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22 February 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 Patrycja Pati Makowska, 24-70mm zooms, the Foveon sensor, visual content, old photographs and Rebecca Senf on Ansel Adams.

  • In Winter Sun Casts Icelandic Mountain Range in Alluring Candy-Colored Hues, Grace Ebert profiles Iceland-based photographer Patrycja Pati Makowska's use of "the natural allure of Reykjavic's landscape."
  • In Practical Use of Field Curvature: 24-70mm Zooms, Roger Cicala does "a little bit of a deeper dive into how zooms behave." There is nothing quite like really knowing your lens, he concludes. That's "one of the things that separates great photographers from good ones."
  • Elliot Puritz asks, Is the Foveon Sensor Still Relevant? His most elegant argument in favor of the unique sensor design may just be the accompanying Foveon images.
  • "The battle is on. The forces of truth against forces of deception," Paul Melcher writes in Can Visual Content Remain Trustworthy? "If we can no longer believe what we see, our world will be torn apart," he writes.
  • A dusty shoe box in the back of a closet is filled with old photographs. Hadley Freeman continues, "I was sure it would contain another pair of battered kitten-heeled sandals but, determined to be thorough, I pulled it out. It did not contain sandals. Instead, inside were the secrets my grandmother had kept all her life."
  • Making a Photographer: The Early Work of Ansel Adams will be the topic of author Rebecca Senf's book talk Mar. 28 at the Phoenix Art Museum. In her book, Senf details the first three decades of Adams's photographic practice, from an amateur album made during his childhood to his Guggenheim-supported National Parks photography of the 1940s.

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