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25 January 2022

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 polar bears, Roy DeCarava, José Ibarra Rizo, Art Wolfe, a superior mirage, dog photography, smoke-flakes, noise and numbers, the quest for better gear and Hahnemühle.

  • Grace Ebert showcases photos of Polar Bears Occupying an Abandoned Weather Station by Moscow-based Dmitry Kokh who was on a 1,200-mile expedition in September 2021.
  • Hands of Harlem features Roy DeCarava's "search for beauty," as his widow put it. An exhibition of his selected works is currently on show at David Zwirner Gallery in London until Feb. 19.
  • Bre and James Forever is the portrait by José Ibarra Rizo that won LensCulture's Black & White Photography Award. "The weather was not in our favor on this rainy summer day but the overcast sky created soft lighting that helped set the tone," he says.
  • The Stories Behind Seven of Art Wolfe's Iconic Images features the photographer's behind-the-scenes peek at his most well-known wildlife images.
  • In Ghostly 'Iceberg' Was a Wonder of Nature, Leyland Cecco talks to Canadian photographer Simone Engles about a superior mirage that projected the Cheam mountain range on the mainland of British Columbia 124 miles away onto the Pacific Ocean's horizon.
  • Heidi Volpe features Wink Face Photography, where Wendy Domanski takes portraits of dogs. "The key to pet photography -- especially dog photography -- is to engage with the dog and bring out their unique personality," she says. Some dogs require the distance of a telephoto, while gregarious pets get a wide angle as she gets in close to play.
  • Julieanne Kost walks through How to Create a 'Smoke-Flake' In Photoshop by duplicating, rotating, and flipping multiple copies of a photograph of smoke.
  • In The Usual Suspects, Thom Hogan responds to the two dominant threads in his email by arguing 1) practical parity has come to sensors and 2) why the BCN Retail rankings of camera manufacturers don't tell you as much as some outlets would have you believe.
  • Jim Kasson wonders Are You Completely Satisfied With Your Gear? He never has been, citing a litany of 13 cameras he's used starting with a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye. "I was always looking for something better," he writes. And probably still is.
  • Paper manufacturer Hahnemühle Hosts Its Virtual Open House from Jan. 30 to Feb. 1. "with an entertaining and educational program" with all live sessions "recorded and available on the Hahnemühle YouTube channel in a Virtual Open House Playlist."

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