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1 October 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 Jessye Norman, San Antonio, Shortcuts, Thomas Joshua Cooper, Halide 1.14, stock photography services, Kelby's Photo Walk and interactive image processing.

  • In Jessye Norman -- a Life in Pictures, the Guardian celebrates the life of the fabulous opera singer, who has left us at the age of 74. NPR's Rachel Martin interviewed her a few years ago when her memoir Stand Up Straight and Sing! was published. "We come to Earth, I feel, with a completely open heart," she told him. "And then we're told that we have to close it off to certain things. And that's a great shame."
  • Kirk Tuck continues his exploration of Downtown San Antonio with his Pentax K-1, shooting the "the silly, fun, zany, weird stuff" on the "colorful" side of town. Like margaritas to go and a rainbow display of ukuleles.
  • In Are Customers Asking for Too Much?, Thom Hogan observes customers don't make good product designers. "Here's the real user problem facing camera users now: 'I've taken a photo, now what?'" he writes. For Hogan, it was dipping into Shortcuts in iOS 13 to tell Siri to message selected photos. But Nikon's SnapBridge won't play with Shortcuts. Until, well, customers ask for it.
  • In A Photographer at the Ends of the Earth, Dana Goodyear profiles Thomas Joshua Cooper, who "has been working on a project that he calls The Atlas of Emptiness and Extremity, a collection of some seven hundred black-and-white photographs that he makes from remote, forbidding, largely unpeopled, all-but-forgotten outcroppings, on five continents and at both poles, along the perimeter of the Atlantic basin." Cooper, who worked with both Imogene Cunningham and Ansel Adams, shoots with an 1898 5x7 view camera he bought from the original owner's elderly son.
  • In Halide 1.14 Adds New Lens Switching Interface and Guides, John Voohees reviews the new version of the $5.99 iOS camera app.
  • Greg Scoblete compares several Stock Photography Services.
  • David Williams has some advice for Leaders of Scott Kelby's Worldwide Photo Walk coming up this Saturday. But attendees will find it amusing, too.
  • Jake Low's nicely presented Image Processing: Point Operations is another take on our own Interactive Editing experiment. Controls are above the image, code below.

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