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16 November 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 looking down from the heights, Xavi Bou, the 2018 Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards winners, Raw file optical distortion correction, an accordion player, Story's gift guide and Kelby's gift guide.

  • In Dizzying Heights: Vertical Tourism in China, Alan Taylor terrorizes sedentary workers like us with 30 images of living (tethered or supported in some way) just off the edge. We could barely stand (cough) to look at them.
  • Stephanie Wade follows Spanish photographer Xavi Bou as he captures The Invisible Flight Patterns of Birds. We mention Bou's work in a 2016 Horn but Wade writes, "Bou recently flew to Iceland to expand the 'Ornitographies' series, where icebergs and rock formations served as a dramatic backdrop to the flight lines of the birds."
  • The winners of the 2018 Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Awards have been announced.
  • Jim Kasson shows before and after shots of 27-70/4 Nikkor S Distortion on Nikon Z 7. The intriguing bit of this short piece, though, is that he points out how you can get an uncorrected image from the Raw data. Not with Camera Raw, alas. But Raw Therapee will ignore the correction data.
  • Harold Davis put a euro down by a Sicilian Accordion Player then asked to take his photo. "I wanted to give him the money before asking to take his photo, so he could say 'no' to the photo if he wanted without worrying about monetary consequences," Davis writes. Nice story (with bonus Joni Mitchell lyrics).
  • Derrick Story's Gift Guide for Photographers is short and sweet with one item under $10.
  • Scott Kelby has published his Holiday Gear Guide of products he uses himself with enthusiasm and would recommend to a friend. And a few items are even under $100.

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