Nikon 105mm 1.4E on F100 and Portra 160

Film will always have a certain pull on me.  Even though I have tons of digital cameras that will produce instant pictures that I can edit immediately, the texture and process of film is something unique in this era.  One combo I haven’t seen any photographer online use is the Nikon 105mm 1.4E on a […]

Used Nikon D100 for $18!

Hi everyone! I bought one of the cameras I dreamed about way back in the day…for only $18!! These days folks make fun of you for having even a 3 year old phone, so it was a nice challenge to use a digital camera from 2002! Here are some of the pictures I got with […]

Canon EOS RP and Nikon 105mm 1.4E

One way I get through our wacky Georgia winters is that I mess around with my various oddball camera and lens combos.  The Nikon 105mm 1.4E is my main portrait lens that lives on my Nikon bodies, but for this quick Sunday hangout, I thought it would be fun to see what it can do […]

Viltrox LED Light for Portraits

I’ve had a couple of these ~$35 LED lights in my bag for a few years now, but never thought to do a post about them.  Back many years ago, when we made/converted a ceiling light into a panel, it was a novel and simple idea, but the technology has definitely improved and come down […]

Some of my Work on the Sigma-Sein Website!

Big thanks to Sigma Japan for listing me next to other talented creatives that use Sigma cameras and lenses!  (I screen captured the Japanese language one because it looks so cool!) 🙂 Here’s the link to the english version: https://www.sigma-sein.com/en/neighbors/BoonVong/

Canon EOS RP and Nikon 35mm 1.8G DX

Here are the actual images shot with the combo pictured above: Totally unrelated to the above, but here are some examples from figure drawing in Alpharetta the other night (also shot with the 35mm on the RP).  I’m really out of practice, and jumped into drawing without even holding a piece of charcoal for like […]

Gutty Nikon G to Canon EOS RF Adapter Review and Sample Portraits

Just a quick and short post.  I ordered a Gutty Nikon G lens to Canon RF adapter the other day from Amazon.  It’s pretty good for less than $20!  The build quality is very sturdy and feels much more expensive than the low price. In the past ten+ years I’ve used several mechanical D lens […]

Fujifilm (Costco) Metal Prints Review

Happy New Year everyone!  I know calendar switches don’t magically turn our fortunes or sorrows around, but I do wish the best for everyone out there.  Thanks for following along for 10+ years now!  I would like to thank FujiFilm for supplying me two 16×20″ metal prints for review.  It’s a bit hard to write […]

Road Trip – New Orleans

Saturday December 7, 2019 So we got up early on Saturday and drove to New Orleans, which is about 3 hours from Pensacola. On the way off I-10 is this humongous gas station called Buc-Cee’s!  Their little beaver mascot is on everything. My breakfast, Naked Mango juice and chicken salad in a croissant, which was […]

Road Trip – Pensacola

Thursday December 5, 2019 Late Autumn mornings in Georgia are somewhat brisk with pretty, but short sunrises.  This is from my backyard. We left around 8:30am Atlanta time. Both the NCR and CODA buildings are quite nice, I’m sure they’ll film some movies there one day. We made it to Pensacola, FL around 3:30 our […]

Canon EOS RP Follow Up Review

So I’ve had the Canon EOS RP for 9 months now.  I think that’s enough time to give a pretty good opinion on the strengths and weaknesses of this camera.  I’ve found that you really have to “live” with a camera or lens combo for a good long time to figure out what it’s best […]

Sigma SD14 10 Year Recap/Review

Gosh, it’s been ten years since Seng Merrill loaned me her Sigma SD14 and a couple of lenses.  I’d like to thank her for the faith in a young artist/photographer, and of course thank her late husband Dick Merrill for being one of the architects of the unique Foveon sensor design. I’ve had great fun […]

Fall in Georgia – Kodak Gold 400

Thanks to Robbie for developing this super old roll of Kodak Gold 400.  Think it was sitting in my F100 for at least 6 years (and might have expired well before then!).  My how time flies.  Below are samples of what I got! These are DSLR scans (D600 and 105mm Micro converted in Capture NX2), […]

Nikon 10mm f/2.8 1 Series Review and Sample Photos

I was one of the early adopters of the Nikon 1 system way back in 2011 I think?  My first impressions/review is still up and gets hits every now and then.  Nikon discontinued the unpopular system for many reasons, but I still kept using mine, because there’s this malleability about these (if not all) Nikon […]

iPads as Viable Smart Photo Albums

Behold!  My 3 iPads with 15+ years worth of photos, all automatically organized neatly by day, occasion, and face!  Thanks to Apple’s very powerful built in software.  Last year it was all about getting back to printing books, but this year I moved some of my photo archive from my Macbook to these iPads.  “I” […]

Canon EOS RP Portraits

Here are some portraits with the Canon EOS RP in different situations.  Right now, it’s not an A camera for me.  It’s more of a third option.  For video it’s really nice though.  Again, I don’t have any native RF glass yet, I have to use the older EF lenses via the adapter.  While many […]

Canon EOS RP Sample Photos and Mini Review

Here are my quick thoughts on the new Canon EOS RP.  At the moment I don’t have any native RF lenses, I’m just using my various EF lenses with the free adapter.  Thus far the image quality is pretty much like every other Canon I’ve had or used in the past 10+ years.  I personally […]

Nikon D50 Film Scanning

One of my next personal photo books will probably be my old portraits shot on film.  I’ve posted before about taking a picture of a negative with a DSLR and a macro lens, but thought I’d revisit it with some more “ancient” tech, a Nikon D50.  This 14+ year old DSLR doesn’t have much value […]

Anamorphic Autumn Photos

For some shoots and wanderings this past Autumn season I did remember to bring my ISCO anamorphic lens combo.  Still so complicated to use, but the field of view of the resulting images looks really nice on my 21:9 monitor.  There’s a lot of skewing that I have to fix manually in post since the […]

Imaging USA Expo 2019 Atlanta and Canon EOS R Sample Raws

The last Imaging USA Expo that I attended was in 2013(!).  Technology has really changed since then: 3 axis gimbals hadn’t even hit the market yet, and Sony was still a relatively minor player in the world of still cameras.  My how things have changed!  I went hoping that Nikon had a booth so I […]

Nikon 105mm 1.4E Review

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 […]

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.  […]

Final Round 20

Annual FGC Tournament in Atlanta, celebrating its 20th year! Thanks to everyone who posed for photos! Event coverage by Boon Vong.

3em Concert: The Remix

3em Entertainment Concert: The Remix | Sept. 17, 2016 | Hall, Norcross, GA
Featuring: Khac Viet, Nhom The Men, Luong Bich Huu, Hang Bingboong, Luong Viet Quang, James JayEnvy