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27 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 the water lily harvest, Delphine Diallo, Texas during a pandemic, making prints, free prints, blurring a background and Olympus.

  • Grace Ebert presents the photos of the Annual Water Lily Harvest in Vietnam by Trung Huy Pham. "He photographs the farmers wearing canonical hats as they collect the fast-growing flowers, which often are used as decoration and as additions to hot pots," she writes.
  • Marigold Warner presents images and text from Delphine Diallo's Lived Experience: Reflections on LGBTQ Life, a new book of portraits of LGBTQ people over the age of 50 in America.
  • Kirk Tuck reevaluates his reopening plan In the Heart of Texas During a Pandemic. :What I'm coming to realize is that we might not go back to work for our regular clients, doing photography the way I've always enjoyed it, for the rest of 2020," he writes. Nevertheless, he's finding things to get excited about.
  • In Saving Your Memories -- Make Prints, Kevin Raber argues for the importance of making 4x6 prints of those family snapshots on your phone. He shares a few of his favorites and even bought a printer to print more.
  • Alternately, FreePrints in Midland, Texas, offers 85 free 4x6 prints a month for just a shipping charge. You use a free Android or iOS app to send your photo to them.
  • Michael Archambault explains How to Blur a Background in Photos on your phone or your desktop. We'd just add, Photoshop's Select Subject is your friend here.
  • Oh, there's more industry comment on the Olympus news (you knew there would be). Mike Johnston is sad (pointing out the company's problems go back to its reluctance to embrace autofocus in the film era). And Derrick Story doesn't at all mind not being part of the Canon-Nikon-Sony herd (there's "a lot less dust").

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