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2 March 2018

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. This time we look at 2018 Pictures of the Year winners, Smithsonian Magazine's 2017 photo contest finalists, Roger Ballen, the Kodak Scanza, the Olympus E-1, Jeff Cable and Mike Johnston's first podcast.

  • James Estrin presents a few images from The Winners of the 2018 Pictures of the Year. Adam Ferguson was named Photographer of the Year, second place went to Ivor Prickett and Adam Dean took third. Tomás Munita won first place for Feature Picture Story. To name just a few.
  • Alan Taylor presents 14 images by the Finalists From Smithsonian Magazine's 2017 Photo Contest from the competition's six categories: The Natural World, The American Experience, Travel, People, Altered Images and Mobile.
  • Ballenesque highlghts the monochrome work of Roger Ballen. "I like art that reflects something very basic, very primitive and psychological, which has something in common with outsider art but the work itself is advanced photography," he says.
  • Derrick Story kicks the tires on the Kodak Scanza film scanner, comparing it to a professional lab scan and Wolverine F2D scan. He had fun but the image quality of the $169 scanner didn't match the pro scan.
  • Robin Wong picks up an antique Olympus E-1 despite it's having "only five Megapixels, three focusing points (the horror!), poor dynamic range and usable ISO up to 400 only." But right away he liked the grip. "I don't believe any camera can be completely obsolete," he notes.
  • Jeff Cable made A Visit to the DMZ, a Military Base and Naksansa Temple while shooting the Olympics in Korea.
  • Mike Johnston bought a Blue Yeti microphone and posted his first Podcast! (Or: Podcast?!?), which he plans to try as "a spoken edition of what you can read for yourself on the site." He'd like to know what you think. Could tweets be next?

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