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15 June 2021

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 Horacio Reyes Páez, Adeolu Osibodu, Leo "Bud" Welch, Westcott, protecting gear in the heat, the Platyball Elite, a sweet tweet and macOS Monterey.

  • Devid Gualandris explores Horacio Reyes Páez's images of Argentina's Arresting Natural Beauty. "From the golden textures of the desert to the warm orange and pink hues of the mountain tops, the region's unique colors and lighting combine to create an otherworldly scene," he writes.
  • Behance Narrated features the portrait photography of Adeolu Osibodu. "Osibodu often breaks the boundaries of portrait photography, appearing in his own images, often dozens of times in one frame." Putting a smile on your face, too.
  • Joe McNally shot Leo in Layers, namely Leo "Bud" Welch. "Red Club, red shoes, red guitar. How lucky can a photographer get?" he asks.
  • Terry White explains Why I Switched From Elinchrom to Westcott for Flash. It's a nice overview of advances in strobe technology.
  • Kirk Tucks details how to survive The Fires of Hell raining down on Austin at the moment. "It's hot right now. It hit 102° in parts of town today and with the elevated humidity from recent rains the "feels like" (heat index) is 106°." Not good for your black-bodied camera either. So he shows how to protect it with a do-rag.
  • Dave Williams suggest you Get Up at 3:45. It's Worth It. He brought along a pre-production release of a Platyball Elite mounted on a Platypod Max. "The Platyball Elite features a screen showing the perfect alignment of the horizon and the tilt, helping us get a perfectly level horizon or in pointing our camera dead-ahead if we want a 50/50 horizon line," he writes. Particularly helpful if you aren't awake yet, we suppose.
  • In How a Tweet Led My Dad to His Dream Job, Rebecca Mix tells how her tweet got her father an interview. With her photos. Cute story.
  • Howard Oakley details What Isn't Changing in macOS Monterey. "For Mac users, Monterey promises consolidation and improvement and perhaps some truth and reconciliation at last," he writes. "If you're considering taking part in the developer or public beta-testing programmes, provided that you keep it well away from production systems, I don't think that you'll be disappointed."

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