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16 July 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 Neowise, Neowise at Mount Hood, Ming Thein, Art Streiber, the future, the Epson PictureMate PM-400, bokeh, the Alpha a7S III, a contest and a webinar.

  • Alan Taylor presents 10 Spectacular Views of Comet Neowise. "The images in the photos below are made with long exposures, so they may appear stronger than what you'd see with your own eyes, but it's still worth a look -- this is the brightest comet we've seen in 23 years and after this, Neowise won't be back for another 6,800 years," he writes.
  • Lester Tsai captured Neowise Above Mount Hood in Oregon. Because this was such an unprecedented and possibly once in a lifetime event, I decided to use one of my cameras to shoot a timelapse," Tsai told Grace Ebert.
  • In Old Normal, Ming Thein presents a set of black-and-white Nikon Z 7 images taken just before the pandemic hit. "We can only live in hope and be thankful to have been fortunate enough to remember that freedom not so long ago," he writes.
  • Suzanne Sease features a set of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas farmworker portraits taken by Art Streiber. "It was the first national organization to represent the country's 700,000 women farmworkers, uniting one of the most vulnerable groups in the American workforce," he says.
  • Kirk Tuck thinks Professional Photography won't return to its 2019 state after overdosing on images during the quarantine. "The real product in the near future will be the flow of work, not the finished piece of work," he writes. "I am beginning to see my printer as something ... vestigial," he concludes.
  • Kevin Raber makes 4x6 prints at home with his Epson PictureMate PM-400. Prints from the $250 device run about 39 cents each when you buy the ink cartridge and photo paper together.
  • Dahlia Ambrose provides A Proven Bokeh Photography Formula in four bullet points after a deep dive into the subject of background blur.
  • Sony is teasing a Alpha a7S III announcement for July 28 when pre-orders will be available as well.
  • LensCulture is accepting submissions for Journeys. "There is no limit to your interpretation of this theme," the publication notes. Free entry for single images. Deadline is Aug. 19.
  • Harold Davis will host Advanced 3-D Light Box Processing, a $19.95 webinar, Sunday, July 19 with a recording to be released "following a time delay" on his YouTube channel.

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