2018 Life Update...
A lot of you have emailed me about lenses and I’m so thankful that rendition awareness has spread across the world over the emphasis of sharpness. The battle is just beginning but be sure that I still practice depth rendition photography to this day. There’s been questions on where this discussion is going next and I am writing this article to update you guys on the current situations of things at Yannick Khong.com that could explain the stop in the flow of blogging.
Well my wife recently got her permanent residency so we’ll be spending some time settling here and adapting life around our couple. It’s challenging and time must be spent just moving things around and establishing a new life routine but all worth it.
I simply shoot and process images everyday a living now. I mainly practice commercial photography (products, fashion, catalogues) with a side of lifestyle and wedding services for particulars. As I put work first, there’s rarely a day where I can sit down and properly write an insightful blog article to further continue the discussion on photography.
End Game Boredom
After carefully purchasing all the 30+ lenses, I wish to just enjoy shooting with on my 2 Nikon D750s. There's little left to really want realistically, and as you know many modern lenses have trouble generating proper depth rendition. There's enough there to generate 3d pop in any kind of light. I might consider rounding up the collection with everyday carry lenses, day lenses and modern lenses of thin DOF that I can still consider competent. I've also completely refreshed my lighting equipment this year (going full lithium and Godox) so no new "expensive" lens acquisition in short to medium term.
A better understanding of the internet
The internet is filled with gear talk from the optimist to the very bitter to the downright harmful. It’s hard to distinguish what is shill from the real and genuine claims. From what I’ve read, I’ve realized it’s so easy to sensationalize negativity or criticism but harder to genuinely praise achievements without looking like a puppet shill. Every statement needs to protected by a disclaimer, almost as if having an opinion immediately discredits the writer. It’s pretty cruel and cutthroat, it’s a reason why I still moderate comments on this blog.
Continuation of gear speak
I’ve started the conversation on camera+lens rendition a few years ago already. I would like to apologize for not continuing the conversation on my discoveries despite having found a few new things to say. It is clear for me now that day and night lenses exist and using them in proper lighting does make one or the other perform at its best. I find this very important as photography is still sadly heading towards the resolution sharpness route. I might also rewrite some articles with more refined ideas.
EDC camera research
While I found myself recording my life very often, I’ve been looking to speak about the camera as an EDC item. As such, I’ve started experimenting with fixed lens cameras like the Sony RX series and the Lumix LX series. I also own the Coolpix A which I’ve bought after getting rid of my Ricoh GR after many years of service. I really believe in the role of the dedicated camera in this era of cellphone cameras.
Camera lifestyle research
Near the end of the year, I felt upgrading to the Nikon d850 would be quite the overkill and the D750, despite the virally bad press it’s getting with the recalls (it’s nearly a free camera replacement guys, get over it), still feels very competent for the kind of photography I practice. So I’ve decided to seek for the camera that goes where either my EDC or my D750 (purpose) camera can’t, the alternative camera. While I’ve flirted with m43 from time to time, it’s been the Fujifilm X-Pro2 that truly stole my heart so far. More to write about.
Pondering on the importance of memory capture
I live a somewhat eventful life. This leads me to shoot a lot of it for memory keeping. As such, I’m left with tons of images to process, especially the ones spent in great company. This definitely hinders my ability to work on images that are more of common interest rather than personal. I will have to find a compromise of them.
New views on image fidelity
Since I’ve been working on my memories, I’ve started to realize the kind of image attributes that further helps me enjoy going back in time and looking at these. It’s definitely a subject of conversation I’d love to explore in this blog.
Over last year, I was fortunate to go through a whole audiophile (DAC, Amps, speakers, headphones, daps, etc…), a tennis (bought my own racquet and strings), a watch (built a watch collection) and ski (tested about 10 pairs of skis) phase. I’ve also started visiting a few exhibits at the Montreal Fine Arts Museum with a few inspiring friends. While each of these interests has made me learn a lot about who I am and how I can apply that into my photography, this definitely has taken time away from the blog.
Hoping for the best
This year should be busier than the previous one, but I’ll try to keep a certain discipline and write down my thoughts in the blog as much as I can. Glad to be back.