Minjee

Model: Minjee MUA/Stylist: Nhi Notes:  I wonder if all the girls out there realize that most guys (including myself) prefer it when you ladies are just normal, without much makeup.  We like you in t-shirts and jeans, scars and all…  Granted, the first images are beauty shots for a specific portfolio purpose, but if it […]

Pauline

Model: Pauline MUA / Hair: Nhi Notes: I tend to shoot with a different style or theme than the last one.  Just a way to keep from getting bored, and also use the gear that was just sitting on the shelf.  People only see the end results, and not the general flow of the evening, […]

Màu Hồng

Notes:  There’s this tree on the side of the road I frequently drive on, and it sure is pretty every single spring.  Lots of gear for this spur of the moment shoot (for me at least), Nikon+Canon, Sigma IR, and different techniques as well, Nikon wireless CLS, radio triggered strobe, and the heat reflector you […]

L&J: Pre Wedding

Notes: Almost a full day of shooting on this test run.  Thanks to everyone who came out and stuck it out through the warm weather.  Luckily the sakura and other trees were in bloom, and I tried to make the best out of local spots, from up the street to across town.  Another camera juggling fest as well, and […]

Momocon 2011

Momocon in Infrared Notes: Photos from this year’s MomoCon.  Only went on Saturday, but it was fun.  Great weather and city atmosphere, but it was somewhat chaotic and the long lines kept us from going anywhere.  So it was more like a really long extended lunch in high school where the kids are free to run […]

Cinématique

Notes: “Team Neekon” for when we take photos…and “Team Jobless” for when we battle in Fat Princess!! 🙂

Ana

Notes: All the snow in the Southeast is a bother, but it sure does look good in photos.  The Sun as the best and only light, and the icy landscape as a big reflector. I keep on forgetting to use the Lumiquest Softbox III.  It’s small and easily fits into my bag.  Combined with the sunlight, the results […]

Ngoc

MUA and Styling: Nhi Model: Ngoc

Phuong

MUA and Styling: Nhi Model: Phuong

Miss Viet =)

MUA and Hair: Nhi Model: Christina, Miss Vietnam Georgia 2010 Location: My front yard 🙂 Technical Notes: All primes on this one, that is, lenses with a fixed focal length.  50mm, 85mm, and 105mm.  Have a hard time deciding which one is my favorite for portraiture, so I just use them all.

Sakura + Kimono

Notes: Thanks to Rachel (and Vicki), Monica, and Lan for posing on a cold day at Piedmont Park.  Cherry blossoms don’t last long, maybe 3 to 4 days at most around here.  Again, my “shoots” are almost always organic in nature, mostly with a “let’s see what’s around the corner type of mentality” combined with trying […]

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 […]

“Your Photo Here”

Random Notes:  Took a field trip today, and like a little person, I did learn something…this will all seem so really random…maybe it’s because spring seems to finally be here, waking up everyone from the winter doldrums, and perhaps finally setting in motion the different themes and storylines for this year… Met and talked with […]

Spring (…almost)

Notes: Forgot how much I like the 70-200mm f/2.8 for portraits.  Used a good bit of everything in the arsenal for all these, and wouldn’t you know it, didn’t even touch the 85mm f/1.4.  Pix below from the Foveon Sigma.  If only the files look like that out of the camera.  There is hope though, […]

Coloring

Notes: Trying out Bibble instead of my usual Capture NX workflow.  All these applications have a different way of processing colors and the look of the raw files from cameras. They can also mimic certain film, and perhaps the feelings associated with them.  Can’t give special attention to every single photo that I take, but for some, it’s fun […]

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 […]

ATL Model Meetup

    Technical Notes: Nikon MF 50mm f/1.4 Ai-S on a Canon body.  Focus ring is nice and smooth, and the glass definitely has the vintage look from that era.  Bokeh is quite harsh and somewhat distracting compared to the newer lenses, and the lens aberrations can’t be fixed with the Canon software, but get over it, it’s digital […]

4th of July

Video of fireworks that surprisingly fit together well with M83’s “We Own the Sky”

Photos: Random 85mm 1.4 Tests

Technical Notes: Random tests of the Nikon 85mm f/1.4, first impressions are:  it’s not as versatile as the 105mm 2.8 VR Micro for portraits, definitely not as sharp wide open, and the minimum focus distance is limiting, but the bokeh is quite “painterly.”  DOF is so shallow at 1.4 that you can definitely “buzz” a person […]