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3 April 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 Holy Week, Sydney, Jorge Alva, night photograph, the Sigma 14mm f1.8 HSM Art lens, hosting sites and Gnarbox 2.0 SSD.

  • In The Rituals and Traditions of Easter and Holy Week, Alan Taylor collects 42 images of both religious and (head-scratching) non-religious observations of the holiday.
  • In Sydney Illuminated, Tomaso Baldessarini captures the Australian city "from various different perspectives." His encounter with a young skater, though, captured him.
  • In Photographer Jorge Alva's Cinematic Eye for Symmetry, Camille Bello interviews the Berlin-based photographer for a new monthly feature in European Lens, a cultural page of the Euronews Web site. "I draw inspiration from everything. I feel like that's the only way I've been able to improve -- to be that open-minded to new inspirations," he says.
  • Alan Hess provides a little advice for Getting Into Night Photography, including how to set the exposure. And he doesn't leave you out in the cold when it comes to white balance either. That's just two of the frustrations of night shooting he addresses.
  • Thom Hogan reviews the Sigma 14mm f1.8 HSM Art lens. Despite its disturbing distortion, "We haven't had wide-angle lenses this wide and fast in the past, let alone one with some exceptional performance aspects to it," he writes.
  • Jim Kasson has been Speeding Up a Web Site. His own. He noticed his images were loading slowly after he switched to using a secure sockets layer. So he went looking for a non-tech hosting solution. He explores Squarespace in this piece and promised to look into two WordPress option next.
  • The Gnarbox 2.0 SSD provides on-site backup without a laptop. "Unlike other portable hard drives, we have assembled an ecosystem of mobile applications that serve the professional workflow from the field to the studio," the creators explain on their Kickstarter page. Already fully-funded (and then some), they hope to ship around the end of the year.

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