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26 January 2016

In this recurring column, we 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 what happens when you stop down a lens, snow scenes, a free PDF for shooting at balloon festivals and HooDoo camera bags.

  • Roger Cicala shows what happens when stop down a lens using a Canon 35mm f1.4 (Mark I version) and a Sigma 35mm f1.4 Art lens. Here's the quick summary: "The general rule that lenses get much sharper stopped down two stops from wide open is generally true." But that's not even half the story.
  • Alan Taylor presents 28 Wintry Scenes After a Freezing Week. There are some exquisite shots and a few amusing kids, too (not in the same shot).
  • Andrew Darlow has published a free PDF on How to Get Great Photos at Balloon Festivals. The 19-page PDF covers "what to wear, what equipment to bring and how to capture images in unique ways."
  • Tamrac has launched its HooDoo series of lightweight, water-resistant waxed canvas camera bags designed for the outdoors, featuring quick access to camera gear.

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