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28 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 sports, the ocean, roots, Old Year's Night, garden portraits, the chinamperos, dolphe Braun's collection, David Douglas Duncan, Panasonic, adapting lenses, the Epson P5370 and Nikon self service.

  • The Associated Press showcases its Sports Week in Pictures curated by Milan-based Associated Press photographer Luca Bruno.
  • Kate Mothes highlights 100 for the Ocean, in which 100 world-renowned photographers and artists raise money for ocean conservation. "From June 1 to 30, you can purchase prints for $100, with 100 percent of the net proceeds supporting three under-funded and under-recognized nonprofit organizations focused on ocean advocacy and action," she writes.
  • In Elegia Fantastica, Emanuele Scorcelletti translates the search for his Italian roots into poetic black-and-white compositions. "Black and white can powerfully convey the contrasts between light and shadow and I like to play with them to recreate a scene by searching for a perfect harmony of shapes," he says. "Like in classical philosophy and later in the Italian Renaissance, the balance given by the harmony of shapes is the basis for the construction of all my images."
  • Julie Gunther photographed The Okalolies of Old Year's Night. "New Year's Eve used to be called Old Year's Night in much of Scotland," explains Nick Schönfeld, who accompanied Gunther for the story. The idea, one explained, is simple. "We frighten the old year out and bring the new year in."
  • Sian Davey has been making portraits of her family and friends in The Garden. The setting for every photograph "takes place in her own backyard, where she and her son Luke created a teeming paradise of a garden that is nearly bursting with an abundance of colorful wildflowers," writes Jim Casper.
  • The Art of Preserving Mexico City's Ancient Floating Gardens presents Mat Hay's photos of the wetlands where the indigenous chinamperos are trying to overcome the effects of urbanization and climate change.
  • The Kids Are All Right, reports Francis Hodgson after finger walking through some old prints of children. "Almost all we know so far about this group of posh children is in the pictures themselves," he writes. "There is one exception, itself helpful. We know that they come from the files of Adolphe Braun. It says so on the backs of several."
  • In A Milestone Made Out of Nikkor Glass, Joe McNally recalls a photo he made of David Douglas Duncan with Richard Nixon. "I shot the picture above for UPI and it ran page one. (Slow news day.)," he writes. "A couple days later, the phone rang in my tiny NY apartment. 'Joe, it's Dave Duncan and that was a helluva nice photo you took the other day. Can I get a print?'"
  • Mike Johnston reviews The Panasonic Situation after the company announced plans to deal with its failure to meet two out of three of the business objectives of a three-year plan ending this year. "It's logical to worry that language like 'crisis situation' and 'drastic measures' might foretell doom for the Lumix brand," he writes. We'll have to wait and see, he suggests.
  • Kirk Tuck spends a humid day in Texas explaining The How and Why of Adapting Older Lenses to the GFX System. "The 'how' of adapting lenses to modern mirrorless cameras is simple. You buy the correct adapter and go to town," he writes. "The 'why' of adapting lenses is two or three tiers of rationalization."
  • Kevin Rabers walks through The Epson P5370 Printer Setup and Unboxing. "I have been very happy with the use of this printer over the last two months," he notes.
  • Nikon Begins Self Service, reports Thom Hogan, with a PDF self repair manual for the recently launched 28-400mm f4-8 VR lens.

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