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7 July 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 Underwater Photographer of the Year winners, skate culture, the Sigma 70mm f2.8 Art Series macro lens, Arthur Tress in West Portal and World Cup memories.

  • The 2018 Underwater Photographer of the Year winners in a variety of categories have been announced. Download the free yearbook with all the images, back-stories and the judges comments.
  • Against the Grain: Skate Culture and the Camera celebrates the phenomena of skateboarding, with the photographers and filmmakers who documented the movement.
  • Zach Sutton reviews the Sigma 70mm f2.8 Art Series Macro Lens. One fatal flaw. "The 70mm focal length on this lens is frustrating to use for macro work, especially when using off-camera lighting," he writes. But he concludes, "At $567, you get an incredibly versatile and incredibly sharp lens that is continuing the legacy of the Art Series badge."
  • We were delighted to find this video featuring Arthur Tress not only because we admire his work but because he was working our neighborhood.
  • In The Round of 16, Derrick Story remembers teaching photography on a cruise ship during the 2014 World Cup with his sons along for the ride. "I remember every camera that I've ever owned and practically every image I've captured. Maybe that's to be expected for someone like me," he writes. "But what I didn't anticipate was how it has connected me with others. Almost every story starts with a picture."

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