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13 April 2017

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 the end of the California drought, the Sigma 135mm Art lens, deadly selfies and Tom M Johnson's portfolio visit to New York.

  • There's nothing quite like evidence, however unfashionable it may at times seem. Alan Taylor presents 17 exhibits arguing the drought is over by Getty Images photographer Justin Sullivan in Before-And-After Photos: The End of California's Historic Drought (we write as the raindrops fall on the patio outside). We do have one correction, though. The grassy hills are always green in April and golden in the summer.
  • In Sigma 135mm f1.8 Art MTF Charts (And a Look Behind the Curtain), Roger Cicala compares the new Art lens to Canon, Zeiss, Rokinon and Nikon alternatives. After, that is, you "swear the Solemn Lensrentals Anti-Fanboy Oath."
  • In Deadly Selfies, Derrick Story suggests assigning an adult spotter to keep everybody safe when posing for a selfie. You know, to prevent this kind of thing from happening.
  • Tom M Johnson writes about his recent Portfolio Visit to New York. It was his seventh and most successful, meeting with 17 photo editors. He also discovered evidence (here we go again) of a retrenchment in the business. "When the millennials want to view everything on their smartphones without paying a fee," he wonders, "who will pay for the providers of the content?"

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