May 28, 2019 – Member’s Gallery: “Prints” with Ron Taylor; “Digital” with Kieulan Nguyen

Member: Ron Taylor – Favorites

Description: The collection includes some of Ron’s favorite images.

This collection includes some of Ron’s favorite images. He has been making photographs on an occasional basis for several years. Ron uses Nikon equipment.  His walkabout camera is a Nikon D750 with a Nikon 24-120 lens. He uses use a Tamron 150-600 lens for distance shots and a Nikon D105 for close-up work.

Ron began competing in Class 1 in 2016, was promoted to Class 2 in 2017 and to Class 3 in 2018.  He was named both Class 2 Monochrome Photographer of the Year and Versatile Photographer of the Year last year.  

In addition to serving as Co-VP Competition in 2018 and 2019 he served as Vendor Manager for the 2018 Nature Visions Expo.  His image “Black and White Sunflower “ won First Place at the 2018 Nature Visions Expo.

For the past eighteen years Ron has headed his own company, The Ron Taylor Group, specializing in leadership and project management training and consulting.  During that time he has served as an Adjunct Professor in the graduate programs at both Virginia Tech and George Mason University and as President of the Washington DC Chapter of the Project Management Institute which, with over 10,000 members, is the largest such organization in the world.

Ron has been married for 30 years to Yvonne.  His son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren have been living in New Zealand for the past 5 years, and he is delighted to say they returned to the U.S. in March and are now living only three time zones away in California.

Ron’s future photography plans include continuing to learn from others and trying to become a better photographer.

Member: Kieulan Nguyen

Description: Return to my Motherland after 43 years

Kieulan Nguyen has been doing photography for a long time, but it wasn’t until 2010 that she took her hobby seriously.  Kieulan is a Canon and Fuji shooter. She enjoys macro, landscape, urban photography. Now that her children are grown up, she has more time to travel so travel photography is something that now interests her.  Because photography keeps evolving, she never stops learning. She is always looking to bring new and fresh air into her pictures. Being creative is very important for her because it reminds her that she does not take pictures, but rather makes pictures.  

Kieulan often thought there were so many countries she would love to visit. Viet Nam rarely made her bucket list despite it being her motherland.  After seeing so many wonderful images taken of her country, her desire to go home grew over time. So after a 43 year absence, on a spur of the moment in 2018, she agreed to join her friends to go back for 3 weeks.  That was the best decision she has made.

Kieulan’s collection is of photos she took during her trip to Viet Nam.  During her visit she spent 12 days driving along many winding country roads from Ha Noi to Ha Giang, Hue, Hoi An, Phan Rang and Phan R. Most of the time it rained, but it did not stop her.  Every place she visited had its own charm and beauty. She loved every moment she was there. Through her modest lens, she wants to share with you these images of a beautiful country she is so proud to call home.

Until then … Viet Nam, she will definitely return!


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