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18 April 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 life here 110 years ago, electromagnetic focusing, using the Key Line art filter and Matthew Stern.

  • We're pleased to report that at five this morning nothing happened. Which was not the case 110 years ago here as Bob Bragman's 1906 Earthquake & Fire Slide Show reminds us. Among the photographers recording the disaster was Willard Worden. John Henry Mentz, working for United Railroads, was another. And Frederick Eugene Ives made some color images of the destruction. Brave souls.
  • Roger Cicala, Aaron Closz and Erick Marquez take A Look at Electromagnetic Focusing and, well, the history of focusing mechanisms in general. Which leads them to an unusually heavy (and entertaining) dose of speculation.
  • Derrick Story argues Harsh Light is All Right -- if you shoot it with the Key Line Art Filter (or any posterization filter) on your camera. He got the idea from a watercolor greeting card he saw in a Sausalito shop. But he shot Raw+JPEG so he has the unfiltered data to work with too.
  • Matthew Stern asked himself, "Being alone in a big city is something rare, but what would happen if you could visit a totally empty version of Paris?" Alone in Paris is his answer. "It took me almost two month erasing every one in Paris and countless hours in front of my screen," he reveals.

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