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9 May 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 Tristan Still, Judy Ford, Ziqian Liu, Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral, Fujifilm WCL-X100 II wide conversion lens, M-mount lenses and Botswana.

  • Tristan Still's Untitled Portraits from Australia are accompanied by "something written by the person being photographed," she notes.
  • Judy Ford photographed Romania's Last Peasant Women first in 2019 and again in 2021. "The people of these communities share three characteristics that have been present for centuries: a strong connection with land and animals, a rich traditional culture and a deep-rooted faith," she writes.
  • Devid Gualadris presents the Mesmerizing Photographic Compositions of Shanghai-based photographer Ziqian Liu. "Enchanting and borderline surrealistic, her self-portraits are imbued with a serenity that invigorates, soothes and forges a connection to the environment and the viewer," he writes.
  • Tomas van Houtryve returned several times to Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral to document the restoration work carried out by dozens of craftsmen for National Geographic. "The worksite was very dangerous, so I was required to do training concerning toxic lead exposure and about how to work at heights with ropes and harnesses," he says.
  • Derrick Story likes the $349 WCL-X100 II Wide Conversion Lens on his Fujifilm X100, which converts the 35mm optic to a 28mm. "The optics are basically the same as the original wide-angle lens, but they included a clever magnet system that tells the camera when the wide-angle is mounted and the camera makes all of the framing adjustments, plus alters the Exif data accordingly," he writes.
  • In My Two Favorite M-Mount Lenses, Mike Johnston reveals a couple of old favs. "For me personally, handling with an M-lens is more important than optical quality," he writes. Which makes a lot of sense, considering the Leica M is a rangefinder.
  • Thom Hogan just spent 34 Days in the Middle of Nowhere, taking "a Z9 with 2.0 firmware, a 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 S and a 400mm f2.8 TC S with me in Botswana." Which gives him plenty to write about. Soon.

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