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29 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 Ginnette Riquelme, Rohingya, Robert Peek, Marisol Mendez, Víctor M. Pérez, Lesley A Martin, RF lenses, the FLM Atlas II tripod, configuring a Sigma fp and Photons to Photos.

  • María Teresa Hernández visits Our Lady of the Angels church in Mexico City, undergoing restoration from earthquake damage five years ago. With photos by Ginnette Riquelme.
  • Kaamil Ahmed puts the spotlight on The Rohingya Smartphone Photographers documenting life in Bangladesh's refugee camps. "These photographers, who are all under 30, are building a record of the culture and traditions they fear could be lost so far from home and have sharpened their skills during floods and fires and other all too frequent moments of crisis," he writes. Using budget smartphones.
  • Grace Ebert features the Vibrant Bouquets of Netherlands-based photographer Robert Peek. "Arranged in bouquets of a single species, the lifeforms adopt a more mysterious quality, which Peek produces by adding white ink to water and submerging his subject matter," she writes.
  • In Madre, Sophie Wright interviews Marisol Mendez about her portrait project composed of images of resistance that reimagine the religious figures of Mary Magdalene and the Virgin Mary. "Bolivian faith is a complex interlacing of Catholic ideals and ancient pagan expressions. The images are intended to reflect on this syncretism," she says.
  • Spanish photographer Víctor M. Pérez captures Paradise, a combination of summer, sunshine, water and love you share with your family.
  • In Any Answers: Lesley A Martin Reflects on Her Career, Gem Fletcher catalogs a few reflections by Aperture foundation's creative director after editing scores of photo books for 25 years. "I've always loved the idea that photographs contain secrets," she says. "The idea that images can be powerful or even dangerous has fascinated me for as long as I can remember."
  • In More Annoying of Users Thom Hogan reports Canon has been telling third party lens companies that produce RF lenses to cease and desist in an apparent effort to protect their lens sales. "I've used ten RF mount lenses so far and indeed I've found them to be mostly on the blah side," he writes. "By comparison Sony's G and GM lenses are shining, as are Nikon's S lenses. Of those ten Canon RF lenses I've used so far, I'd say only one of them sits at the same level of across-the-board performance as their direct competitors are producing in mirrorless." We note you can get a Lensbaby in an RF mount. But Canon doesn't play in that space.
  • Lloyd Chambers discusses the pluses of his FLM Atlas II Tripod. It extends to full height (which is a bit tall for him at 5'10")in just two sections and features a quick-swap system for using different tripod heads.
  • Kirk Tuck has some advice about Squeezing the Maximum Joy Out of a Sigma fp. "It's like most other well designed cameras --- you have to use it for a couple of days or weeks to train your hands and their muscle memory to a new camera configuration," he writes. "Once you do that it makes conventional photography with the fp as easy as swimming a slow 50 yard freestyle."
  • Bill Claff's Photons to Photos is a primer on sensor analysis. You chart your camera's dynamic range across ISO, too. We were able to see how our D200 and D300 compares to a Z 9, for example.

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