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11 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 the Nature Conservancy Photo Contest, Manuel Peña, Emily Graham, monochromes, the Nanlite FS-300, customer support, Tim Vanderweer and counterfeit battery scams.

  • The Guardian showcases the winners of the Nature Conservancy Photo Contest which attracted more than 100,000 entries in six categories from 196 different countries and territories. The categories are: people and nature, landscape, water, wildlife, climate, and plants and fungi.
  • Manuel Peña has been Roaming the Streets of New York "experimenting with light, shadows and reflections and creating unique cinematic images."
  • Joanna Cresswell reviews Emily Graham's photo book The Blindest Man, which follows the story of the elusive Chouette d'Or (Golden Owl), a golden sculpture buried somewhere in France in 1993 by an author working under the pseudonym of Max Valentin. "It doesn't offer any answers toward solving the mystery at the heart of it, it focuses instead on expressing the phenomenon of the treasure hunt itself, sweeping us up in the adventure," she writes.
  • Mike Johnston has sent his new Sigma fp in for monochrome conversion. Meanwhile he's posted Mono(chrome) Mania Update with a selection of his black-and-white images. And while he waits for the Sigma to come back, he wonders if Fujifilm left him or he left it.
  • Kirk Tuck reviews the $379 Nanlite FS-300. It's an LED monobloc you plug into the wall for power, which keeps the cost down compared to a battery-operated model. In addition to this 300 watt model, he bought a 200 watt FS-200 as a background light to the FS-300 main light.
  • In The Coming Issue for Camera Makers, Thom Hogan laments the state of customer support. "For the customer that just paid many thousands of dollars for their new gear, getting problems attended to is becoming more and more problematic," he writes. And that affects sales volume.
  • In Crit: Car Sick by Tim V., Andrew Molitor reviews a one-ff 2020 photo book by Tim Vanderweer, the man behind Leicaphilia. Who, it turns out, has a bit more to say about it there in It Seemed a Great Idea at the Time.
  • The FBI has issued a public service announcement warning about Counterfeit Battery Scams. "Scammers are leveraging the vulnerabilities in the global supply chain, as well as the public's continuing need for new batteries to sell a wide variety of counterfeits or unauthorized replicas online," the warning notes. It also provides six ways to ensure batteries are legitimate.

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