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28 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 urban wildlife, the iPhone at 15, insects, Monroe Gallery, Moving Through Fear, a Rocky Nook sale, digiKam, Blu-Ray backups, ColorSync Utility and old memories.

  • The Guardian presents winners of the inaugural Picfair Urban Wildlife Photography Awards. We found most of the images amusing for some reason.
  • The Associated Press presents The iPhone at 15, Through Pro Photographers' Eyes. "The modern smartphone has changed photography. To capture a snapshot of that change, we asked more than a dozen Associated Press photographers across the world who use iPhones -- some of the most talented journalists in the business -- to capture an image on their phone and submit it."
  • Grace Ebert showcases images from Levon Biss's new photobook Extinct and Endangered. The British photographer's macro shots of endangered insects involve "about 10,000 individual images using various lenses that are then stitched together to create extraordinarily detailed shots of beetles, moths and butterflies."
  • In The Truth in Tears, Joe McNally talks about the Monroe Gallery in Santa Fe, N.Mex., whose owners, Sid and Michelle Monroe, are fierce advocates of the importance of photojournalism. "Photojournalists are often not welcome, as we show, in unflinching fashion, things many don't want to see or recognize," he writes.
  • Lensbaby has announced Moving Through Fear, a podcast in which various photographers "talk about their journey of stepping out of their comfort zone and into their extraordinary greatness." Special guests this month include special guests including Parker Pfister, Kathleen Clemons, Ute Reckhorn and Robert Pugh.
  • Rocky Nook is having a Camera Guide and Pocket Guide sale, discounting titles 40 percent when you use the code GUIDEME40 at checkout.
  • "After three months of active maintenance and another bug triage, the digiKam [LMW] team is proud to present version 7.7.0 of its open source digital photo manager." More than 1,180 cameras are now supported by the free digital photo management application.
  • Howard Oakley explains How to Burn a Blu-Ray Disc in Monterey to archive files. His Pioneer BDR-XD07S can urn high-capacity M-DISCs which are 25-GB and 100-GB media.
  • And in Alas ColorSync Utility!, Howard Oakley catalogs the current worrisome state of that utility. "What could have been a valuable set of tools is now full of weeds and bugs," he writes. "Maybe Apple intends dropping ColorSync Utility altogether in a future version of macOS."
  • In You're an Old Photographer If You Can Remember..., Jim Kasson lists 94 memories young ones don't have.

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