Floating with the Petzval Lens and Kien Quan

Kien Quan is a photographer who specializes in dance, street fashion, and lifestyle photography. He is a master of capturing lithe figures in action, suspended in thin air.

Name: Kien Quan
Location: NYC
Gear: 5d Mark iii

Hi Kien, please introduce yourself.
My name is Kien and I’m a photographer who specializes in shooting dance, street fashion, and lifestyle.

How did you get involved in photography?

I got into photography through dance. For the past ten years, I was a competitive boy who entered in competitions around the world. I picked up a camera to record my travels. Zoom forward a few years later, I became much more passionate about photography.

How would you describe your photography style?

I would say my style is experimental – it changes often. Once I master a certain technique, look, or approach, I tend to get bored of it really fast. To counter the mundane boredom, I am constantly switching things up every time I shoot. At the moment, because of the immense amount of digital photographers, I like to emulate a certain a look that feels more film-like.

What was your first impression of the Petzval Art Lens?

It’s a very solid manual lens. It is definitely a conversation starter. So many people approached me and asked me what that “monstrous gold lens” was. I loved how the swirly bokeh looks and I really like the option to change the shapes of the bokeh.

Tell us about your with the Petzval Art Lens.

It’s solid and it shoots very well. Because I am a little near sighted, I found it very difficult to correctly focus on such a slim depth of field. I’m sure with a little more practice I can get this right.

Please tell us more about the series your shot?

I currently work for an organization called the Pro Breaking Tour that produces dance events around the United States. I was able to shoot dancers from around the world. Because of my lack of experience with this lens, I was only able to nab a few images that were correctly in focus. When it was in focus, the images turned out amazing.

If you would have the chance to shoot anyone, anywhere with this lens, who and where would it be?

I don’t have anyone in particular but I would love to shoot a whole fashion look book with this lens. I would definitely take on that challenge.

Do you have any advice to current or future Petzval Lens users trying to do action shots?

A lot of practice!

What do you love to do beyond photography?

I love to travel. Even in my past as a dancer and currently as a photographer, what linked those two together were opportunities to travel abroad and see new experiences.


Learn more about the photographer and his work on his website and Instagram account.

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