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30 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 Alan Burles, urban exploration, free holiday greetings templates, Don McCullin, dodging and burning, the Panasonic G9 vs. the Fujifilm X-T3 and Amtrak's new social resident program.

  • Alan Burles: Master of Illusion -- in Pictures showcases some of the most amusing images ever captured. Burles was awarded this year's Leica Street Photography International photographer of the year award.
  • "During one of my recent short walks from a train station to a nearby cafe, I chanced upon a stretch of abandoned residential flats," Robin Wong begins his Wide Angle Urban Exploration in Kuala Lumpur.
  • Holiday greeting card time again. Annie Crawford highlights one promising new approach using 17 Festive, Free Holiday Greetings Templates with the free Adobe Spark.
  • In Don McCullin Talks War and Peace, Colin Jacobson interviews the photojournalist as Tate Britain prepares to show a retrospective of his work. He wasn't just in the right place at the right time but he also always took an exposure reading first. "Even in battle photography I go over on my back and read the exposure," he confesses. "What's the point of getting killed if you've got the wrong exposure?"
  • ON1 Plus coach Colin Smith demonstrates Dodging and Burning with the new ON1 Photo Raw 2019.
  • In My Final Assessment of the Panasonic G9 Versus the Fuji X-T3, Kirk Tuck decides to keep both. The G9 is the overall winner but the X-T3 is "a slightly better portrait camera." And portraits butter his bread.
  • Love trains? Starting Saturday, Dec. 1, at noon ET you can fill out a short application on the #AmtrakTakeMeThere Web page to apply for Amtrak's new social resident program. Residents will share their individual experiences aboard Amtrak's long distance trains while engaging others through their respective online communities. You can apply until Thursday, Jan. 31, at midnight ET. Winners are expected to be announced in early Spring 2019.

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