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Thursday, November 30 - 2017

Interiors shoot at Nagaworld 2

Interior design photography of the newly opened Nagaworld 2 in Phnom Penh. For Steelman Partners based in Las Vegas who designed all the interiors of the building.
Nagaworld 2 Phnom Penh interiors photography

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Interior design photography of the newly opened Nagaworld 2 in Phnom Penh. For Steelman Partners based in Las Vegas who designed all the interiors in the building. This was a speed marathon HDR shoot over 4 days. Trying to recreate computer renderings of almost every space in the building. Working around operations, guests and unwanted objects and furniture. In the end 250 plus images were selected for HDR processing, if only Photoshop ACR or Lightroom had a batch HDR processing feature it would make life a lot easier.
A dedicated album of general interior photography is on the main site - http://www.simontoffanello.com/interiors

Wednesday, November 08 - 2017

Another Day at Liger

Some of the many shots from an events photography shoot at Liger Leadership Academy www.ligeracademy.org just outside of Phnom Penh. The photo shoot coincided with a group of visiting American journalists who had flown in for a special tour.

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Some of the many shots from an events photography shoot at Liger Leadership Academy www.ligeracademy.org outside of Phnom Penh. The photo shoot coincided with a group of visiting American journalists who had flown in for a special tour of the school, with the students pretty much being the guides. A combination of capturing the kids in the act for the Liger website, as well as loosely staged portraits for inclusion in the journalist's stories. The last time I was shooting at Liger was around 2 to 3 years ago, the young kids I remember have now turned into happy, confident young adults. A unique school, perhaps the only one like it it Cambodia.

Wednesday, October 04 - 2017

True Money

A recent composite billboard ad shoot for Champagne agency.


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A recent composite billboard shoot for Champagne agency. The different image elements were shot between setups of a TVC shoot on Diamond Island in Phnom Penh. My assistant Manuth But and I set up a large white backdrop on a parking space on Diamond Island close to the TVC set. We shot the car, tuk tuk and cyclist against the backdrop using the natural sunlight and reflectors as fill. We moved the backdrop around to follow the suns direction to try to match the light on each of the vehicles for the composite. We shot the main talents using studio strobes against a blank wall in the shade. The blurry background buildings were shot on a separate day. Art direction Aurelien Soula from Champagne and Bunsak But compositor and retoucher.

Wednesday, April 12 - 2017

Samsung Galaxy Shoot

Latest commercial photography shoot for Comzone Cambodia at Dream Studio in Phnom Penh.


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Latest commercial photography shoot for Comzone Cambodia at Dream Studio in Phnom Penh. After some experimenting we finally shot Cambodian singer and star Ouk Sokun Kanha lying on her back on a padded platform with cushions under her pelvis to arch her back. Art direction and post production by creative director Hendar Yanto.

Tuesday, April 11 - 2017

Cambodia Train

Recently shot a travel photography feature for Silkwinds, Silk Air's inflight magazine covering the newly reopened Cambodian train service from Phnom penh to the south coast.

Travel feature photography Cambodia train service

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Recently shot a travel photography feature for Silkwinds, Silk Air's inflight magazine covering the newly reopened Cambodian train service from Phnom Penh to the south coast.

Long gone are the romantic days of train surfing on the roof of a dilapidated Cambodian train. After 14 years the passenger service from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville via Takeo and Kampot has been up and running for less than a year. Clean air conditioned carriages and soft seats make for a smooth ride, top speed of around 60kmh. My only complaint, the passenger service only runs on weekends and unfortunately on our carriage the windows were sealed tight and we were unable to experience the wind, smells and sounds of the countryside as we trundled along. Although from between the carriages it is possible to open the doors and get a mix of fresh air with the odd diesel waft. A great ride, safer and more scenic than bus or taxi travel on the road to Kampot or Sihanoukville. It is definitely worth the extra time. Desapeeup la'or!

The magazine article by Jonathan Evans along with some of my photography can be found in the March issue of Silkwinds here- http://edition.pagesuite.com/html5/reader/production/default.aspx?pubnam...

In the main menu of this site you can see photographs from the journey in the "Cambotrain" gallery- http://www.simontoffanello.com/cambotrain