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17 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 the Yellowstone flood, early Mexican photographs, the Amazon, using a macro lens, camera mashups, sensor resolution vs. small prints, SantaColor 100 and Art vs. AI.

  • The Associated Press presents images from the recent Yellowstone National Park Flood, including the ongoing clean-up. "More than 80 people were rescued from flooded campgrounds and small towns. Remarkably, no one was hurt."
  • In The Family Stories Missing From Early Mexican Photographs, Emilia Sánchez González tells about working on the Getty's online exhibit Early Mexican Photography only to find it telling her own story.
  • Joe McNally posts the second part of his Amazon Jungle Trip. "Me being the city kid, unused to unvarnished wilderness and possessed of an overactive imagination, occasionally thought we were maybe in one of those movies where not everybody comes back," he writes.
  • Jason Little details Two Ways to Get More Out of Your Macro Lens. Use it for portraits and landscapes, in short.
  • In A New AI-System Designs Cameras as Playful Pop-Culture Mashups, Grace Ebert presents Mathieu Stern's fantasy camera designs "based on simple ideas: one collection is created for pharaohs, another designed by Aztecs, and others are inspired by superheroes and pop culture." We're torn between the Homer Simpson and Batman models.
  • In Effect of Camera Resolution on Small Prints, Jim Kasson tackles the question: "How big do you have to print before you can see the difference between the GFX 50x and GFX 100x cameras?"
  • SantaColor 100 is a proposal for a a C41-process, ISO 100 color negative film (which can be pushed to ISO 800) hand-spooled into used canisters. The stock is "a well known air surveillance film made by a major manufacturer in the USA." Santa, which has done this for black-and-white films, has to buy the equivalent of 15,000 rolls to make it available so they're looking for pledges.
  • In Art and AI, Andrew Molitor reflects on "art and AI" after DALL-E has escaped Pandora's box. Is it Art? "What AI research has taught us over the years is that you can get really really far without a shred of introspection," he writes. And with no introspection, no self, can you get to Art? "What's definitely true is that we're on the cusp of finding out."

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