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24 March 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 nature photography awards, the Deutsche Börse photography prize nominees, Cowboys, the Studio Display, a 50-year-old lens, Fujifilm medium format autofocus and using gels on speedlights.

  • Dan Havlik showcases 15 Winners From the World Nature Photography Awards. "Capturing the top prize was Amos Nachoum of the USA for the unbelievable image below of a leopard seal about to eat a penguin," he writes.
  • In See Things Differently, the Guardian presents four nominees for the Deutsche Börse photography prize that "document the intimate alternatives to preconceived histories."
  • Suzanne Sease presents images from Cowboys, the personal project of Tom Hussey who finds "the traditions and stories of the rugged range are still timeless."
  • In The Studio Display Is What Happens When Apple's Recycled Tech Goes Too Far, Jason Snell complains about the company's recent trend of creating new products from existing components. Who wants a monitor that needs software updates because it has an A13 processor running a version of iOS?
  • Kirk Tuck marvels at what his 50-year-old Olympus PEN 25mm f2.8 can do on his Panasonic GH5ii. He likes old primes (as long as you don't shoot into the light because the lens coatings were primitive). And you can greatly improve the image quality running the files through a preprocessor like PureRaw or Piccure+.
  • Lloyd Chambers bemoans the Fujifilm Medium Format Autofocus. "Woe to the landscape photographer who trusts Fujifilm medium format autofocus to deliver accurate and consistent AF results," he writes.
  • A Reddit poster has refined a chart on Using Gels on Speedlights. The comments have a lot of advice on the subject as well.

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