an unparalleled opportunity to capture the essence of Cambodia’s diverse scenery. Here’s how to master the art of photography on the go, ensuring you bring back stunning images from your Cambodian cycling adventure without compromising on the joy of the ride.

Embrace Lightweight Gear

  • 1. Compact Cameras: A DSLR can offer superb image quality but can be bulky and heavy to carry. Mirrorless cameras, compact cameras, or even advanced smartphone cameras can be excellent alternatives, offering great quality images without the additional weight.

  • 2. Portable Tripods: Consider a lightweight, travel-sized tripod or a GorillaPod, which you can easily attach to various parts of your bike or the surrounding environment for stability in your shots.

  • 3. Camera Mounts: For those unforgettable road moments when stopping isn’t an option, handlebar or helmet mounts can capture the essence of your journey from a cyclist’s perspective.

Mr Biker Saigon, Cycling Indochina: Vietnam to Cambodia Adventure
Mr Biker Saigon, Cycling Indochina: Vietnam to Cambodia Adventure

Plan Your Photography Spots

  • 1. Research Landmarks: Before setting off, research specific landmarks or landscapes you’d like to photograph. The iconic Angkor Wat at sunrise, the floating villages along the Tonle Sap Lake, or the pepper plantations of Kampot are must-capture scenes.

  • 2. Utilize Apps and Maps: Use photography apps and GPS maps to note points of interest along your route. Apps that provide golden hour (the first and last hour of sunlight) and blue hour (the period of twilight) timings can help you plan to capture the best light.

Mastering On-the-Go Shots

  • 1. Keep Your Camera Accessible: Store your camera in a handlebar bag or a pouch easily reachable without having to dismount. Missed opportunities are often due to the hassle of accessing gear.

  • 2. Understand Your Camera’s Settings: Familiarize yourself with your camera’s quick settings or preset modes designed for action or landscape photography. Being able to adjust settings quickly is key to capturing fleeting moments.

  • 3. Embrace Spontaneity: Some of the best photographic opportunities come unexpectedly. Be ready to pause your ride to capture unique daily life scenes, interesting wildlife, or dramatic changes in weather.

Mr Biker Saigon, Cycling Cambodia
Mr Biker Saigon, Cycling Cambodia

Protecting Your Equipment

  • 1. Waterproofing: A sudden downpour can happen, especially in the tropic environment of Cambodia. Waterproof cases or covers can protect your equipment from the elements.

  • 2. Shock Absorption: Riding on rough terrains might expose your gear to bumps and vibrations. Use padded bags or inserts in your pack to safeguard your photography equipment.

Techniques for Dynamic Images

  • 1. Leading Lines and Perspectives: Utilize the roads, paths, and natural lines of the landscape to draw viewers into your image. Experiment with different perspectives by capturing both the cyclist’s viewpoint and wider landscape shots.

  • 2. Capturing Motion: Use a slower shutter speed to blur the background and emphasize the speed and motion of cycling, or keep your subject in focus against a blurred background by panning your camera alongside the subject at the same speed.

  • 3. Human Element: Include a human element, such as a local villager or a fellow cyclist, to give scale, context, and emotional depth to your landscapes.


Photography on the go during a cycling trip in Cambodia is an enriching experience that combines the physical enjoyment of cycling with the creative satisfaction of capturing stunning landscapes. By preparing with the right gear, planning your photography stops, mastering the art of quick and effective shooting, and safeguarding your equipment, you'll be well-equipped to document the unforgettable sights and experiences Cambodia has to offer. Remember, the true beauty of travel photography lies in telling a story — your unique journey through the lens as you explore the heart and soul of this remarkable country.

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