APAC Gala 2024 Photos

39th APAC Gala Asian Pacific American Coalition of Georgia May 11 2024  |  Sonesta  |  Duluth, GA Event Photography by Boon Vong (as a guest!). Yes I cover events professionally. 😉 I had the beef.  Like all hotel food for galas it was okay. Luckily at the table we had some papaya salad leftover!! There […]

Suwanee Asian Heritage Celebration – AANHPI – May 11, 2024

Suwanee AANHPI Heritage Celebration Town Center︵‿︵‿୨❀୧‿︵‿︵ Suwanee GA | Saturday May 11, 2024 Celebrating Asian Heritage month in our own backyard of Suwanee! Only had time to stop by and cover for a few hours.  Featuring performances by: Lion Dance • Phayanak Dance Crew • Laotian American Society Saturday was full of events as usual, […]

I Shot some 35mm Color Film at Lao New Year

For this Lao New Year season I thought it would be neat to shoot some color negative film at some of the festivals.  Partly to stand out, partly because it’s “fun,” and probably just because I need to scratch that itch to remind myself of why digital is so amazing/superior/better and this is why we […]

Olympus Stylus Epic Zoom 170 Roll 5&6 + Fujifilm

It took a year but I finally finished the roll of Fuji Superia 400 that I had in the Olympus Stylus.  I scanned these on the Epson V550 and left some of the dust and scratches in some of the frames for that authentic nostalgia.  The randomness of lint and crud on film photos really […]

Lao New Year – Conley, GA 2024 – Saturday Photos

∽ Lao New Year ∼ Wat Lao PothisaramConley, GA  |  April 27, 2024 •───────•°•❀•°•───────• I was only able to attend on Saturday, but here are a few images.  Thanks to all the ladies volunteering your valuable time, everyone looked great.  Also thanks to my “assistants” for helping take photos! 🙂 ‿︵‿︵‿୨ ୧‿︵‿︵‿ The following extra […]

Dunwoody AAPI Celebration 2024 Photos

Asian American & Pacific IslanderCultural Heritage Celebration April 28, 2024 | Ashford Lane City of Dunwoody GAwww.dunwoodyga.gov ✯¸.•´*¨`*•✿ ✿•*`¨*`•.¸✯Featuring Souliya Natasinh Laotian American Society • Asian Games – Hacky Sack and Chopsticks • FASCA • Korean Traditional Dance Academy • Karenni Dance • Japanese Flower Arranging – Ikenobo Ikebana • Karate Atlanta Dunwoody • Indian […]

Tucker Cruise In – April, 2024

Really nice weather and start for the year’s first Tucker Cruise In.  If you’re looking for something to do every second Saturday of the month, please come out between 10am and 1pm.  And come early to get some grilled burgers and hot dogs for cheap!  For this show I wasn’t too focused on a specific […]

Prom Dunwoody – 2024-04-19

Villa Christina | April 19, 2024 Congrats to all the students, everyone looked great!  I randomized the picture order to simulate the fun/chaos of being at this prom supershoot!  Feel free to use the photos however you want, with photo credit please!  Thanks to everyone for posing, and sorry if I missed a few.  There’s […]

20 Years of Lao New Year? How did that happen?

Hello everyone, I just realized something today while going through photos. I’ve been taking pictures at the various Lao New Year festivals for 20 years now(!). Yes, that is truly insane to think about. The above photo is from Stone Mountain on April 18 of 2004 and the bottom photo was this past Sunday at […]

Miss Cambodia Georgia – CAAG – 2024

Miss Cambodia Georgia Pageant Cambodian American Association of Georgia www.cambodia-ga.org April 16, 2024  |  I Luv Bowling Event Space  |  Duluth, GA Thanks for the invite, glad I got to attend! Congrats to all the brave ladies that competed, it’s definitely a tough thing to put yourself up for judging!  Everyone did great with their […]

Nikon 85mm 1.4D + GFX 50S

Last week I thought I would give this combo another try–a now “vintage” Nikon 85mm 1.4D adapted to the GFX with the simple dummy adapter.  Last year I wasn’t too keen on the 67mm “equivalent” focal length when mounted on the medium format GFX sensor, but for this colorful spring I thought it would be […]

