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7 September 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 Davide Bertuccio, sunrises, the Olympics, Panasonic S5 monochromes, in-camera motion, macros, staying safe in public and Andrew Molitor.

  • In The Silent Clapping of Their Hands, Cat Lachoswkyj interviews Davide Bertuccio about his pre-Covid project photographing Claudio Madia, a sixty-year-old former television presenter living inside a colorful house of theatrical rooms in Milan. Madia created a circus in his home to survive the lockdown. "The more I spent time with Claudio, the more magical everything became," Bertuccio says.
  • Dave Williams prefers to Shoot the Whole Sunrise. At Stonehenge, he was with two other photographers, one who left before the sun came up and one who arrived shortly after. One was shooting the blue hour, the other the golden hour, he explains. "I was left a little baffled about why, if you'd dragged yourself out of bed at 6 a.m., you wouldn't shoot both types of light," he writes.
  • Joe McNally has posted Round Two of his Q&A From Olympic Coverage. Good questions, good answers, great photos. "No mysteries. Eye in the camera. Shoulder to the wheel. Hope for luck," he sums it up.
  • Kirk Tuck conducts A Heated Experiment in Austin with his Panasonic S5 shooting monochrome. "I think I'm finally coming around to the wisdom of shooting in Raw, in color, and then converting to black-and-white in post," he confesses. You can of course shoot Raw+JPEG with the JPEG in monochrome and the Raw retaining color information for processing individual hues as tonalities later.
  • ICM Is for iPhones Too! enthuses Harold Davis, referring to in-camera motion. Use a slow shutter (he used one second for his shot of Tall Trees) and move the camera.
  • In CV, Leica, Zeiss, and Sigma Macro Lenses on GFX 100, Jim Kasson continues his macrophotography experiments.
  • A Reddit post titled Finally Got Accosted Taking Photos has some good advice for shooting in public in the comments if you wade through the obligatory flotsam. Incentives for abuse include using a long lens. Protections including shooting in a group and wearing a reflective vest.
  • Andrew Molitor found Something to Look At in a photo of a howitzer by Andy Barnham. "This isn't some picture of a flower," he writes. "You'd think there'd be some way to make sense of it, to judge it, to make meaning, but there really is not without really quite a lot of additional info."

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