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17 January 2020

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 ocean art, Ashton Hugh, the Comoros, Alan Schaller, the Filter Photo Festival, Desiree Rios, Harold Davis, banned photography, the Sony FE 135mm f1.8 lens, ultraviolet photography and Merge to Panorama.

  • Underwater Photography Guide has announced the 2019 Ocean Art Contest Winners. Photographers from 78 countries entered images and over $85,000 in sponsor prizes were awarded.
  • In Ashton Hugh's Sun-Drenched Imagery Is Rich in Color, Light, and Atmosphere, Stephanie Wade presents the work of the British photographer. "Hugh's aesthetic is distinguished by his considered but varied approach: black and white portraits and candid shots of models in relaxed suits are contrasted against editorials with stylized poses and images of the ocean's waves," she writes.
  • In Bullfighting, Dancing and Spending Big: A Wedding in the Comoros, Tommy Trenchard takes you to a wedding in the remote volcanic archipelago between Mozambique and Madagascar in the western Indian Ocean.
  • In The Liberation of Limitation, Alan Schaller takes the new M10 Monochrom for a spin. "Being able to pre-focus and therefore be discreet, not having to bring the camera to the eye in order to get a shot -- it was a huge relief for me to be honest!" he says.
  • Jonathan Blaustein continues his series on The Best Work I Saw at the Filter Photo Festival with the fourth installment. This piece includes the work of Bernadette Fox, William Davis, Kari Laine, Sarah Malakoff and Daniel J. McInnis.
  • Mike Johnston celebrates the photojournalism of Photographer Desiree Rios in the New York Times. "The pictures don't cry out for attention and don't insist on some forced signature style -- they tell the story -- but they're beautifully done all the same and they work in concert with the written story," he writes.
  • Harold Davis found himself Under the Dumbarton Bridge with a camera.
  • Ellyn Kail asks attorney Leslie Burns, Where Is Photography Banned? "Now more than ever, it's crucial for photographers to familiarize themselves with the law and to understand where they can -- and cannot -- take pictures," she writes.
  • Harvey Stearn waxes poetic about Sony's Incredible FE 135mm f1.8 GM Lens. He goes on to suggest "specific uses for this lens that might not occur to many photographers, at least not for some time." And proves his point with some gorgeous images.
  • Jasenka Grujin takes a look at Ultraviolet Photography, which can involve UV-capable lenses (not all of which are expensive).
  • In From the ACR Team: Merge to Panorama, Josh Bury walks through the feature and shares more details about the new Fill Edges feature released in November.

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