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22 September 2017

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 Mankichi Shinsh, crop-sensor travel lenses, sharpening with HDR software and smartphone circular polarizers.

  • Natural Nature features Japanese photographer Mankichi Shinsh's surreal take on street photography. "I intentionally collected photographs to emphasize the 'unnaturalness made by humans and their artifacts,'" he explains. "By capturing and affirming the feeling of weirdness, palpable in our everyday environments, I want to record the appearance of 'modern nature.'"
  • In Part 2 of The Perfect Lens for Travel Photography, Scott Kelby lists his crop-sensor picks. The short version is your manufacturer's 18-200mm zoom with a nod at Tamron's 16-300mm.
  • John Paul Caponigro explores Creative Image Sharpening With HDR Software. "The very same tools that are used to compensate for HDR side effects can be used to sharpen any image," he writes.
  • Ryan Mense briefly reviews the Aukey Clip-On Circular Polarizing Filter for Smartphones. If the $16.99 Aukey is too expensive for you, try the $11.19 Zomei.

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