Wednesday, January 20, 2010

I'm Yours

My Memory piano song
(click & listen while your reading this poem)

I began to look endlessly into the wandering space
I felt its bitter coldness of a winter’s storm
I tried to embrace
With the touch of my hand, I transform
The bitter breeze gradually drifts upon my face
I folded my eyes and listen to sound of my memories
There, I find your voices whispering to my ear
“I’m yours”
by: DQN
dedicated to you my love

i'm not good at poem stuff but i just wanted to do one for my gf, for our anniversary
this is a small gift that my gf bought me from Las Vegas :)
it's my fav pair to wear all the time when i'm out.
what can i say, it rocks!

updates: I have been away for like a month now... can't believe i havn't really take any picture in the past month.... kind got depressed when my computer crashed.
still saving for an Mac....
other than that, i'm doing fine :)

it's been raining like crazy in southern Cali in the past few days, i ran into bad bad luck one after another....sighs i should stay home for now.

ps. i was gonna upload some rain pix but it's too sad and depress, lets get some colors in my daY!! i miss those bokeh stuff i used to do....

Thanks, please leave comments for your concerns
Have a nice night :)

Taken with one of Nikon's Gem
Noct-Nikkor 58mm f/1.2
"A Nikon's Dream Lens"


Monday, January 11, 2010

Average photographer

I'm an average photographer who shoots interesting people and subjects around me as i see it.
As we all know, any new DSLR that comes out now most likely has Video capture future in it.
I don't know about you guys, but i see one thing. It is the emerge between photographer and videographer.

I was told by a friend that becoming a movie director must taken the course of photography for years. Why does that matter? I believe that an Award winning movie must have Award winning picture in every single frame of the movie, that is 24 frames per second, you do the math for the total frames of the movie. It teaches us to value each frames like it is last.(Watch HOME documentary you'll know what I'm talking about)

Anyways, the idea of these video capture in DSLR are not useless. It has it's own purpose.

I have always dream to make a short future trailer with cinematic quality, but i really dont have $6,000 to buy a professional camera.... With these new DSLR video capture ability, I am able to do it with what i have.

To me, shooting HD video with Shallow DOF is like making the picture comes to life.

here are some samples:
Nikon D300s

Nikon D3s

Canon 5D MII

Thanks for reading, I hope you find it useful

Friday, January 1, 2010

1st post of 2010

2010 is here, a new year of a new decade! we stepped out of the old one and go into a new fresh decade.
I had been doing very well lately, and I'm very grateful for that.
I wish everything remain the way it is...
I wish everyone a Happy New Year, Wish you the best!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Back to a new Start - Project 365 on the way

Hi guys, This topic will be a series of post, not sure how many parts yet.

In this post I will explain what is project 365 and what is my opinion on it.

ps. on the side note, If you choose to read the following, please comment, it helps me a lot through your feedbacks. The more feedback i get, the more notes i'll write for you guys.

  • Project 365:
Back in jan 1st 2004, a photographer started taking a photo each day for 365 days, and he realized it doesn't just help him to remember the year through his photos. It also helped him to understand what was important in his life. Telling a story through a photo he shot each day for a whole year has giving a rich visual history of his life.

  • Why do it?
Imagine being able to look back at any day of your year and recall what you did, who you met, what you learned… (Often we find it hard to remember what we did just yesterday or even last night, let alone a whole year ago!)

Your year-long photo album will be an amazing way to document your travels and accomplishments, your haircuts and relationships. Time moves surprisingly fast.

Taking a photo a day will make you a better photographer. Using your camera every day will help you learn its limits. You will get better at composing your shots, you’ll start to care about lighting, and you’ll become more creative with your photography when you’re forced to come up with something new every single day.

  • My thoughts
I have written a Note here saying i will post every day and i will do it in pictures. I didn't do what i said. It was hard to keep doing it. I heard about this 365 projects for more than 6 months now, and i never have the Balls to do it. I was afraid my shots are not good enough, worrying about tons of things. Just a few weeks ago, i realized i have been shooting picture every single days for months. I was surprised how many pictures i took. I even have a lot of picture i dont get to post up yet.

