I was invited to this years Cambodia Gems & Jewelry show by a friend recently. This year it had moved to a new venue at the sumptuous Naga Casino. Clearly this is not exactly my usual kind of work, actually it’s not really work at all as I wasn’t being paid by anyone, but it was a fun event to photograph and gave a glimpse of the life styles of the rich and powerful elites of Cambodia.
I do fell more a home in rural villages than at an event like this but it was nice to try my hand at something different for a change… also getting to photograph some pretty girls strutting their stuff is not something I am going to complain about.
I didn’t hang about that long as I had editing to do on my latest film, and I was also having trouble with my camera batteries (again). The charger is telling me they are fully charged when in fact they’re almost empty. Changing from the very expensive genuine Canon charger to a cheap portable one I picked up for a few dollars seems to have sorted that out now but it certainly p’d me off no end that I couldn’t take more pictures of the girls. I must confess I don’t understand why all the camera companies charge so much for batteries and chargers. From my considerable experience with batteries for stills and video I can honestly say the genuine items are generally no better than the generic versions that cost a fraction of the price. You still need to be wary of replacement batteries but I currently have 4 different makes of video camera batteries and only 1 has proved a problem, the others are just as good as the Canon ones, which are 4 or 5 times the price.