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14 February 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 Stefano Schirato, William Eggleston, low camera angles, custom settings, focus by wire, Z 9 horizontal lines, Minimalism and WiFi routers.

  • Borgo Sud features the black-and-white photographs by Stefano Schirato documenting the daily life of fishermen in Pescara, Italy. "In Borgo Sud I've tried to depict a small village inside the city: a village made of old fishermen who don't go to sea any more and who repair fishing nets for their sons; of women who take care of the house and wait for their husbands to come back from fishing; of an uncertain future; of young people who dream of moving away," he says.
  • In The Outlands, Mark Durden reviews the three-volume publication composed of outtakes from William Eggleston's 1976 MoMA exhibition. The images were selected and edited by Eggleston’s two sons, William and Winston, together with editor and writer Mark Holborn.
  • Derrick Story recommends The Beauty of Low Camera Angles. "Low camera angles tend to increase drama with your foreground subject," he explains.
  • After reading about Mike Johnston setting up his Sony a6600, Kirk Tuck applauds User Settings, Custom Settings, Whatever You Want to Call Them. He uses three: one for color, one for black-and-white and one for video.
  • In Nikon Z 9 Manual Focus by Wire, Jim Kasson appreciates the improvements over the Z 6 and Z 7 in the new flagship.
  • A reader writes to Lloyd Chambers about Nikon Z 9 Horizontal Lines interspersed through the frame in occasional images. "It looks like some kind of electronic shutter sensor readout problem," Chambers suggests.
  • Dahlia Ambrose lists Eight Powerful Tutorials on How to Use Minimalism in Photography but you can visit just for the photos.
  • Dan Moren suggests The Missing Piece of Apple's Ecosystem Could Bring It All Together. He's talking about WiFi routers. Apple left that market in 2018. "Could an AirPort resurgence save us from the pain of dealing with substandard routers?" he asks. We're still using a 5-GHz Airport Extreme (not the last model Apple made) and were recently exploring options with, of all people, the CEO of our ISP who responded to our email inquiry to support. TP-Link seemed the way to go (if we could have figured out which model). As it is, though, we simply repositioned our two routers (an old 2.4-GHz Pace from AT&T is the other one) to resolve our coverage issues.

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