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24 September 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 the homeless, Indian rugs, Marawi City, glass with character, optics in the golden age, Harold Davis, street shooting with the Nikon Z 7 and a BorrowLenses discount.

  • In Shooting 'Street Photos', Kirk Tuck tells several stories that explain what he does when he encounters the homeless. Tuck reinforces the advice of Joe Wilson, the executive director of the Hospitality House in San Francisco, in the PBS NewsHour's interview Everyone Can Afford Eye Contact With Those Who Have Nothing from July 20. Neither, these days, are to be missed.
  • Darren Centofanti is Finding Gold Dust in the Magic Carpet of an Indian rug producer. "The client asked me to capture 'gold' imagery that would showcase their organic manufacturing in an artistic way," he says.
  • In Religious War Left This Philippine City Uninhabitable, Canadian photographer David Maurice Smith visits Marawi City in the Southern Philippines, a city devastated in a siege by Muslim rebel groups.
  • In Adapted Lens Upsides, Jim Kasson lists all the fun you can have with glass that has "lens character." All you need is an adapter. "The world is full of old lenses made for cameras that are no longer made," he points out. "Some are very cheap. Some are uninteresting, but many are diamonds in the hands of the right photographer aimed at the right subject in the right light."
  • In Will a Golden Age of Optics Emerge, or Just Another Balkanization?, Lloyd Chambers suggests the 16mm to 20mm flange distances of Nikon, Sony and Canon full-frame mirrorless systems are an opportunity for third-party lens makers to spread the cost of a 20mm design with specific mounts over several platforms. "Specifically, what I hope to see is all-new designs from Zeiss, Sigma, Voigtlander and others," he writes.
  • Harold Davis highlights a few Stories That Weave Through My Blog, which he's been writing for over 12 years.
  • In Z 7 Fashion on NYC Streets!, Joe McNally walks through Times Square at 4:30 a.m. on a "sticky August night with a max of two light sources" and the Nikon Z 7 and the Z series 24-70 f4 lens. "In short, as an intuitive street instrument, the pre-production Z 7 was outstanding and makes me salivate after the production line models, coming soon," he writes.
  • BorrowLenses is offering 10-20 percent discounts on rentals through Oct. 3 when you use the code SIMPLE20.

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