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6 November 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 Fred Mortagne, the Olloclip Macro Pro lens, 2016 calendars of restored historic photos and a slide show of vintage crab photos.

  • The Leica blog features Fred Mortagne: Skating in L.A.. Mortagne used the Leica SL to shoot skateboarders in monochrome. He used just the 24-90mm lens and a small tripod, which he carried in a small backpack. He used ambient light with manual focus.
  • Ron Dunsford reviews the Olloclip Macro Pro Lens for the iPhone 6/6s, which includes three lenses to produce magnifications of 7x, 14x and 21x. The images are beguiling but he recommends the Inmacus macro kit for its edge-to-edge sharpness.
  • Historic Pictoric has its $14.99 2016 Calendars showcasing 36 regions across the U.S. using historic photos culled from local libraries, historical societies and various archives. The images are digitally restored to "have the crispness of a photograph taken today."
  • With Dungeness crabs suffering from neurotoxins, our crab season will be getting off to a late start. To amuse us while we wait, SFGate has published 30 vintage crab photos, a few including Joe DiMaggio.

More to come...

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