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2 January 2018

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 the new year, Fred Mortagne, a a7RIII and D850 comparison, the Olympus MZuiko 17/1.2 Pro, the Strobist Lighting Cookbook, 10 captivating photo books, a tax reminder and a personal essay by Kirk Tuck.

  • In Ringing in 2018 Around the World, Alan Taylor presents 36 photos of the New Year's arrival from Yogyakarta to Nairobi. Just in case you missed it.
  • Fred Mortagne's Modernist Forms & Monochrome Tones"combines his passion for architecture, skateboarding and the Leica M Monochrom in his latest series from Brazil." We are a sucker for abstraction but there's more to Mortagne's work. "Shooting a building on its own always seemed uninteresting and too easy," he says. "I always wanted to bring another element, even a tiny person into the composition, to give it life, scale and create something unique out of someone else's work, the architect's."
  • In a7RIII and D850 Use Comparison, Jim Kasson took family photos with both rigs over the holidays. "I learned a lot and I'll tell you what I found," he writes.
  • Robin Wong reviews the Olympus MZuiko 17/1.2 Pro. it isn't his preferred focal length but "From the moment I shot the first image, I was smitten by it," he writes, "and as much as I dislike the 35mm equivalent focal length, I hope my images do justice to the 'a-hah!' moments I had during my time with the 17mm f1.2 lens."
  • Owning the Sun With Two Speedlights is David Hobby's second piece in his new Strobist Lighting Cookbook series.
  • Mark Murrman lists 10 of the Most Captivating Photo Books of the Year. Murrman is the photo editor at Mother Jones.
  • In Reminder! Record Your Mileage on January 1!, Carolyn Wright encourages both pros and hobbyists to use "the tax laws to your advantage." That starts with keeping good records.
  • Take a moment to read Kirk Tuck's Family Life Takes Precedence. It's a personal essay about "dealing with family and loss" after the death of his mother last weekend. We're sure you join us in sending our condolences to him and his family.

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