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10 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 summer camp, Maui fires, a cattle rancher, river shots, lightning bolts, lighting a portrait, five photography books, the Phase One XT 150, cave photography and SanDisk SSD failures.

  • Josephine Sittenfeld captured The Fleeting Magic of a Summer at Camp (gift link) with a Yashica twin lens reflex camera on medium format film when she was a counselor at a camp in central Vermont. Now she taps into Bunk1 to follow her 12-year-old daughter at a sleep-away camp in southern Rhode Island. "In the summer of 2002, over the course of the eight weeks at Killooleet, I took around 240 photos with my old film camera. At the time, it felt like a lot. On Bunk1, we easily get 250 photos per day," she writes.
  • The Guardian shows images of the Maui Fires fanned by Hurricane Dora. The death toll at the moment is 36 as fire devastates Lahaina.
  • Suzanne Sease features black-and-white images of A Cattle Rancher on the Great Plains, the personal project of Sara Forrest.
  • Mike Johnston set up his Sigma to catch What Comes A-Floating Down the River, which included "multiple kayakers, a sleek speedboat, a strange one-person fishing-boat contraption with an electric trolling motor, this young paddleboarder ... and a flock of geese."
  • Grace Ebert showcases Barry Butler's image of Three Bolts of Lightning striking all three of the main skyscrapers in Chicago at the same time.
  • Kirk Tuck is Lighting Portraits in the Studio taken with his Fujifilm GFX 50S II. "But at the bottom of it all is the reality is that a good portrait is much more about making a good connection with a sitter and having a nice, fun, honest conversation," he writes.
  • Derrick Story recommends Five Photography Books before commenting on the discontinued Olympus Tough TG-6 camera.
  • Kevin Raber presents an overview of the Phase One XT 150 Camera System. The kit he borrowed was worth $100,000. "There are plenty of more affordable cameras out there and that's fine," he concludes. "But in the end, nothing comes close to what is achieved with a Phase One XT150."
  • Sofia Jaramillo has some advice for Getting Started in Cave Photography. "The type of cave you go into greatly dictates what kind of gear you bring," she writes.
  • Ric Ford lists six reports of SanDisk SSD Failures before noting, "We stopped buying SanDisk SSDs in 2019 after a brand-new 2TB Samsung Extreme Portable SSD failed integrity testing with SoftRAID Certify, a test procedure we recommend for any backup device."

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