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24 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 Pope, N.Y. islands, five new stamps, gas stations, two cameras, color theory, Shutter Cub and iOS 17.5.

  • Associated Press photographer Alessandra Tarantino, who has been working in the Rome bureau for 20 years, captures The Pope in a Dramatic Light. "The stage was very dimly lit, with the pope in shadow," she writes. "I quickly underexposed to prevent his robe from being washed out and, suddenly, all the things around the pope -- children, a chair, even the stage -- disappeared into the darkness."
  • Phillip Buehler has a new exhibition of pictures from the last 50 years documenting The Inaccessible and Abandoned Islands of New York. No Man Is an Island: Poetry in the Ruins of the New York Archipelago is on show until June 23 at the Front Room Gallery in Hudson, N.Y.
  • You can Create a Garden on an Envelope with Harold Davis's five new "miscellaneous" stamps of his work just announced by The United States Post Office. The first date of issue is July 18, with the first day place of issue in Berkeley, Calif.
  • Suzanne Sease features images from Kate Medley's new book Thank You Please Come Again, which examines "the role of Gas Stations throughout the South, using these spaces as a lens to study this complex region, the people who live here and how the populations and priorities of these people are shifting."
  • Kirk Tuck takes on Two New Camera 'Launches' This Week. "The giveaway that let's you know the camera [Panasonic S9] is aimed squarely at the rubes (besides the lack of an eye-level viewfinder) is that the S9 is available in four different, 'exciting' colors," he writes. He wasn't much more impressed by the Leica D-Lux 8, "a new permutation of the classic Digilux 7, which is mostly a rebadged Panasonic LX100ii."
  • In A Basic Understanding of Color Theory, Zach Sutton covers its properties (hue, value, saturation), harmonies (the color wheel) and emotional weight.
  • Shutter Cub provides free used gear pricing and graphed marketing data.
  • Chance Miller reports Apple Elaborates on Rare iOS 17.5 Bug That Resurfaced Deleted Photos. In two words: database corruption.

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