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16 December 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 Portrait of Britain winners, Vanessa Mckeown, pandemic food, photos of rain, organizing files and pixel shifting.

  • 1854 Media and the British Journal of Photography have announced the Portrait of Britain Winners 2021. "There is the strength of our communities; the resilience of our health service and the solidarity of our citizens," the organizers note of the 100 winning images.
  • Grace Ebert showcases Vanessa Mckeown's Quirky Compositions of food and household items. The absurd yet playful images include cooked spaghetti pouring from a bronze tap, a tennis ball bouncing off a racket made of waffles and donuts hanging from a toilet paper holder.
  • Suzanne Sease features Pandemic Food, the personal project of Grace Chon, which the photographer describes succinctly. "I planted it, watered it, harvested it, cooked it, styled it, photographed it and ate it," she says.
  • Jasenka Grujin lists 21 Romantic Photos of Rain. "While rain certainly isn't the favorite weather condition for photographers, you can capture pretty amazing photographs in the rain if you know what settings to use and how to play with composition and lighting," she writes. Not sure why she calls them "romantic." The atmosphere, perhaps. Which is decidedly wet.
  • A Reddit discussion on Organizing Photos and File Structures yields lots of suggestions. Simplicity and transparency are primary attributes, though. We use a folder naming scheme of "CCYY.MM.DD Description" and leave the file names alone, as we described a while ago. It sorts by date in the Finder and makes it easy to find things by searching on the Description (which can be several words) in Lightroom.
  • Jim Kasson tests Fujifilm GX 100S Pixel Shift Dynamic Range to find out if pixel shift increases dynamic range on that camera as it does on the Sony a7R III. Yep. Nothing like testing to answer a question.

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