Vintage Cameras in the Spring

These are from a few weeks ago, but I wanted some nice “product” photos of some of my vintage cameras.  Just nice to have, and it always makes me appreciate the design and styling of these photographic tools.  And yes the Polaroid 100 still has a pack of Fuji FP-100C in it, a rare and […]

Thai New Year – Wat Buddha Bucha 2024

Wat Buddha Bucha Thai New Year Songkran April 7, 2024 | Decatur, GA The L/T/C New Year “season” here in Georgia normally begins at the Thai temple and runs all the way to Memorial Day(!) when folks everywhere congregate up in TN.  Today had brisk cool weather and a large turnout for the alms giving […]

Holi Color Festival – Dunwoody, GA 2024

Holi Color Festival Dunwoody Brook Run Park  |  March 24, 2024 www.worldmusicusa.com What a wonderful show of music, fun, and color!  Great turnout for the first ever Holi celebration in Dunwoody.  Thanks to everyone who asked for photos and chatted with me! How it started… The night before I wrapped my 5(!) cameras in plastic […]

Chùa Hải Ấn Temple in the Spring ’24

This is how the Vietnamese Buddhisht temple Chùa Hải Ấn looked yesterday–amazingly pretty with all their flowering fruit trees.  I remember photographing the construction process of the worship hall last year in the late spring and saw that they had a ton of trees that would probably be nice in peak bloom.  This year I […]

What’s Blooming at Chattooga Belle Farm – Late March ’24

It was a lovely brisk morning at Chattooga Belle farm.  The peach blossoms here were almost peak, but the ones back in Georgia are pretty much fading and turning into green leaves.  So cool to see the flowering Asian pears too.  Will have to try all these fruits, including the blueberries and crispy apples during […]

Athens Botanical Garden in the Spring – March 2024

The UGA themed tulips was a nice touch at the State Botanical Garden in Athens.  Really nice weather today and lots of folks in town and around campus.  The city has definitely grown a sizeable amount since I was there.  If only we could go back to those simpler days of getting $3 slices of […]

Peppermint Flowering Peach Tree Might be my Favorite

The peppermint flowering peach tree might be the most visually striking in my opinion.  It’s crazy to see the blossoms coming right out of a sapling not even two feet high.  The color palette matches my good old foldable bike too.  We’ll see if the film photos I also shot on my Olympus Stylus turn […]

Cherry Blossoms in Bloom – 2024-03-10

Cherry blossoms (both the pure white and pink ones) are pretty much in full bloom right now in Georgia.  Which bodes well for the festival down in Macon if you’re heading down there.  If I recall it’s always been tough in recent years for the parade and festivities to perfectly line up with mother nature.  […]

Spring in Georgia + GFX

Model: Amanda  |  Gear: GFX and Nikon 50mm 1.8 Ai-S The dynamic range and tones available in the GFX raw files are something else.  Really a lot of latitude to pull back highlights in skies.

Okame Cherry Tree Portraits + Hangout

Model: Chau | Gear: Sony + Canon Lens / Canon + Nikon Lens (yes both setups manual focus on purpose) These okame cherry trees are the first to bloom in Georgia.  Sometimes as early as the first week in February, when it’s still pretty cold.  There used to be a more purple one on the […]

Spring Photos + Nikon D5300

Model: Chau | Lenses: 18-55mm kit lens and 105mm 2.8 Micro (Nikon J1 for the product shots) I would have to say I’m really enjoying using this “consumer” camera.  The Nikon colors really show up well on the LCD with the brightness at max and +2/3 EV.  Like all Nikons the default metering almost always […]

What’s Blooming in Georgia? – 2024-03-04

Here’s what’s blooming in early springtime in Georgia (Gwinnett!) right now.  What’s typical weather wise is just yesterday it got really hot when I was admiring the flowering peach trees (the almond tree was well past peak).  Now the cold rain today and tomorrow will probably knock down many blossoms.  The other fruit trees have […]

Spring in Georgia 2024 + Fuji

Here’s what was in bloom the weekend of Feb 18-20th.  It’s been a late spring this year, as I remember these Norcross Okame Cherry trees blooming the first week of Feb last year.  It’s been cooler with plenty of rainy days thus far.

Turning all My Old Cameras into Remote Cameras

The other day I thought it would be cool to turn all my old cameras into remote cameras that I could place in certain spots when I cover events–locations where it would be much easier to click a remote button as opposed to walking across the room and disrupting the flow of an event.  So […]