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14 June 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 Albania's bunkers, Stephen Dupont, detecting facial manipulations, Drakes Beach and the Canon RF 50mm vs. the Olympus 25mm f1.2 Pro.

  • The Cold War Bunkers of Albania look like the work of gophers. "Over 20 years, nearly 175,000 reinforced concrete bunkers were built across Albania, lining seashores and lakes and dotting mountain passes, borders, farmland and towns," Alan Taylor writes. The paranoia that built them has been replaced by imaginative conversions.
  • Photographer Stephen Dupont Looks Back at 10 of his favorite images, discussing their impact. "For me a good war photograph must be an anti-war photograph," he says.
  • Adobe Research and UC Berkeley have partnered in Detecting Facial Manipulations in Adobe Photoshop that use Photoshop's Face Aware Liquify feature. Previously the company has focused on image manipulation detection from splicing, cloning, and removal and it plans to expand its efforts to more image, video, audio and document manipulations. "The journey of democratizing image forensics is just beginning."
  • Waves on Drakes Beach by Harold Davis is mesmerizing. "I wanted to keep the soft quality of the breaking waves in the background while sharpening the foreground just a smidgen, all while interpolating the image a bit larger," he writes.
  • In Canon RF 50mm f1.2L vs. Olympus 25mm f1.2 Pro -- Twice Everything, Derrick Story points out "you have some distinct options in price and weight for high level photograph gear."


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