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22 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 L'Arc de Triomphe, Julie Hamel, iPhone 13 Pro reviews, good rapport, a $10K bid, Kelby's Worldwide Photo Walk, Hans Hartman and Blondell Cummings.

  • L'Arc de Triomphe is under wraps for the next two weeks. The project was conceived by the late husband and wife team Christo and Jeanne-Claude in 1961 and finally realized by their team.
  • Magali Duzant presents the Altered Negatives of Julie Hamel. "Analog techniques and abstracted forms animate scenes of nature and domestic interiors, creating images that walk the line between the foreign and familiar," she writes. If you did this in image editing software instead of the darkroom would it make a difference in how it's appreciated?
  • Dieter Bohn reviews the iPhone 13 Pro, noting "the iPhone 13 Pro has the best camera system on any smartphone available as of this writing." He's particularly impressed with the low-light performance.... And in The iPhone 13 Pro Goes to Disneyland, Matthew Panzarino test the improvements in an environment that's "typically hot, the network environment is atrocious, you have to use your phone for almost everything these days from pictures to ticket scanning to food ordering and you're usually there as long as you can to get the most out of your buck." That makes it "the ideal stress test that doesn't involve artificial battery rundowns or controlled photo environments," he writes. "Overall this was one of the best experiences I've had testing a phone at the parks, with a continuous series of 'wow' moments with the cameras that sort of made me question my confirmation bias."
  • Kirk Tuck knows the importance of Good Rapport at a portrait sitting. His portrait of Michelle, who he has worked with for 30 years, is proof.
  • Bryan Sheffield negotiates a Social Media & Web Advertising Shoot for an International Beer Brand for $10,720. The agency tried to turn it into a work-for-hire deal "with full copyright transfer, no advance and payments to be net-45" but he pushed back. The nerve of some people. They must have been soaked in their own suds.
  • Scott Kelby has some news in his Update on My Annual Worldwide Photo Walk. He's moving the walk part to the spring in the hope the pandemic will let us all get together again (but still doing the fund-raising part this fall):
  • In Adobe -- Where Art Thou?, Hans Hartman looks at Canva, Lightricks and Apple's Cinematic mode. While taking pot shots at Adobe.
  • In The Power of Telling Your Own Story, Sophia Belsheim and Joshua Oduga talk about what African American choreographer and video artist Blondell Cummings kept in her archive, including Cherry Kim's contact sheet for a Ms. magazine shoot in 1994.

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