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30 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 ballooning, Bagan, the Ebony photo archives, Harold Davis, compositing images, a Sunrise Challenge, the Fujifilm GFX100 service advisory and David Skernick.

  • In A Load of Hot Air: Ballooning World Record Attempt, the Guardian presents images of over 400 hot air balloons attempting to break the simultaneous takeoff world record in the Grand Est Mondial Air Ballons festival at Chambley-Bussières airbase in eastern France.
  • In A Photo Trip to Bagan, Myanmar, Alan Taylor showcases the newly-designated UNESCO World Heritage site in 24 photos. "Most of the structures were built between 800 and 1,000 years ago, when Bagan was a royal capital," he writes. The site is still recovering from a 2016 6.8 earthquake that damaged 185 of the ancient buildings.
  • Julie Bosman reports the Ebony Photo Archives, Nearly Hidden, Will Be Made Public after the Ford Foundation, The J. Paul Getty Trust, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation collaborated on the winning bid for them. The most significant collection of photography depicting African-American life in the 20th century will be donated to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Getty Research Institute so it will be widely accessible to researchers, scholars and the public.
  • In Stuff, Harold Davis shoots his wife's elastic hair bands and runs them through a LAB adjustment to turn them into fluorescing ovals.
  • Julieanne Kost continues her 3, 2, 1, Photoshop! series with Three Ways to Blend Images in Photoshop compositing a suitcase with a body of water and an oncoming storm:

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