Nikon 105mm 1.4E Review

So I finally added the Nikon 105mm 1.4 to my portrait kit.  I’d been using the Nikon 85mm 1.4D and 105mm 2.8 Micro VR for years now, but decided that this modern lens (introduced in summer 2016) is another magical lens in the Nikkor lineup.  After a few test shoots with friends, I would have […]

Springtime on Arabia Mountain

Lovely day for a walk and picnic on Arabia Mountain.  This time of year the diamorpha smallii are in bloom.  These tough and fleshy plants with the red leaves grow in the shallow sandy soil.  In order to sound smart, I copied that from the information sign that you pass on the way up the […]

Nikon Df “Review” and Sample Images

I wanted this camera since Nikon announced it back in late 2013.  Its high price and quirky ergonomics was definitely polarizing amongst internet photographers back then.  For me though, I shoot so many camera brands, makes, and models, that at the end of the day I see every tool as having some value or strength.  […]

Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 DX on D600 FX

Trying out my “free” lens on the D600. The 17-55mm 2.8 DX is a lens for the smaller sensor cameras, but I thought I would use it without enabling the crop mode.

Lao New Year 2555

I often wonder if all of my Lao New Year photos are actually doing more harm than good.  Because I don’t necessarily post images of what truly happens, when outsiders go to the temple/community center/fairgrounds, they might be in for a shock.  There are many things in the Lao community that I don’t agree with, […]

Nikon J1 Motion Snapshots

This is the J1’s Motion Snapshot in playback, one of the more criticized features of the Nikon 1 camera. Basically what it does is pre-record a 1 second 24fps movie combined with a full res image and plays it back with user selectable music.

“Real” photographers blast this novelty, but I kinda like it. It does bring smiles to the people I’ve used it on. I would have to say that is one of the main points of photography, to have fun…

Nikon 1 (Pre-Review)

First thoughts and pictures from the new Nikon mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, the J1.

Nikon F100

Notes: Latest addition to the fleet (although about 10 years late to the party!), the Nikon F100.  Will shoot black and white film for the upcoming gigs this month.

New Recruits

Notes: New weapons unlocked in the Team Neekon arsenal! 🙂  From what I’ve read the Nikon L35 AF pictured above has a solid 35mm f/2.8 lens, attached to a Giugiaro designed body.   Back in the halcyon days of 1983, there’s no way our family could have afforded a point and shoot like this.  On the total opposite end of the spectrum […]

no. 11

Model: Cammy MUA / Hair: Nhi

Vintage

Notes:  In drawing class, if the model can’t make it, students are usually given an assignment to just draw each other.  Same thing in photography.  But that’s not really what our fake modeling is all about. 🙂  I’m grateful to anyone who has ever given me or loaned some camera gear that’s sitting in their closet.  To some […]

Ring Light

Model: Frannie MUA / Hair: Nhi Lighting Assistance and Props: BRC and PT I draw, I take photos, I write about it.  Thanks to the team for all the help.  Thanks to BRC for letting me take his ABR800 ring light out for a test drive.  It definitely produces some blinding light.  Even shooting through its “portal” has […]

Kennesaw Photo Meetup

The reason I bring so much glass to these informal shoots is to further familiarize myself with the strengths and weaknesses of various gear in my toolset.  While almost anything can be used to make an image, we each have our own opinions as to which are the better tools to help us achieve the […]

Team Neekon

Notes: I don’t know if any studying really gets done at a coffee shop, but I would have to say these “workshops” work best when you combine talking about cameras and photography with pastries and drinks.  No need to pay somebody to stand in front of a class, just create your own Team “Neekon.”  Ironically enough, all […]

Dolls

Technical Notes: Stylist and MUA: Nhi, Trying out a couple of different ideas all at once for this shoot.  Obviously the goal is to have fun, and supply flattering images for people, but learning the strengths of weaknesses of different gear is always a tertiary goal.  Natural light low ISO is in the wheelhouse of the […]

Sawatdee

Notes: …cold wet rain actually made for the best photos of the day.  Wet pavement always enhances out of focus streetlights that add to the dreamy bokeh.  I like doing inside strobist shots (since there’s music and heat), but it’s never replacing environment shots with just one camera and a lens.  In the time it takes to fill up my […]

Photos: Von

Notes: Thanks Von and Thip for the spur of the moment photo shoot…hair, make up, and location by them…me, I just show up and click a button. 😎

Photos: LLB

Notes: …was ridiculously cold and sleeting during the shoot, thanks for being a trooper!