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4 October 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 snakes, England, politely saying no, a personal quest, Svalbard, viewfinders, blurry photos, mountain landscapes, Hasselblad IBIS, AI art and two macOSes at once.

  • Kate Mothes showcases German photographer Ben Simon Rehn's Expressive Snake Portraits. "It wasn't very easy to capture the snakes as some of them are really small -- it doesn't seem like it in the pictures -- and moved fast," he told her.
  • In This Was England, Mee-Lai Stone presents Chris Killip's documentary images from the 1970s and 1980s now showing at the Photographers' Gallery in London from Oct. 7 to Feb. 19, 2023.
  • Dave Williams suggests a few possible responses when someone suggests Paying With Exposure rather than filthy lucre. "It's always possible to politely and professionally respond to any request, no matter how outrageous and it's very important that we think carefully about any unpaid work we take on," he writes.
  • Kirk Tuck discusses The Personal Quest for Images. "When I find a landscape-only photographer or a black and white-only photographer or a large or small format-only or a documentary-only photographer, I pause and wonder what is holding them back from the joy of trying it all and being free of the straightjacket of working to a formula," he writes. With a nice slide show.
  • Kevin Raber shares a few images from PhotoPXL's Svalbard Workshop. "I wasn't afraid of using high shutter speeds and high ISOs. If needed, I dropped the images into Topaz DeNoise AI and Sharpen AI and bingo, the images improved significantly," he writes.
  • Mike Johnston presents A Short History of Viewfinders while touting the Sigma fp solution. Illuminating.
  • Justin J. Wee shows How to Make Cool, Blurry Photos in Lightroom. It's apparently the bee's knees on Instagram.
  • Jason Row lists 17 Tips for Epic Mountain Landscape Photography. "Mountain photography requires more understanding of the location and the light than many other genres," he writes.
  • In the 18th in his series of posts on the Hasselblad X2D, Jim Kasson tests Hasselblad X2D, XCD 38 IBIS Performance. "In the computer business, there's a saying: 'Lies, damn lies and benchmarks,'" he begins.
  • Is AI Art Generation Going to Destroy Art as We Know It? Zach Sutton asks.
  • Howard Oakley details How to Keep Monterey When Upgrading to Ventura. You've got four or five options.

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