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5 June 2015

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 (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at Ilvy Njiokiktjien's Dutch birthday photography, the Nikon 105mm f2.5 AIS lens, Kwe Bentum and cheap photobooks.

  • In One Year: A Century of Birthdays, Laurence Butet-Roch talks to Dutch national photographer Ilvy Njiokiktjien about her "year attending her compatriots' birthdays as she learned more about her culture." The project involved photographing celebrants aged 1 to 100. The slide show highlights 22 of them. "The older people became, the happier they seemed," she observes.
  • Kirk Tuck praises the Nikon 105mm f2.5 AIS lens he used in portrait session, shooting wide open for the waist-up shots and at f4 for tighter shots. A +2.0 diopter helped with the manual focus lens. He "was so enthralled with the overall performance of the lens and the cameras in combination that I searched and ordered a second one."
  • Kwe Bentum shows How To Create Incredible Black & White iPhone Photos, first with some advice on composition and then on how to convert the native color capture to monochrome using free and inexpensive apps.
  • In Incredibly Cheap Photobooks, Jörg M. Colberg writes about finding them, not making them, praising their archeological attributes as he asks a bookbinder friend to repair a treasure whose glue has lost its attraction.

More to come...

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