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25 November 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 a family photograph, Ralph Ellison, Nikk Martin, an Apple Photos ebook, the Nikon 20mm f2.8 D, the Swebo TC-1, sports photography and mindfulness.

  • In A Mystery Hidden in a Family Photograph (gift article), David Botti spends a few minutes on Google to find his ancestral home from a snapshot taken years earlier. Botti works for The New York Times' Visual Investigations unit which scours the Internet for "photographic and video clues that help us tell complex stories."
  • In How Ralph Ellison's World Became Visible (gift article), Arthur Lubow looks at Ellison photography in light of a new book, Ralph Ellison: Photographer, which reveals for the first time the author's half-century engagement with the camera, beginning in the 1940s. "Ellison's photographs are eloquent and in a few instances startling," he writes. In a 1949 letter to Ellison, the author Shirley Jackson (who eschewed the Shift key) thanked Ellison, a family friend, for photos of her two daughters:

all three children pored over the pictures lovingly and admiringly, and laurie heartily regretted refusing to be photographed, because he thought that both girls came out handsomely. so do we. i still think you ought to go into the baby-photographing business. run a cute ad in the NYer. also you could do a baby book with the pictures you already have of sally.

  • Devid Gualandris explores the Evocative Photographs of German photographer Nikk Martin. "What sets his photography apart is the effortless elegance and ethereal air that never fail to attract the viewer's attention," he writes.
  • Jason Snell has released the third edition of his Take Control of Photos ebook covering Apple's Photos app on Mac, iPad and iPhone, including macOS Ventura and iOS and iPadOS 16. It's $7.50, half off the $14.99 regular price, for the next week.
  • Kirk Tuck puts an old Nikon 20mm f2.8 D on his Leica SL with an adapter for a slide show of wide angle street shots. "In a side-by-side, quick test I have to say that the Panasonic 20-60mm kit lens is better when used with any L mount camera because both vignetting and distortion are corrected in camera, via software," he writes. "On the other hand this lens does have a lot of character." And "character" came in handy a bit later when his shower's hot water valve blew.
  • In Swebo TC-1 OOBE, Jim Kasson unboxes a bellows with front and rear standards plus a monorail for the Fujifilm GFX 100S. It wasn't easy. But a free fix is coming.
  • Dahlia Ambrose explores Sports Photography Techniques for the budding sports photographer.
  • In Mindfulness in the Museum: Lessons From a Meditation Guide, the Getty's Lilit Sadoyan interviews meditation teacher and guide Tracy Cochran. From focusing on how an artwork impacts the feelings in her body to using the meditation techniques of "beginner's mind" or "don't know mind" to understand a work of art in a new way, Cochran suggests many opportunities for applying mindfulness in the museum.

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