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9 November 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 celebrating Biden's win, prom portraits, Valparaiso, a mystery woman, videoconferencing lenses, a camera accessories discount, the end of HP's free-for-life ink plan and the McClockeys.

  • Alan Taylor presents 28 photos of Celebrations in City Streets After Biden Win. "People in cities across the U.S. hit the streets to celebrate, honking horns, hugging and gathering in squares," he writes.
  • Alys Tomlinson pairs monochrome Prom Portraits From the Lost Summer of 2020 with thoughts from the students themselves. "The portraits represent a loss and longing, but also celebrate each teenager as an individual, navigating this strange and challenging time."
  • In The Streets of Valparaiso, Kevin Raber revisits his guided tour of the colorful city last February. "On my previous trips to Valpo (as it is called by many), I took a ton of great images and on each trip I became more enamored with the city," he writes. Includes a GPS tracking map of the ground he covered.
  • Mike Johnston's Mystery Woman is no mystery around here. The only hint we'll give you is that the photo was taken in Berkeley in 1970.
  • After a lot of testing, Derrick Story found The Best Lenses for Videoconferencing. Not brands but focal length (wide normal) and type (prime for faster apertures). "One tip, regardless of which lens you use, is to put it in manual focus mode and leave it there," he adds.
  • Think Tank Photo is offering a 15 percent discount on Camera Accessories.
  • In The Battle for the Soul of Digital Freedom Taking Place Inside Your Printer, Cory Doctorow covers HP's recent conversion of "its 'Free ink for life' plan into a 'Pay us $0.99 every month for the rest of your life or your printer stops working' plan."
  • USA Today reports Gun-Waving St. Louis Couple Sues News Photographer. That would be those lawyers, the McClockeys. Turns out they live on a private street. Also turns out the couple are using the UPI photo "as part of a personal greeting card."

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