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16 July 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 Apollo 11, Ebony archive, the Argus A and FA, Robin Schwartz, crime scenes, formats, 70-200mm f2.8 zoom lens MTFs, virtual copies, LomoChrome Metropolis and a Copyright Office webinar.

  • At 9:32 a.m. on July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 took off for the moon. Commander Neil Armstrong, lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin and command module pilot Michael Collins would soon become the first humans to land on another celestial body. This is what liftoff looked like:
  • In Bound for the Moon: Apollo 11 Preparation in Photos, Alan Taylor presents 30 photos of "some of the training, preparation and daily life that occupied the astronauts and their NASA support team in the months leading up to Apollo 11."
  • In Ebony Memories: A Photo Treasury, Julie Bosman showcases some of the historical images up for auction tomorrow. "Historians, alarmed by the potential sale, say that the collection is full of cultural treasures that should be opened to the public," she writes.
  • In 1930s Michigan Bakelite Cameras Document 2019 Junkyards, Murilee Martin revives an Argus A and FA to shoot wrecking yards in Colorado and California with some Kodak T-Max 100. "It's just like reviving a '36 Ford that sat in the barn for 60 years -- you never know what will work right and what won't!" he writes.
  • Pia Peterson presents A Photographer Who Is at Home in the Zoo. That would be Robin Schwartz, a professor of photography at William Paterson University in New Jersey who has been working with animals all her life. "I'm really interested in that magical relationship between animals and people," she says.
  • Over 80 images of Crime Scenes From the LAPD is on view at the Lucie Foundation. Sarah Gilbert highlights a selection of them in The Guardian.
  • Ming Thein wonders, What Defines Small/Medium/Large Formats, Anyway? The topic takes him from a discussion of sensor size to panorama stitching.
  • Roger Cicala and team present the MTF charts for 70-200mm f2.8 Zoom Lenses, including the Canon 70-200mm f2.8L IS II, Nikon 70-200mm f2.8G AF-S ED VR II and Sony FE 70-200mm f2.8 GM OSS.
  • Julieanne Kost explains The Power of Virtual Copies in Lightroom Classic.
  • Lomography has launched a Kickstarter campaign for LomoChrome Metropolis, a new color emulsion with "a unique chemical formula that desaturates the colors, mutes the tones and makes the contrasts pop."
  • Carolyn Wright reports the Copyright Office will answer modernization questions it has received when it hosts its Fourth Modernization Webinar on Thursday, July 25, at noon eastern time. Registration required.

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