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27 September 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 the DART mission, the Australian bush, Roman battle reenactments, the Colorado River, Jakob Reisinger, Elements, the Godox Lux Senior and some still life photographers.

  • In NASA Smashes Into an Asteroid, Completing a Mission to Save a Future Day (gift link), Kenneth Chang covers the DART mission impact on Dimorphos seven million miles from Earth. Which was close enough to allow "telescopes on Earth to get a good look. About 40 of them were pointed at Didymos and Dimorphos, according to NASA and the mission's managers. So were the Hubble and James Webb space telescopes as was the camera on Lucy, another NASA spacecraft. The LICIACube, a spacecraft about the size of a shoe box built by the Italian Space Agency, trailed DART to take photographs of the impact and the plume of debris."
  • In Extraordinary Experiences, Joanna Cresswell highlights the monochrome photographs of the Australian bush captured by Morganna Magee. "I was a documentary photographer for a long time and I loved telling stories but I think it also blinded me to the wonder of photographing what is directly around me," she says.
  • Vadim Ghirda and Andreea Alexandru present images of a Roman Era Battle Reenactment near a sleepy village in southern Romania. "For the festival organizers, the main purpose of the annual gathering is to promote local cultural heritage and to educate people about historical facts," they write.
  • Gabrielle Lawrence features Paul Nicklen's photographs of the Colorado River drought in his latest project, the Delta Series.
  • In Mind Over Mountain, Heidi Volpe interviews photo editor Jakob Reisinger about the Patagonia Journal shot using disposable cameras with Ilford XP2 film by an all-female crew.
  • Kevin Raber interviews Olaf Sztaba and Steven Friedman about Elements, a magazine about landscape photography. "Despite technological advances, Photoshop and so on, great landscape photography still requires dedication, persistence and a huge commitment," they say. "The photographers we feature spend a lot of time in the field."
  • Kirk Tuck explains why he just ordered two Godox Lux Senior retro-style flashes. And it wasn't just to photograph a gala of "attorneys and spouses who are mostly over 50 years old. Many over 60." Turns out, he's no fan of TTL flash.
  • Jasenka Grujin presents a few Outstanding Still Life Photographers she found on 500px: Bogdan Dreava, Antonio Iacobelli, Margareth Mp, Dina Belenko and Miki Fujii.

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