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6 June 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 Christine de Grancy, Alina Trifan, surf secrets, silk, going mirrorless, new lens technology and a Leica Q2 Q&A.

  • Viennese Personalities on Stage and on Rooftops explores the work of Christine de Grancy on the occasion of her 80th birthday. For her, photography is about creating "something that is touching, because it wants to honor, respect and encourage the human in us."
  • Dear Padua is Alina Trifan's personal project and therapy, revisiting photographs taken with her first camera to reconnect with images she made during her immigration from Moldova to Padua. "Not to sound too dramatic but photography probably saved my life," she writes.
  • In The (No Longer) Secret World of Surf Spots (gift link), Adam Elder reports Instagram's geotagging "has affected many natural spaces, from once quiet national parks such as Joshua Tree to formerly hidden waterfalls everywhere, which are now overrun with crowds, cars, noise and trash, leading to rules, fences and even closures." And secret surf spots, too.
  • Joe McNally sails A Silk in the Sky to tame harsh sunlight. "It's perhaps hard to believe a simple silk, the photo equivalent of a bedsheet, could tame the sun and turn the bloody scream of summer sun into the gentlest of whispers," he writes. "But it does."
  • Terry White announces, My Switch to Mirrorless Wasn't Planned, but It Is Complete. "Last Saturday, I ordered the last three mirrorless Z lenses that I was missing and I went to my attic, grabbed all my dSLR equipment boxes and boxed up everything I had that was dSLR," he writes. "Three bodies, seven lenses and other accessories. I got a quote from KEH and B&H and shipped it all to B&H. It's gone!"
  • Thom Hogan explains why You're Going to Be Buying New Lenses. And he's not talking about smartphones.
  • Jim Kasson posts a Leica Q2 Q&A that leaves one question about image stabilization unresolved. "I will do some testing," he writes.

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