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5 December 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 flamingoes, Lviv, the Romanian Renault, Kelby's holiday photo gear guide, backup hardware, making a gigapan and BigPicture 2023.

  • Grace Ebert showcases aerial photos of The Annual Flamingo Migration in India captured by Raj Mohan. "The avians dot the landscape, congregate in heart-shaped groups and align in long, perfect diagonals, seemingly choreographed arrangements visible only from above," she writes.
  • Sykhiv depicts daily life in the Ukranian city of Lviv through the lens of Taras Bychko. "I'd like to think that Ukrainian street photography is deeper, not superficial and does not chase the so-called Wow effects," he says. "It is honest and real and seeks to operate with deeper meanings."
  • In Dacia & Chauffeur, Harotiu Sava presents his portraits of the Romanian Renault and their drivers. "The car didn't matter, what mattered was where you drove it, which friends you visited or the places you saw with it," he writes.
  • In It's My Holiday Photo Gear Guide, Scott Kelby lists a Sears catalog of gift ideas plus a free download of the December issue of Photoshop User magazine in which it appears.
  • Under the headline Computerese, Mike Johnston bemoans his five-year-old Apple Time Capsule last backed up his computer on June 2. He used an external drive to back up while working with five Apple support advisors to get the Time Machine cooking again. We updated our network recently with a TP-Link AX55 with WiFi 6 to handle both laptop backups and improve our WiFi for streaming with two Chromecasts. It's worked out just the way we had hoped.
  • Jason Row explains how even an ordinary enthusiast can make A Gigapan these days. "From being amazing at the intricate details of massive images of stadiums and crowd scenes, produced by high-end photographers and with the help of several assistants, today we have arrived now at a point where a Gigapan image is within reach of the enthusiast photographer," he writes.
  • The California Academy of Sciences' 2023 BigPicture: Natural World Photography Competition is now open for submissions. Winners will receive a cash prize and have their photographs featured in an exhibit on the public floor of the Academy's museum in Golden Gate Park. Deadline is Mar. 1, 2023.

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