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27 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 Jupiter, Wolff & Tritschler, the drowned migrants photo, the Mexico-Guatemala border, Sam Gregg, averaging images, Steve, chocolate, Linda Eastman, ExifTool, Photohab and Photo Creator.

  • The Tumultuous Clouds of Jupiter was captured by NASA's Juno spacecraft as it performed a close pass of the gas giant planet. Some bright-white clouds can be seen popping up to high altitudes on the right side of Jupiter's disk.
  • In Light and Shadow: Dr Paul Wolff & Tritschler, Sarah Roberts introduces a new book marking the rediscovery of the work of two of the most famous German photographers of the 1930s. "Wolff and Tritschler are known for photographing the years of the Weimar Republic -- Germany's government from 1919 to 1933 -- through to the rise of Nazi Germany and in the devastation of the Second World War," she writes. Light and Shadow includes 1,000 of their 70,000 images.
  • In Why the Times Published a Photo of Drowned Migrants, the publication's editors talk about the decision to publish "a haunting photo." They were concerned it would appear gratuitous or political but "the editors were confident that the image stood on its own, reflecting the perils migrants on the border face, not a position on the issue of immigration." And Peter Beaumont asks, Is It Wrong to Look at the Harrowing Photo of a Drowned Father and Daughter? in The Guardian. He quotes Susan Sontag: "Perhaps the only people with the right to look at images of suffering of this extreme order are those who could do something to alleviate it or those who could learn from it."
  • Alan Taylor present 25 Photos From the Mexico-Guatemala Border. "Mexico recently deployed 6,500 members of its newly formed National Guard to its southern states, along the border with Guatemala," he writes.
  • In Sam Gregg Documents the True Story of Naples, Ayla Angelos presents a few of the London-based photographer's images from his project See Naples and Die.
  • Jim Kasson describes his technique for Averaging Images in Photoshop, which simulates in post what Phase One's update for IQ4 cameras does in camera.
  • This Is Steve, writes Andrew Molitor by way of introduction.
  • Julie Powell offers a little advice for Working With Chocolate. "Don't eat it before you press the shutter," is not among them so we thought we'd add it here.
  • "Known for approaching fashion photography with a sophisticated lens, the work of London-based Umit Savaci is multifaceted and difficult to define; dancing between black and white portraits, hazy still lifes and abstract moments captured as if from a half-forgotten dream," Stephanie Wade writes.
  • Aleix Petridis interviews Paul McCartney on Linda Eastman's Best Photos. "She was a great believer in the happy accident. Where other people might have said: 'Well, this is blurred, we can't use this one, we'll go and look for the sharper photographs,' she went with it," he says.
  • In Apple to Deprecate Scripting Languages in Future Versions of macOS, Curtis Wilcox details the company's new policy to drop support for Python, Ruby, and Perl after Catalina. In the comments Mark McKean points out that includes the Perl-based ExifTool. To run ExifTool (or any of the numerous utilities that depend on it), you'll have to install Perl manually.
  • Photohab calls itself "the best photo search engine online." It's a Flickr Web Viewer that you can browse free stock photos, photographers, hashtags and popular subjects.
  • Photo Creator 2.0 is powered by artificial intelligence, offers an extended gallery with thousands of masked elements, includes face swap and permits uploading your own content. Oh, and it's free.

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