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8 February 2019

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 Chinese landscapes, lens laws, the Olympus 25mm Pro lens, creative compositing, Emoji Mosaic, Jim Olive and the Rocky Nook Book Club.

  • In A Photo Trip to China's Daocheng County, Alan Taylor presents 26 photos of the "small, mountainous region that about 31,000 ethnic Tibetans call home." We find the color disturbingly unreal in most of them, though. The skies in particular. But we do like the last one.
  • In Mike's Seven Laws of Lenses, Mike Johnston makes seven excellent points. Which he elaborates on in his commentary. Which, in turn, will cure you of that "obsessive testing of lenses for technical perfection" some sites indulge in.
  • Derrick Story raves about The Outstanding Olympus 25mm f1.2 Pro Lens for Portraits even if it costs $1,100. That 25mm is a 50mm equivalent on his Olympus E-M1 Mark II.
  • In Masking & Creative Compositing, Dylan Kotecki walks through using ON1 Photo Raw 2019's AI Quick Mask tool to composite an image:
  • Upload an image to Emoji Mosaic and it will turn it into a mosaic made up of emoji. The less detail the better.
  • Carolyn Wright highlights a GoFundMe Account Set Up to Support Jim Olive's 'Takings' Lawsuit. His Cityscape photo was appropriated by the University of Houston which refused to compensate him on "sovereign immunity grounds." She discusses the concept, often used to dodge copyright claims, and Olive's clever application of real property laws to intellectual property to pursue the University.
  • Rocky Nook has started The Rocky Nook Book Club. For $25 a month you get a 40 percent discount on anything you buy from them and a code for any eBook/Print bundle, all with free ground shipping.

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