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22 June 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 dancing trees, memories, old hard drives, trade-offs, travel damage and a rental discount.

  • Harold Davis ran across some Dancing Trees in Tilden Park which reminded him of images he had made a while ago. "With a line drawing of these three compositions, the underlying similarity of image structure becomes clear," he writes. And hence a theme. "In my mind, the spirits of trees are always dancing."
  • Hannah Abel-Hirsch presents a few of the evocative images of Neha Hirve from her series Both Your Memories Are Birds.
  • In My Testing of Hard Drives 10 Years Old or More, Derrick Story reports five of his dozen drives failed after 10 years in storage. The five were all bus-powered externals. We'd plug in a power adapter, warm the drive up or put it in a new enclosure before waving goodbye. Stiction is more likely the issue rather than any component failure.
  • Jim Kasson muses on Photography and Trade-Offs after getting a question from a reader. "In photography, if you're looking for perfection, you're bound to be disappointed," he writes. "I'll go further than that; I think the relentless pursuit of the ideal will harm your photography."
  • In Does Travel Damage Cameras? Thom Hogan explains just how it can. You may be surprised to learn, "The screws in the lens mounts are actually designed to break away easily (so as to preserve body/frame integrity; without body integrity a camera can't be fixed)."
  • BorrowLenses is offering 20 percent off your entire order when your rental is five or more days. Use the code 5DAYFUN at checkout.

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