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16 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 the Giant Dipper, Geert Detaeye, shooting monochrome, backlighting and a street photography contest.

  • Lance Yamamoto photographs The Underbelly of California's 100-Year-Old Roller Coaster. There are six coaster mechanics for the Santa Cruz Boardwalk's Giant Dipper, writes Amanda Bartlett, which is celebrating its 100th birthdaythis weekend. "With its double-out-and-back design, 180-degree turns and 2,700-foot-long trackway rising and falling over the beach, the ride has provided a spectacular backdrop for countless movies from Joel Schumacher's 1980s cult favorite 'The Lost Boys' to Jordan Peele's 2019 blockbuster 'Us.'"
  • Suzanne Sease features The Nearest Truth, the personal project of Geert Detaeye in which he researches locations in Google Street View and then visits, talking to the residents to tell a story. "Nothing is quite as it seems, as I aim to create a world where reality and imagination blur together, beckoning viewers to question their own perceptions," he says.
  • Mike Johnston discusses Monochrome Sensor Versus Color Files Converted after reading Chris Feola's He New Golden Age of Black and White Photography on a Pentax forum. Feola wrote about his experience with a Pentax K-3 III Monochrome while Johnston reflects on his experience shooting with his converted Sigma.
  • In The Art of Backlighting, Zach Sutton provides examples of shooting into the light on location and in the studio.
  • The LensCulture Street Photography Awards are open for submissions. Deadline is June 19.

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