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15 April 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 Bill Owens at Altamont, Carl Oliver Ander, Scott Kelly, Nikon primes, the state of the art, the Ricoh GR III, learning from others, what photography is and Brianna Wettlaufer.

  • In 50 Years After Altamont: The End of the 1960s, Jonathan Blaustein tells the story of Bill Owens. His images of the concert, some of which appear in the story but most of which were stolen, have just been published Altamont 1969. "Owens blames the Hells Angels, who he suspects weren't interested in evidence remaining at large," Blaustein reports.
  • Time Moves Slowly in the images of Swedish photographer Carl Oliver Ander, "Ander has shot at staggered intervals to distort time and to create the illusion of repetition -- or as he explains, to stress 'the unstoppable progress of time marching on'," Rose Flanagan writes.
  • Scott Kelly Spent a Year Taking Photos in Space They're Beautiful. There are a few in the story but there's also the book: Infinite Wonder: An Astronaut's Photographs From a Year in Space.
  • Roger Cicala is bangs out more charts in Just MTF Charts: Nikon Prime Lenses, which includes 105mm, 24mm, 58mm and 85mm focal lengths. "The Digital Picture is going to add all our MTF graphs to their comparison tool as we release them," Roger adds, making comparisons easy. BTW, The Digital Picture notes that you can save 15 percent at today using the code TAXDAY19 at checkout.
  • Kirk Tuck is Searching for Meaning in the Current State of Photography. The digital era may not have the celebrities of the past but, Tucks notes, "The kids are all right. A lot of the work is good. And to some extent the world is better off not needing 'super heroes' in every category."
  • Derrick Story went Day Hiking With the Ricoh GR III. But he also processed the DNGs (which he greatly preferred over the camera JPEGs) in Capture One Pro 12 and Luminar Flex. "I particularly like warming up the tones a bit with the Golden Hour filter, then adding a dash of secret sauce with the Orton Effect adjustment," he writes.
  • Thom Hogan suggests Learning From Others. In this case, landscape photographers. "All five lessons here are applicable to event photography, sports photography, family photography, travel photography, macro photography, basically any kind of photography you can imagine," he adds.
  • In What Is Photography?, Mike Johnston says bluntly, it's what photographers do. He tells the story of how he formulated his readers first policy when an editor he had no connection with upbraided him for not helping a manufacturer move product. He was always a readers first writer, he notes, "Even if it brought me into conflict with my bosses, which it occasionally did." They are, of course, running a business (as they are quick to point out), which may explain why one-man bands run by former writers tend to be reader centric in a way other sites never quite are.
  • Claude Alexandre introduces Brianna Wettlaufer, Adobe Stock's New Head of Content, who founded Stocksy United. "Stock isn't taboo and it's visible in almost every aspect of our daily lives. We know it's there. We all use it. So we're in an interesting growth period where stock is shedding its stereotypes and becoming a vital part of today's visual culture," she says.

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