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2 May 2013

In this recurring column, we'll highlight a few items we've run across that don't merit a full story of their own but are interesting enough to bring to your attention (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at Sid Kaplan's images, Intel's Iris Graphics chip, an ommatidian lens and some inside information about the Upright tool in Lightroom 5.

  • The N.Y. Times Lens blog showcases some beautiful images of a vanishing city by Sid Kaplan, master black-and-white printer ("I do like everybody else. I develop prints the same amount of time as they tell you on the data sheet."). Fittingly, Kaplan shoots film and makes silver-based prints, a "vanishing" art.
  • Intel has announced its fourth generation Intel Core processors with Intel Iris Graphics. Iris provides twice the 3D performance of Intel's current HD Graphics chips and Mobile H-series processors designed for laptops and three times the performance of its R-series processors. The company expects 17x faster video and 25x faster graphics performance.
  • A bug-eye camera? Science Magazine reports materials scientist John Rogers and his team at the University of Illinois "have developed an array of 180 ommatidia (about the same number as in the eye of a fire ant), each of which contains a lens, tiny silicon photodetectors, and circuitry to read the image." But wait. They built a rubber (not glass) lens and put it on a camera that's a centimeter in diameter. With a 160 degree field of view, resolution is lower than a smartphone but images are "recognizable."
  • Julieanne Kost explains why you want to use Raw files and reanalyze your image when using the Upright tool in Lightroom 5 Beta -- Reanalyze, Raw and Manual Corrections.

More to come...

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