Over the years many photographer took on this challenge and created lots of amazing work. It's something every photographer knows about.

So thinking back and forth, I have more confident now to take on this Challenge!
I'm considering to start this soon to start a new year of 2010 365 project.

I believe this will help me mature as time past each day,
not just taking better pictures, but to be a better man.

Now, let me know what you think :)

Good luck to you,
Daniel Quoc Nguyen


Thursday, May 21, 2009

April and May

I had a very long month. April is my favorite month and also the most interesting month in the year for me. Oh oh! don't forget May guys! May is like the Ending and Start of things for me. I am done with finals and school yesterday, phew what a stressful semester... so I am done right? so while everyone is getting weeks of break before summer school, I have three days... But it is ok! i am only try to take 10 units =] not much right? I haven't done any major photoshoot project lately due to the busy schedule.
Okay I wont keep you reading...we'll let the picture speaks :) Let see what I've done in April and May, shall we?

This is Toc Tien. She is a great Singer and wonderful friend.

In the beginning of this month, it was my sister's engagement! Congratulation to her. This is where i learn shooting indoor is tough! especially lowlight condition.

hmm I will post new post for other pics and talk about it in details.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Vicky's Photo Shoot

It has been a while since I wrote! But I am back now. Last weekend was quite busy to me, I had many work to do in everything. I was able to do a Photo shoot with my cousin Vicky. She was my model for the entire day :)
Here are some of the best results from the shoot. Enjoy

Gear: Nikon D200 with Noct-Nikkor 58mm f/1.2 lense

Tuesday, March 31, 2009


I read an article about Aristotle's logic in Standford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. As I quickly glanced through it, a word caught my attention immediately "essentia".. I will explain what it means in this post. Since I could not find it anywhere on Wikipedia or Google.

This is the direct translation from the article:
Essentia:"...Roman translators, vexed by this odd Greek phrase, devised a word for it, essentia, from which our "essence" descends. So, an Aristotelian definition is an account of the essence of something..."

I think that "essences" is being, and only being can be defined in definition.

It was a weird night when I created a this blog for the first time. And I needed a nice title that can relate to me personally. So I looked up several words that I use a lot. After a while I searched for "logic" (i use logic_nguyen for everything) and stumbled on the Aristotle's logic article. At first I wouldn't read those pages pages of words as you can see in the link at the bottom, but I was managed to read all the way to 7.1 :) Then I came across "Essentia" I must say I fell in love with that word on first sight.

So the real question is "What it is to be?" :)

Aristotle's logic
Search for section "7.1 Definitions and Essences"

Sunday, March 29, 2009


I want to say it. I want to understand it. I want to write about it.

I guess discussing it won't change anything, yet understanding it will help either . I always thought I understood it very well. Until I don't know myself anymore. It is invisible inside of me. I can not see it, but I can feel its presence. I can feel the pain caused by it. I'm tired of it. I just want to understand it so bad.

What if I fully understand my feelings? What good will that do for me?... Oh wait, I wont be confused and sad right? If that is true then I will never understand it.

Maybe I am just afraid.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Something to do this Spring

Spring is here! I spent some time outside to take some pictures for my Spring collection :) I will be uploading some as I go. check up! I hope everyone likes it as much as I do.

And that is Me :)
ps. you can find the complete album here on my flickr

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

So I gave it a second thought.

Last night was a long night for me. I got home from work around midnight and ready to go to bed. But then it turned out to be a three hours talk with my closest cousin of mine. We had a long discussion and at the end he suggested me to start a blog, as he said that to me a couple times when we talked in the past. This time was very different, he mentioned many powerful point that I never thought about.

A lot of things had changed for me this year. I never felt more confidence than ever to write, to express my feelings in writings. This is very new to me, yet I will try my best here.