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8 May 2024

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 Matthew Dalziel, the Broccoli Tree, Jon Nicholson, the Transamerica Pyramid, David Kogan, the 105/2.8 Nikkor S, SD card prices, long exposures and Met Gala AI photos.

  • Francis Hodgson reviews Images for Hugh by Matthew Dalziel. They were exhibited at the Photographer's Gallery, London from the Dec. 4, 1987, to Jan.16, 1988. "As photographs often do, they bring beauty to subjects which had none of their own," he writes.
  • Jason Kottke posts An Update on the Beloved Broccoli Tree once photographed continually by Patrik Svedberg before it was vandalized. "Well, the stump of the tree was left in the hopes that it would grow again and I'm pleased to say that it has," he writes.
  • Jon Nicholson's best photograph was of Michael Schumacher on the Phone in Japan. "What really made it was when the fans outside crowded around the window to stare at him," he tells Richard Williams.
  • Photography intern Estefany Gonzalez accompanied editors Michaela Neville and Astrid Kane as they climbed to the top of the Transamerica Pyramid, which is currently being renovated. It was terrifying. But Gonzalez got the shots.
  • In Go Big or Go Small, David Kogan writes, "With a little motivation and perseverance, there are great photos waiting for you wherever you happen to find yourself." No need to go on safari.
  • Jim Kasson tests the 105/2.8 Nikkor S on the Nikon Z 8 with a Siemens Star target. "The lens is clearly laying down more detail than the sensor can resolve, all the way across the frame," he writes. "Bravo, Nikon!"
  • Mike Johnson posts a Price Comparison for Top SD-Type Cards. "These prices are for top-spec V90 cards with a lower-end capacity, all UHS-II," he writes.
  • Rob Wood posts his Seven Minute Guide to Getting the Right Long Exposure Photography Gear. "The fantastic thing about long-exposure photography is that you probably don't need that much right at the beginning," he writes.
  • In Katy Perry's Own Mom Fell for Her Met Gala AI Photo, Rachel Treisman reports Perry wasn't the only fake attendee. Rihanna and Lady Gaga were also AIed. Treisman interviews Sam Gregory of the nonprofit Witness to find out how to tell a fake from the real thing.

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