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14 June 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 underwater photography, Martian darkness, architectural photography, wide-ranging zooms and Ektrachrome production.

  • In An Underwater Photographer Documents a Meditative World, Ania Bartkowiak talks to Michaela Skovranova about her underwater images of "n atmospheric, at times almost alien, world." Skovranova noted, "Of all the photography I've ever tried, this produced so far the most authentic results for me."
  • Shades of Martian Darkness shows simulated views of the effect of dust storms darkening the Martian sky and blotting out the sun from NASA's Opportunity Rover's point of view, preventing its batteries from charging.
  • In Basic Concepts to Create Incredible Architectural Images Using Light Painting, Dylan Patrick walks you through a commercial exterior shoot for Clay Lacy Aviation at Van Nuys Airport. Tricky job. "Complications for this shoot were high as were the risks," he writes.
  • Kirk Tuck discovers the truth about the All Purpose Lens. "The boring, all purpose, wide ranging (but not too wide ranging) zoom lenses from just about every system I've owned are the ones that produce the most consistent images, fuel most of my projects, satisfy the majority of my clients and make me the most money," he observes.
  • Stan Horaczek goes Inside the Facility Where Kodak Brings Film Back to Life. "During production, Kodak uses night-vision cameras to monitor the film for irregularities such as uneven application or breaks," he reports. But we think that initial Canon/Ektachrome comparison is misleading. Disregard.

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