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13 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 LensCulture open awards, Jessida Todd Harper, Christian Tisdale, Monsoon Clouds, Laura Wilson, the Huion Inspiroy tablet, Canon's Creator Series, Palette, dying, the Bird Migration Explorer and Douglas Kirkland.

  • LensCulture presents 20 winners of its inaugural Summer Open Awards, among which are "some excellent traditional large format work, bold political statements, meditations on human existence on this planet and beyond, psychological explorations, mash-ups of fashion and religion and some mind-blowing collaborations of real-world photographers with Artificial Intelligence."
  • Jessida Todd Harper captured A 'Wrong' Family Moment that hits home. "I keep my camera and tripod under the couch in the living room so they're always available," she says. For just such moments.
  • Suzanne Sease features a series on Mexican painter Efren Gonzalez by Christian Tisdale. He noticed Gonzales painting in the morning light of a Puerto Vallarta courtyard and returned to photograph the artist at work.
  • Harvey Stearn captured some Monsoon Clouds in the Southwest during "the best monsoon season that I've experienced in the past 20 years."
  • Kirk Tuck takes in an exhibition of Laura Wilson's Portraits at the Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas in Austin. "I had the whole show to myself," he writes. "It was amazing and I felt privileged to see the work absolutely unencumbered by the presence of anyone else. Not even a guard or a docent." So naturally he snapped a few photos.
  • Jason Row reviews the $160 Huion Inspiroy Dial 2 tablet. "Overall the Huion Inspiroy Dial 2 is a professional piece of kit, ideally suited to advanced photographers," he writes.
  • Canon has launched The Creator Series in which 10 photographers compete and are judged by Canon Explorers of Light Sal Cincotta, Laretta Houston and Vanessa Joy. Here's the first in the series:

  • Palette is a free colorizer informed by artificial intelligence. You can colorize black and white photos with smart filters and words, Emil Wallner says. After colorizing, you can apply a filter to modify the effect. Here we compare Photoshop's Colorize neural filter output to the Faded Elegance filter in Palette:

  • A Reddit poster asks for advice on Photographing a Loved One Who Is Dying.
  • Audobon has published a Bird Migration Explorer to help you track what's going on above your head.
  • Joe McNally remembers Douglas Kirkland as A Photographer and a Gentleman. He called and asked if he could come over to show his portfolio. "Douglas, at the height of his rightful acclaim, with huge magazines and movie companies beating down his door, took the time to see a nobody and encourage him," he remembers.

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