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6 August 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 summer vacation in Kyiv, Caribana, Ben Zank, summer hats, shutter lag and 9:16 photos coming to Instagram.

  • In A Time for War, a Time for Play (gift link), Laura Boushnak photographs summer vacation for the kids of Kyiv while telling their stories. "With children isolated and deprived of social contact -- some driven by fierce combat to flee their homes -- schools and camps began springing into action to offer programs," she writes.
  • Associated Press photographer Kamran Jebrelli presents 14 of his images (click on one to start the slide show) of Toronto's Caribana. "The vibrant masquerade at the Carnival Festival in Toronto is far more than a visual delight," he writes. "It is a celebration of freedom -- of liberation and exuberance never so necessary as after two years of the event's cancellation due to the coronavirus pandemic."
  • Grace Ebert features the Bewildering Inconveniences of Ben Zank's images that trap their human subjects. "Often hiding their faces behind barriers or through a distinctly avoidant turn of the head, Zank anonymizes his subjects, making their awkward predicaments appear all the more inevitable and bound to happen to unassuming passersby," she writes.
  • Kirk Tuck amuses with his Summer Hat Photographic Inventory, a personal project (let's just call it). "I set up a Leica SL2 on a tripod, put a flash trigger on top and then set up a 60-inch octabox with no front diffusion panel. I wanted big but contrasty light. I fired up Leica Fotos, the iPhone app and photographed myself after previewing each set up on my phone. I used the 24-90mm Vario Elmarit lens set to 75mm and got busy," he confesses.
  • In Basic Camera Functions, Mike Johnston takes his Sony A6600 to a memorable reunion ("The purpose of it was for my son and his mother to meet for the very first time, 29 and a half years since his birth."). "One of the surprises, not a good one, is how slow it seemed," he writes. "It just seems to take a while to go from off to on and ready and even if it's in the 'On' position it takes too long to wake from sleep. Shutter lag also feels long, although it might not be."
  • Chris Welch reports Instagram Will Soon Test Ultra-Tall Photos to Match Its Full-Screen Reels. "Currently, Instagram tops out around 4:5 when displaying vertical images that've been cropped accordingly," he writes. "But introducing support for slimmer, taller 9:16 photos will help them fill the entire screen as you scroll through the app's feed." Talk about pushing the envelope.

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