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22 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 Asian floods, wildlife portraits, Julie Blackmon, Amy Touchette, a $60,975 contract, Retrospect and a 13-inch M2 MacBook Pro review.

  • The Associated Press has published photos of the recent India and Bangladesh Floods. "Monsoon rains in South Asia typically begin in June. But this year, heavy downpours lashed northeastern India and Bangladesh beginning in March, triggering floods as early as April in Bangladesh."
  • Dahlia Ambrose showcases 21 Portraits of Wildlife that show some personality. "Portrait photography is a genre that captures the personality of a person or a group of people where the main focus is the face and its expressions," she writes. "Like humans, animals also have their own personalities and unique expressions."
  • In A World Without Adults, Mee-Lai Stone presents Julie Blackmon's "mash-up of pop phenomena, consumer culture and social satire." The images are on exhibit at Jackson Fine Art Gallery in Atlanta until July 23.
  • The Girl Power Trio of Von King Park is Amy Touchette's best photograph, captured with a Rolleiflex 3.5F Planar film camera. In an interview with Graeme Green, she says, "Asking someone if you can take their portrait is shorthand for saying: 'I like you.' That should never be hard to say to a stranger, but somehow it is."
  • Bryan Sheffield prices a $60,975 contract of architectural images for an International Luxury Hospitality Brand. "The retouching estimate was based upon the photographer and creative team assuming each image would need roughly 2 hours of work. This would be billed at $125 per hour," he writes.
  • Retrospect has announced Retrospect Cloud Storage, Retrospect Backup 19 and Retrospect Virtual 2022. "With Retrospect Cloud Storage integrated into Retrospect, businesses have a complete ransomware protection and detection solution that encompasses on-premise and cloud protection," the company said. "Retrospect Cloud Storage is a low-cost, high-availability cloud storage service, with 13 data centers located around the world."
  • In The Future, Wrapped in the Past, Jason Snell reviews the 13-inch M2 MacBook Pro. "If you upgrade to the 13-inch M2 MacBook Pro from an Intel-based Mac laptop, you're going to be blown away by the speed," he writes. "Unfortunately, everything else about this laptop will seem remarkably familiar."

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