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26 April 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 the Sistine Chapel, Greg Lemond, Lightroom's Quick Develop, Big Sur, street photography and a photo walk in the Mission.

  • The Sistine Chapel is a three-volume elephant folio-sized art book that includes 1:1 scale images of the masterpieces by Michelangelo, Botticelli and other Renaissance artists. Two photographers took more than 270,000 images using a 33-foot-tall scaffold over 65 consecutive nights while the Sistine Chapel was closed to visitors. Three-dimensional reconstruction software pieced together the 270,000 individual frames to reproduce the images for publication using six-color offset lithography. By agreement with the Vatican, only 1,999 copies could be printed at $22,000 each. C'mon, there must be a PDF of the thing.
  • Heidi Volpe talks to Andrew Hetherington about shooting Greg Lemond and his Dream Bike for Wired Magazine. "Happy to report he is an absolute class act, a true champ, one of the most engaging, animated, passionate, honest, open and panache filled folk I have ever had the pleasure of photographing," Hetherington says. "He wanted us to shoot everything, even the secret stuff and had to be reined in a couple time there."
  • Julieanne Kost explores The Power of Quick Develop in Lightroom Classic. Included is a video showing the difference between Quick Develop's relative adjustments and the Develop module's absolute ones:
  • In New Places, Dave Williams makes it to California for "a tour of the Big Sur area along Highway 1." Nothing like a change of scenery.
  • Russ Lewis shares some thoughts On Meaning in Street Photography. "In order for a street photograph to be effective the images in the picture must dance with each other and speak to each other," he writes.
  • Oakland photographer Harvey Castro will lead a Photo Walk in the Mission on May 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. Learn about photo sharing on Instagram and tips for street photography, including how to use your phone or tablet to take pictures and share them.

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