PHOTOGRAPHER: KEVIN TAT
|| I was born
in a Chinese District in Vietnam, and spending the last 30 years in the sunny
San Diego, California; now that makes me a...yeah...all those, Vietnamese-Chinese-American.
As a youngster played on the streets back then in Asia, I remembered seeing those
big billboards of "Nikon", "Canon", "Olympus" and
so on, and I thought to myself "gotta have one of those!" And when I
started making money, I still wouldn't listen to my mother,
I am spending all my money in the same place, the Canon store.
It has been my greatest interest taking photographs of this earth, and all walks
of life on it. Although, I have not had a chance seeing all the places I wanted
to see, and now family must comes first. However, I always grab my camera every
time I set out to somewhere hoping to snap a few pictures. Photography could be
just a hobby for some, but for me it's an ongoing passion.
I bought my first real camera right after I got my first real job. It was the
Canon EOS 10S with some consumer lenses, I have used them extensively for more
than 8 years. The urge for higher resolution in order to get bigger clear prints
led me to the introduction of medium format cameras. As most of us already know,
medium format equipments can be very expensive. With a small budget I had in hand,
I then acquired the Mamiya 645 Pro-TL. Images produced from the Mamiya 645 Pro-TL
using the 80mm and the zoom 105-210mm lenses were extremely sharp and I was absolutely
impressed with the results. After numerous family wedding shoots and other picture-taking
experiences with this camera, I have yet again felt the drive to go forward with
an even bigger camera, the Mamiya RZ67 Pro-II. This camera was bulky and heavy,
especially with taking pictures outdoor. It required a brand new set of accessories,
and a brand new heavy duty tripod to support it; but in return produces stunning
images. The best feature of it all has to be the rotational film back that the
camera body takes. This meant the entire film holder can be rotated to capture
in the portrait or landscape orientation with just the press of a button. This
could cut down a lot of time in producing a shot, compared to the use of a conventional
rotating camera bracket. Just when I felt more comfortable using both 35mm and
medium formats, the digital age arrived.
I started out with a Casio 2 mega pixels digital light box, I have used it for
both work and pleasure. When Canon introduced the 6MP EOS-10D in the Spring of
2003, I quickly moved onto dSLR. Now that the EOS-1D Mark II is always with me,
and the EOS-20D serves as a backup. As technology advances, I know that I will
be attracted to even smarter tools and equipments. Digital photography is so much
fun, and yet, there are still so much to learn. I like to portray the images just
the way they are captured, naturally and original. Overly post-processed could
easily damage the beauty of photography, and being misinterpreted into digital
arts, but this is only my opinion.
PHOTOS BY KEVIN TAT
out more of Kevin's photos in the big cat photo galleries.