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16 March 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 Meryl Meisler, surfing Norway, Alessandro D'Angelo, Harold Davis, Serelay and Sony PDAF striping.

  • In A Photographer's Search for Joy in Uncertain Times, David Gonzalez tells the story of Meryl Meisler, who arrived in New York City in 1975 after college in Wisconsin and immersed herself in street photography. It was daunting but she developed a trick to break the ice: bum a cigarette.
  • In Surfing Norway in Sub-Zero Temperatures, Alan Taylor presents 30 photos by Agence France-Press photographer Olivier Morin. It was 9°F on the beach as day turned into night, which turned on the northern lights.
  • In Nude Silhouettes, Swiss (and former Vogue) photographer Alessandro D'Angelo (aka Wuales) presents "an innovative, abstract approach to photographing the female form." He explains, "I tried to simplify the image visually and physically without altering its appearance or taking away from its content."
  • Avatar or Artifact? Harold Davis asks. He shot a model wearing one black stocking against a black background, take six choreographed exposures using a strobe and the Nikon D850's multiple exposure feature.
  • This Firm Claims It Can Oust a Photo With One Fake Pixel presents "a demonstration created by Serelay, a startup selling cloud-based software that can comb through a photo's pixels and metadata to tell viewers if it's been doctored or not." Founder Roy Azoulay put it this way" "Has one pixel changed on the point of capture?" If so, Serelay can call out the spoofing.
  • Jim Kasson plots the a7III, a7RIII, a7II, a7SII, a9 PDAF Striping with visual tests, too, before concluding "the a7III suffers from this defect about the same amount as the a7RIII and the a9, and a great deal more than the a7II and the a7SII ... I think this effect, while real, is something that will not damage images in most all a7III use cases."

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