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16 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 Si Jubb, Prague, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, that red moon, two American road trips, a camera symphony, focus, vintage lenses, the Leica Q2, an Affinity sale and Jack Cakebread.

  • In Found Treasures Restored, Si Jubb presents a few interesting images from "discarded and sold collections" that he digitally cleaned and restored before publishing.
  • In Picture Perfect Prague, Scott Kelby shares his favorite shots from a recent trip to the city. "I did an Adobe Spark page (well, it's now called 'Creative Cloud Express,' but it has the same features as Spark and it's still included as part of your Adobe subscription, so really, it's just a new name)," he writes.
  • In The Largest Aircraft Boneyard in the World, Grace Ebert highlights Bernhard Lang's aerial photos of the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson.
  • The Guardian features images of last night's Super Flower Blood Moon. None from fog-bound San Francisco, though.
  • In 2020 Magnum photographer Thomas Hoepker Steidl recreated his 1963 American Road Trip. Steidl has just published The Way It Was. Road Trips USA with his pictures from both the 1963 and 2020 trips.
  • Miops and Berlin-based sound artist Kuntay Seferoglu have created Camera Symphony, a musical performance made from the shutter sound of different cameras triggered by the company's remote triggers. Camera models included the Canon 1D-X/6D, Nikon D850/X 7/Z 6 II, Sony A7R/A9 and Fuji X-S10/XT3:
  • In dSLR Versus Mirrorless Focus Differences, Thom Hogan compares the two systems' performance on 10 focus traits. "Do I feel one is clearly better than the other at focus?" he asks. "No, they're somewhat different and I have to set and manage them differently."
  • Kirk Tuck turned yesterday into Vintage Lens Day. "I found that I can more closely emulate the look of modern lenses by adding contrast to the image and also making generous use of the 'clarity' slider in Lightroom," he writes. Dehaze helps a lot here too.
  • In Leica Q2 Has a Real Raw Histogramm Jim Kasson notes that "clipping on the sensor should translate directly to clipping in the live histogram." He thought he'd check.
  • Affinity is having a Spring Sale of 50 percent off everything, including Affinity Photo, Designer and Publisher. "The offer includes Affinity products on Mac, PC and iPad, as well as our stunning creative add-ons such as brush packs, macros and filters in the Affinity Store," the company said.
  • Jess Lander's obituary for 92-year-old vintner Jack Cakebread tells the story of how his photography sideline got him into the wine business. "Cakebread moonlighted as a photographer and had studied under Ansel Adams," she writes. He actually taught classes for Adams in Yosemite. After standing in for an injured photographer to shoot a Raiders NFL game, he was signed to take winemaker portraits for A Treasury of American Wines by Nathan Chroman. And one day, on the way home from a shoot, he made a pie-in-the-sky offer.

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