Macro Photography with Kieulan Nguyen
Flower photography is one of few things that Kieulan loves to photograph. The shapes, the vibrant colors, the textures that she always looks for when she takes pictures of flowers. For the last few year, Kieulan has evolved her macro photography from traditional floral photography using selective focus to high key flower photography on a light box and especially during 2020 due to Covid 19 she has picked up a new way to express the beauty of flowers that she captured and then digitally painted them in Photoshop.
Kieulan considers herself as a beginner of floral digital artist and continues to expand her love for flowers. From taking a picture of a flower and then painting it some how she feels she has come a complete cycle of her creativity in creating a beautiful flower image.
FIAP Photo Meeting in Shandong, China with Kieu-Hahn Vu
Kieu-Hanh’s presentation is a compilation of her photos from her FIAP Photo Meeting in Shandong, China in 2017. Shandong is known as the hometown of Confucius and Mencius. This photo meeting consists of more than 320 photographers from over 40 countries and regions around the world. They gathered in Shadong, China to photograph the traditional culture, and the natural landscape of Ji’nan, Tai’an, Jining, Liaocheng, Zaozhuang, Zibo, Weifang, and Qingdao.
While photographers usually learn to take pictures first and then learn how to edit their pictures using post processing tools, Kieu-Hanh went the unconventional route. She first learned about the editing tools when she took a computer graphics course in college, and because she was so interested in those editing tools, she began learning about photography so that she could apply her skills. She first picked up a point-and-shoot camera, and joined the Vietnamese Photographic Society (VNPS) in 2006 to learn how to take pictures. She has since moved on to several SLR digital cameras, and currently uses a Canon 7D Mark II. She is also a member of Photographic Society of America (PSA) and the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP). Since 2009, she has been a frequent speaker at VNPS’s educational programs, as well as contributed her written articles on photography techniques. For the past seven years, she has also been part of the judging panel in several photo contests and portfolio projects at this camera club.
Kieu-Hanh has been a member of Northern Virginia Photographic Society (NVPS) since 2008. She considers herself as an avid amateur photographer. She uses photography as ways to relax and to reduce the stress from her hectic lifestyle. Her main interest is nature photography and photojournalism. When creating an image, she tries to convey an idea, message, or thought in her image. Kieu-Hanh has won numerous competitions and awards for her photographs at international, national, and local competitions.
Kieu-Hanh is currently working as a Systems Analyst in Washington DC. She lives with her husband in Fairfax, Virginia.