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6 May 2013

In this recurring column, we'll 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 (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at Hunter S. Tompson's impersonation of a photograher, chasing Skip Bolen around Jazz Fest, Derrick Story's panorama at Oracle Arena and Eposure's comparison of U.K. and U.S. photographers' day rates.

  • Grantland reprises Hunter S. Thomspon's 1970 Kentucky Derby coverage. Thompson impersonated a photographer (a Playboy photographer) for Warren Hinkle's Scanlan's.
  • NPR's Eve Troeh chases photographer Skip Bolen around New Orleans in At Jazz Fest, Photographers Have A Culture All Their Own. The glamour ends familiarly, "After a few songs, the photographers get shooed out. Bolen would like to stay, just to listen to the rest of the show. But he has thousands of photos to edit, caption and upload just from today."
  • Derrick Story left his iPhone in his pocket to take a panorama with this Fujifilm X-20 of "Oracle Arena right after the Golden State Warriors won Game 6 of the NBA round 1 playoffs." Everyone wore gold.
  • Eposure has published average day rates for U.K. and U.S. commercial photographers. Nearly 20 percent of U.K. photographers charge between £401 and £500 while nearly 20 percent of U.S. photographers charge $1,251 to $1,500. At an exchange rate of 0.64194 dollar to the pound, that's $624 to $778 for the UK photographer. Still a bargain.

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