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3 August 2023

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 Álvaro Barrientos, The Perils of Being Ken, vintage digital cameras and how to photograph UFOs.

  • In A Shepherd Keeps Up the Ancient Rite of Guiding Sheep Across Northern Spain, Álvaro Barrientos follows 62-year-old Ángel Mari Sanz and his 14-year-old daughter along La Cañada de The Roncaleses. "This is a slave's work and it is not worth all this effort today to barely survive," Sanz says.
  • Suzanne Sease features The Perils of Being Ken, the personal project of Hugh Kretschmer. "The series' essence hinged on creating a "small world" appearance, achieved through perspective control lenses in real locations across Los Angeles," he writes. He tried to achieve that with perspective control optics but ended up relying on Photoshop. "This gave me complete control over points of focus and allowed me to guide my audience's attention precisely."
  • Kirk Tuck argues Vintage Digital Cameras were already good enough for real work in 2002. He submits a vibrant Fujifilm S2 Pro 12-megapixel image as proof. A used digital camera is a fabulous bargain these days, the perfect antidote to the high prices of the only marginally better current offerings. Adorama and KEH are two good places to poke around.
  • In How to Photograph UFOs: Insights From Experts, Feroz Khan collects some advice about the challenges involved in getting clear images of unexplained phenomenon.

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