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29 May 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 World War I battlefields, Pulau Ketam's bikes, color theory for landscapes, the Luxli Cello LED panel, still lifes and Kevin Raber's mother.

  • Alan Taylor presents 32 photos of The Fading Battlefields of World War I a hundred years after the end of the war to end all wars. The landscape hasn't all healed over. In some places it has been preserved as a landmark to that devastating conflict.
  • If you like bikes, you'll enjoy Robin Wong's Photographing Pulau Ketam on Two Wheels. "Since the entire village is built on floating platforms with narrow walkways, the only way to get about is bicycles or electric bikes," he writes. He found it challenging to make shots of similar subjects engaging.
  • In Creative Applications of Color Theory in Landscape Photography, Erin Babnick illustrates seven approaches to color editing your landscapes.
  • In The Creative Luxli Cello 10" RGBAW LED Light, Derrick Story wrestles with a compact LED light panel whose bulb can produce red, green, blue or white light. You can dial in the color temperature on the back panel or using your smartphone.
  • Learning the Small-Scale Studio Ropes by Jim Kasson isn't a how-to but a great tour de force of what you can do in solitary confinement. We counted 14 different approaches to shooting a still life.
  • In My Mom -- My Hero, Kevin Raber celebrates the life of his mother, who passed away on May 18. "Each of my siblings had special talents and one of the best things about my mom and dad was they encouraged us to follow our passions. In the end, as adults, all of us are very independent and successful," he writes. Our condolences to the Rabers on their loss.

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