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30 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 BJP awards, Harvey Stein, Rome, Colin Wiseman, filters, a Plan B, Barney Britton, buying a Sigma fp, IBIS, image quality and a wedding.

  • The British Journal of Photography has revealed its International Photography Award winners. "The winners of this year's award explore culture, identity, motherhood and more, visualizing powerful stories in striking new ways," the publication said.
  • In Brooklyn's Pier of Pleasure, Mee-Lai Stone celebrates 50 years of Harvey Stein's photos of Coney Island. The images have just been published in the 200-page book Coney Island People : 50 Years.
  • In The Eternal City: Albumen Print Simulations, Harold Davis revisits images he made in 2016.
  • Heidi Volpe interviews writer and photographer Colin Wiseman, who compares the two. "Sometimes when you sit down to write it flows almost effortlessly, but sometimes it doesn't -- the creative inspiration can arrive at odd hours or even days or weeks after the fact," he says. "Photography generally has its creative moments before and during the shoot, but the back-end editing of my own work is more like hammering nails than playing music, which is the opposite of writing."
  • So, Which Filter for What? Derrick Story asks. He covers protective filters, polarizers, neutral density filters, black-and-white filters and infrared filters to answer the question.
  • Dave Williams is glad he had a Plan B when Russell Brown sent him to shoot red hot magma on the Reykjanes peninsula Adobe MAX. The eruption stopped the day before he arrived. Hence, Plan B.
  • In Nikon Z 9 Long-Term Shooting Experience, Barney Britton, who has left DPReview after 13 years, shares some thoughts on his newest camera after used it for several personal projects over the last six months. "The Z 9 is one hell of a camera and the fact that they're still so hard to find says at least as much about the Z 9's desirability as it does about any lingering supply chain issues," he writes.
  • Mike Johnston reports, Decision Made. He sprung for a Sigma fp when the price fell $200 to $1,759 for the three pieces he needed: the body,the lens and magnifying finder. He plans to post comparisons of the monochrome version to the color version and in-camera monochrome DNG.
  • If Johnston was worried about buying a camera without body-based image stabilization, Kirk Tuck is here to reassure him in The Sigma Fp and Image Stabilization: My Take. "The secret is the very high performance of the imaging sensor at very high ISOs." Very high. He finds ISO 12,500 on the Sigma as good as ISO 800 on the Nikon D800 or ISO 3200 on a Leica SL or 1600 on a Leica SL2.
  • In Define Quality, Thom Hogan ruminates on the concept of image quality. "To me, it all comes back to this: what's the picture trying to do? Who's it for? What did you want it to say?"
  • Andrew Molitor went to A Wedding and couldn't help but notice the contrast between a posed smile and a natural one. "I tried to quantify what was different, but it's not obvious," he writes. "Something about the eyes."

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